Category: Follow-up

USA conducts first all-online ham radio exam

The first remote all-online amateur radio Technician license exam was carried out in the United States on March 26, 2020 Marcel Stieber @AI6MS Tweeted: Yesterday [March 26], our working group ran an “all-virtual” amateur radio technician license exam for the first time in history! Thanks to @W5YI for being supportive of this effort. Stay tuned, […]

Via the ARRL: COVID-19 Affects Space Station Crew Transition

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 […]

Via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Satellite Spreads Fight Coronavirus Message

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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… […]

Via the ARRL: Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs’ Help

Radio amateurs continue to play key roles in developing the electronic control system for an open-source/architecture, modular, low-cost human patient ventilator. The device itself was designed by researcher Sem Lampotang and his team at University of Florida Health — the school’s academic health center — using such commonly available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler […]

Via the ARRL: International Marconi Day 2020 has been Canceled

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 […]

Via the ARRL: Some Countries Permitting “STAYHOME”-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic

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 […]

Via the ARRL: USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships Canceled

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 […]

via the RSGB: RSGB’s NRC volunteers welcome visitors on the air

Whilst the National Radio Centre itself is currently closed, as is the Bletchley Park museum, the NRC volunteer team have taken the opportunity to run some nets to keep in touch with each other. We are acutely aware that whilst in self-isolation, it is more important than ever to stay in communication, so what better […]

Via the ARRL: Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty. “Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” […]

Via the ARRL: HamSCI 2020 Workshop Successfully Reworked as a Virtual Event

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20 – 21 HamSCI Workshop went on as scheduled, moving to a free, all-digital webinar workshop. The theme of the 2020 workshop was “The Auroral Connection — How does the aurora affect amateur radio, and what can we learn about the aurora from radio techniques?” Organizer and University of Scranton professor […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Headquarters is Closing

ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions will continue. Customer […]

Via the ARRL: ARRL Headquarters Remains in Operation, Many Staffers Working Remotely

Interim ARRL Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, informed members on March 20 that ARRL will remain operational to meet their needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Shelley noted that ARRL is taking steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees, in line with the recommendations provided by US and Connecticut health […]

Amateur radio satellite spreads Fight Coronavirus message

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Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports the ham radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to send a Fight Coronavirus message using APRS A translation of the ORARI post says: The satellite spreads the text message“Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona“. This was conveyed by Researcher of the Center for Satellite Technology, Sonny Dwi Harsono when contacted, Friday, […]

Via the ARRL: Refund Procedures in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social Events

Refunds are being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band Dinner. Each event has its own procedures. Those who signed up for the DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal. An email to all registrants will provide details. — Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA Read more – via American Radio […]

Via the ARRL: HamSCI 2020 Workshop Retools as a Virtual Event

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20 – 21 HamSCI Workhop will go on, moving to an all-digital webinar workshop. Registration and participation will be free and open to all, organizer and University of Scranton  professor Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said over the weekend. A tentative agenda has been posted. Participants may register online. The workshop will be presented using the […]

Via the ARRL: Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home. “Ohio has a high-profile station at the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), with regular weekly EOC nets,” ARES […]

Via the ARRL: West Coast Qualifying Run for March 21 Canceled

Because of shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the West Coast Qualifying Run scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at 2100 UTC (2 PM PDT) has been canceled. These transmissions normally take place from K6KPH at the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) museum at the Point Reyes National Seashore. The park has closed all […]

Via the ARRL: One VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference Postponed, Another Canceled

One of two US VHF-UHF-microwave groups has canceled its 2020 conference, while another has postponed its event. The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS) Board of Directors has announced the indefinite postponement of the annual SVHFS Conference. “Because of the health and safety concerns of our society members and the uncertainty of time of our national emergency […]

Via the ARRL: WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee Sticking to Schedule for Now

The World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) Organizing Committee is, at least for now, staying on course for the event in Italy, in light of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “We understand this is disrupting travel and operating plans in ways that affect different areas of the world unequally. However, it is not […]