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VY1AAA is a Go for ARRL November Sweepstakes

ARRL News - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:46

The often-elusive Northern Territories (NT) multiplier for ARRL November Sweepstakes will be on the air this year, as Gerry Hull, W1VE, takes the helm of VY1AAA, remotely operating the station of J Allen, VY1JA, in Yukon Territory. Hull and Allen have done a lot of work on the system on their respective ends of things.

“J has done a lot of work on the station, moving it to an outer building, so ...

New IOTA Website is Up and Running

ARRL News - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:18

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) website and the software system that will run the IOTA program in the future are up and running, and users will be redirected from the old site to the new one and log in using their existing credentials. In preparation to the website move, IOTA had to disable user logins on the old (RSGB) IOTA website on September 12.

Direct help requests or comments via e-mail....

NWS UPDATE: Thunderstorms Tonight - Severe Weather Threat

WX5FWD.ORG - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:54

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:22 CDT

Bottom Line

Thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of a cold front late this evening and move across North Texas through the overnight hours. Some severe weather can be expected including damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes.


A strong storm system and associated cold front is approaching the region and will move through North Texas late tonight. Today...North Texas will remain strongly capped and thunderstorm development is generally not expected. The atmosphere is unstable and we will monitor for any breaks in the cap. More widespread thunderstorms should develop this evening well west of the area near the intersection of the cold front and dryline in the vicinity of the Wichita Falls area. This should occur around 7 pm. Thunderstorms will increase in coverage and spread south through the nighttime hours with a well defined squall line in progress in the 10pm to Midnight timeframe. Thunderstorms will continue to move across North Texas through the overnight hours, clearing the area early Sunday morning. Severe weather will be possible through the overnight hours. Damaging winds are the main threat with squall lines, however, there will be a threat for embedded tornadoes within the line of storms. These tornadoes are usually fast moving and difficult to see. In addition, they usually develop rather quickly with little advanced warning. Any storms that develop ahead of the main line of storms would be capable of producing large hail as well. Heavy rainfall is expected with the main line of storms, but the entire system is expected to move quickly. Localized flash flooding would be the main threat.

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QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA, SK

ARRL News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:05

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought

 the two publications’ parent DX Publishing in 1997

“Carl was a ham’s ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,” The Daily DX Editor Ber...

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ARRL Audio News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:43

October 20, 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:43

The past reporting week (October 12-18) saw very little solar activity, with a sunspot number of 12 on October 15, meaning the average daily sunspot number was only 1.7, down from the already low average of 8.4 over the previous seven days.

Over the same two periods, average daily solar flux declined from 76.8 to 70.5, while average daily planetary A index increased from 8.9 to 21.1 and average ...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) FM Satellite Set to Launch in November

ARRL News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:06

The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 0947 UTC. RadFxSat (Fox-1B), which will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder, is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif...

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Wins G3AAJ Trophy

ARRL News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:20

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has been honored with the Ron Broadbent, G3AAJ, Trophy. The presentation came during the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium this past weekend.

“AMSAT-UK totally shocked me yesterday at the colloquium with the Ron Broadbent Trophy,” Bauer reacted. “I was nearly speechless when asked to come up and receive the trophy for ARISS work. I mentioned t...

Reminder: This is JOTA Weekend

ARRL News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:14

With nearly 600 stations in the US registered to take part in Scouting’s 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) October 20-22, and many more planning to operate around the world, expect some additional activity on the bands. Listen for JOTA stations and help to introduce some Scouts to Amateur Radio. JOTA uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in communitie...

Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders Activated

ARRL News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:11

The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders on the CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites were activated on October 18. CAMSAT’s Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing micro-satellites OVS-1A (CAS-4A) and OVS-1B (CAS-4B), launched on June 15.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 145.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz. The uplink is 435...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:00

“Dirty Transmitters” is the topic of the current episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn!


Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!


Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, J...

California Fire Situation Improves

ARRL News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:33

San Francisco Section District Emergency Coordinator Len Gwinn, WA6KLK, in the Redwood Valley told ARRL this week that Amateur Radio volunteers in Mendocino and Lake counties have stood down, and things are “kind of back to normal, in that no emergency stations are being operated.” Gwinn, who spent more than 3 decades with Cal Fire and a few more years as a volunteer, said the sound of the wild...

Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

ARRL News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:34

Emergency communication will be a prominent part of the program at Pacificon 2017, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, October 20-22 in San Ramon, California, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.

National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, will speak on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will cover “SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the 21st Century,” whi...

“Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

ARRL News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:16

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

“The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “There wa...

David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

ARRL News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:51

The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (P...

New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

ARRL News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:10

Amateur Radio’s two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days.

“Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15, the d...

NCDXF Announces Major Support for Baker Island DXpedition

ARRL News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:00

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a major contribution to the Baker Island DXpedition planned for June 2018 by the Dateline DX Association. Baker-Howland is #4 on the Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list, and likely will move up by one place after the Bouvet DXpedition next year. In 2016, NCDXF invested $156,000 to support DXpeditions activating five of the ten most-needed...

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Head Calls for “New Generation” of Hams

ARRL News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:23

In remarks made on International Disaster Reduction Day, Friday, October 13, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretary-General Bernadette Lewis described Amateur Radio as a “bedrock of sustained communications” during emergencies, and strongly suggested cultivating a new and younger generation of radio amateurs to carry this role forward. She spoke as part of a panel on emergency telec...

Volunteer Shelter Duty Slots in Northern California Filled on the Fly “via RF”

ARRL News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:25

The North Bay Amateur Radio Association’s (NBARA) Gary Gross, KE6QR, recruited Amateur Radio volunteers on October 13 to support the shelters housing those evacuating because of the Napa Valley Fires. Gross, an ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) in the East Bay Section, said the specific need was for back-up communication between the Crossroad Shelter in Napa, the Napa Community College Shelter,...

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