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HAARP Campaign to Use WSPR on 80 Meters

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 14:12

Alaska’s super-power High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, will take advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) during a short experimental campaign, July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, to...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:27

A single small sunspot appeared on July 21, then disappeared. Before that, no sunspots appeared since June 26. The daily sunspot number on July 21 was 11, which is the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

Because there were no sunspots over the previous week, average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 1.6, while average daily solar flux for the week declined from 71.8 to 68.4.

Average daily pl...

Video Production of the 2018 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference is Changing Hands

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:44

Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, who produces the “Ham Radio 2.0” program on YouTube, will produce video for the 2018 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) this September in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The former producer, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, of “HamRadioNow” has retired from producing ham radio programs. The DCC videos are sanctioned by TAPR, but produced independently.

Johnston has announced a...

ARRL Exhibits for First Time at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:25

ARRL has been exhibiting for the first time ever this week at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin. The ARRL exhibit complements other ham radio demonstrations at the air show. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, is working with a team of members who are supporting the exhibit at the weeklong aviation celebration and fly-in. The annual event draws more than 500,000 visitors. Inderbitz...

Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure 2018 Concludes with 6,000+ Contacts in the Log

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:56

The participants in the 2018 Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) at PJ2Y in Curacao put 6,218 contacts into the log before having to shut down on July 23.

“There was a concentrated effort to have an FT8 station on the air as much as possible,” recounted Team Leader Jim Storms, AB8YK. “Also two additional radios were on the air almost constantly. One was on SSB and the other alternated between ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:10

“Zero Beating” is the topic of the latest (July 19) 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...

Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:04

WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0 arrives in a few months. Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January.

“Much of the necessary programming is finished,” Taylor said in a post to the Packrats reflector. “Many of the new features have been tested on the air, and we...

Parity Act Options Open Despite Removal from Defense Authorization Act Conference Report

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:39

ARRL Hudson Division Director and ad hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, says removal of Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report this week was unfortunate, but does not kill the initiative. The Parity Act would ask the FCC to grant radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities the right to i...

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Welcomes First-Time Lights

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:39

Marking its 21st anniversary this year, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) in August will celebrate Amateur Radio operation at several lighthouses that will make debut appearances in this year’s event. So far, 300 groups or individuals have registered to indicate plans to participate from a lighthouse or lightship during the 2-day operating activity. Newcomers joining the...

Astro-Ham Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, Jams with Kraftwerk for Festival Audience

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:47

European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, had the opportunity on July 20 to sit in from space with the otherworldly German band Kraftwerk. Gerst accompanied the four Kraftwerk musicians, each on synthesizers, using a tablet device equipped to serve as a mini-synthesizer as part of the Jazz Open Festival held on Schlossplatz, the largest square in Stuttgart, Germany. Gerst a...

RSGB: Ham Radio May Be at “the Dawn of its Greatest Era”

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:47

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) believes that Amateur Radio innovation is alive and well. “Amateur research and innovation is far from over; indeed, we may well be at the dawn of its greatest era,” the UK’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society concluded in an RSGB 2022 strategy narrative posted on its website.

“In an age where the costs of commercial equipment can be...

ARRL Website, Some Services to be Down Briefly on July 25

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 07:00

The ARRL website and some services will be down for maintenance for up to 1 hour on Wednesday, July 25, starting at approximately 0900 UTC. During this period some or all systems may be temporarily inaccessible. This affects all content on (including the ARRL Store),, and Logbook of the World and e-mail will not ...

More ARRL Contest Award Certificates Now Available for Download

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:11

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that more contest award certificates are now available for download from the ARRL website in PDF and JPEG formats. Just enter the call sign used.

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said downloadable certificates now are available for these additional events: the 2017 ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, the 2017 November Sweepstakes, the 2017 ARRL 10 Mete...