Reminder: NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative Application Deadline is November 22

The application deadline to take part in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) is Tuesday, November 22. NASA has invited accredited education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and NASA centers to join the adventure and challenge of space, while helping the agency to achieve its exploration goals. Many research CubeSats launched as part of the CSLI have carried Amateur Radio payloads. CSLI…

Hurricane Watch Net Honors Bermuda Radio Amateur

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has recognized one of its long-time members, Antony “Tony” Siese, VP9HK. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, announced on October 20 that the net would confer upon Siese the title of “Honorary Member,” in recognition of his 31 years of service. Graves said Siese is the first non-manager to be named an Honorary Member. VP9HK joined the HWN in 1985, although, he said, h…

The K7RA Solar Update

At 2347 UTC on November 3, Australia’s Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning: “Expect Unsettled to Active conditions with periods of Minor Storm levels in the Australian region for the next UT day, 4 November, if a small coronal hole in the Southern hemisphere becomes geoeffective.”   But as of November 3, the prediction from NOAA/USAF for planetary A index for November …

IARU General Assembly Adopts Revisions to Region 2 Band Plan

Delegates to the 19th International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) General Assembly in mid-October adopted ARRL-proposed changes to the Region 2 (the Americas) band plan as well as other recommended revisions. Representatives of 24 IARU member societies took part in the General Assembly, held in Viña del Mar, Chile, either in person or by proxy. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, heade…