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New [ARRL] CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests




Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and services in the same direction.


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61st Jamboree On The Air this weekend!

The 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held over the October 19 – 21 weekend. What began as an idea with ham radio operators sitting at a coffee shop over 61 years ago, JOTA has become the single largest scouting event held every year. Amateur radio links scouts around the world, whatever their age, nationality, gender, ability or disability to learn about the world they live in. JOTA lets scouts around the world use amateur radio to experience different cultures, and become aware of the diversity in the world and that they are a part of a global society.   In 2017 1.5 million Scouts participated and organizers hope to reach a goal of 3 million participants by 2021. This year it is expected that over 2 million scouts of all ages or gender from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts and in some areas Sea Scouts will participate.

Here locally the MidState Amateur Radio Club in Franklin, using the call sign W9J, will make the clubs radio station available on Saturday Oct 20th from 12 noon to 8pm for local scouts to participate in JOTA. Interested groups are asked to email the JOTA team of the MidState Amateur Radio Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your group in advance of arriving since we have limited space.



Reported Russian Ham Band Intruders Continue to be Troublesome


The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring Service (IARUMS) reports interference on 40 meters from various Russian sources. The Russian coastal over-the-horizon (OTH) radar “Sunflower” was very active on 40 meters and audible in Europe in the evenings, transmitting FM on pulse. The site is believed to be northeast of Vladivostok. IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said it was monitored in September.

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FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Overhauls Marking Requirements for Short Rural Towers


Thanks to ARRL efforts on Capitol Hill, language in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, just signed by President Donald Trump, resolves the issue of problematic or preclusive rules affecting some rural Amateur Radio towers. The previous FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 had instructed the FAA to enact tower-marking requirements, similar to those in some state statutes, aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorological evaluation towers (METs). These towers are typically between 50 and 200 feet and set up in rural areas, often on short notice.

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