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The K7RA Solar Update
Mon, 27 Nov 2023 10:10:00 -0600

Geomagnetic conditions were very quiet last weekend, good conditions
for the ARRL Phone Sweepstakes. But there was much more geomagnetic
activity toward the end of the reporting week, when the planetary A
index jumped to 30 and Alaska's College A index reached 60, a very
high value.

This past weekend was the CW portion of the CQ World Wide DX

Solar activity really picked up in the past few da...

2023 Fall Section Manager Election Results
Wed, 22 Nov 2023 14:00:00 -0600


Two balloted Section Manager elections were conducted this fall. Ballots were counted on Tuesday, November 21, at ARRL Headquarters. All two-year terms of office will begin on January 1, 2024.

For Section Manager of the ARRL Alaska Section:

  • David Stevens, KL7EB (incumbent), received 105 votes

  • Jeffrey Wolf, N8EX, received 72 votes

David Stevens, KL7EB, of Anchorage, Alaska, has been declared re-el...

ARRL Headquarters to Be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Tue, 21 Nov 2023 12:15:00 -0600

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23, 2023, and Friday, November 24, 2023. There will be no W1AW bulletins, code practice, or visitor operations during that time.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on Monday, November 27, 2023. We wish you and yours a hap...

Former Illinois Section Manager Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, SK
Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:33:00 -0600

ARRL is sad to report that Thomas "Tom" T. Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, Illinois, has become a silent key. He was 66 years old. Ciciora served as the Section Manager of the ARRL Illinois Section from 2006 - 2017. He was an ARRL Life Member.

According to an obituary, Ciciora was active in several amateur radio clubs and had been the director of the Sandwich Emergency Management Agency.

Ciciora w...

2023 ARRL Board of Directors Election Results
Fri, 17 Nov 2023 14:53:00 -0600

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® announces the results of the 2023 ARRL Division elections.

ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Scott Yonally, N8SY (2,175 votes), of Lexington, Ohio, defeated candidate Michael Kalter, W8CI (2,023 votes), for the position of Division Director. Yonally will assume the role when Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who has held the seat since 2014, ...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 17 Nov 2023 12:12:00 -0600


"Two recent CMEs associated with small solar filament eruptions are
expected to increase geomagnetic activity from mid 19-Nov to 20-Nov.


Solar activity was lower this week, Nove...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Is Ready to Go
Fri, 17 Nov 2023 12:09:00 -0600

The 2023 SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) is December 2 from 0000z to 2400z.

The event honors all SKYWARN storm spotters and amateur radio operators for their contributions to the National Weather Service (NWS) during severe weather. Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication to the NWS and emergency management when normal communications fail.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin...

The University of Scranton Amateur Radio Club, W3USR, Got a Facelift
Fri, 17 Nov 2023 11:29:00 -0600

With a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) for almost $200,000 and private donations of more than $20,000, the University of Scranton Amateur Radio Club in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has installed new amateur radio equipment and antennas for its station, W3USR.

The station is now located on the fifth floor of the university's Loyola Science Center and features state-of-the-art op...

2023 ARRL November Sweepstakes Continues
Fri, 17 Nov 2023 11:28:00 -0600

The second part of the ARRL November Sweepstakes is for phone contacts, and it begins Saturday, November 18 at 2100 UTC, and runs through Monday, November 20 at 0259 UTC.

The contest objective is to support amateur self-training in radiocommunications, including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs. Amateur stations i...

The K7RA Solar Update
Tue, 14 Nov 2023 11:03:00 -0600


"G1-G2 geomagnetic conditions are expected over 11-12 Nov, with a
slight chance of G3 due to the anticipated arrival of a halo CME
first observed 09-Nov. Conditions are expected to ease to background
levels on 13-Nov."

A great, big geomagnetic storm on Sunday disrupted the s...

ARRL Hails FCC Action to Remove Symbol Rate Restrictions
Mon, 13 Nov 2023 20:26:00 -0600

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® reports that earlier today, the FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the Amateur Radio Service rules to replace the baud rate limit on the amateur HF bands with a 2.8 kHz bandwidth limit to permit greater flexibility in data communications.

“The Federal Communications Commission today adopted to incentivize innovation and experimentation ...

W1AW Closed Thursday November, 16, 2023
Mon, 13 Nov 2023 12:30:00 -0600

W1AW will be closed to visitors on Thursday, November 16 for building maintenance. The station's regular operating schedule, including code practice and bulletins, will not be affected. W1AW will reopen on Friday, November 17 at 8:00 am Eastern time.


The First Worked All States Certificate Awarded for the 33-Centimeter Band
Thu, 09 Nov 2023 15:01:00 -0600

On November 4, 2023, Al Ward's, W5LUA, 38-year quest to contact all 50 states on the 33-centimeter band ended when he received the first-ever Worked All States (WAS) certificate for (902 - 928 MHz). Ward started collecting states on the band shortly after it was opened in 1985.

"I am extremely grateful to Peter Van Horne, KA6U, for his EME [Earth-moon-Earth] efforts. I was able to work Wisconsin...

Changes in the ARRL Pacific Section
Thu, 09 Nov 2023 12:52:00 -0600

Section Manager of the ARRL Pacific Section Joe Speroni, AH0A, has retired from the position. Speroni served in the role for 7 years. He was active with ARRL in a variety of positions dating back to the creation of the Volunteer Examiner program in 1984. He has also been an instructor and Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). His contributions to emergency communications and management in the Hawa...

ARRL Closed Friday, Nov 10, 2023 in Observance of Veteran's Day
Wed, 08 Nov 2023 13:26:00 -0600

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2023 in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 8:00 am Eastern time. 

We are grateful for the sacrifices and service of Veterans.