ARRL Board Withdraws FCC Rule Making Petition for Parity Act Provisions

At its annual meeting January 18–19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.”

In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule Making to the FCC, which sought to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA), without prejudice to refiling. The resolution also is asking members of Congress who had refiled legislation to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) to refrain from seeking to advance that legislation pending further input from the ARRL.1

A harbinger of Solar Cycle 25?

On November 19, 2018, Dr. Tony Phillips reported in his A Sunspot from the Next Solar Cycle article that an ephemeral sunspot with a reversed magnetic field was detected by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory at 21:00 UT on November 17th, 2018. This sunspot matches two previously reported spots and suggests that the “ slow transition between Solar Cycle 24 and Solar Cycle 25 appears to be underway.”1