ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 24-25

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25. The ARRL Letter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 25. In addition there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice on those days. We wish all our members a safe and enjoyable holiday! 

Rocky Mountain Division Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, Overcomes Challenge to Win Election

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, has won election to a 3-year term. As Vice Director, Allen assumed the Director’s seat last January, after the Board of Directors elected former Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, as Second Vice President. Allen outpolled challenger Garth Crowe, WY7GC (ex-N7XKT) 1112 to 528 votes, to win the seat in his own right. Ballots were counted Nov…

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar flux and sunspot numbers moved in opposite directions over the past week, and differences were more extreme than usual. Normally we expect daily sunspot numbers and solar flux to track together, and geomagnetic indices to track with each other as well, at least approximately.  Average daily sunspot numbers over the past reporting week (November 10-16) rose ten points from 18.7 to 28.7, whi…

FCC Approves New Emergency Alert System “Event Codes” for 2017 Hurricane Season

The FCC has added three new “event codes” to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for the 2017 hurricane season. The new rules apply to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). Two of the EAS codes correspond to a potential Storm Surge Watch/Warning. The National Weather Service (NWS) is still developing and seeking comments on a Storm Surge Watch/Warning for operational use in 2017. The new codes are: Ext…