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BIRDS-1 CubeSats Deployed from ISS, Carry Amateur Radio Payloads

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:00

The five CubeSats making up the BIRDS-1 (Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds) constellation were deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) on July 7. Each carries an Amateur Radio payload but no transponders. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) module’s remote manipulator arm was used to accomplish the launches.

“Another great example of international cooperation toda...

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day, and Amazon Donates to ARRL

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:00

Amazon Prime Day is here! Deals start at 9 PM ET on July 10 and run through July 11. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution ...

ARISS to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with SSTV Event

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:00

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is planning a slow-scan television (SSTV) event starting on Thursday, July 20, and continuing for 2 days, to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Transmissions, set to get under way around 2125 UTC, will feature 12 images from past and present ARISS activities. The SSTV signal should be available nearly anywhere on the globe at s...

Amateur Radio Volunteers in British Columbia Reported Assisting Relief Agencies

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 13:00

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) reports that it's monitoring the wildfire situation in British Columbia. RAC reports that acting British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager Bill Gipps, VE7XS, has advised that Amateur Radio Emergency Service teams have not yet been called out, and that the wildfire situation "has not become a communications event." A state of emergency has been declared in Canada’s we...

The K7RA Solar Update

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 13:00

At 0057 UTC on July 7, the Australian Space Forecast Centreissued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning: “Expect an increase in geomagneticactivity late on UT day, 08-09 July due to influence of geoeffective coronalhole.”

Our Sun showed no sunspots on July 3-4, so average daily sunspot numbersdropped from 20.3 on June 22-28 to 8 during the current reporting week, June 29through July 5. Average daily...

The August Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 13:00

The August edition of Digital QST is nowavailable for viewing on your desktop or laptop. Click hereto view the issue. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or KindleFire devices.

● Get ready for the Total Eclipse QSO Party.

● Build a companion SSB transmitter for theWA3TFS SDR receiver.

● Learn how to spend your feed line dollars wisely.

● See what happened at the 2017 DaytonHamv...

Belize, Cyprus, and Philippines Open 60-Meter Bands

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:26

Radio amateurs in Belize, Cyprus, and the Philippines now have access to contiguous 60-meter bands.

In Belize, the secondary allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz has become available with a maximum EIRP of 25 W.

The Cyprus telecoms regulator, the Department of Electronic Communications, on June 30 issued a gazette notice updating the national frequency table to include the new WRC-15 secondary ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 06:25

“APRS” is the topic of the latest (July 6) 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, Joel Hall...

Microwave Update 2017 Issues Call for Papers, Presentations

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 09:50

Microwave Update (MUD) 2017 has issued a call for papers and presentations on the technical and operational aspects of microwave Amateur Radio communication. The Call for Papers link on the MUD website lists suggested topics and explains how to submit papers and presentations.

Selected presentations for the technical program may be delivered in person or by proxy. Submissions are due by Septemb...

Band Plan Proposed for Eventual 472-479 kHz Use

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 08:40

ARRL 630-Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, has proposed an informal band plan for the pending 472-479 kHz band. Raab said that once US radio amateurs are granted access to 630 meters, he would move stations operating under the blanket WD2XSH FCC Experimental (Part 5) license to 461-472 kHz.

“This will clear the amateur frequencies, while allowing the experimenters to run unattended ...

WRTC 2018 Conducts New Round of Testing at 15 Sites

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 08:18

WRTC 2018 organizers conducted a second round of station testing June 23-25. The effort involved more than 100 volunteers, who set up 15 Field Day-style stations in the Jessen-Wittenberg area of Germany where the international competition will take place in a little more than 1 year from now. Joining the locals were amateurs from Bavaria, the North and Baltic sea regions, and the extreme reache...

K2BSA will be On the Air during National Scout Jamboree

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 06:06

The Boy Scouts of America station K2BSA will be on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio merit badge requirement for QSOs.

“We need you on the other end of the contact,” the BSA announcement said.

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