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Search is On for GPS Buoys Intruding on 10 Meters

Thu 08-18 7:57pm

Radio amateurs in Portugal have intensified the search for GPS buoys that are illegally operating and intruding on 10 meters. A recent International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS-R1) report indicated that one such buoy was operating 24/7 on 28.100 MHz, using F1B mode (RTTY), 51 baud, 270 Hz shift. IARUMS-R1 also has posted a lengthy and growing list of intruding driftne...

California RACES and CERT Volunteers Team Up to Assist Seniors during Blackout

Thu 08-18 4:37pm

When the power went out on June 4 at both the Huntington Gardens and Five Points senior residences in Huntington Beach, California, Huntington Beach RACES (HBRACES) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers promptly activated to help. Each residential structure stands 14 stories tall. At Huntington Gardens, a generator supplied power to the hallways and elevators, but not to indiv...

Muddy Outlook Exists for Connecticut Special Event

Thu 08-18 4:06pm

Things could get down and dirty as Connecticut’s Middlesex Amateur Radio Society mounts a special event at the 30th annual Mud Volleyball event, a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut. The W1EDH/1 special event will get under way from Middletown, Connecticut (FN31qm), on Friday, August 19, at 1600 UTC and continue through the Saturday, August 20, tournament.

Anticipated operatio...

FEMA Teaming with Amateur Radio Clubs to Present Preparedness Information

Wed 08-17 9:23pm

September is National Preparedness Month. As part of its focus on community education and preparation, FEMAoffers a “Family Emergency Communications Plan” to help families work out their communication strategies in the event of an emergency. ARRL is partnering with FEMA to offer this material to interested Amateur Radio clubs that are willing to present it in their localities during National Pr...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Still Needed in Louisiana

Wed 08-17 4:09pm

The Red Cross continues to request Amateur Radio volunteers to support communication at shelters housing evacuees from flooding of historic proportions in Louisiana. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Louisiana has activated, and Section Emergency Coordinator Adam Tamplain, KD5LEH, has put out a call for additional volunteers, reaching out to neighboring states. The federal governmen...

Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas Marks Centennial with Special Event

Wed 08-17 3:58pm

The Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas (ARCUA) will mark its 100th anniversary with a special event on Saturday, August 27, from W5YM at the home of the Razorbacks. Operation from W5YM will begin at 1500 and continue until 2200 UTC, with a focus on 80, 40, and 20 meters. A commemorative QSL card will be available.

To kick off the year-long celebration in January, the club donated a...

Come One, Come All — August 21 is ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY!

Tue 08-16 9:42pm

The ARRL Rookie Roundup is back, with the RTTY event set for Sunday, August 21, 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. The Rookie Roundup is aimed at helping recently licensed amateurs to build their operating skills on HF. Specifically for those new to Amateur Radio, the Rookie Roundup brings the fun and Elmering of the old Novice Roundup into the 21st century.

A Rookie is anyone first licensed in the curr...

AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos are Available

Tue 08-16 9:06pm

Thanks to the efforts of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers, videos of presentations at the 2016 International Space Colloquium July 29-31 in Guildford, England, are now available on YouTube.

AMSAT-UK members operated a satellite ground station during the event, using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via SO-50, AO-85, and FO-29 satellites.

The 2016 Colloquium pr...

Video Demonstrates Digital Voice Plus Video “Teleconferencing” Scheme for HF

Tue 08-16 2:41pm

Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, in Colorado, is promoting FreeDV plus Video, a digital voice-plus-video application for HF. According to Peterson’s QRZ.com profile, FreeDV plus Video is a soundcard-based scheme to add a 1 frame/second, 36-line video image on the receiving station’s PC display. The signal bandwidth is 3.5 kHz, so it may not be compatible with all HF transceivers. The scheme is compatible...

PA3WEG Receives Louis Varney Cup

Tue 08-16 1:21pm

Amateur Radio satellite enthusiast and hardware designer Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, has been awarded the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to several Amateur Radio satellites and associated outreach.

RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley, G0FUW, made the presentation on July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in...

York Radio Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Mark 80th Anniversary with Special Event

Tue 08-16 12:52pm

The York Radio Club in Elmhurst, Illinois, will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a special event operation, from August 19 until September 2. Operators will use the call sign W9Y.

The York Radio Club is an ARRL Special Services Club. The Chicago-area organization will kick off its celebration with an open house on August 19, 6-9 PM, at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility. Amateur R...

Amateur Radio Volunteers Responding to Louisiana Flooding Catastrophe

Mon 08-15 4:57pm

[UPDATED 2016-08-15@1808 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers are responding to help, after flooding of historic proportions struck parts of Louisiana and Mississippi over the weekend in the wake of torrential rainfall. States of emergency have been declared in both states, and the federal government has declared Louisiana a major disaster area. Louisiana Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®...

ARRL Encourages Comprehensive Noise Floor Study

Mon 08-15 3:58pm

In anticipation of an FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) investigation into changes and trends to the radio spectrum noise floor to determine if there is an increasing noise problem, ARRL asserted that such a study is long overdue. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced plans for the TAC study in mid-June and invited comments and answers to questions that the TAC pos...