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A New On the Air Podcast Now Available

The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 5) focuses on the various types of modulation and tips on go kits. The On the Air podcast is a monthly companion to On the Air magazine, ARRL's magazine for beginner-to-intermediate ham radio operators.

Click here to listen online, or use the podcast app in our iOS or Android device.

ARRL Seeks Clarification of Amended Amateur Service RF Safety Rules

ARRL has filed a Petition for Clarification addressing two issues arising from amended FCC RF safety rules that go into effect on June 1 for the Amateur Service and other FCC-regulated services. Licensees will have 2 years to determine if an RF safety evaluation is now required under the new rules and to perform an evaluation and implement any needed mitigation measures. Current rules already r...

New WSJT-X Beta Version Offers Significant FT4 and FT8 Upgrades

A new beta version of the WSJT-X software suite has been released that includes the first updates to the popular FT8 and FT4 protocols since last fall. Co-Developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, said the “candidate release” WSJT-X version 2.2.0-rcl represents significant program upgrades to FT8, FT4, and other protocols. The beta version will be valid for a month.

“This candidate release is your first chanc...

ARISS to Attempt Second Test of New Multipoint Telebridge Contact System

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is hoping to refine its new “multipoint telebridge” system for handling scheduled ham radio contacts between International Space Station crew members and schools or organizations on Earth. On May 15 at 1510 UTC, it will conduct the second test of its new protocol in a contact with students in South Africa. The pandemic eliminated all conv...

Two New Chinese Ham Satellites Expected to Launch in September

Two new Chinese amateur radio satellites are expected to launch on September 15. CAS-7A and CAS-7C follow in the wake of numerous amateur radio satellites put into space by CAMSAT. CAS-7A, a 27 kilogram microsat, will carry several transponders, including a 15-meter-to-10-meter (H/t) linear transponder, and a 2-meter-to-70-centimeter (H/u) linear transponder. CAS-7A also will include a V/u (2 m...

May 12 is Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez has declared May 12 Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico. Vazquez took special note of amateur radio’s role in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, pointing out hams’ ability to help various agencies responding to the emergency and the general public after all telecommunications on the island went down. She also noted that in January, hams promptly ...

Socially Distanced In-Person Exam Sessions Held in US and Norway

With some states starting to relax restrictions on events and activities, the Grant County, Oregon, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) held an in-person exam session on April 26 in the town of John Day that adhered to social distancing recommendations. Exam organizers held the gathering to within Oregon’s 10-person limit for gatherings, keeping everyone 6 feet apart and requiring all parti...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

We haven’t seen a sunspot since Thursday, April 30 when the daily sunspot number was 35. This is a relatively high sunspot number based on recent activity, although not historically. In fact, the daily sunspot number has not been as high since March 21, 2019 when it was 49, and prior to that we need to look back further to the previous year, when the daily sunspot number was 41 on June 22, 2018...

IARU Region 2 Online Emergency Communication Workshops Get Under Way

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) virtual emergency communication workshops got under way on April 29, when the first of the programs in English and Spanish, “What is Winlink and its Importance during Emergency Communications,” was presented in Spanish. Workshop presenter Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, of the Mexican Federation of Radio Amateurs, offered insights into the usefulness an...

First Guatemalan Satellite Deployed from the ISS

Guatemala’s first satellite, a CubeSat called Quetzal-1, was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 28. Its primary mission is to test a sensor for remote data acquisition for natural resource management, which could be used to monitor water quality in inland water bodies.

The satellite is part of the Japanese Kibo CubeSat program, a product of the cooperation between, amon...

May/June Issue of ARRL’s On the Air Magazine Now Available

The May/June digital edition of ARRL’s On the Air magazine is now available. Read it and other ARRL digital publications by browsing to the ARRL Magazines page. In this issue:

  • Tips for better repeater operating

  • Understanding modulation

  • Go-kit basics

  • Building a portable antenna mount

  • Shopping for a mobile radio

…and much more!

You can also read the issue on your Apple, Android, or Kindle device by ...

New SSTV Software Now Available

An update of the popular MMSSTV slow-scan television (SSTV) software is now available. Eugenio Fernández, EA1ADA, has introduced YONIQ, which he calls a modern version of MMSSTV. “We are excited to finally be able to offer the entire radio community the revamped MMSSTV with the nickname YONIQ also in English,” he said. YONIQ is available in English and Spanish. The software offers several impro...

Ham-Com Cancels 2020 Show

Ham-Com will not take place in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “While we have held out hope that this year we would be able to host Ham-Com 2020 as a light at the end of the long tunnel of the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must inform all that we are canceling Ham-Com 2020, with the event postponed until June 17, 18, and 19, 2021,” Ham-Com Board of Directors President Bil...

AMSAT Solicits Nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors Election

AMSAT is soliciting candidate nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors Election set for later this year, to fill the seats of three incumbent Directors whose 2-year terms expire in 2020: Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO. AMSAT members may further elect up to two Alternate Directors for 1-year terms. Valid Director nominations must be in writing and require either o...

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