ARRL News

  • Solar activity increased dramatically this reporting week (April11-17), and thirteen new sunspot groups emerged. One appeared onApril 11, two more on April 13, three more on April 14, another twoon April 15, one more on April 16 and another two on April 17. OnApril 18 an additional two sunspot groups emerged, and the dailysunspot number […]
  • Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers predict an active Atlantic hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) in their initial 2024 forecast.ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, attended the National Hurricane Conference in Florida in late March, where the CSU prediction was issued. "The common discussion at the National Hurricane Conference this year […]
  • Death Valley National Park is in a remote desert in southern California, where mobile phone networks are spotty at best. On Saturday, April 6, a radio amateur and his family were enjoying the park when their vehicle became stuck in mud in a dangerous area. Without access to a cell network, the ham called for […]
  • Millions of people across the United States got to see a rare solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024.The path of totality — the line of darkness where the moon fully occluded the sun — stretched through the South Pacific, Mexico, central Texas, the Ozarks, the Midwest, the Rust Belt area, and to New England […]
  • I did not see last Monday's eclipse, except on television. Here inthe Pacific Northwest, we only got a 20% exposure, and skies wereovercast.As they moved across the country displaying successive totality, Inoticed the prominences on the edge of the disk. There were alwaysbetween one and three little red spots at the edge.Solar activity over the […]
  • A poster promoting 2024 ARRL Field Day has been released on the Field Day web page, www.arrl.org/field-day. The two-sided informational poster features this year's theme "Be Radio Active". It includes a space for clubs to fill in information about their planned activation so that members of their community can come visit the site.More resources for […]
  • ARRL is working to engage the next generation of radio amateurs right in the classroom. Many young people have become active hams because of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology.This donor-funded effort brings teachers from across the United States together to get them excited about radio through hands-on experiments. The Institute then trains them […]
  • As part of the fun at Dayton Hamvention®, youth attendees are invited to participate in the 2024 ARRL Youth Rally on Saturday, May 18. The day will include a special agenda of activities and presentations intended to engage and inspire young hams and young newcomers to amateur radio.The Youth Rally is intended for students who […]
  • In one of nature's most spectacular visual displays, on April 8, 2024, the sun will align with the moon and the Earth, casting a shadow that will transit much of North America.Spectacular Display and GatheringMillions will gather along the path of totality – the section where the sun is fully blocked by the moon – […]
  • With the big increase in sunspot numbers and solar flux reported inlast week's Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP013, I hoped the trendwould continue, but numbers this week were lower.Five new sunspot groups emerged, one each day from March 30 throughApril 3.Average daily sunspot numbers went from 147 to 60, and average dailysolar flux declined from 191.9 […]