AMSAT Announces 2020 Field Day Rules

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation(AMSAT) promotes its own version of FieldDay for operation via the amateur satellites,held concurrently with the ARRL event. For 2020, the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 18:00 UTCon Saturday June 27th, 2020 through 2100 UTC on SundayJune 28th, 2020. Those who set up prior to 18:00 UTC onJune 27th can operate only 24 hours. AMSAT DirecRead More…

New Life Membership

The Board of Directors of the ARRL have voted to create a special Life Membership option for individuals who are at least 70 years old. Beginning on 1st June 2020, the new ARRL Life 70+ Membership will be available to individuals who have turned 70 and have a combined 25 years of paid annual ARRL membership. Life 70+ Members will receive all benefits of an annual membership, including their cRead More…

Development of Remote Testing Methods

The Federal Communications Commission has clarified that there is nothing within its rules which prohibits remote examination testing for amateur radio testing. They have also clarified that no prior approval is required to conduct remote exam sessions. The following statement clearly addresses this issue: “The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish Read More…

Proposed Changes to USA Bandplans

A new HF Band Planning Discussion Group has been formed by the ARRL, which will focus on their HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community were sought earlier this month by the HF Band Planning Committee on its report to the Board. During the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented its speRead More…