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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
  1. ARRL is proud to partner with HamSCI to help promote participation in the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). SEQPs are a series of global experiments -- and you can be a part of them. Solar eclipses will pass across the continental United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024.

    During these celestial events, you can join thousands of fellow amateurs as part of the largest crowd-sourced event...

  2. Solar activity was up for this reporting week, September 21-27.
    Eight new sunspot groups appeared, two on September 21, two more on
    September 22, two more on September 25, another on September 26 and
    another on September 27.

    The average daily sunspot number jumped from 118.4 to 170.6, while
    average daily solar flux went from 149.3 to 168.8.

    The Autumnal Equinox was last weekend in the Northern Hemisp...

  3. The US Senate confirmed Anna Gomez as the fifth commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission on September 7, 2023.Gomez thanked President Biden for the nomination and the Senate for her confirmation.

    "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve," she said in a statement on her LinkedIn page.

    Gomez is an attorney with decades of experience in domestic and international communications law...

  4. Thursday, September 21, 2023, marked 50 years since the ARRL Foundation was formed. As a partner with ARRL, the ARRL Foundation stewards philanthropic support for amateur radio through scholarships, club grants, and other programs to ensure a strong and vibrant future for the avocation.

    The total assets of the nonprofit entity measured nearly $8M at its most recent annual audit, but it grew from...


    "Solar wind streams from a pair of coronal holes are expected to
    mildly increase geomagnetic activity at times during the interval
    late 22-Sep to 24-Sep.


    Nine new sunspot groups appeared this week, but th...

  6.  On September 9, 2023, the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club (BARC) in northern Utah provided amateur radio communications support during LoToJa, the longest 1-day USA Cycling (USAC)-sanctioned bicycle race in America. The LoToJa course consists of 200 miles of rough, mountainous terrain. BARC was prepared for the challenge and had been training and working on their communications plans for more t...

  7.  The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for October 7 - 8, 2023.

    The SET is ARRL's annual national emergency exercise designed to assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers, as well as those affiliated with other organizations involved in emergency and disaster responses. The SET is open to all radio amateurs and partner organizations,...

  8. Hurricane Lee is expected to impact portions of New England in the Northeastern United States and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. The storm has had the full attention of forecasters and the volunteer organizations that coordinate Amateur Radio response to hurricanes. 

    Amateur Radio Emergency Service®(ARES®) volunteer groups are in an elevated state of readiness and alert ahead of the st...

  9. Like last week, eight new sunspot groups emerged this reporting
    week, September 7-13.

    One appeared on September 7, another September 9, four more on
    September 10, another on September 11 and one more on September 12.

    Solar activity made a nice comeback, with average daily sunspot
    numbers rising from 95.4 to 138.1, and solar flux from 137.6 to

    The most active geomagnetic day was September 12, wh...

  10. The 2023 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will take place on Sunday, October 29 in Washington, D.C., and Arlington County, Virginia at 7:55 AM EDT. The MCM Ham Volunteers team is looking for 150 amateur radio operators to support the event by providing racecourse situation reports. 

    The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as the People's Marathon, expects to support more than 29,000 runners at this yea...