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The ARRL Letter, March 26, 2020

The ARRL Letter
March 26, 2020

Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

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  • Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator
  • ARRL Podcasts Schedule
  • International Amateur Radio Union Adjusting to COVID-19
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Major Florida Emergency Communication Conference and Exercise are a Major Success
  • Long Island CW Club Offering Free Online Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters
  • Tower-Mounted Christmas Lights Cheer California Neighborhood
  • In Brief…
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

ARRL Headquarters Closes, May QST Delivery is on Schedule

ARRL Headquarters has closed, in compliance with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce their in-person workforces by 100%. ARRL has equipped as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work offsite.

“ARRL remains operational, while our teams work remotely to abide by Connecticut’s Stay Home, Stay Safe policy, and most departments are maintaining business as usual,” ARRL Interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY, explained. “We are doing all we can under the circumstances and trying to maintain operations in as normal a way as possible.”

The print edition of the May issue of QST, now off the presses, will go out in the mail next week, and the US Postal Service anticipates no delivery disruptions. Digital QST and the pending digital debuts of QEX and NCJ are expected to be posted on schedule. The May issue of QST will include more details on the QEX and NCJ digital editions — a new member benefit — as well as an intriguing cover article on “The Lightbulb QSO Party.”

ARRL also anticipates that The ARRL Letter, ARRL Audio News, the ARES E-Letter, The ARRL Contest Update, and the Eclectic Technology podcast will be available as usual.

Although ARRL Headquarters closed, W1AW continues operating, but on a slightly altered transmission schedule. Morning code practice and qualifying run transmissions have been suspended; evening transmissions, including qualifying runs, will go on as usual. W1AW remains closed to the public, however.

Operations at the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) will also continue, and the best way to receive a timely response is via email, as call volume has been heavy.

The ARRL warehouse is working with a reduced staff, so orders will be delayed, and ARRL will not be

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