Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

Not the best news, but it could be worse... News on the next Solar Cycle from ARRL News: Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for Cycle 25 say it’s likely to be much like that of current Cycle 24, which is declining and predicted to bottom out in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 … Continue reading Solar Cycle 25 Predicted to be Similar to Cycle 24

WWV Centennial Special Event Will Use WW0WWV

This new story from the ARRL is about a special event celebrating the centennial of WWV that will take place at the end of September and beginning of October. WWV, the oldest continuously operating radio station in the world, was in danger of losing funding, but the new federal retained funding for it. WWV operates … Continue reading WWV Centennial Special Event Will Use WW0WWV

New ARRL Podcast Geared Toward Newcomers to Amateur Radio Debuts on March 7

This is a great idea from the ARRL. These podcasts are something we can direct new hams and prospective hams toward to help them become more interested in the hobby. They shouldn't take the place of elmering new hams, they're something to be used to augment elmering. From ARRL news at http://www.arrl.org A new ARRL … Continue reading New ARRL Podcast Geared Toward Newcomers to Amateur Radio Debuts on March 7

Some Stormy Seas for Competitive Sailors Using HF Amateur Radio

This is an interesting article that I came across on the ARRL website about sailors receiving penalties for how they utilized amateur radio during a race. There's also an interesting bit where one competitor states he is thinking about getting out of competitive sailing for safety reasons because he isn't allowed to use the amateur … Continue reading Some Stormy Seas for Competitive Sailors Using HF Amateur Radio

From the ARRL: FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

The ARRL posted this article on its website yesterday in reference to a petition from an Ohio amateur radio operator to change station identification requirements during emergencies and exercises for emergencies. I'll post my comment on it first followed by the ARRL article. I've had to use FCC station IDs for over twenty years as … Continue reading From the ARRL: FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

An Interesting Early Morning QSO with SN1918WAR, a History Related Special Event Station in Poland

Brunswick - Yesterday morning after breakfast I fired up the mobile HF station to try for some Skywarn Recognition Day contacts. I saw AB4UG tweet that WX4CHS at NWS Charleston, SC was active on 40 Meters, but propagation was too long for me to hear them. I did, however, manage to work two other NWS … Continue reading An Interesting Early Morning QSO with SN1918WAR, a History Related Special Event Station in Poland

History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for October 2018

Four history-related Amateur Radio special event stations during October stand out to me. Two o the special event stations honor important figures from US History: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Roger Williams. A third commemorates the birth of one of our armed forces: the US Navy. The fourth commemorates a key battle of the American Revolution … Continue reading History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for October 2018

History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for September 2018

The month of September has a number of History related amateur radio special event stations, but four stood out to me. The first is N0HWJ, which is commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The second is a set of special event stations, K3B, N3B, and W3B, which commemorate the Battle of Brandywine during the American … Continue reading History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for September 2018

History Related Amateur Radio Special Events Stations for August 2018

Each month, there are always some History related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations; I picked three to write about for August 2018. To be more accurate, two of them are organizations which are being commemorated by multiple stations: the US Coast Guard's (USCG) Anniversary and the Citizens Conservation Corps (CCC). Many are familiar with the … Continue reading History Related Amateur Radio Special Events Stations for August 2018

History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for July 2018

The month of July sees a lot of Independence Day special event stations as well as the 13 Colonies Special Event (to be honest, it's almost become more of a contest than a special event), but there are three History related amateur radio special event stations this July that stand out. The first commemorates the … Continue reading History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for July 2018