Archive - June 2024

ARRL Outage – Update 22nd June 2024

ARRL outage – Update 22nd June 2024

ARRL staff continue to work with outside industry experts to ensure that all servers have been remediated, tested, and all data has been confirmed. We have also been working to ensure that the network is secure.


As noted in previous updates, Logbook of The World® servers and data are fine and working. LoTW® has dependencies on other servers, for example membership data, which have not yet been returned to service. We will announce when LoTW is open for user access. We anticipate that the queue will grow quite large once live, and we are evaluating ways to manage that potential issue.


As a reminder, 2024 ARRL Field Day <http://www.arrl.org/field-day> is this weekend. We note that some groups have scaled back or cancelled their outdoor plans due to excessive heat or severe weather threats. Please use caution this weekend (visit Heat.gov <https://www.heat.gov/> for heat and health information). Enjoy Field Day. The Field Day bulletin will be transmitted from W1AW and K6KPH as scheduled (see PDF schedule <http://www.arrl.org/…/Field-Day/2024/4_37-202420Sked.pdf>). Your Field Day results may be uploaded to https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php or mailed to ARRL after the event.


This story will be updated with new developments.

Ham Radio, Friedrichshafen 2024 update


Final countdown is on at Chateau G1VDP for the departure to FHN for Ham Radio 2024, as of Friday 21st June I have only 4 days until we go to London Heathrow for our flight to Zurich. All the paperwork is ready, my case is packed and we have been looking at the map of the Messe to see where the IOTA stand will be located. We are still in the DX Plaza but we have moved to the end and it looks like we will be on an “island”.  So please do pay the stand a visit and say hello, Ady G6AD may have a nice surprise for some of the first visitors, and we will have some special 60th anniversary souvenirs.

ARRL disruption – Updated 15th June 2024

ARRL disruption – Updated 15th June 2024
We are continuing to make progress on restoring the ARRL network and many related systems and databases. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we carefully address and restore affected services.

While the Logbook of The World® server, Online DXCC, and related user data are secure and unaffected, we have taken the precautionary measure of keeping the services offline until we can ensure the security and integrity of our networks.

The ARRL Learning Center (learn.arrl.org), our online course and training hub, is accessible. The Learning Center includes content from across a variety of amateur radio topics and interests. The Learning Center will require a slightly different login experience while we continue to restore interconnected databases. Users who have logged into the Learning Center before will need to use their EMAIL ADDRESS and use the ‘forgot my password’ function to set a new Learning Center password. Users who are new to the system will sign up/register using their email address. When ARRL systems are fully restored, user accounts will be reconciled with membership accounts again.

ARRL Field Day is June 22 – 23, 2024. Visit www.arrl.org/field-day for rules and other resources to help prepare your participation. Following the event, online entries will be supported as usual at https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php.

The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator is continuing to process Amateur Radio License applications to the FCC. We have processed all applications from exam sessions uploaded by Volunteer Examiners through June 12, 2024. Sessions mailed to ARRL VEC and received by us are processed within 1 – 2 business days.
The new Amateur Extra-class Question Pool will be effective beginning July 1, 2024. New Extra-class exam booklet designs will be supplied to VE teams as soon as possible. Teams may also contact the ARRL VEC after July 1 for an emailed version in the interim.

This story will be updated with new developments.

ARRL LOTW etc Update to Service Outage

The following has today (4 June 2024) been posted on the ARRL website. Lets hope it is back up and running soon, but then it will probably crash with everyone uploading their logs.

ARRL Systems Service Disruption
06/04/2024
Updated 6/4/2024
On or around May 12, 2024, ARRL was the victim of a sophisticated network attack by a malicious international cyber group. ARRL immediately involved the FBI and engaged with third party experts to investigate.
This serious incident was extensive and categorized by the FBI as “unique,” compromising network devices, servers, cloud-based systems, and PCs.
ARRL management quickly established an incident response team. This has led to an extensive effort to contain and remediate the networks, restore servers, and staff are beginning the testing of applications and interfaces to ensure proper operation.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as our staff continue to work through this with an outstanding team of experts to restore full functionality to our systems and services.
We will continue to update members as advised and to the extent we are able.
This story will be updated with new developments.