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ARISS Moves One Step Closer to Flying New Ham Equipment to ISS

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:28

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has announced that his program has submitted its Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight safety data package to NASA for review. ARISS has been developing the IORS to replace most of the Amateur Radio hardware that’s now on the space station. It is called “interoperable” because it’s designed to o...

US Senate Confirms FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a Second Term

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:02

In a mostly party-line vote, the US Senate on October 2 confirmed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a second term on the Commission. Pai would have had to leave the FCC at the end of the year, had he not been reconfirmed.

President Donald Trump nominated Pai for a new term in January; his previous term as a commissioner had expired on July 1, 2016, and his new term is retroactive to that date. FCC rules...

Radio Oasis Proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, SK

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:04

Radio Oasis proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, of Loudonville, New York, died unexpectedly on September 19. He was 65 and had been a radio amateur for nearly 50 years. Politzi’s was a familiar face among the vendors at various hamfests around the eastern US, marketing his company’s antenna products, and he was a regular QST advertiser. Most recently, he attended the New England Division Conventio...

Ham-Astronauts Taking Part in Spacewalks this Month

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:50

Two ham-astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) crew will participate in a trio of spacewalks this month. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the spacewalks.

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will lead all three spacewalks. He’ll be joined on October 5 and 10 by Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, while Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, acc...

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Announces 63 Teams to Compete Next July

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:32

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers have announced the 63 teams that have been invited to compete in the international event next July in Germany. A WRTC is a competition among two-operator teams. Team leaders have been selected for each qualifying region based on 2 years of qualifying contest scores. Team leaders may choose any operator as a teammate to complete thei...

“Force of 50” Amateur Radio Volunteers Deploying Throughout Puerto Rico

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 10:07

More than 20 of the “Force of 50” Amateur Radio volunteers now are deployed in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as American Red Cross volunteers and wasting no time getting down to business. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said the volunteers, in general, will provide communications for local law enforcement and utility managers; island-to-mainland health-and-welfare traffic, which has been ongoing, an...

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 17:53

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to recruit SATERN Amateur Radio operators for potential deployment to TSA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, emphasizes that this is a recruitment request to be on standby only.

“This will not be an easy deployment so operators interested in deploying on behalf of The Salva...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:18

The past week was a good one for HF propagation. Average daily sunspot numbers doubled from the previous week, rising from 13.6 to 27, while average daily solar flux rose from 72.6 to 84.3. Average daily geomagnetic numbers were lower, with average planetary A index declining from 21.1 to 9.9 and average daily mid-latitude A index from 17.1 to 7.6.

Last Friday was the autumnal equinox, so we sho...

California QSO Party Sets New Club Competition Categories

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 13:12

California QSO Party (CQP) Chair John Miller, K6MM, says three new club competition categories have been created for the popular CQP, which, this year, takes place October 7-8. The Northern California Contest Club sponsors the annual event.

In the Small category, the 10 highest scores from a club whose members enter in that category will count for this competition category. I

n the Medium catego...

OH2BH on the Road Again

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:48

Secure Forms on the ARRL.org Website

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:28

The security of your information on the ARRL website is extremely important to the League. ARRL has taken steps to encrypt/secure all forms on the site that contain personal or account information by using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).This includes the Shopping Cart checkout, the ARRL Donation Form, the site Login form, the Edit your Profile form, and New User registrations.

To v...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:55

“Soldering and Unsoldering” is the topic of the latest (September 28) 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 th...

Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:16

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico, and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island.

At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local media representatives have contacted them to request information about Amateur Radio inv...

Yasme Foundation Makes Grant to ARRL Ham Aid Fund

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:12

The Yasme Foundation has announced that it has made a grant to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund, in support of the Amateur Radio response to the recent hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. The Ham Aid fund was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Ham Aid equipment is available on loan to Amateur Radio...