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02/25/2021 | Hurricane Forecasts Will Start Earlier In 2021”
The National Hurricane Center says it will begin issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks in May, weeks before the June 1 beginning of hurricane season. The federal agency is also considering moving up the official start date of the Atlantic hurricane season.


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02/25/2021 | 2020 HURRICANE NAMES”
Here are the names for the 2021 Hurricanes

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02/26/2021 | Spring Red Cross Emergency Communications Drill Set
The spring 2021 Red Cross Nationwide Emergency Communications Winlink Drill will be held on May 8.

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02/25/2021 | Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes”
An article describes how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email.

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02/10/2021 | A “Perfect Coronal Mass Ejection” Could Be a Nightmare
A new study in the research journal Space Weather considers what might happen if a worst-case coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth.

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02/03/2021 | MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 70-Meter Interoperability
The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community.

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02/02/2021 | A New Version of WSJT-X is Now Available
The WSJT Development Group has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X Version 2.3.0.

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Icom will be releasing new firmware for the IC-705, IC-7300 and IC-9700 transceivers.
The updates are planned to improve the user experience and incorporate communication modes such as FT8.

The firmware is due to be released around the end of January 2021 starting with the IC-705 and followed shortly by versions for the IC-7300 and IC-9700. The updates will be available as free downloads.
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Dayton Hamvention 2021 cancelled
The Hamvention organizers have decided to cancel this year's show which had been planned for May 21-23 in Xenia, Ohio

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LICENSE FEE UPDATE
The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

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