Via the ARRL: Norway Experiences Unexpected Ground Current “Shockwave”

Spaceweather.com reports that on January 6, unexpected electrical currents were detected in the soil of northern Norway starting at around 1930 UTC. “It seemed to be some kind of shockwave,” said Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. “My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents […]

Via the ARRL: Earthquakes Compromised Power Generation Capacity, Puerto Rico Section Manager Says

ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, says small tremors continue on the island in the wake of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck the southwestern part of the island on January 7. A magnitude 5.8 quake struck a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reported widespread power outages after generating […]

Via HACKADAY: Hiking Pole Turned Lightweight Yagi Antenna

Among amateur radio enthusiasts, there’s a subset of users who climb mountainous areas to use their gear from elevated positions. Anyone looking to take part in what’s known as Summits on the Air (SOTA) will obviously want to keep their equipment as light and small as possible. For [Stuart Thomas], that meant a collapsible yagi […]

Via the ARRL: China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current Amateur Allocations

China’s telecommunications regulator has proposed amending the Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations, and some amateur bands are in danger of being eliminated. Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 144 – 146 MHz, 1260 – 1300 MHz, 3400 – 3500 MHz, 5650 […]

Via the ARRL: Strong Earthquake Shakes Puerto Rico, ARES Standing By

A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Puerto Rico early on January 7 on the heels of a smaller magnitude 5.8 tremor a day earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported widespread power outages after generating plants automatically activated protective shutdown systems following the earthquake. Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced urged citizens to remain […]

Via the ARRL: Volunteer Monitor Program Coordinator Looking Forward to a Positive 2020

In a holiday season message to ARRL leadership and to members of the new ARRL Volunteer Monitor program, its coordinator, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, expressed his gratitude to all involved for their contributions to getting the program off to a solid start in January. “It will be a good year,” Hollingsworth said. “We will have fun, […]

Via the ARRL: Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams Asked to Remain Alert

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says the bushfires in Australia have caused or are expected to cause significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. “The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage but are predicted to cover all internet and […]

Via the ARRL: MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, […]

Via the ARRL: New Section Manager Will Take Over in North Carolina on April 1

Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization this spring. Hoffman was the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2014. Because no challengers came forward by […]

Via the ARRL: Texas Scout Leaders Promote Amateur Radio as a Communication Resource

In 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey left the region of Texas where Assistant Scoutmaster Scott deMasi, KC5NKW, lived under water. With roads flooded, bridges washed away, and cellular service and power out, deMasi said it soon became clear that his Scout troop’s emergency preparedness plan wasn’t designed for a storm of this magnitude. It was […]

Via the ARRL: South Orkney Islands DXpedition will Use VP8PJ

The Perseverance DX Group’s DXpedition to South Orkney, set for February 20 until March 5, will use the call sign VP8PJ. The group initially announced that it would use VP8/VP8DXU. “Alan Armstrong, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British Antarctic […]

Via the ARRL: CWops to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with January QSO Party

In January, CWops will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a month-long QSO party that will include CW activity on HF contest bands. The event is open to all radio amateurs, and certificates and awards will be available based on contact totals. CWops non-members may only contact CWops members, while members may work any station. According […]

Via the ARRL: Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save Content

Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio interest groups over the years, is shutting down. All previously posted content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but Yahoo is processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo also has provided group administrators (“admins”) a way to export data ahead […]

Via the ARRL: W1AW to be on the Air for Winter Field Day

Members of the Warren County (New York) Amateur Radio Club (W2WCR) will activate Maxim Memorial Station W1AW for Winter Field Day 2020 over the January 25 – 26 weekend. Winter Field Day is sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), which believes that emergency communication is important throughout the year. Winter Field Day is open to […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1088

Release Date: January 4, 2020 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Dave Wilson, WA2HOY, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Rich Larence, KB2MOB, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Paul Kolacki, K2FX, George Bowen, W2XBS, […]

Via the ARRL: Commemorative ARISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Set

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will support slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky, and Sigmund Jaehn. Transmissions are scheduled to start at 1100 UTC on December 28 and continuing until 1820 on January 1. Transmissions will take place on 145.800 MHz and in the PD […]