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  • Active Hurricane Season Predicted for 2024
    on April 13, 2024 at 15:00

    Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers predict an active Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) in their initial 2024 forecast.ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, attended the National Hurricane Conference in Florida in late March, where the CSU prediction was issued. “The common discussion at the National Hurricane Conference this year was the…

  • Amateur Radio Saves Family in Death Valley National Park
    on April 12, 2024 at 23:00

    Death Valley National Park is in a remote desert in southern California, where mobile phone networks are spotty at best. On Saturday, April 6, a radio amateur and his family were enjoying the park when their vehicle became stuck in mud in a dangerous area. Without access to a cell network, the ham called for help on the 10-meter band.According to a news release from the Black Swamp Amateur Radi…

  • Ham Radio Active During Eclipse
    on April 12, 2024 at 19:10

    Millions of people across the United States got to see a rare solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024.The path of totality — the line of darkness where the moon fully occluded the sun — stretched through the South Pacific, Mexico, central Texas, the Ozarks, the Midwest, the Rust Belt area, and to New England through the Maritimes. In all, 14 ARRL Sections were impacted directly and several mor…

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on April 12, 2024 at 15:47

    I did not see last Monday’s eclipse, except on television. Here inthe Pacific Northwest, we only got a 20% exposure, and skies wereovercast.As they moved across the country displaying successive totality, Inoticed the prominences on the edge of the disk. There were alwaysbetween one and three little red spots at the edge.Solar activity over the past reporting week, April 4-10, remainsweak.Avera…

  • 2024 ARRL Field Day Poster Released
    on April 7, 2024 at 15:00

    A poster promoting 2024 ARRL Field Day has been released on the Field Day web page, www.arrl.org/field-day. The two-sided informational poster features this year’s theme “Be Radio Active”. It includes a space for clubs to fill in information about their planned activation so that members of their community can come visit the site.More resources for promoting 2024 ARRL Field Day are being develo…

  • ARRL Seeking Applicants for Assistant Education and Learning Manager
    on April 6, 2024 at 21:00

    ARRL is working to engage the next generation of radio amateurs right in the classroom. Many young people have become active hams because of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology.This donor-funded effort brings teachers from across the United States together to get them excited about radio through hands-on experiments. The Institute then trains them on how to take that excitement b…

  • Register Now for the 2024 ARRL Youth Rally!
    on April 6, 2024 at 15:00

    As part of the fun at Dayton Hamvention®, youth attendees are invited to participate in the 2024 ARRL Youth Rally on Saturday, May 18. The day will include a special agenda of activities and presentations intended to engage and inspire young hams and young newcomers to amateur radio.The Youth Rally is intended for students who are 11 to 21 years of age. While Hamvention offers free tickets for …

  • Ham Radio’s Many Roles During Solar Eclipse
    on April 5, 2024 at 16:52

    In one of nature’s most spectacular visual displays, on April 8, 2024, the sun will align with the moon and the Earth, casting a shadow that will transit much of North America.Spectacular Display and GatheringMillions will gather along the path of totality – the section where the sun is fully blocked by the moon – to witness something that happens, on average, once every 375 years for any place…

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on April 5, 2024 at 14:56

    With the big increase in sunspot numbers and solar flux reported inlast week’s Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP013, I hoped the trendwould continue, but numbers this week were lower.Five new sunspot groups emerged, one each day from March 30 throughApril 3.Average daily sunspot numbers went from 147 to 60, and average dailysolar flux declined from 191.9 to 136.9.Geomagnetic numbers were much …

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on March 29, 2024 at 22:54

     A dramatic increase in solar activity emerged over the past week, and geomagnetic activity reacted as well. Two new sunspot groups appeared on March 21, then one new group emerged each day over March 22-25. Average daily solar flux rose from 153.3 to 191.9, and average daily sunspot numbers increased from 94.3 to 147. The highest sunspot number over last week was 171 on March 22, which was the…

  • Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA) President Wade “Danny” Hampton Jr., K4ITL, passed away February 28, 2024.
    on March 29, 2024 at 18:39

    While attending the North Carolina State School for the Blind (now known as Governor Morehead School for the Blind) in Raleigh, Hampton met several sighted friends involved in the amateur radio community and began attending radio club meetings with them. As a result, he became a licensed amateur radio operator at the age of 12, despite the requirement that an operator must be able to read, copy…

  • World Amateur Radio Day is April 18, 2024
    on March 29, 2024 at 17:59

    World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is celebrated each year on April 18.The theme for 2024 is, “A Century of Connections: Celebrating 100 Years of Amateur Radio Innovation, Community, and Advocacy.” The global event covers all of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) regions and spans 2 days: Thursday, April 18, 2024, 0000 UTC to Friday, April 19, 2024, 0000 UTC.On April 18, 1925, the IARU wa…

  • New Training Course Offered by the ARRL Puerto Rico Section
    on March 29, 2024 at 17:56

    The ARRL Puerto Rico Section has a new online training course for prospective amateur radio operators. Fifty-three students have enrolled in the course, taught by ARRL Technical Coordinator and Instructor Carlos Roig, WP4AOH, who draws from the ARRL License Manual and the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators pool of questions for the Spanish Zoom course. The course is open to …

  • Amateur Radio Importance Highlighted at National Hurricane Conference
    on March 29, 2024 at 17:47

    The National Hurricane Conference was held March 25 – 28, 2024, in Orlando, Florida. Amateur radio was well represented at the event. A series of workshops were held that focused on amateur radio’s involvement in hurricane tracking, coverage, and recovery.Among the presenters was the Assistant Amateur Radio Coordinator of WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Julio Ripoll, WD4R.   Ripol…

  • International Marconi Day 2024
    on March 22, 2024 at 17:39

    This year, International Marconi Day (IMD) is on April 27. Italian inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi was born on April 25, 1874, and is credited for inventing the radiotelegraph system, creating Marconi’s law, and sending the first wireless transmission over the open sea.IMD was created to honor Marconi and is hosted annually by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, GX…