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Order This Book and Get Ready for the Eclipse!

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:56

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the US from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes. Radio amateurs are preparing to participate in one of the largest ionospheric experiments ever performed by making radio contacts and looking for signals throughout the eclipse. How much do you know about the ionosphere and radio wave propagation?

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RSVP for the SEQP

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 13:11

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is just a couple of weeks away! The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you...

Applicants Must Use FCC Form 605 with “Felony Question,” Starting on September 7

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:22

In an August 7 Public Notice, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announced formally that FCC Form 605, Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services, now will ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is “consistent with application forms...

Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight Ends Successfully

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:05

His 'round-the-world Project Amelia Earhart commemorative flight now complete, pilot and radio amateur Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is back on home turf in Texas. The solo circumnavigation in his single-engine plane Spirit took a little longer than 2 months.

Lloyd logged hundreds of Amateur Radio contacts over the course of his entire adventure, which was funded by The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum a...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:54

At 0549 UTC on August 3 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this warning:

“During UT days 4-5 August expect an increase in geomagnetic activity up to active to minor storm levels due to influence of the recurrent coronal hole.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED DUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH SPEED WIND STREAM FROM 04-05 AUGUST 2017.

GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST
04 Aug:  Active
05 Aug:  Activ...

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for August 4

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:44

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for August 4, and a G1 (minor) watch for August 5.

“A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole…is likely to cause geomagnetic storming at the G2 level on 4 August 2017, and at the G1 level on 5 August,” the SWPC said.

“During storms, the currents in ...

Hara Arena — Hamvention’s Former Home — to be Auctioned by IRS

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:25

Hara Arena, the former home of Hamvention®, is going on the auction block, the IRS has announced. The now-beleaguered building and grounds were closed a year ago last month by its owners, the Wampler Family, which had attempted for years, unsuccessfully, to put Hara on a profitable plane. The minimum bid is $850,000; proceeds will satisfy a tax lien. The auction comes in the wake of an Order of...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 05:46

“Keys and Keyers” is the topic of the latest (August 3) 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 himse...

Special Event Under Way to Mark 50 Years of Offshore Radio Broadcasting

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:31

Special event station GB5RC (“Radio Caroline”) will be on the air until August 7, to celebrate 5 decades of offshore radio. August 14 marks the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act in the UK, which silenced many shipboard pirate radio broadcasting stations in the era when the BBC and other state-owned stations in Europe refused to play rock, pop, blues, and alternative artists on the air...

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:14

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, tak...

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:14

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, tak...