• CQ Newsroom: Shifting Gears (Again) on 3Y0J DXpedition

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    Shifting Gears (Again) on 3Y0J DXpedition

    Posted: 12 Aug 2021 09:36 AM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/08/shifting-gears-again-on-3y0j-dxpedition.html

    There's bad news and good news on the long-planned (but currently
    cancelled) 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island. We reported last month that
    the Intrepid DX Group was working to figure out a way that Nigel Jolly,
    K6NRJ, could continue to be captain of the Bravehearteven though he had to
    sell the charter vessel because of Covid cancellations. Apparently, that
    didn't work out, but the ARRL reported in early August that the group had
    found a "suitable and affordable" vessel whose captain was willing to make
    the trip to the subantarctic island. The new team of up to 12 operators
    will be led jointly by David Jorgensen, WD5COV, and Kevin Rowett, K6TD.
    We'll keep you posted on their progress.

    Shifting Sands (??) on the Sun

    Posted: 12 Aug 2021 09:33 AM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/08/shifting-sands-on-sun.html

    (NASA satellite image)
    Just as there have been disagreements among predictions for the strength
    and length of Solar Cycle 25, there are also disagreements about the significance of recent trends. In early August, spaceweather.com reported
    that the cycle was "heating up faster than expected," based on July's
    sunspot counts, and said that if the trend continues, it could mean that we reach solar maximum in October 2024, a year ahead of the "official"
    forecast from the NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle Prediction Panel.
    That panel predicted that Cycle 25 would be very similar to the very weak
    Cycle 24, but a sharper rise could suggest a stronger cycle to come. On the other hand, the Solar Terrestrial Activity Report (www.solen.info) suggests that so far, Cycle 25 is very closely tracking Cycle 24, as predicted by
    the NOAA/NASA panel. See <https://tinyurl.com/5f6vp66x>.

    NOAA Issues Slight Adjustment to 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast

    Posted: 12 Aug 2021 09:27 AM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/08/noaa-issues-slight-adjustment-to-2021.html

    Hurricane season runs through November 30.
    NOAA says to expect 15-21 named storms and
    7-10 hurricanes this year. (NOAA file photo)

    In its mid-season update, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration (NOAA) made a slight upward revision in its forecast for the current Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30.
    The Climate Prediction Center now says we should expect 15-21 named storms
    this season, vs. 13-20 in its previous forecast. Of those it is expected
    that 7-10 will develop into hurricanes (vs. 6-10) and 3-5 are likely to
    become major hurricanes of category 3 or higher (wind speeds of at least
    111 miles per hour). The major hurricane prediction is unchanged from the previous forecast.

    Radio amateurs have long been part of the response to tropical storms and hurricanes and there is a permanent amateur station, WX4NHC, at the
    National Hurricane Center.

    Hams Respond to Major Flooding in Western Europe

    Posted: 12 Aug 2021 09:19 AM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/08/hams-respond-to-major-flooding-in.html

    Hams have been part of the response to widespread flooding in Germany,
    Belgium and the Netherlands. According to the ARRL Letter and
    International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (representing Europe, Africa and
    the Middle East), the flooding was caused by unprecedented heavy rainfall
    and has been responsible for at least 120 deaths. Amateur radio emergency groups in all three countries have a mutual aid arrangement and have been coordinating with each other.

    Hams in Belgium were asked to provide a backup VHF link between the
    emergency call center in the capital city of Brussels and the hard-hit
    province of Hainaut. Other groups have been on standby to respond as
    needed, although it was pointed out that many hams in the affected areas
    were flood victims as well.

    ARRL Board Creates Permanent EmComm and Field Services Committee

    Posted: 12 Aug 2021 08:35 AM PDT http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2021/08/arrl-board-creates-permanent-emcomm-and.html

    The ARRL Board of Directors voted in July to create a standing board
    committee on emergency communications and field services (the umbrella name
    for the League's nationwide network of volunteer appointees). The
    committee's primary role will be to advise the board on changing or adding League policies and programs related to emergency communications through
    its Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and National Traffic System
    (NTS). It will also work with League staff to provide greater support to
    Field Organization volunteers around the country.

    The ARRL Letter reports that this is only the third standing board
    committee, along with the Programs and Services and Administration and
    Finance committees. Roanoke Division Director George "Bud" Hippisley, W2RU, will chair the committee. Other appointments had not been made as of press time. (We will cover this in more detail in October CQ's Emergency Communications column.)

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