News about amateur (ham) radio, from ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League).

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
  1. ARRL Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, who has represented theHudson Division since 2019, has stepped down, effective March 31, 2023, at 5 PM Eastern.

    Vice Director Nomar Vizcarrondo, NP4H, of Englewood, New Jersey, will accede to the Director’s chair. Vizcarrondo, who earned his amateur radio license in 1978 at the age of 11, will serve as Director for the remainder of a 3-year term ending December 3...

  2. Sunspot numbers were lower again this week, with the average
    declining from 143.6 two weeks ago to 118.7 last week and now 68
    this week. Average daily solar flux sank 8 points from 153.6 last
    week to 145.6.

    Six new sunspot groups emerged over the week, one on March 17,
    another March 18, three more on March 19, one more on March 21 and
    another on March 22.

    Predicted solar flux is 150, 145 and 145 on Ma...

  3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a final version (March 2023) of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Functional Guidance. The guidance, which provides a framework for communications resources within incident management, officially includes support from amateur radio operators. The expanded Communications Unit...

  4. Tornado season is fast approaching, and amateur radio operators will again play a key role in helping the National Weather Service (NWS) issue accurate and timely warnings. In fact, March through May is considered the most active period for tornadoes to develop.

    The NWS reports there have already been 255 preliminary filtered reported tornadoes and 213 confirmed tornadoes in the United States in...