Category: General

Ham amateur radio operators ready to respond in Alaska

A hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down. Ham amateur radio operators erect a “do-it-youself” antenna at a training session. Photo courtesy of MARA. Ham amateur radio operators function as first responders relaying crucial information to emergency management officials in disaster situations. […]

via the ARRL: Hamvention® to Host 2019 ARRL National Convention

Hamvention® will host the 2019 ARRL National Convention May 17 – 19 in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention, the largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US, and the ARRL National Convention will share the joint theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation” of Amateur Radio operators. As host of the 2019 ARRL National Convention, Hamvention will feature […]

via the ARRL: Online Fundraising Campaign Backs ISS Radio Upgrades

ARISS and AMSAT are supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical ham radio infrastructure upgrades on the International Space Station (ISS). “ARISS is in critical need of infrastructure upgrades to ensure that programs such as talking to astronauts in space using Amateur Radio can continue,” ARISS International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said. ARISS seeks several upgrades, including new […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Results

AMSAT-NA has announced that Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have won new 2-year terms on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve 1-year terms. The results of the voting, with 698 ballots cast, were: Tom Clark, […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan (attached below), via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Exhibits for First Time at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

ARRL has been exhibiting for the first time ever this week at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin. The ARRL exhibit complements other ham radio demonstrations at the air show. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, is working with a team of members who are supporting the exhibit at the weeklong aviation celebration and fly-in. The annual event […]

via the ARRL: Broadcast-Quality Audio Processor Donated to W1AW

Orban Labs, headquartered in Pennsauken, New Jersey, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor — the all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM — to ARRL. Orban Labs Vice President of Business Development Mike Pappas, W9CN, arranged for the donation with the intention of improving the audio quality transmitted by W1AW during its evening phone bulletins. The 9300 OPTIMOD-AM is […]

RSGB: Ham Radio May Be at “the Dawn of its Greatest Era”

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) believes that Amateur Radio innovation is alive and well. “Amateur research and innovation is far from over; indeed, we may well be at the dawn of its greatest era,” the UK’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society concluded in an RSGB 2022 strategy narrative posted on its website. “In an […]

via HACKADAY: The Return of RadioShack?

We’ve been following the ups and downs of Radio Shack for a while now, and it looks like another chapter is about to be penned in the storied retailer’s biography – and not Chapter 11 bankruptcy this time. According to the ARRL website and major media reports, up to 50 of the 147 US locations of HobbyTown, the […]

Scanner chatter goes quiet as police agencies turn to encryption (Virginia)

Across the land, the scanners are going dark. Several law enforcement agencies in Virginia have moved recently to encrypt the messages they send over the radio, leaving dead air for listeners of police scanners — long the source of information for the news media and titillation for thrill-seekers. On Monday, police in Richmond and surrounding […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event demonstration station, N1P, and more […]

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