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Hamvention Contest, Top Band Dinner Tickets now Available

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:50

Tickets are now available for the 27th annual Dayton Contest Dinner, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The North Coast Contesters sponsor the event. Featured speaker will be Ted Rappaport, N9NB. The 2019 CQ Contest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the Dayton Contest Dinner. A social hour will begin at 5:30 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM.

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:40

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:59

Sunspots returned with the New Year, with sunspot numbers of 13, 16 and 16 on January 1-3. The new region was AR2732, and the area of the spot tripled each day, beginning at 10 millionths of the visible solar disc, then tripling to 30 on Tuesday, and 90 on Wednesday. This made the average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (December 27 to January 2) 4.1, compared to zero for the previo...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 08:00

FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 17:48

The FCC said in a January 2 Public Notice that in the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, it will suspend “most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3. Some systems that have gone dark in prior government shutdowns will remain operational this time, however. That includes the FCC website, although it will not be updated except for matters related to spectrum...

FCC Reaches $900,000 Settlement in Unauthorized Satellite Launch Case

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:38

The FCC has settled an investigation into an alleged unauthorized launch and operation of small satellites by Swarm Technologies. The company agreed to a Consent Decree that included a $900,000 penalty, an extended period of FCC oversight, and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the FCC, among other stipulations.

“We will aggressively enforce the FCC’s requirements that companies seek FCC aut...

Saturday, January 5, is Kids Day

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:38

FCC to Suspend Most Operations on January 3, if Government Shutdown Continues

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:27

If the partial lapse in federal government funding continues, the FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday, January 3, at mid-day. At that time, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete an orderly shutdown of operations. Work required for the protection of life and property will continue, however, as will any work related to spectrum auctions, which is funded by auction proceeds. In ad...

Reminder: Straight Key Night Gets Under Way on New Year’s Eve

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:22

Break out the brass and set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse code heritage.

The idea is simple: Get on the air and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably using a straight key (han...

January 31 is the Deadline to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship Applications

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:43

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligibl...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:50