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The ARRL Letter
June 16, 2022
John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, Editor
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Proclamations Honor Amateur Radio in Run Up to ARRL Field Day

In the run up to 2022 ARRL Field Day, which takes place June 25 - 26, many radio clubs and groups have pursued government proclamations to garner greater attention and public awareness for ham radio and their efforts.

In Ventura County, California, the Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution proclaiming June 2022 "Amateur Radio Month" in honor of the more than 3,800 amateur radio operators in the county. The recognition was made possible through the efforts of Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) District Emergency Coordinator for Ventura County Rob Hanson, W6RH, with support from the ARRL Santa Barbara Section, including Public Information Officer Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, and Section Manager John Kitchens, NS6X.

In Massachusetts, Governor Charles D. Baker has declared June 25 to be "Amateur Radio Day." The proclamation recognizes the Commonwealth's radio amateurs for their service to the public in times of hurricanes, tornados, floods, and other emergencies. The proclamation was obtained by Massachusetts State Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, of Gloucester. McCarl, an ARRL Life Member, contacted the office of State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, N1UIU, to arrange for the issuance of the proclamation. "Copies of the proclamation will be distributed to both Eastern and Western Massachusetts Section Managers, so that they may display the documents as they tour ARRL Field Day sites in their respective Sections," said ARRL New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI.

In Florida, the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group (JTRG), an ARRL Affiliated Club, recorded a radio interview with iHeart Talk Show Host Deb Knepp for Field Day 2022. JTRG President Bert Moreschi II, AG4BV, reported that the program will be aired for the next two Sundays (June 19 and 26), in the morning, on the show Palm Beach Perspective. The program is already available as a podcast and will air on all iHeart radio stations in the South Florida area. On Tuesday, June 21, a 10-minute interview discussing ARRL Field Day will air between 5 and 9 AM EDT on WJNO's morning show, The Morning Rush, with Joel Malkin and Brian Mudd.

ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reminds groups planning their ARRL Field Day participation that they can earn bonus points for obtaining media publicity promoting their activity and general awareness of amateur radio. Bonus points can also be earned for a Field Day site visit by an elected government official, and for setting up a public information table to help promote ham radio to visitors. For more information about ARRL Field Day, visit

AMSAT Announces Youth Initiative at Hamvention®

AMSAT formally introduced plans for its Youth Initiative during a forum at the 2022 Dayton Hamvention® on Saturday, May 21. After 2 years of planning, the program will now proceed in a series of phased releases.

AMSAT Vice President of Development Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, outlined the highlights of the program.

"The Youth Initiative takes a radically different approach to introducing youth to amateur radio and satellites," he said. "It approaches youth in terms that are already central to their everyday lives, whether it be climate change, pollution control, preservation of natural resources, meteorology, or a career in broadcasting or transportation industries or in the military, the use of satellites is pervasive in virtually everything we do." He added, "Our message to youth is 'Satellites in Space Help Us Live Better Lives Here on Earth.' Once we have gained the youth's interests, we can engage them in experiences and exercises that then use amateur satellites and amateur radio as their laboratory or classroom."

Karnauskas also said that because this is a community-based program, the experiences will be available directly to youth, their parents, and all youth organizations. The program will be promoted through AMSAT trademarks (KidzSat® for grades 5 - 7 and BuzzSat® for grades 8 - 12) and all content is openly and freely available.

Karnauskas went on to summarize key components of the Youth Initiative that serve as the engagement points with youth, including:

  • The KidzSat and BuzzSat websites, which provide age-appropriate activities and exercises that cultivate the general interests of their respective target audience into an understanding of how satellites play a role in our daily lives. Activities range from a simpler "merit-badge level" to a complete course on satellite meteorology. Participating youth can earn certificates of completion that would be useful in college admission or job applications.

  • A network of online software-defined radios (SDRs) that serve as ground stations for youth to receive firsthand experiences with receiving images and telemetry from actual satellites as they pass overhead. Accompanying activities guide youth through decoding and analyzing the images and data. The plan is to have a fleet of over 200 ground stations so that virtually every youth has access to real-time satellite experiences. It is the hope that, from this starting point, a fair share of kids will become interested in the communications process and go on to set up their own dongle-based ground station, and even earn an amateur radio license.

  • A fleet of CubeSat simulators referred to as Non-Orbiting Earth Science Experiments (NOESE). The NOESE satellites transmit online telemetry for five separate values associated with climate change. Participants will learn how to download telemetry, convert it into useful data, and have opportunities to study the information for short- or long-term study. The NOESE simulators will be deployed with the SDR ground stations so that a nationwide network of data collection points is available for local access and for comparison.

  • Low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites with advanced educational payloads. The websites, SDR ground stations, and NOESE simulators are all designed to cultivate youth interest in getting on the air and interacting with AMSAT satellites. Nicknamed "LOWER" for Lower Orbit Within Everyone's Reach, this family of satellites will feature higher power output to make reception by beginners an easy task. Educational payloads will be based on store-and-forward imaging and digital messaging, an experience that youth are already comfortable with. And, of course, these satellites will host a combination of FM repeater and CW and SSB transponders for general amateur radio use.

Karnauskas concluded, "The Youth Initiative is not only the right thing to do, but also the essential thing. By focusing on what our Articles of Incorporation direct us to do, [such as] advancing scientific and educational skills and knowledge, we appeal to a broader segment of society that can provide the financial support and critical resources that AMSAT needs to flourish."

For more information about AMSAT, visit -- Thanks to AMSAT

Reverse Beacon Network Launches Updated Website

At 0500 UTC (1 AM EDT) on Thursday, June 16, the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) launched their updated website ( The intent of the revised website was to replace the original and beta websites and to include a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to enhance security for users of the site.

The RBN is a network of stations that listen to the bands and report what stations they hear, including when and how well. The website's database of past spots allows operators to instantly find what stations (from any given country or zone) have been heard, at what times, and on what frequencies. Operators can also see when they have been spotted, who spotted them, and how loud the contact was.

There is an option to compare your signal with those of friends and competitors, in near real time, or look at historical data of previous transmissions. If you wonder how your signal compared to others' during a previous contest, the website's Signal Comparison Tool will provide real, quantitative data. For an instant report, query what stations you want to compare, based on signals heard by a given reverse beacon on a certain band at a certain time.

In 2009, Pete Smith, N4ZR, and Felipe Ceglia, CT7ANO, worked to get the first version of RBN online. The work of Mark Glenn, K7MJG, on the website and Dave Pascoe, KM3T, on connecting the servers, contributed to RBN as a resource for listening and tracking signals. The new version is the first major upgrade for the site.

A guide to the website's new features is available on the beta site, as well as on the new site under the 'about' tab. -- Thanks to Pete Smith, N4ZR

ARRL Podcasts Schedule

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast (Episode 30) features a discussion with ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, about ARRL Field Day and off-the-grid operating.

The latest edition (Episode 62) of the ARRL Eclectic Tech podcast features an interview with David Kazdan, AD8Y, about the work he and the members Case Western Reserve University Amateur Radio Club are doing to create new applications for Coherent CW.

The On the Air and Eclectic Tech podcasts are sponsored by Icom. Both podcasts are available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android), as well as on Blubrry -- On the Air | Eclectic Tech.

Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

"ROARS club to demonstrate emergency communications at Amateur Radio Field Day" / Ramona Sentinel (California), June 15, 2022

"Sussex County Amateur Radio Club to participate in national event" / The Advertiser - News South (New Jersey), June 13, 2022 -- Sussex County ARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Share any amateur radio media hits you spot with us.


DX Engineering has announced that it has added Penta Laboratories RF vacuum tubes to its product line. "In the ham radio community, special RF power vacuum tubes are essential replacements for current model amplifiers. They are also used to revive legacy amplifiers, and some technically savvy operators build vintage-style homebrew equipment and other devices using vacuum tubes," included the DX Engineering announcement. Penta Laboratories describes that it "was founded in 1951, and quickly achieved industry-wide recognition for the development of the beam-power Pentode vacuum tube." The company stocks thousands of tubes for a range of disciplines, including vacuum tubes designed for ham radio and other radio frequency applications. Penta Laboratories' states that their tubes are burned in for a minimum of 48 hours, dissipating full power with filament plate, and support screen voltages that are normally used in amplifier applications.

In Brief...

On June 5, 2022, the Central Ohio Radio Club (CORC) celebrated the 50 years of the installation and activation of their main repeater on 146.76 MHz. The official celebration was delayed 2 years because of COVID. On Friday, June 19, 1970, club members John Hull, W8RRJ, and Gary Hedden, WA8JFP, completed the installation with an omnidirectional antenna for the transmitter and 2-meter beam for the receiver. CORC was first licensed in 1954 and has been an ARRL Affiliated Club since June 29, 2011.

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports:

Solar activity increased this week, which we were happy to see, with average daily sunspot number rising from 44.4 last week to 74.3 during this reporting week, June 9 - 15, 2022. Sunspot numbers rose all week, starting at 17 on Thursday, June 9, to 149 on Wednesday, June 15.

[Photo courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI]

Average daily 10.7-centimeter solar flux increased from 99.4 to 123.9. Solar flux peaked at 145.5 on Tuesday, June 14.

The solar flux outlook appears promising for the near term. The June 15, 2022, forecast from the USAF Space Weather Squadron shows solar flux at 140 on June 16; 138 on June 17 - 19; 136, 134, 132, and 120 on June 20 - 23; 100 on June 24 through July 5; 105, 110, and 115 on July 6 - 8; 120 on July 9 - 11; 125 on July 12 - 16, and 120 on July 17 - 18.

Predicted planetary A index, a measure of geomagnetic stability, is 14 on June 16; 8 on June 17 - 18; 5 on June 19 - 22; 12, 18, 10, and 8 on June 23 - 26; 5 on June 27 through July 7; 8 on July 8 - 10; 5, 8, 12, 10, and 8 on July 11 - 15, and 5 on July 16 - 19.

In Friday's bulletin, look for comments and reports from our readers.

Sunspot numbers for June 9 - 15 were 17, 33, 41, 63, 96, 121, and 149, with a mean of 74.3. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 106.4, 110.5, 112.1, 121.3, 131.5, 145.5, and 140, with a mean of 123.9. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 5, 8, 9, 13, 8, and 20, with a mean of 9.7. Middle latitude A index was 6, 6, 10, 12, 14, 10, and 18, with a mean of 10.9.

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read "What the Numbers Mean...," and check out the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

Share your reports and observations.

A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.

Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • June 18 -- Battle of Carabobo International Contest (phone)

  • June 18 - 19 -- All Asian DX Contest (CW)

  • June 18 - 19 -- Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest (digital)

  • June 18 - 19 -- IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest (CW, phone)

  • June 18 - 19 -- Stew Perry Topband Challenge (CW)

  • June 18 - 19 -- West Virginia QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • June 18 -- Feld Hell Sprint (digital)

  • June 18 -- ARRL Kids Day (phone)

  • June 19 -- WAB 50 MHz (phone)

  • June 19 - 20 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)

  • June 20 -- OK1WC Memorial (MWC) (CW)

  • June 22 -- SKCC Sprint (CW)

  • June 23 -- RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (SSB, phone)

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.

Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions

Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.

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