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Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, Challenges

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:40

On May 23, the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included the language of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) cleared the House. The following day, a fiscal year 2019 Financial Services appropriations bill also containing Parity Act language cleared the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations and now ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:04

On May 30 at 0005 UTC the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning: “On 1 June geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to Active and Minor Storm levels due to arrival of the co-rotating interaction region and high-speed solar wind streams associated with the recurrent trans-equatorial coronal hole.”

On May 31 Spaceweather.com issued this Solar Wind Alert: “NOAA forecasters estimate...

WRTC 2018 Reports All Sites “Perfect”

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 08:38

The World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) Organizing Committee reports that all of the station sites it’s selected for the July event in Germany “are perfect for the competition.”

“After the final check, all sites for WRTC 2018 are now confirmed,” a WRTC 2018 news release said this week. “The inspections proved that there are enough very well-suited sites with no topographical or i...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:00

“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the topic of the current (May 24) 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...

ARISS to Conduct Digital Amateur Radio TV Transmitter Test on June 1

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:46

ARISS will conduct a test of the “Ham Video” digital Amateur Radio television transmitter on the Columbus of the International Space Station on Friday, June 1. The transmitter has not been working for several weeks.

According to an announcement from ARISS Mentor Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the transmitter will be powered down, the antenna feed line will be connected to the second S-band antenna, and ...

Radio Amateurs to Swap Spots on International Space Station (ISS) Crew

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:48

One radio amateur now onboard the International Space Station will be heading home on June 3, while two more will come aboard a few days later.

Flight Engineer Scott Tingle, KG5NZA, will join Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Norishige Kanai in returning to Earth on the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft after 168 days on station. A few days later, another trio of space travelers ...

Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:13

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcemen...

South Africa Gets 100 kHz Band at 5 MHz

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:53

South Africa telecommunications regulator Indepdent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has included a shared 100 kHz wide band at 5 MHz (60 meters) of 5,350 to 5,450 kHz in its just-published National Radio Frequency Plan 2018, at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. The band is being made available on a non-interference basis. In addition, ICASA allocated a single channel at 5,290 kHz f...

MARS Urging Members to Use Computers that are Isolated from the Internet

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:34

US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Headquarters is recommending that MARS members “migrate to stand-alone computer systems for [MARS] radio operations,” subject to the availability of a dedicated computer.

“These computer systems (or their associated local area networks) should be ‘air-gapped’ from the internet,” Army MARS Headquarters Operations Officer David McGinnis, K7UXO, said i...

IARU Region 1 Editorial Sounds Clarion Call on Danger VHF/UHF/Microwave Spectrum Grabs

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:47

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) VHF-UHF-µW Committee, Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, has highlighted extant threats to the Amateur Radio spectrum above 30 MHz. In an editorial that heads the latest edition of the IARU R1 VHF-UHF-µW Newsletter, issued on May 29, Verleijen invited all IARU member-societies to consider ways to “promote, defend, and use our frequen...

ARES Activated in Eight Maryland Counties for Severe Flooding

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:54

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in the Maryland-DC Section activated in the wake of regional flash flooding on May 27. Hit especially hard was Ellicott City, where vehicles were reported to have been washed away by fast-moving flood waters upward of 10 feet deep. At least one person was reported to be missing.

“As many watched Alberto, radio amateurs in Maryland watched more a...

West Central Florida Section ARES Keeping Close Eye on Alberto

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 09:45

ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES® has gone to a Level 3 activation (standby) at 1800 EDT due to the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings in advance of Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto for coastal areas of WCF Section counties and for all of Pinellas County, which is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Old Tampa Bay.

“At this time our respective ARES groups are in stand-by mode, but w...

QST Honored with E.T. Krenkel Medal for Outstanding Global Contributions to Amateur Radio

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:45

The Russian National Academy of Researches and Discoveries has honored QST with an E.T. Krenkel Medal for “outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio.”

The award’s namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet “drifting station,” North...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:26

Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week.

According to Spaceweather.com, in 2018 56% of days so far have been spotless.

Currently sunspot group 2710 and 2711 are active (2711 is growing), and 2712 is ab...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:05

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!