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CWops Solicits Award Nominations

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:06

The CW Operators’ Club (CWops) is accepting nominations for its 2018 Award for Advancing the Art of CW. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Award candidates could include authors of publications related to CW/Morse code; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coa...

K9EID Wins the January QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:15

The winning article for the January 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “The Pine Board Project” by Bob Heil, K9EID. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the February issue today.

 

Indonesian Pirates on 7 MHz Heard in Europe

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:48

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) December newsletter reports that many Indonesian “pirates” were heard on December 30, 2017, in the 7.000 to 7.040 MHz range, USB/LSB, active in 5-kHz increments, “laughing, singing, and talking.” Signals were reported to be “rather strong in Europe.”

Adding to the mix were Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) rad...

NCVEC Releases New Technician License Question Pool into the Public Domain

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:19

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has announced the release of the 2018-2022 Amateur Radio Element 2 Technician class license question pool into the public domain. Each question pool must be published and made available to the public prior to its use as a question set, from which individual examinations are developed.

Alert the NCVEC Question Pool Committee to an...

FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60 Meters

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:31

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a majo...

Keep Track of the 3Y0Z DXpedition Team En Route to Bouvet Island

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:22

The Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition team has issued an invitation to follow the team while it’s on its way to the “most remote place on Earth." The 3Y0Z team will be using a Garmin InReach SE satellite-tracking device that will enable others to follow the team’s travel route and progress on a map in real time. Hal Turley, W8HC, will activate an InReach SE when he leaves his home in West Virginia ...

ZS8Z on Marion Island Off the Air, Science Team in Survival Mode

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:30

David Hartzenberg, ZS1BCE, on his second tour at a Marion Island research station as part of the South African National Antarctic Program for more than a year now, reports that he has been off the air as ZS8Z since last November, when generator fuel at the Transvaal Cove base was restricted to essential purposes, and he doesn’t expect to get back on the air before departing in May.

Food also is ...

Fox-1D Satellite Set to Launch this Week, China to Launch Five New CubeSats

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:29

The launch of AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat will take place from India on January 12 (UTC). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight had to be rescheduled from December 30. AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to Spaceflight Inc in Seattle last November for integration.

In addition to a Fox-1 U/V FM transponder, Fox-1D will carry several university experiment...

DXpedition Leader, Elite Contester, Ham Radio Mentor David Collingham, K3LP, SK

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 10:16

Well-known DXpedition leader and contester David Collingham, K3LP, of Mt Airy, Maryland, died on January 6 after falling through the ice on a pond near his home the previous evening while trying to rescue his stranded dog. He was 59. Collingham was co-leader, with Paul Ewing, N6PSE, of the 2016 VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition to South Sandwich and South Georgia islands, and he was president of the Int...

“Quantum Radio” May Offer New Twist on Communicating in Problematic Environments

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:49

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that quantum physics might enable communication and mapping in locations where GPS, cell phones, and radio are not reliable or don’t work at all, such as indoors, in urban canyons, underwater, and underground. NIST announced the technology advance on January 2. The technology may have marine, military, an...

Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:30

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in early December. Using a variety of the club’s analog and digital Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information, often before it was reported by official sources or by local news media. SBARC operates five ...

Radio Amateurs of Canada, Radioamateur du Québec to Collaborate

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:31

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced a new partner with Radioamateur du Québec (RAQI). In October, RAC and RAQI representatives convened to consider how the two organizations could work together for mutual advantage. One area is to combine outgoing QSL bureau efforts.

“In the face of the declining use of QSL cards and increased postal costs, it makes sense for us to work together,” RAC P...

Results Available for 2017 ARRL EME Contest

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:59

Full results of the 2017 ARRL EME Contest have been posted. Also posted recently are the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest results.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 09:20

No sunspots appeared from December 27, 2017 until January 4, 2018. As solar cycle 24 declines to a minimum over the next two years we should see longer and more numerous periods of no sunspots. On January 4, the daily sunspot number was 13, indicating 3 sunspots in one sunspot group, although Spaceweather.com reported no sunspots on that day. The sunspot number for that day was reported by NOAA...

ARRL Headquarters Closing Early

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:44

ARRL Headquarters will close at 2 PM today (Thursday, January 4), due to the winter storm that is now under way in the Northeast, making travel extremely hazardous.

There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions this evening.

It is anticipated that The ARRL Letter for January 4 will be distributed to subscribers on schedule.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on schedule at 8 AM ET on Fr...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:00

Hamvention 2018 Tickets Now Available Online

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:52

Tickets for Dayton Hamvention® 2018 now are available online.

“Both Inside Exhibits and Flea Market committees are working hard to have space sales open as soon as possible,” said Hamvention spokesperson Henry Ruminski, W8HJR.

Hamvention 2018 will take place May 18-20 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

Tickets are $22 in advance, and $27 at the gate. Tickets are good ...