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HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue

Mon, 2017/02/20 - 23:34

Many listeners were able to copy signals from Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) early on February 20 (UTC). The facility has begun its first scientific research campaign since being taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, said the Twitter an...

HAARP Experiments to Get Under Way on February 20 UTC, Reports Invited

Sat, 2017/02/18 - 20:33

On February 20 (UTC), Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will launch its first scientific research campaign since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, reports that he will be ready to go starting Monday, February 20, at 03...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 2017/02/17 - 14:09

In the last reporting week (February 9-15) average daily sunspot numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9 to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.


Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 17-19, then 77, 80, 83, 85 and 80 on February 20-24, 78 on February 25-26, 76 on February 27-28, 75 on March 1-...

ARRL Website, Store to be Offline

Fri, 2017/02/17 - 13:57

The ARRL website, the ARRL Store, and other functions will be offline during maintenance on Sunday, February 19, within the period from approximately 2 AM until 4 AM EST (0700 to 0900 UTC). We apologize for any inconvenience.

K5LN Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award

Fri, 2017/02/17 - 01:24

The winning article for the February QST Cover Plaque Award is “A Resonant Speaker for CW” by Bill Sepulveda, K5LN.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today.

New Section Manager Appointed in Illinois

Thu, 2017/02/16 - 20:41

Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons. ARRL expressed its thanks to Ciciora, who has served at the helm of the Illinois Field Organization for more than 10 years, since July 2006.

ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, appointe...

Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available

Thu, 2017/02/16 - 19:14

Campus Ham Radio Clubs Encouraged to Boost Vitality through Innovation

Thu, 2017/02/16 - 19:07

ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. He urges college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio licensees.

“We really need to be thinking in terms of…stat...

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on Presidents' Day

Thu, 2017/02/16 - 16:00

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 20, for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM EST on Tuesday, February 21. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Posts its 2016 Annual Report

Wed, 2017/02/15 - 22:06

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has posted its 2016 annual report. The 2016 ARES Annual Report focuses on documenting the value that ARES provides to the nation, states, and localities in collaboration with partners at all levels. The report features basic data drawn from Section Emergency Coordinators’ reports, a breakdown of ARES figures by state and FEMA region, and a challenge fo...

Contest University (CTU) Posts Course Outline, Faculty, for Dayton Classes

Wed, 2017/02/15 - 13:10

The course outline has been posted for the Contest University 2017 sessions, Thursday, May 18, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, reports Tim Duffy, K3LR, CTU Chairman. Faculty for the Dayton classes, held in conjunction with Hamvention 2017 this May, includes several returning professors as well as some newcomers: Frank Donovan, W3LPL; Ed Muns, W0YK; Rob Sherwood, NC0B; Joel Harrison, W5ZN; ...

White Mountain Amateur Radio Club to Conduct Third Annual Mount Washington Test Session

Tue, 2017/02/14 - 21:23

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club will conduct its third annual “Backcountry VE Session” on February 18 at Harvard Cabin on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The cabin is at an altitude of 3,250 feet above sea level. Special event station W1M will be on the air from the cabin, built and maintained by the Harvard Mountaineering Club. Examiners are planning to administer tests between 12 and 1...

Alaska’s HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

Tue, 2017/02/14 - 21:15

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, “RAPID: Spatiotemp...

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

Tue, 2017/02/14 - 21:11

[UPDATE: 2017-02-14 @ 2312: Authorities have now lifted a mandatory evacuation order issued over the weekend to residents who could have been affected by catastrophic flooding from failure of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. Residents may now return to their homes but have been advised to remain vigilant, should the situation again become critical. The Red Cross shelter in Chico will remain...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Ready to Assist with California Evacuations

Mon, 2017/02/13 - 21:55

Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are ready to assist in the evacuation and sheltering of upward of 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest dam in the US. It impounds Lake Oroville, the second...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 2017/02/10 - 17:43

Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 31.6 to 21.3 last week, and average daily solar flux declined from 78.2 to 73.5. The sunspot number was zero on February 8, but recovered to 15 on February 9, with the appearance of one new sunspot group.

Average planetary A index went from 15.6 to 12.9, and average mid-latitude A index from 11.4 to 9.9.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 10-12, 78 o...