ARRL Field Day results available        

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AND/OR ACTIVITIES

December 14, 2019 -- ARA Christmas Dinner! 5:30-? More coming soon!
November 2019 - JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon Communications
October 26, 2019 - Alsatia Mummer's Parade Communications
October 19, 2019 - WinLink 2000 Training Class -- Seats still available  (membership not required!)
September 28, 2019 - Emergency Preparedness, 10A-2P
1800 UTC 9/14/19 - 0259 UTC 9/16/19: VHF Contest
9/4 Antietam Radio Association Pre-meeting Social, 5:30P
9/4 Antietam Radio Association meeting, 7P
8/31-9/2 (Sat-Mon) - Hiram Percy Maxim SPECIAL EVENT sponsored by Antietam Radio Assn!

ARRL News

Subscribe to ARRL News feed
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
Updated: 2 hours 27 min ago

Dayton Hamvention Admission, Fees to Increase in 2020

10 hours 20 min ago

Dayton Hamvention® is increasing the cost of admission and its booth fees. Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, announced this week that general admission would rise by $4 per ticket to $26 in advance or $31 at the gate for all 3 days. The cost of flea market spots will go up by $5 per space, and inside exhibitors will pay $30 more.

“Hamvention has always strived to produce a very high-q...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

12 hours 11 min ago

ARISS Contact with Pennsylvania School to be Streamed Live

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 18:15

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with astronaut Dr. Drew Morgan, MD, KI5AAA, and students at Council Rock High School in Pennsylvania will be livestreamed. The contact will take place at approximately 1756 UTC on Thursday, December 5. Morgan is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Several Warminster Amateur Radio Club members, including Michael Shanbla...

Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:08

The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is 108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its July 2019 meeting.

At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in Little Mountain...

UN Headquarters’ 4U1UN has been Back on the Air

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:14

The United Nations Amateur Radio Club, 4U1UN, at UN Headquarters in New York has been on the air recently. Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, recently was on site to replace and test a serial cable, and, while there, made some 100 contacts.

“Now that all works, we should hear the 4U1UN more often on the air,” he commented. QSL via HB9BOU.

4U1UN is a separate DXCC entity. The 4U1UN Facebook page reported th...

Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station Taking Place until December 6

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:06

Russian cosmonauts were expected to activate VHF FM Slow Scan TV (SSTV) image transmissions from the International Space Station, starting Wednesday, December 4, until Friday, December 6 (UTC). December 4, until 1650 UTC; December 5, from 1125 until 1715 UTC, and December 6, 1020 UTC until 1640 UTC. Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5-kHz deviation) using SSTV mode PD-120. Once rece...

Boy Scouts Report Increased JOTA 2019 Station Participation

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 12:11

The Boy Scouts of America report that, although overall JOTA 2019 participation was down slightly from 2018, “our calculations show that each station averaged an additional 13 people in attendance over 2019. This shows an aggregate increase of 24% attendance per station, even with our reported stations being down from 266 in 2018 to 201 in 2019."

The Scouts reported that 13,783 individuals took ...

ARRL Headquarters Delayed Opening

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 06:06

Due to weather conditions at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, the facility will not open today until 10 AM EST (1500 UTC). All online services will operate normally.

SKYWARN Recognition Day Participation Webinar Set for December 4

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 17:08

A webinar will held on Wednesday, December 4, at 8:30 PM EST (December 5 at 0130 UTC) for those interested in participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD), which marks its 20th anniversary this year. On Saturday, December 7, 0000 to 2400 UTC, radio amateurs will be on the air from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the country, celebrating the long relationship between the...

YOTA Month Expanding into the Americas

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:23

December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.

During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on ...

Past ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, SK

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:21

A titan of Amateur Radio, past ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul L. Rinaldo, W4RI, of Burke, Virginia, died on November 29 after a period of failing health. An ARRL Life Member, Rinaldo was 88.

“This is really sad news,” ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, remarked upon learning of Rinaldo’s passing. “I worked with Paul on a number of things, and he amazed me with his knowledge and the differen...

Support ARRL when you shop AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 08:45

Planning to shop on Amazon this Cyber Monday? If so, remember to shop smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Support ARRL as you shop your holiday gifts, decorations, and more. You shop. Amazon gives. Bookmark ARRL’s link and support Amateur Radio and ARRL every ...

ARRL is Participating in “#Giving Tuesday” on December 3

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 08:00

ARRL is taking part in #GivingTuesday on December 3. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Many of ARRL’s programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone. Your contributions to the Education & Technology Fund, the Spectrum Defense Fund, and the Legislative Issues Advoc...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 13:02

Another week went by with no sunspots. Average daily sunspot number this week rose from 69.9 to 70.4. Average planetary A index rose from 3.6 to 8.3.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on November 29 through December 6, 69 on December 7-8, 70 on December 9-22, 69 on December 23 through January 4, and 70 on January 5-12.

Planetary A index is predicted at 5 on November 29 through December 2, 8 on December ...

ARRL Headquarters is Closed Thursday and Friday

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 08:00

ARRL Headquarters is closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will not be produced this week. The next editions will be on December 5 and 6, respectively.

There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice transmissions on Thursday and Friday.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. ARRL

Headquarters will reopen on ...

FCC Invites Comments on Digital AM Broadcasting Proposal

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:42

The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), that would allow AM broadcasters to transmit an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode, known as MA3.1

“We tentatively conclude that a voluntary transition to all-digital broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide improved AM service to the listening public,” the FCC said....

ARRL Events App Will Support Orlando Hamcation Attendees

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:39

Orlando HamCation® 2020 visitors in February will be able to navigate the convention with ARRL’s free mobile event app, ARRL Events. First introduced for the Dayton Hamvention® in May 2019, the app received extremely positive reviews from users. ARRL has partnered with Orlando HamCation and Dayton Hamvention to re-introduce the app for these 2020 events.

“The user-friendly event app will help co...

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Concludes

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 19:25

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, wrapped up on Friday, November 22. The month-long event, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was the largest ever, with some 3,300 delegates in attendance. ITU has posted the provisional WRC-19 Final Acts on its website as a 567-page PDF. The WRC-19 Final Acts will take effect on January 21, 2...