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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lake Effect Snow Watch issued December 07 at 3:22AM EST until December 10 at 10:00AM EST by NWS-CLE  Urgency is FUTURE  Counties Affected: Ashtabula Inland; Ashtabula Lakeshore; Geauga; Lake  ...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING... * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS GREATER THAN 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. LOCALIZED SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 INCHES OR MORE MAY OCCUR ACROSS INLAND AREAS OF NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA. * TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN NEAR THE ERIE PENNSYLVANIA LAKESHORE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Rare Polar Openings Reported on 630 Meters

John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, reports that “extremely rare polar openings” have been occurring the past three nights on 630 meters between a number of North American stations and Rolf Torvik, LA2XPA, in Norway.

“This path is straight through the auroral oval, and quiet geomagnetic conditions have allowed signals to traverse the polar regions,” Langridge told ARRL. He said LA2XPA has “an amazing...

Radio Australia Shortwave Broadcasts to End on January 31

Another prominent shortwave broadcaster is going dark, “The SWLing Post” blog reports. Radio Australia has announced that it will cease its shortwave transmissions on January 31. The station, popular with SWLs, broadcasts in the 31-, 25-, 19-, and 16-meter bands.

“The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content...

ISS Packet Digipeater is Now on 70 Centimeters

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station ( ARISS) packet digipeater aboard the ISS has been active for several days now on 437.550 MHz. The UHF frequency means users will have to make adjustments for Doppler on both uplink and downlink.

The change to 70 centimeters comes in the wake of a problem that has sidelined the Ericsson VHF transceiver, so the UHF model has been put into servic...

ARRL Foundation Board Approves Two New Scholarships for Young Radio Amateurs

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions Scheduled from ISS

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1...

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to Host December 7 Special Event

The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina, will host a special event on Wednesday, December 7, to mark the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Operator Jack Jacobs, WD4OIN, reports that NI4BK will be on 20 meters on December 7, 1400-2100 UTC.

The USS North Carolina (BB-55) was commissioned on April 9, 1941, a few months before the Pearl Harbor attack. During Worl...

FCC Affirms Penalty for Unlicensed Amateur Operation, Making False Distress Call

The FCC has affirmed a $23,000 penalty against Daniel Delise of Astoria, New York, for operating without an Amateur Radio license on 147.96 MHz and for transmitting a false officer-in-distress call on a New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio channel. The FCC’s December 5 Forfeiture Order follows its August 31 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture ( NAL ), which detailed a history of c...

Past AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, SK

Past AMSAT-NA President Frank Robert “Robin” Haighton, VE3FRH, of Burlington, Ontario, died on December 2, after suffering a stroke in late November. A Life Member of Radio Amateurs of Canada and a member of ARRL, he was 79. Haighton served as AMSAT-NA president from 2000 until 2004, succeeding Keith Baker, KB1SF. Prior to that, he was an AMSAT executive vice president and a long-time member of...

Contribute to ARRL through Your IRA

Time is running short to contribute to ARRL from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The federal government has now made permanent the ability for those age 70-1/2 or older to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an IRA directly to qualifying charities without having first to declare the donation as income. This means, for example, that you can donate your annual required minimum distr...

The K7RA Solar Update

SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre.

A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4-Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3-Dec or early 4-Dec.

Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03-04 December 2016


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