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Radio Club of America Announces New Endowment

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:02

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced a new endowment, the Howard (VE2AED) and Micheline (KM6FOH) Rosen Fund, which will be dedicated solely to support RCA operations, the announcement said. The Rosens are long-time RCA members.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to support this club of very special members,” said Howard Rosen. “RCA is a hidden gem!”

According to RCA President Tim Duffy, K3LR, ...

KA6W Wins the QST Cover Plaque for the March Issue

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:21

The winning article for the March 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Delta Loop for 160 Meters” by Ted Algren, KA6W. 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 April issue today.

 

LoTW Support for CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Goes Live

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:00

ARRL and CQ magazine have announced the launch, effective immediately, of Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award program. The goal of the project, under way since last year, has been to create the proper technical support system to enable radio amateurs to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit, and that has been accomplished, CQ and ARRL said in a joint sta...

FCC Seizes Equipment from Pirate Broadcasters in Boston

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:43

The FCC reports that it seized transmission equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26. According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster that identified as “Big City” on various FM channels from Dorchester, Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate “B87.7 FM,” which operated on 87.7 FM from Dorchester. Both unlicensed stations had been iss...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:30

We saw no sunspots during this reporting week, March 22-28. The previous week had sunspots on only three days, with an average of 5.6.

Average daily solar flux receded from 69.3 to 68.2. Average daily planetary A index dropped from 14.4 to 10.6, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 11.3 to 8.9.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on March 30 to April 15, 69 on April 16, 68 on April 17-29, 69 on ...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Friday, March 30, no ARRL Letter this Week

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:37

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. The ARRL Letter is on hiatus this week, and no ARRL Audio News will be released on Friday.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 2, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will return next week.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable...

Malawi 7Q7EI DXpedition Team Taking Advantage of New FT8 “DXpedition Mode”

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:15

The 7Q7EI DXpedition in Malawi is using the new FT8 “DXpedition Mode,” which is still in beta, but some of those attempting to work 7Q7EI on that mode are not using the correct version of the FT8 software (part of WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc3) released on March 18. The 7Q7EI operation concludes on April 2.

“It is working well, and things are okay on [7Q7EI’s] side, apart from a large amount of peopl...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:34

“Receive Filters” is the topic for the new (March 29) 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...

Hamvention Setting Space Aside to Spotlight Emergency Communication Vehicles

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:59

In keeping with its theme, “Serving the Community,” Hamvention® 2018 is offering an opportunity for Amateur Radio groups to display the communication vehicles they use to serve their communities. A special area has been set aside at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for emergency communication trailers, vans, trucks, and other vehicles. Hamvention organizers are hoping that emergenc...

Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, Tapped as Next National Hurricane Center Director

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:31

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has named Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, to head the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Preparations at the NHC continue ahead of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Graham will pick up the reins from Deputy/Acting Director Ed Rappaport on April 1.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be selected to work alongside the tal...

National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop Livestreamed, Recorded

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:14

[UPDATED 2018-03-27@1533 UTC] Technical problems have developed with the live feed. Efforts are under way to restore it. The sessions will be archived for later viewing.

Amateur Radio is again represented at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. As it has been in past years, the conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness. The National Hurricane Conference Amateur...

ARRL Headquarters Will be Closed on Friday, March 30

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:00

 ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 2, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Two Radio Amateurs Now on International Space Station

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 11:58

With the addition of three new crew members, the International Space Station (ISS) now has a full complement of six. Astronauts Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, and Drew Feustel, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev headed into space on March 21 aboard a Soyuz MS-08 vehicle, launched from Kazakhstan.

The new ISS residents were welcomed on March 23 as part of the Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaple...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:36

At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24-25. “Expect the geomagnetic activity to increase to mostly Active levels with isolated periods of Minor to Major Storm levels due to a high speed solar wind stream associated with a negative polarity coronal hole becoming geo-effective”.

In last week’s report ARLP011 t...

Hospital Ship Crew Members Get Amateur Radio Training at Sea

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:52

On February 21, US Army civilian contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii to begin its deployment for “Pacific Partnership 2018” (PP18), a humanitarian assistance exercise that will include several Pacific stops. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage was to conduct Technician and General Amate...