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  • ARRL Director Nomar Vizcarrondo, NP4H, who has represented the Hudson Division since March 2023, has stepped down, effective July 12, 2024, at 5 PM Eastern.

    Vice Director Ed Wilson, N2XDD, will accede to the Director’s chair to complete the remainder of a 3-year term ending December 31, 2024. Wilson has served as Vice Director since June 2023. He has held ARRL Field Organization appointments as...

  • New sunspot groups, nine in all, emerged on every day of this reporting week, July 4 to 10. One on July 4, another on July 5, two more on July 6, another each on July 7 and July 8, two more on July 9 and another on July 10.

    On July 11, two more sunspot groups emerged, and the total sunspot area expanded by 13 per cent.

    Despite the appearance of so many new sunspots, average daily sunspot number...

  • ARRL® The National Association for Amateur Radio® joined The Weather Channel on Thursday, July 11, 2024, for a live chat about the value of amateur radio during hurricane season and beyond. ARRL’s Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, talked about how radio helps inform the warning process through surface observations relayed through the Hurricane Watch Net and other nets to WX4NHC, the amateur radio station...

  • At Ham Radio 2024, the International amateur radio exhibition, last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the Software Defined Radio Academy (SDRA) celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Founded in 2014, the SDRA has become a new platform for the exchange of knowledge surrounding software defined radio. In the early years, the academy’s lectures were recorded with primitive camera technology, but toda...

  • Remnants of Hurricane Beryl, now a post-tropical cyclone, were moving northeast as of early Thursday morning with heavy rain and 35 mph winds. The storm is forecast to continue its current direction as it moves through Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northern New England and Canada, moving ENE at 20 mph. Beryl was the fastest and earliest storm of the hurricane season and during its 8-day run t...

  • The numbers for ARRL 2024 Field Day continue to grow. As of Thursday, July 11, there were nearly 3,500 entries posted. Remember, the deadline for entries is July 23, 2024. It’s a good idea to check the ARRL Field Day website daily for the latest updates and to make sure your entries are completed. If you see “complete” in the status column, your entries are good. If you see ‘pending documents,’...

  • Updated 07/09/2024

    As previously reported, ARRL® Logbook of The World® (LoTW®) returned to service on Monday, July 1, 2024. As anticipated, there was a significant rise in use to catch up on processing logs following the outage. It took 4 days for normal processing times to return.

    The ARRL Radiosport Department has resumed processing applications for most awards. The systems for Worked All State...

  • Amateur Radio is active to provide critical communications for those in the path of Hurricane Beryl. This page will be updated with the latest information as it comes in. 

    By: John Ross, KD8IDJ, and Sierra Harrop, W5DX


    Monday, July 8, 2024, Noon EDT update: 

    The following information is from Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Net Manager for the Hurricane Watch Net:

    The Hurricane Watch Net concluded operations...

  • Solar activity increased this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 149.6 to 181.6. For some reason average daily solar flux decreased from 178 to 175.

    Seven new sunspot groups emerged this week, one on June 27, two on June 28, three on June 29, and one more on July 3.

    Average daily planetary index rose from 10.3 to 15.6 while average middle latitude A index rose from 10.1 to 11....

  • Nominations for 2024 ARRL Section Managers have been made. All nominees listed ran unopposed and returned their nomination forms by the June 7, 2024, deadline. They have been notified by mail and elected for new terms beginning October 1, 2024.

    Connecticut: 

    Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH (new)

    Idaho: 

    Dan Marler, K7REX

    Minnesota: 

    Bill Mitchell, AEØEE

    North Dakota: 

    Ralph Fettig, NØRDF

    Ohio: 

    Thomas Sly,...