International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/international-space-station-resupply-mission-to-carry-new-ariss-ham-radio-gear

The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in ...

UK Telecoms Regulator Ends Policy of Granting Two-Letter Call Sign Suffixes

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/uk-telecoms-regulator-ends-policy-of-granting-two-letter-call-sign-suffixes

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix call signs to Full Licence holders. Since mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class license have been able to apply for “short”call signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call signs with only two letters in the suffix are only available to applicants ...

The K7RA Solar Update

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/the-k7ra-solar-update-618

Still no sunspots through all of February, except for the first day of the month. I keep watching for possible sunspot activity over the solar horizon on  https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ . Recently I noticed a promising looking white area, and in the past few days at Spaceeweather.com they pointed out two new regions just over the horizon.

As of Thursday night, both areas still appear to be transi...

ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer

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ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is the top compensated employee in ARRL’s management structure and oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRL’s Articles of Association, Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate wi...

Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat

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The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed AMSAT-LU.

The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard...

Interruption to Internet Access at ARRL Headquarters Scheduled for March 4

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/interruption-to-internet-access-at-arrl-headquarters-scheduled-for-march-4

As part of ARRL Headquarters’ transition to new internet service providers, an interruption of internet access at ARRL Headquarters is set for Wednesday, March 4, starting at 2300 UTC. The interruption will last no longer than 4 hours.

During the work period, these services will be unavailable:

  • Logbook of The World (LoTW)
  • Online DXCC
  • International Grid Chase Archive
  • National Parks on the Air Arch...

FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee’s Appeal

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-turns-down-amateur-licensee-s-appeal

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) dismissal of Crowell’s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell “failed to prosecute his application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled...