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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:25

New Book, Power Supplies Explained, Now Shipping

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 14:21

Radio amateurs often take a power supply for granted. After all, it’s just the box that, at the flick of a switch, provides stable dc voltage. A modern power supply is much more though, combining theory that dates back to the 19th century, incorporating the latest techniques in digital control, and taking advantage of a wealth of electronics practice in between. Power Supplies Explained sets ou...

FCC Accepting Applications for its Engineering Honors Program

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:54

The FCC is accepting applications from graduate engineers for its 1-year career development Engineering Honors Program, launched this past spring. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018. The program is open to recent engineering school graduates and current students who will graduate this academic year. Current students who will graduate in December will be considered and are encouraged to ...

Special Call Signs Commemorate Centenary of World War I Armistice

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:38

Several countries around the world have authorized the use of special call signs or prefixes to mark the centenary of the armistice that marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The initial armistice took effect on November 11, 1918, at 11 AM (the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I was not signed until the following year). Formerly known as Armistic...

India Gains Three New Bands, Sweden Gets Permanent 60-Meter Access

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:56

Radio amateurs in India now have access to three new bands. India’s Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications has published an updated National Frequency Allocation Plan, effective October 25, which lists the new bands at 5 MHz (60 meters), 472 kHz (630 meters), and 136 kHz (2300 meters). All allocations are on a secondary basis.

On 60 meters, hams now have access to 5,351.5 ...

Palm Radio Going out of Business

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:32

Brief ARRL Website Outage Planned for Wednesday, November 7

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 07:59

Some services on the ARRL website will be interrupted briefly on Wednesday, November 7, sometime between 1000 UTC and 1200 UTC. This outage is to accommodate a hardware upgrade of the existing Rackspace firewall, so most future firewall updates and patches can be performed without interrupting website access. Affected systems are the main website, including the ARRL Store and contesting-related...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:10

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.


Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication Development Director

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:59

ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018 Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Susta...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:55

At 2347 UTC on November 1 the Australia Space Weather Service issued this warning: "Geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active to minor storm levels on UT day 03 November and active levels on 04 November. The disturbance is due to the expected arrival of CIR (a Co-Rotating Interaction Region) and HSS (High Speed Stream) associated with a large recurrent equatorial coronal hole. The approa...

FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM Station

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:38

In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson, New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A. Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April 2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeitu...

New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:00

Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, ...

Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:13

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure within the Amateur Radio community and a prolif...

ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Regulatory, Governance Issues

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:11

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting on October 20 in Bloomington, Minnesota. During his opening comments, President Roderick said his membership contacts have indicated that strong support exists for the Entry-Level License Enhancement petition to the FCC as well as for the Volunteer Monitor Program that would supplant the current Official Obser...

JK Antennas Donates 40-Meter Yagi to W1AW

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:09

JK Antennas’ Ken Garg, W3JK, has donated a second model JK402T antenna to Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. The antenna is a two-element Yagi on a 22-foot boom with capacitive loading. The JK402T replaces the old Cushcraft XM-240 40-meter Yagi that had been used for visitor operations. The donation included a new balun, donated via W3JK by Balun Designs LLC. The new antenna went up on the tower on O...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 06:03

“Do you really need a tower?” is the topic of the current (October 25) 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 t...

ARRL Lab Manager Re-Elected as IEEE EMC Society Vice President for Standards

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 19:07

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, has been re-elected as IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society Vice President for Standards.

“Amateur Radio must be represented at the tables where these standards are conceived and written,” Hare said. “ARRL is uniquely positioned to be able to fill that role in a way that is seen by industry as being a good representation of Amateur Radio, but a...