Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Peter / WB6POT and Rick / W5RJD were at Montevina Ridge above Los Gatos on February 13, successfully working QRP CW to Japan with an Elecraft KX2 and wire antenna.  An impressive operation; elevation really makes a difference !  Images are posted to our section page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arrlscv. The following references are courtesy W5RJD […]

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ARRL to FCC: Additional Volunteer Examiner Coordinators Not Needed

ARRL has told the FCC that no additional Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VEC) are needed to oversee the administration of amateur radio exams by Volunteer Examiners (VEs). Examination opportunities have continued to be widely available throughout the US — except for a couple of months during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — and adding VECs […]

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A “Perfect Coronal Mass Ejection” Could Be a Nightmare

A new study in the research journal Space Weather considers what might happen if a worst-case coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth — a “perfect solar storm,” if you will. In 2014, Bruce Tsurutani of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Gurbax Lakhina of the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism introduced the “perfect CME.” It could create […]

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References from ARRL Headquarters follow

ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station02/03/2021 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host amateur radio contacts with an International Space Station (ISS) crew member. Contacts would likely be scheduled between January 1 and […]

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ARES / RACES Team Activation

On February 3, 2021, DEC Tim Howard / KE6TIM advised that Emergency Operations Centers in Santa Clara County were activated to provide communications support in Morgan Hill, following an accidental fiber cable cut that disrupted telephone and internet service in that city. Approximately 2,350 residents were temporarily without service. Fortunately, public safety communications systems were […]

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From ARRL Headquarters

ZCZC AX02QST de W1AWSpecial Bulletin 2 ARLX002From ARRL HeadquartersNewington CT February 3, 2021To all radio amateurs SB SPCL ARL ARLX002ARLX002 MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. […]

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Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold

RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel’s radio equipment for exhibition. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a court filing the company made on January 29. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have […]

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FCC to Require Email Address with Applications and on File

FCC to Require Email Address with Applications and on File Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as “defective.” On September 16, the FCC adopted a Report and Order […]

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SCARES Joins South Coast CERT in Evacuation Operation

Regional ARES groups have responded to the recent storm systems. Here’s a timely report from our PIO: SCARES Joins South Coast CERT in Evacuation Operation By Lisa Short Chupity, W6LSC, PIO for SC4ARC/ARES The SC4ARES group joined South Coast CERT in a joint exercise to notify residents in the CZU Lightning Complex burn scar areas […]

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