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via the ARRL: HWN, WX4NHC at National Hurricane Center to Activate for Tropical Storm Barry

Responding to Tropical Storm Barry, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC— the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami — have announced plans to activate. The HWN will activate today (July 12) at 2300 UTC on both 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz. “We will operate on 14.325 for as long as […]

via the ARRL: AMSAT Announces New Board of Directors Election Process

AMSAT will provide its members with online voting as the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election gets under way. This year, AMSAT has contracted with a single, independent vendor, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully manage the election process, instead of with multiple vendors as it’s done in the past. “AMSAT believes this voting system will result in […]

via the ARRL: Window Closing on July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Keeping Close Watch on Tropical Storm Barry

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the net is “keeping a very close eye” on Tropical Storm Barry, which could develop into a Category 1 hurricane. The HWN has announced no plans to activate, however, and remains at Alert Level 2 — monitoring mode. At 2100 UTC, the storm’s center was 90 miles […]

via the ARRL: IARU President Offers Assurances Regarding French 144 – 146 MHz Allocation Proposal

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said his organization empathizes with the concerns of radio amateurs worldwide regarding a French proposal to allocate 144 – 146 MHz to the Aeronautical Service on a primary basis, essentially sharing it with Amateur Radio. The band is currently allocated to Amateur Radio on a primary […]

via the ARRL: Special Event Stations to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

A number of Amateur Radio special event stations will be (or already are) on the air during July to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. The list includes: N8A, until July 24, Midwest VHF/UHF Society, West Chester, Ohio; WB4ICJ, July 14 – 20, Kennedy Space Center; N1A, […]

via HACKADAY: The Power Of Directional Antennas

AM broadcasting had a big problem, but usually only at night. During the day the AM signals had limited range, but at night they could travel across the country. With simple wire antennas, any two stations on the same frequency would interfere with each other. Because of this, the FCC required most radio stations to […]

via the ARRL: World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces Global Digital DX Contest

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF), in collaboration with the Slovenia Contest Club (SCC), has announced the World Wide Digi DX Contest (WW Digi), which it hopes will become an annual event. The inaugural running of the 24-hour contest will take place on August 31 – September 1. The new contest aims to tap […]

via the ARRL: IARU Attends CEPT Meeting on Wireless Power Transmission

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) reports that a further meeting to address the topic of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) took place last week. A subgroup of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Committee SE24, which charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices, met in Copenhagen, Denmark. […]

via the ARRL: Report: California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around […]

via HACKADAY: The Backbone Of VHF Amateur Radio May Be Under Threat

A story that has been on the burner for a few weeks concerns a proposal that will be advanced to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2023. It originates with French spectrum regulators and is reported to be at the behest of the Paris-based multinational defence contractor Thales. The sting in its tail is the proposed relegation of […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1062

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1062 Release Date: July 6, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:04:43 Download here: […]