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Urban Explorers’ Video Reveals Largely Unseen Side of Hara Arena

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 17:03

Reminiscent of underwater footage from a TV documentary about the discovery of a long-lost vessel, a recently posted YouTube video that takes a deep dive into the innards of former Hamvention® venue Hara Arena has been attracting notice within the Amateur Radio community. The narrated video probe was posted on December 22 by Once Occupied, an urban exploration group that originated in Dayton, O...

OJ9X Joint Santa Radio 2017, Finland 100th Anniversary of Independence Operation to End with 2017:

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:51

Amateur Radio activity under the special OJ9X call sign to mark the Santa Radio 2017 and Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence has resulted in more than 42,000 contacts. The multiple OJ9X operators are aiming for at least 50,000 contacts by the time the event wraps up on December 31.

Activity continues on all bands, including 2-meter meteor scatter and moonbounce as well as 60 meters. All ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:59

During the recent reporting week (December 14-20) the first six days had zero sunspots. On December 20 one new sunspot group appeared (2692) with a sunspot number of 16. The average daily sunspot number decreased from 6.9 during the previous seven days to 2.3.

Average solar flux increased from 71 to 71.5, average planetary A index went from 7.4 to 9.4, and maid-latitude A index increased from 5....

2018 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Set for September in Albuquerque

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:35

The 37th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will take place September 14-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. Make reservations now for 3 days of learning and enjoyment.

The Digital Communications Conference schedule includes technical and introductory forums, demonstrations, a Saturday evening banquet, and an in-depth Sunday seminar. Th...

ARRL Contest Results Posted

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:14

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:00

“Hand-Held Transceiver Antennas” is the topic of the new (December 21) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- w...

Another Radio Amateur Joins ISS Crew

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:17

The International Space Station crew is back to its nominal complement of six members, after Scott Tingle, KG5NZA, Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai arrived on board early this week.

Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin is the new Expedition 54 commander. The other crew members are Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, and Joe Acaba, KE5DAR.

On December 17, Tingle, Shkaplerov, and Kanai headed into space on board ...

More Room to be Available for Hamvention® at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:32

Hamvention® reports that the Greene County Commissioners and the Greene County Fair Board have approved the construction of a new building at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, the new Hamvention venue in Xenia, Ohio.

“Greene County officials have decided to move forward with construction of a new building, as it will continue to expand their presence in the region as a world-class E...

Vietnam Vet, Radio Amateur Granted Dying Wish to Get on the Air One More Time

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:39

Vietnam War veteran John Nugent, WA2EQJ, got on the air for what likely will be his final time earlier this month, thanks to help from the Amateur Radio community. The 75-year old US Army Signal Corps veteran, who has cancer, lives at the James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. Licensed since he was 16, he told a social worker at the facility that one item on his “...

Veteran DARC Monitoring System Coordinator Ulrich “Uli” Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, SK

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:37

Ulrich “Uli” Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, who was active in the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club’s (DARC) Band Watch program for more than 40 years, died on December 16 after a long illness.

Bihlmayer, who was 77, headed the DARC Band Watch from 1986 until 2012, and he served as Deputy Coordinator of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (Intruder Watch) (IARUMS) for 7 year...

US Schools, Groups Move Into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:36

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that 13 schools or organizations will advance to the next phase of planning to host Amateur Radio contacts with the ISS during the second half of 2018. The new ARISS-US Education Committee selected the 13 applicants from a field of 25. ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities from July to ...

New IARU Region 2 Intruder Watch Coordinator Named

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:24

Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, takes over as the International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) Monitoring System Coordinator on January 1. The Region 2 Monitoring System has been inactive recently.

Licensed at age 16 in 1979, he represents the third generation of radio amateurs in his family that began with his grandfather, LU2BJ, in 1927, and that he hopes will cont...

FCC Penalizes Marketer of Ham-Band Drone Audio-Visual Transmitters

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:22

The FCC has imposed a $180,000 civil penalty on a Sarasota, Florida, company that had been marketing noncompliant audio-visual transmitters intended for use on drones in violation of the Commission’s Amateur Service and marketing rules. In an Order released on December 19, the FCC explained that Lumenier Holdco LLC (formerly known as FPV Manuals LLC) was advertising and marketing uncertified AV...