• AMSAT Congratulates Qatar Amateur Radio Society, AMSAT-DL for Successful Es’hail-2 Launch November 19, 2018
    AMSAT-NA has congratulated AMSAT-DL (Germany) and the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) for their roles in the successful launch on November 15 of the Es’hail-2 satellite, which carried AMSAT-DL’s Phase 4-A transponder aloft. Es’hail-2 will be the first geostationary satellite to sport an Amateur Radio transponder. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon […]
  • Repeaters, Amateur TV Play Communication Role in California Fire Emergency November 19, 2018
    Amateur Radio repeaters and TV (ATV) have helped to keep the broader community informed on the local status of widespread fires in Southern California, radio amateurs say. Benjamin Kuo, KI6YR, who had to evacuate but now is back home, said remote Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh cameras captured video from fires across Southern […]
  • AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Launch Delayed November 18, 2018
    AMSAT has announced that the SpaceX Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express launch carrying the Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat and several other Amateur Radio payloads has been delayed. SpaceX tweeted, “Standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date.”Fox-1Cliff and othe...
  • ARRL Director, Vice Director Election Results Announced November 17, 2018
    ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions.Here are the final tabulations:Central Division DirectorKermit Carlson, W9XA 1,898Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L 1,755Mr. Carlson was declared elected.Hudson Division DirectorRia Jairam, N2RJ 1,292Mike Lisenco, N2YBB 1,239Ms. J...
  • The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available! November 16, 2018
    Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. 
  • FCC Approves Use of Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System in the US November 16, 2018
    The FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission’s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo.The action means that consumers and industry in the US may access certain satellite signals from the Galileo […]
  • Effort Under Way to Fund W0AIH Memorial Scholarship November 16, 2018
    Scott Neader, KA9FOX, is spearheading a GoFundMe effort to establish a scholarship to honor the memory of Paul Bittner, W0AIH (SK), who died as the result of a tower climbing mishap on October 31. He was 84. The memorial scholarship would be administered by the ARRL Foundation. The GoFundMe solicitation says, “Licensed for nearly 70 […]
  • Former ARRL Headquarters Book Team Supervisor Jan Carman, K5MA, SK November 16, 2018
    R. Jan Carman, K5MA (ex-W5SBX, W3JXS), who was a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff from 2001 until 2003 died on November 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 76.Carman’s career spanned the fields of aerospace, oil-field equipment, industrial control and instrumentation, underwater acoustics, communication systems, manufacturing automation and consulting. Carman held bachelor’s and master’s degre...
  • The K7RA Solar Update November 16, 2018
    A single sunspot appeared on November 13-14, yielding a daily sunspot number of 11 over both days. The sunspot number increased to 13 on the following day, November 15. The average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (November 8-14) was 3.1, after no sunspots during the previous seven days.Average daily solar flux rose from […]
  • Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched November 15, 2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur […]