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Oklahoma Radio Amateurs to Participate in FEMA Exercise

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:09

Emergency Management officials have announced participation in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI exercise “Vigilant Guard” on Amateur Radio channels, August 3-6, 8 AM until 6 PM local time.

“Using Amateur Radio channels, this exercise will demonstrate the capability for reaching back to our state and federal partners,” said Altus, Oklahoma, Emergency Management Director Lloyd ...

Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF, is 2017 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:41

Fifteen-year-old Marty Sullaway KC1CWF, of Newton, Massachusetts is the recipient of the 2017 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). Licensed in 2014, he worked his way up to Amateur Extra class earlier this year. A rising sophomore year at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Marty is co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Contesting ...

Project Amelia Earhart Pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Back in the Continental US

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:36

As of August 2, Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, and Spirit, his Mooney M20K 231, are back in the continental US, with just a little more time in the air needed to complete his Amelia Earhart commemorative round-the-world flight. He arrived on July 31 in Oakland, California, after a long flight leg from Hawaii and visited with friends in Cameron Park, where he once lived.

Lloyd has been active on the air d...

Amateur Radio Personality, Broadcaster, Businessman Al Cohen, W1FXQ, SK

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 14:24

Veteran radio amateur Alexander “Al” Cohen, W1FXQ, of Newington, Connecticut, died on July 27. He was 99. A businessman, Cohen was a fixture within the Greater Hartford, Connecticut, Amateur Radio community as well as in broadcasting circles. He was an ARRL member and had served as the Public Information Coordinator and as a Public Information Officer for the ARRL Connecticut Section. Cohen was...

ARRL Board Explores Entry-Level License Options, Ways to Face Future Challenges

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 16:45

Meeting July 21-22 in Farmington, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors took steps to chart a firmer future for Amateur Radio by enhancing the value of the entry-level license and by providing ongoing support for new licensees. The Board also conferred several annual awards, including the prestigious Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, the League’s top honor for a young radio amateur. ARRL Pre...

Northern California DX Club Launching Initiative to Get Newcomers on HF Bands

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:28

The Northern California DX Club (NCDXC) has announced an initiative aimed at getting more new Technician and General class radio amateurs active on HF. The NCDXC Elmering Project will launch in mid-September.

“Looking around the room at local club meetings makes it very clear that we are all aging,” NCDXC’s John Eisenberg, K6YP, said. “It is critical to the ongoing life of our hobby to recruit n...

Tiny “Sprite” Satellites Deployed, Transmitting on 70 Centimeters

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 06:56

According to Scientific American, six tiny “Sprite” satellites, each consisting of a 4-gram circuit board but packed with electronics, were deployed in late June. The Sprites are the brainchild of Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, whom Scientific American interviewed for the article.

The Sprites went into low-Earth orbit as secondary payloads on the Latvian Venta and Italian Max Valier satellites, launch...

“Father of Competitive Radio” in USSR Boris Stepanov, RU3AX, SK

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 14:25

The man known as the “Father of Competitive Radio” in the former Soviet Union, Boris Stepanov, RU3AX (ex-UW3AX), of Moscow, Russia, died on July 28, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. A prolific writer, Stepanov was the deputy editor of Radio magazine. He also attended International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 conferences as a member of Central Radio Club and SRR delegations. Stepanov’s obitu...

Canada C3 Expedition WSPR Beacon Reports Continue at High Rate; QSL Available

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 12:22

The CG3EXP WSPR beacon on board the Canada C3 Expedition vessel Polar Prince continues to attract a high volume of reception reports. The vessel has been making its way northward along the Labrador Coast, visiting communities and places of interest. Some stations have requested QSL cards, and The Canadian Amateur columnist Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. He ...

Homelessness Not a Bar to Enjoying Amateur Radio, Hawaii Ham Demonstrates

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 16:15

Not having a permanent roof over his head has not hindered Alex Stengel, KH7CX, of Honolulu from enjoying Amateur Radio and indulging his passion for SSB QRP DXing, which he calls “very rewarding.” As ARRL Pacific Section PIO Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL, explained, Stengel sleeps on a bench, gets his mail and showers at a local church, and stows his personal items in a storage facility. Stengel shie...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:12

All the indicators we track at the bottom of this bulletin fell last week.

Because there were no sunspots in six of the seven days (July 20-26) last week, average daily sunspot number dropped from 26.6 to 1.7. Average daily solar flux declined from 85.9 to 69.7.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 13 to 11.9, while the mid-latitude A index went the opposite direction, from 10.9 to 12.9....

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 08:00

“Power Supplies” is the topic of the current (July 20) 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 himsel...

Islands on the Air (IOTA) Officially Launching New Website in September

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 07:08

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) program website is targeted to launch officially in early September, when the current Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)-sponsored website will be taken offline. The new website is undergoing fine-tuning, according to IOTA IT Manager Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX.

“When we are ready the old URL will be forwarded to the new URL, and IOTA users can login on the new ...

Ham’s Project Amelia Earhart Flight Nears End

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:18

The Amelia Earhart commemorative round-the-world flight by pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, has begun heading over the Pacific Ocean, landing first on July 23 at Pago Pago in American Samoa, and then in Hawaii via a symbolic flyover of Howland Island. Lloyd has contacted hundreds of other radio amateurs from Spirit, his Mooney M20K 231, with expanded fuel capacity and modern avionics gear. Lloyd’s “P...

ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect “Best Practices” in Radiosport

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 13:13

Just ahead of the 2017-2018 contest season, ARRL has announced rule changes and clarifications to League-sponsored contests. These include an improved process for submitting logs and reporting scores. Unless otherwise noted, these changes become effective starting with the September VHF Contest.


“These changes reflect current ‘best practices’ in the contest community and help us improve the qu...