The latest news from the American Radio Relay League

  • Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Launched November 15, 2018
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle lifted off flawlessly at 2046 UTC on November 15 from Cape Canaveral, carrying the first Amateur Radio payload destined for geostationary orbit. About 32 minutes after launch, SpaceX reports the spacecraft was successfully deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Positioned at 25.5° E, the satellite will carry an Amateur […]
  • ARRL November Sweepstakes CW 2018 Log Count Tops Last Year’s November 15, 2018
    ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, says the 1,270 electronic and handful of paper logs submitted for this year’s ARRL November Sweepstakes CW weekend surpass last year’s log count. Now it’s time for SS Phone. Jahnke stresses that SS Phone logs are due within 7 days after the event ends, by 0259 UTC on November 26. “As our updated processes have r […]
  • The Doctor Will See You Now! November 15, 2018
  • New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set November 14, 2018
    A new WSJT-X “release candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading fro […]
  • Southern New Jersey ARES Team Assists in Missing-Person Search November 14, 2018
    Ocean County, New Jersey, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers recently assisted search groups looking for a man with dementia who was reported missing on November 2 from a nursing home in Stafford Township. Searches concentrating on neighborhoods around the nursing home had been unsuccessful. The missing man’s family organized a search for Nov […]
  • Noted Contester, AR-Cluster Developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K, SK November 14, 2018
    Well-known contester and AR-Cluster developer Terry Gerdes, AB5K (ex-KX6OI), formerly of Texas, died on November 13 in Belize, where he had recently relocated and married. He was 69. An Arkansas native who was initially licensed as WB5SFA, Gerdes held a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. In the 1980s, he operated from the Marsh […]
  • Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member November 14, 2018
    Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda.“The assistance we received from the ham radio operator[s] was crucial in helping us […]
  • Montenegro, Lithuania Latest to Join the 60-Meter Band Community November 13, 2018
  • Amateur Radio Volunteers at the Ready for California Fire Duty November 13, 2018
    [Updated 2018 November 13 @ 1024 UTC] Amateur Radio volunteers have been active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires continue to rage in large sections of California. Camp FireIn Butte County, in Northern California, the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire, triggered a call up of ARES members for communication support. A small wildfire tha […]
  • Amateur Radio Issues under Discussion in Geneva in Advance of WRC-19 November 13, 2018
    As part of the run up to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), three International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 5 (SG 5) Working Groups have been meeting this week in Geneva. ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for decisions taken at WRCs and develop global standards, reports, and handbooks on […]