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2017 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced:

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:24

Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Peter Portanova, W2JV, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, have been nominated to serve on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Ballots will go out in mid-July to AMSAT-NA members, and candidate statements will accompany them. The top four vote-getters will be elected to the Board, with an alternate chosen based on the next highest number of...

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:17

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.

Friday, June 23








5:00 PM

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

8:00 PM

0000 (Sat)


6:00 PM

7:00 PM


INSPIRE-2 Ground Controllers Turn to Amateur Radio, Rescue Stalled Satellite

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:29

Amateur Radio came to the rescue of the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat, built by the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales. According to Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the CubeSat is designed to “explore the lower thermosphere, for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and miniaturized sensors” and ...

Thirteen US Schools/Groups Move Closer to Hosting ARISS Contacts

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:26

Thirteen schools and organizations will move into the second phase of the selection process to host the earthbound end of an Amateur Radio contact with an International Space Station (ISS) crew. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is in the process of selecting schools and groups to host ARISS contacts during the first half of 2018. The 13 prospective hosts now will submit ...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins Prestigious W.G. Cady Award

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:29

Well-known scientist and radio amateur Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the 2017 W.G. Cady Award, “for pioneering research, development, and commercialization of signal-generating and processing devices for commercial and scientific applications.” Sponsored by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society, the Cady Award recognizes outstanding contributions r...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:00

At 2311 UTC on June 14 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning:

“In the second half of the first UT day (15 June) the solar wind is expected to be influenced by a High Speed Solar Wind Stream. On the second UT day (16 June) the speed can reach 700 km/s. The geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active levels. Isolated minor storm periods are poss...

Hamvention Reports Second-Largest Attendance Ever for 2017 Show

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:05

[UPDATED: 2017-06-16 @ 1542 UTC] The tally is in, and Hamvention® 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, attracted 29,296 attendees, official spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. That is the second-largest reported attendance in the history of the event. Hamvention attendance peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996 change in date from April to May while it was still being held at Hara A...

Federal Register Publishes New MF/LF Rules, But Operation is Not Yet Legal

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:02

The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spelling out operational rules to allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 630 meters and 2,200 meters now has appeared in the Federal Register, but radio amateurs still may not access the new bands. That’s because specific procedures now under development to detail how radio amateurs will notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their proposed station loca...

Quicker-Turnaround Digital Modes in Experimental Stage for WSJT-X Suite

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:47

Recent sporadic-E propagation openings on 6 meters and elsewhere have pointed up the need for a digital mode having faster turnaround time than currently available software versions offer. A recent WSJT-X reflector discussion allowed that, while the slow ’JT modes like JT65 and JT9 have excellent sensitivity, their 1-minute long transmissions may not permit completion of a contact when evanesce...

President to Name Jessica Rosenworcel for New FCC Term

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:07

In a low-key announcement on June 13, President Donald Trump indicated that he planned to nominate former FCC Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot on the FCC. Rosenworcel served on the Commission from 2012 to 2016, leaving at the end of last year after the US Senate was unable to extend her term before time ran out on that session of Congress. Rosenworcel has b...

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:32

China's CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) carries an inverting U/V i...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:00

“The Mystery of Sporadic E” is the topic of the current 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 himse...

Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition Named DXpedition of the Year

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 06:58

The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has named the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition as its 2016/2017 DXpedition of the year. The announcement came during the SWODXA’s 31st DX Dinner on May 20, held in conjunction with Hamvention®.


Bear is Unwanted Volunteer, as ARES Team Supports Colorado Road Race

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:49

Lots of things can go awry when Amateur Radio volunteers are supporting public service events, from technical and weather problems to lost or injured participants. The 2017 Garden of the Gods 10-mile and 10-kilometer races in Colorado was no exception. On Sunday, June 11, the Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service (PPARES) deployed a dozen operators to support more than 1,400 runners in sce...

Hundreds of Stations Report Hearing WSPR Signal from Canada C3 Expedition

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:39

Hundreds of Amateur Radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40 meters from the Canada C3 expedition. The expedition, which got under way on June 1 and will continue until October 28, is part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Canada C3 vessel Polar Prince is sailing from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It’s curr...

Spacecraft Probe to Listen for ARRL Field Day Signals

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:49

The Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) onboard the Canadian CAScade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite will again support Amateur Radio citizen science by listening for signals during ARRL Field Day, June 24-25. The HamSCI citizen science initiative says that, from a radio science perspective, Field Day is an ideal time for e-POP to study the structure of Earth’s ion...

Kids Day is Sunday, June 18

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:07