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ARRL and IARU Headquarters Stations to be Active during IARU HF Championship

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 09:39

The IARU HF Championship is the weekend of July 8-9. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society headquarters (HQ) stations count as multipliers for the event.

The ARRL Headquarters station will be W1AW/2, with all operations taking place in New York and coordinated by Jeff Ach, W2FU.

The IARU Headquarters station will be NU1AW/5, with all operations in Louisiana and coordinated by ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 07:00

“Generators” is the topic of the current (June 22) 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, J...

ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:46

Starting in 2018, the ARRL Foundation will offer two new scholarships for radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. They have been established by the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) and by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club (SVARC).

The MARCO scholarship will provide financial assistance for the educational expenses of a radio amateur pursuing higher education in the healing ...

W8CDX Takes Field Day Back to its Roots

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:32

Some younger radio amateurs may not realize that ARRL Field Day has been a staple operating event for more than 80 years. Former ARRL Communications Manager F. E. Handy, W1BDI, is credited with conceiving “International Field Day” in 1933, although it wasn’t until the following year that he described it as the “test of the emergency availability of portable stations and equipment” we know today...

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on July 3 and 4

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:38

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday!

"Germany Welcomes the World" to Friedrichshafen's Ham Radio 2017

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 08:43

“Germany Welcomes the World” is the theme of the 2017 edition of Europe’s major annual Amateur Radio gathering, known simply as Ham Radio but more commonly called “Friedrichshafen,” the city on the shores of Lake Constance where it takes place each summer. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head a League contingent to the event, which this year runs from Friday, July 14, until Sunday, Ju...

ARRL Still Seeking Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:57

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditions. The archive can include pre-1950 pape...

Amateur Radio Poised to Retain Full 76-81 GHz Band, Sharing with Vehicular Radars

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:14

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its July 13 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis. The FCC also reduced Amateur Radio’s status from primary to secondary in the 77-77.5 GHz segmen...

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Registrations Top 200 and Rising

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:21

Registrations for the 2017 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) have topped the 200 mark for the August 19-20 event. The ILLW is 20 years old this year, and with some 8 weeks to go, 220 planned operations have registered throughout the world, including 26 in the US (Germany is leading registrations with 45. Australia has 30 so far). During the annual event, Amateur Radio stations w...

OF100HQ Will Celebrate Finland’s Centennial in IARU HF World Championship Event

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:04

The commemorative call sign OF1ØØHQ will be on the air during the IARU HF World Championship event July 8-9 to mark Finland’s 100th anniversary.

“Finland has been under Swedish and Russian rule, and has had to fight her way to her own destiny of freedom in securing her identity during the World War II,” well-known Finnish radio amateur Martti Laine, OH2BH, pointed out in announcing the HQ multip...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:57

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:36

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:20

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California’s distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00

“Generators” is the topic of the new (June 22) 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, Joel ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:52

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.

“We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,” AR...

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:46

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforci...

Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:21

ARRL Field Day is upon us! If you’re still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going.

If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out...