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  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on April 3, 2020 at 11:18

    A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere.Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.Prior to this no sunspots were seen since earlier in March, when daily sunspot numbers were 13 and 12 on M…

  • Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic
    on April 2, 2020 at 18:26

    Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special “STAYHOME” call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.In Canada, Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM “to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Canada limits call sign suffixes to seven character…

  • Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown
    on April 2, 2020 at 17:36

    Spain’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country’s telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.“The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,” the announcement from the Ministry of …

  • To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners
    on April 2, 2020 at 16:58

    We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners (VEs) is first and foremost in any decision-making process. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) does not offer video-supervised online amateur radio…

  • WB2REM Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award
    on April 2, 2020 at 16:24

    The winning article for the April 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “HD8M DXpedition to the Galapagos Islands” by Jim Millner, WB2REM.The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today. 

  • Contest Entry Features Multiple Operator Locations and Remote Transmitter-Receiver Site
    on April 1, 2020 at 19:27
  • Western Pennsylvania ARES Group Conducts District-Wide Simplex Drill
    on April 1, 2020 at 19:10

    Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Western Pennsylvania Southwest District, which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties, conducted a district-wide simplex practice drill on March 21. The exercise lasted about 4 hours, with all participants meeting on their local ARES county repeaters.Each county Emergency Coordinator s…

  • Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs’ Help
    on April 1, 2020 at 18:59
  • Problem Resolved: Digital Editions of QST and On the Air Now are Available
    on April 1, 2020 at 14:22

    The digital editions of QST and On the Air magazine once again are available online as well as via the iOS, Android, and Kindle apps.

  • USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled
    on March 31, 2020 at 18:19

    The ARRL ARDF Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 20th USA ARDF Championships, which were set to be held this summer. Contact the ARRL ARDF Committee for more information on ARDF and on attending, participating in, or hosting ARDF competitions. ARDF participants do not need an amateur radio license. For more information on Amateur Radio Direction Finding, visit the Homing In…

  • Amateur Radio Satellite Spreads Fight Coronavirus Message
    on March 31, 2020 at 18:16

    Indonesia’s International Amateur Radio Union member-society ORARI reports the ham radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to transmit a “fight coronavirus” message via APRS. The satellite’s text message is, “Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona (Fight Coronavirus).” Sonny Dwi Harsono, YD1SCC, a researcher the Center for Satellite Technology Development, has explained that including t…

  • ARES Members to Support Illinois Emergency Management Agency in COVID-19 Response
    on March 31, 2020 at 18:10

    Illinois ARES members are supporting the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) COVID-19 response activities as AuxComm Radio Operator volunteers. Illinois ARES will coordinate the number and location of volunteer amateur communicators with IEMA on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future.In a separate activity, the daily Illinois ARES Wellness Net has been established to allow Illino…

  • International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled
    on March 31, 2020 at 13:18

    The annual International Marconi Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that was set to take place on April 25 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874. Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, which operates as GB4IMD, International Marconi Day features participating stations operating at sites hav…

  • Former ARRL DXCC Manager Don Search, W3AZD, SK
    on March 31, 2020 at 13:03

    Former ARRL DXCC Manager Donald B. “Don” Search, W3AZD, of Davie, Florida, died on March 26. Search was widely known throughout the DXing community and was a fixture at many hamfests and conventions, including the Dayton Hamvention®, where he checked cards for years. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80. A skillful DXer, Search was on the DXCC Honor Roll with 378 entities confirmed on phone. He and h…

  • COVID-19 Affects Space Station Crew Transition
    on March 30, 2020 at 18:29

    [UPDATED: 2020-04-01 2008 UTC] International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62 crew is readying its Soyuz MS-15 vehicle for an April 17 departure back to Earth. Expedition 62 members are NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Meir; Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan, KI5AAA, and Commander Oleg Skripochka, RA0LDJ. The Expedition 63 crew members who are to replace them are nearing an April 9 launch aboard the S…