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President Biden Taps Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:55:00 -0600

President Joseph Biden this week designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the FCC. She succeeds, at least temporarily, former FCC chair Ajit Pai, who resigned effective on January 20.

I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “I thank the President for the oppor...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:22:00 -0600

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: We just witnessed 12 consecutive days with no sunspots, which many of us found a bit unsettling. Fortunately, Solar Cycle 25 activity returned with new sunspot 2796 on January 15. Instead of moving from the east across the solar horizon, it emerged in the southern hemisphere, just west of center.

Currently we are seeing sunspot regions 2797 and 2798, which emerg...

Eastern Iowans Rely On Ham Radio When Severe Weather Strikes
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 08:44:00 -0600

A derecho with winds of 80 to 100 MPH struck eastern Iowa last August, disrupting power and telecommunications for some 400,000 residents. But, as ARRL member and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteer Scott Haney, N0GUD, recently explained to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, that’s when amateur radio shines.

Haney, the president of the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC), was the foc...

David A. Duncan, K7DUN, Wins the January 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 07:46:00 -0600
Contest University to Host Propagation Summit on January 23
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:30:00 -0600

Contest University (CTU) is holding a Virtual Propagation Summit on Saturday, January 23. The Zoom-platform event will get under way with introductory remarks from Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Ray Novak, N9JA, at 1600 UTC.

At 1605 UTC, Scott Jones, N3RA, and George Fremin, K5TR, will moderate a session “Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HamSCI activities for 2021” with Nathaniel Fri...

HamSCI Issues Call for Abstracts for March Virtual Workshop
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:50:00 -0600
Orlando HamCation Online Event and QSO Party Set
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:00:00 -0600
ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio
Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:24:00 -0600
FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Reminded Not to Use Radios in Crimes
Sun, 17 Jan 2021 10:44:00 -0600

The FCC has released an Enforcement Advisory for licensees and operators across radio services.

[Complete text of FCC Enforcement Advisory follows.]


DA 21-73

Released:  January 17, 2021


The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communic...

The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:30:00 -0600

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: What happened? Solar Cycle 25 seemed well under way, but no new sunspots have emerged since December 23. The last time any sunspot was visible was January 2. On January 14, posted, “Welcome back, solar minimum.”

Average daily solar flux declined from 78.6 to 73.8. Geomagnetic A index remained quiet. Predicted solar flux for the next 30 days is 7...

International Amateur Radio Union Preparing for WRC-23
Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:55:00 -0600

Preparations continue on the part of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to represent the interests of the amateur and amateur-satellite services at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) sponsors WRCs, typically every 4 years, to consider revisions to the international Radio Regulations that define frequency allocations for v...

New Amateur VLF Transatlantic Record Set
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:03:00 -0600

Very low frequency (VLF) enthusiast Joe Craig, VO1NA, reports that Stefan Schaefer, DK7FC, copied his 50-character message transmitted from Newfoundland on 8.271 kHz, with a radiated power of 10 mW.

“This is a new record for amateur transatlantic VLF,” Craig told ARRL. “The mode used was EbNaut by Paul Nicholson. EbNaut is a synchronous coherent BPSK mode for use at VLF and low LF. Craig’s tower...

AMSAT/Vanderbilt RadFXSat-2/Fox 1E Set to Launch
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:49:00 -0600
Dayton Hamvention Cancels 2021 Show
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 14:44:00 -0600
Former RAC President John "Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD, SK
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 11:20:00 -0600

Former Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President John Farrell “Hoppy” Hopwood, VE7RD, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, died on December 8. He was 91. Hopwood was instrumental in the founding of RAC and was inducted in 2015 as a member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Hopwood spent his career in telecommunications, once working as a telegraph lineman. In 1971, he formed a Systems C...