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Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day


ARRL, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) will partner on Monday, August 21, to provide a nationwide communication link for local and regional American Red Cross units should a communications failure occur during the solar eclipse.

“Concern has been expressed by public safety, emergency management, and others that the large number of people — over 7.5 million nationwide — flowing into the relatively narrow path of totality may overload and disrupt the normal communication infrastructure in some local areas,” SATERN said in its August 17 newsletter.

See the full stroy at:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-communication-resources-to-be-available-during-eclipse-day



Clarity on the Amateur Radio Parity Act

Based on feedback I’ve received, it seems to me that some members still don’t fully understand certain features of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) and what it is meant to do. To make things clearer, we have developed an FAQ in the format of questions and answers. Please take a few minutes and read the FAQ to learn more about the ARPA.

Here is the direct link:

Here is another link with additional information:

Thanks to those of you who have written your Senators in support of the ARPA. If you have not done so, please do so by clicking on the link below. It only takes a minute.


Thanks. Let’s keep the effort moving!


Rick - K5UR

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Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio®

New MARC Website Alexa Skill now in Beta

We have developed a new skill for Amazon's Alexa.  Using this skill, you can add the current MARC Blog roll to your daily flash breifing.  Just ask Alexa for your daily flash breifing, and you can have the latest MARC Blog entries read aloud to you with your daily news and weather updates.

If you are interested in beta testing this skill, please send an email to Andrew Murrey, N9AWM.  His email address can be found on the roster page.


Solar eclipse is coming, Aug 21. Here is what you will be able to see based on your Zip Code

On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse.  This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code.


Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP - http://www.hamsci.org/seqp-rules), sponsored by HamSCI, will take place on August 21, 1400 to 2200 UTC.

Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) Rules


Reach Out to your Senators to support the Parity Act S.1534

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task.  Enter some basic details and the prescripted letter is forwarded on your behalf. 

More details on the Parity Act at the below link:





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18 January 2018