into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
Developed in 1999, SRD is cosponsored by ARRL and the NWS. Traditionally, radio amateurs have assisted the mission of the NWS through providing near real-time reports of severe weather and storm development. Reports received from radio amateurs have proven invaluable to NWS forecasters.
During SRD, participants exchange contact information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. Stations should exchange call signs, signal reports, and locations, plus a quick description of the weather at your location (e.g., sunny, partly cloudy, windy, rainy, etc.). EchoLink and IRLP nodes, including the Voice over Internet Protocol Weather Net (VoIP-WX), are expected to be active as well.
WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center will also be on the air for SRD, 1300 - 1700 UTC, for its 21st year of SRD participation.
Event certificates are electronic and printable from the main website at the conclusion of SRD. To learn more, visit the SKYWARN Recognition Day website.
TWO SOLAR CYCLES ARE ACTIVE AT THE SAME TIME
Solar Minimum is here, and it is very deep. During this quiet nadir of solar activity, something happens that might surprise you: Two solar cycles become active at the same time. Recently the sun displayed this counter-intuitive phenomenon:
This image from NASA's Solar
Dynamics Observatory shows two active regions on the sun--one north
of the equator and once south. These are not sunspots. Instead, they
are "hot spots" where magnetic fields have gathered with just
enough intensity to bottle-up some glowing-hot plasma, but not quite
enough strength to create a full-fledged sunspot.
ARRL Thanks Official Observers as Volunteer Monitor Program is Set to Debut
The Official Observer program has served the Amateur Radio community and assisted the FCC Enforcement Bureau for more than 85 years. The OO program is giving way to the new Volunteer Monitor (VM) program, established as part of a formal partnership between ARRL and the FCC. ARRL and the FCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this year that establishes the Volunteer Monitor program as a successor to the Official Observers. The first Volunteer Monitors should be in place and ready to begin their duties this fall. To find out what it takes to be a VM, read more here.
Nine Schools and Organizations Make the Cut for Ham Contacts with ISS Crew, Including an Atlanta and a Loganville School
The schools and host organizations are: Celia Hays Elementary School, Rockwall, Texas; Golden Gate Middle School, Naples, Florida; J.P. McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia; Kittredge Magnet School, Atlanta, Georgia; Maple Dale Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio; Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee; Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, California; Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, California, and River Ridge High School, New Port Richey Florida.
The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of space communication, radio communication, space exploration, and related areas of study and career possibilities.
History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
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