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Robert Bankston, KE4AL, is New AMSAT President

Robert Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, Alabama, is the new president of AMSAT. The AMSAT Board of Directors elected Bankston at its annual meeting on October 18, to succeed Clayton Coleman, W5PFG. Bankston has served as treasurer and Vice President of User Services. He is a life member of both ARRL and AMSAT. He volunteered to develop and launch AMSAT’s online member portal and chaired the 2018 AMS...

ARRL Logbook of The World Harmonizes Designation of FST4 Protocol

The Logbook of The World (LoTW) Committee worked with WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, to harmonize the designation of FST4 among WSJT-X, the ADIF standard, and LoTW. At present, FST4 is only supported in a recently released beta version of WSJT-X. The committee’s action was to avoid the sort of confusion that cropped up among LoTW users logging contacts in FT4 when that protocol was first in...

FCC Headquarters Relocates

FCC Headquarters has moved. The new address is 45 L St. NE, Washington, DC 20554. The change is effective immediately. The FCC announced plans to move last spring, but the transition was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FCC, like many federal agencies, has its own zip code, so there will be no disruption in mail delivery sent by USPS to the former address. The FCC still prohibits the delive...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on October 22

The ARRL Executive Committee will meet at 1800 UTC on October 22 in closed virtual session. The panel’s primary agenda item is arrangements for the Board of Directors’ January 2021 meeting. The panel also will hear from Chief Executive Officer David Minster, NA2AA, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ.

Florida ARES Group Publishes After-Action Book

A new paperback aimed at the Amateur Radio Emergency Service Community, Power Out! After-Action Report and Improvement Plan by Susan Halbert, KG4VWI; Leland Gallup, AA3YB, and Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, is available on Amazon. The $5.99 paperback chronicles the after-action report of a fun and whimsical deployment exercise conducted by the Alachua County (Florida) ARES® group.

“We have actually publish...

Jamboree on the Air Takes Place this Weekend

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and concurrent Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) will be held Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18. A new US JOTA-JOTI website has details. Participants can register as individuals or as a group on the World JOTA-JOTI website. The page includes a directory of all who have already registered.

“We would love to receive pictures and videos of you and yo...

Multiple Balloons Carrying Ham Radio Payloads Launched

Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the multiple launches. The balloons are trackable via ham radio on APRS (either 144.39 MHz FM or 144.34 MHz FM).

The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east around the globe, although there’s no accounting for upper air current...

Bob Buus, W2OD, Appointed as Northern New Jersey Section Manager

Bob Buus, W2OD, of Holmdel, has been appointed as Northern New Jersey Section Manager to succeed Steve Ostrove, K2SO (SK), who stepped down on September 22 due to failing health. Buus will serve out the current term of office, which concludes on June 30, 2021. 

An ARRL Life Member, Buus had been serving as an Assistant SM and an Emergency Coordinator.  He is also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and ...

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day, and Amazon Donates to ARRL

Amazon Prime Day is Back! Deals start on Tuesday, October 13, and continue through Wednesday, October 14. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals and promotions available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmil...

Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, Appointed as New Delaware Section Manager

Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, of Newark, Delaware, has been appointed as ARRL Delaware Section Manager. He succeeds Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, who had served since 2014. Duveneck has moved out of the Delaware Section.

ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, appointed Stillman after consulting with ARRL Atlantic Division Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. The appointment is effective immed...

Northern New Jersey Section Manager Steve Ostrove, K2SO, SK

ARRL Northern New Jersey Section Manager (SM) Steve Ostrove, K2SO, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, died on October 2. An ARRL Life Member, he was 74. His career was in the pharmaceutical industry, and he was the CEO of Ostrove Associates Inc and author of Aspects in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Ostrove served as an Assistant Section Manager in Northern New Jersey since 2009, and was the Section Emer...

2020 ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention will be Live this Weekend

The ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, hosted by the 55th annual Melbourne Hamfest, will take place this weekend with COVID-19 precautions in place.

The Melbourne Hamfest, sponsored by the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS), will take place Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard. “PCARS is planning all the social distancing ...

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