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Hamvention and ARISS Teaming Up Again

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:34

For the second year, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will work with Hamvention to support ARISS. Two ARISS Challenge Coins will be given away in a special drawing held just prior to the big prize drawings on Hamvention’s final day, May 21. ARISS has donated two of the coins, positioned side by side in a display that shows off each of the coin’s sides, to be given aw...

2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Second Call for Papers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:19

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 36th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), set for September 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Earth City. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is Ju...

Registration is Open for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:03

Online registration is now available and the program is shaping up for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet September 15-16 in suburban Chicago. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the keynote speaker for this 65th annual W9DXCC event. Discounted hotel rooms can also be booked now.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will also offer Contest University (CTU) and...

Updated ARRL “US Amateur Radio Bands” Charts Now Available

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:26

ARRL has revised and updated its “US Amateur Radio Bands” charts, and these now are available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations.

The revised charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocat...

Moderate Geomagnetic Storming Forecast

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:01

NOAA forecasters have issued a watch for minor-to-moderate geomagnetic storms May 16-17. Forecasters say there is a 40% chance of minor (G1) geomagnetic storming on May 16, as Earth enters a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the Sun’s atmosphere. The storm could intensify to moderate (G2) on May 17, due to a combination of coronal hole activity on the Sun’s surface and the impending a...

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, SK; Engaged in Protracted Enforcement Battle with FCC

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 16:18

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, of Belgrade, Maine, died on May 5. He was 75. In 2014, Baxter ultimately lost his battle to retain his Amateur Extra class license when the FCC dismissed his long-standing renewal application, citing an unpaid $10,000 forfeiture stemming from violations over a period extending back several years. The K1MAN call sign now is held by an individual living in New York.

“Anyone...

Hamvention® Promoting Use of Off-Site Parking Areas

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 10:57

Hamvention® General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, is suggesting that visitors to the May 19-21 event at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, use off-site parking in order to avoid traffic problems. Hamvention will offer free on-site and off-site parking during the event. 

“We are now promoting using off-site parking as a means to avoid traffic congestion around the Fairgr...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 08:53

Average daily sunspot numbers this week (May 4-10) were 17.1, down from 25.1 last week. Average daily solar flux declined from 76.9 to 71.5.

There were three consecutive days with zero sunspots this week, May 9-11. Spaceweather.com noted that Thursday was the thirty-third day with zero sunspots in 2017, and through all of 2016 there were 32 days with no sunspots. Being early May, this indicates ...

Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated as DXCC Entities

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:05

On March 31, 2017, the DXCC desk announced the deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list. The stated reason for this action was because of changes in the administration resulting from changes in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, of which the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge a...

“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:00

The member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have approved a proposal to admit a new representative of the radio amateurs of Belize to IARU membership. As of the May 9 deadline for voting, 77 member-societies had voted in favor of admitting the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) with none opposed. There were no abstentions. An affirmative votes of 55 member-societies were ...

Meet the Author at ARRL EXPO!

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:59

ARRL will present a “Meet the Author” area in the ARRL EXPO at Hamvention® 2017, to give visitors an opportunity to speak with authors who are inspiring today’s radio experimenters, operators, and innovators. Three authors will be in the ARRL EXPO area:

  • Ward Silver, N0AX, author of new ARRL publication Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur. This book shows you how to build your ham radio s...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 09:00

“Optimizing Receiver Performance” is the topic of the latest 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...

IEEE-EMC Society Chicago Chapter Meeting Attendees Give to Spectrum Defense Fund

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 06:47

The more than 200 attendees at the April IEEE-EMC Society Chicago Chapter meeting donated $756 to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, called the contributions “spontaneous and voluntary.” The Society meeting was a special event at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to which local Amateur Radio operators had been invited.

“This donation is a small show...

Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:27

The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of wireless equipment could pose a na...

“Frequency,” “Last Man Standing” TV Shows QRT

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:12

Hollywood Reporter reports that The CW television network has pulled the plug on the Amateur Radio-themed show “Frequency,” which stars Peyton List as young police detective and radio amateur Raimy Sullivan. “Frequency was a combination of two of the season’s most popular trends: time travel and movie reboots,” Hollywood Reporter said, noting that the show had been averaging 1.5 million viewers...

Ham-Astronauts to Perform 200th Spacewalk at International Space Station

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:48

Astronauts ISS Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer, KG5FYH, will carry out a landmark 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, May 12. NASA TV will cover the event live.

Whitson and Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace a large avionics box that provides electrical power and data connections to science experi...

“Frequency” TV Show QRT

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:12

Hollywood Reporter reports that The CW television network has pulled the plug on the Amateur Radio-themed show “Frequency,” which stars Peyton List as young police detective and radio amateur Raimy Sullivan.

“Frequency was a combination of two of the season’s most popular trends: time travel and movie reboots,” Hollywood Reporter said, noting that the show had been averaging 1.5 million viewers....