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The K7RA Solar Update


New sunspot groups, nine in all, emerged on every day of this reporting week, July 4 to 10. One on July 4, another on July 5, two more on July 6, another each on July 7 and July 8, two more on July 9 and another on July 10.

On July 11, two more sunspot groups emerged, and the total sunspot area expanded by 13 per cent.

Despite the appearance of so many new sunspots, average daily sunspot number...

ARRL on The Weather Channel


ARRL® The National Association for Amateur Radio® joined The Weather Channel on Thursday, July 11, 2024, for a live chat about the value of amateur radio during hurricane season and beyond. ARRL’s Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, talked about how radio helps inform the warning process through surface observations relayed through the Hurricane Watch Net and other nets to WX4NHC, the amateur radio station ...

Celebrating Software Defined Radio


At Ham Radio 2024, the International amateur radio exhibition, last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the Software Defined Radio Academy (SDRA) celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Founded in 2014, the SDRA has become a new platform for the exchange of knowledge surrounding software defined radio. In the early years, the academy’s lectures were recorded with primitive camera technology, but toda...

Hurricane Beryl Aftermath and Update


Remnants of Hurricane Beryl, now a post-tropical cyclone, were moving northeast as of early Thursday morning with heavy rain and 35 mph winds. The storm is forecast to continue its current direction as it moves through Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northern New England and Canada, moving ENE at 20 mph. Beryl was the fastest and earliest storm of the hurricane season and during its 8-day run t...

2024 ARRL Field Day Log Deadline Approaching


The numbers for ARRL 2024 Field Day continue to grow. As of Thursday, July 11, there were nearly 3,500 entries posted. Remember, the deadline for entries is July 23, 2024. It’s a good idea to check the ARRL Field Day website daily for the latest updates and to make sure your entries are completed. If you see “complete” in the status column, your entries are good. If you see ‘pending documents,’...

The K7RA Solar Update


Solar activity increased this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 149.6 to 181.6. For some reason average daily solar flux decreased from 178 to 175.

Seven new sunspot groups emerged this week, one on June 27, two on June 28, three on June 29, and one more on July 3.

Average daily planetary index rose from 10.3 to 15.6 while average middle latitude A index rose from 10.1 to 11....


ARI Nazionale -

Al fine di incentivare la presenza di stazioni attive nel contest IARU HF Championship 2024, nonché di supportare al meglio l’attività del nostro Team Nazionale HQ, viene istituito il concorso “IIxHQ SPEED AWARD!!” volto a premiare le stazioni italiane e estere, che avranno effettuato un significativo numero di contatti con le stazioni IIxHQ attive sulle bande (160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m e 10 m) e nei due modi (SSB e CW) nel minor tempo possibile, secondo il regolamento dello IARU HF Championship 2024.

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Stazioni Italiane attive nel IARU HF World Championship

To encourage the presence of active stations in the IARU HF Championship 2024 contest and to support the activity of our National HQ Team, the "IIxHQ SPEED AWARD!!" competition is established. This award aims to recognize both Italian and foreign stations that achieve a significant number of QSOs with IIxHQ stations across various bands (160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, and 10 m) and modes (SSB and CW) in the shortest possible time, in accordance with the IARU HF Championship 2024 rules.

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Italian Stations active in the IARU HF World Championship

New ARRL Section Managers


Nominations for 2024 ARRL Section Managers have been made. All nominees listed ran unopposed and returned their nomination forms by the June 7, 2024, deadline. They have been notified by mail and elected for new terms beginning October 1, 2024.


Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH (new)


Dan Marler, K7REX


Bill Mitchell, AEØEE

North Dakota: 

Ralph Fettig, NØRDF


Thomas Sly,...

ARRL Logbook of The World Returns to Service


ARRL Logbook of The World® (LoTW®) returned to service July 1, 2024. It had been offline as part of a systems service disruption.

As work progressed on the network, some users encountered LoTW opening briefly during which some 6600 logs were uploaded. The logs were not processed until this weekend as we tested that the interfaces to LoTW were functioning properly.

We are taking steps to help mana...

Call for Nominations for ARRL Director and Vice Director


Attention: Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions. You have the opportunity to choose a Director and Vice Director to represent you for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2025.

ARRL is governed by its Board of Directors. A voting Director is chosen by ballot by the full (licensed) ARRL members in each of its 15 Divisions. Vice Directors who ser...

Hurricane Beryl: Hurricane Watch Net Active


Amateur Radio is active to provide critical communications for those in the path of Hurricane Beryl. The following information is from Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, the Net Manager of the Hurricane Watch Net.

Sunday, June 30, 2024, AM update:

Overnight, Beryl grew into a strong Category 3 Hurricane. As of 8:00 AM EDT (1200 UTC), Beryl was located about 420 east of Barbados moving to the west or 280 degre...

2024 ARRL Field Day Wrap Up


It was a successful 2024 ARRL Field Day, despite severe weather and extreme temperatures impacting much of the country. Social media has hundreds of photos and stories from the United States. By Wednesday morning, nearly 2200 log entries had been received, with more arriving hourly. Just a reminder, the deadline for entries is July 23, 2024. Check out the ARRL Field Day website for the latest u...

ARRL and Momobeam Introduce Dual-band Beam Antenna for 6- and 10-Meters


ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® has a new product to help radio amateurs get active and on the air.

As Solar Cycle 25 continues to increase HF radio propagation on the upper bands, ARRL has partnered with the Italian antenna manufacturer Momobeam to design a dualband beam antenna to help take full advantage of the exciting opportunities for distant contacts. The ARRL Dual-band ...

The K7RA Solar Update



"A glancing blow from a recent CME is expected to arrive late on UT
day 28-Jun. Additional to this, solar wind parameter Bz has been
oriented southward for approximately 15 hours. Combined this may
induce G1 geomagnetic conditions. A second CME is expected to arrive
late on UT day...

Gaming the Amateur Radio Digital Modes


Ever played poker over FT8? YouTuber Steve McGrane, KM9G (@temporarilyoffline), and his friends at the YouTube channel Coffee and Ham Radios (@coffeeandhamradios) do. They even livestream it monthly on the channel Frequency Frenzy (@FreqFrenzy). They’ve devised a system of automatically assigning values to QSO data from amateur radio digital mode contacts that corresponds with playing cards. Th...

Colorado Teacher and Ham Accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program


Dara Gardner, KFØNIX, a member of the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association (PPRAA), has been accepted to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program. The AEF program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.

“It's pretty exciting,” said G...

New Hampshire ARES Serves Mount Washington Road Race


On June 15, 2024, a dozen New Hampshire Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) operators from the Mount Washington Valley ARES group and the Central New Hampshire ARES group, as well as a number of out-of-state ARES volunteers, again provided emergency radio communications at the Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fourteen hundred participants ran up the mountain into a region of infamous ...


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