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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 08:56

Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

 

Predicted solar flux is 71, 70 and 69 on February 16-18, 68 on Februa...

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:30

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issu...

W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:36

W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

A staff of four control opera...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:00

“Vacuum Tubes” is the topic of the new (February 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 wherev...

Great Club Log Hardware Shuffle Complete

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:25

Club Log author Michael Wells, G7VJR,announced on February 13 that he has completed the “Great Hardware Shuffle” for the online service. The free, web-based tool can produce DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log-search services, and most-wanted lists.

“In recent months, I have been working through a checklist to do a big, once-every-5-years kind of upgrade for Club Log’s hardware,” Wells sai...

Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this Fall

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:41

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. A team of 15 operators will be on the island for up to 14 d...

Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down the Most-Wanted List a Few Notches

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:08

What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list as of February 14, the Republic of Kosovo now is in the #8 position after rocket...

Nominations Now Open for CQ Amateur Radio, Contest, and DX Halls of Fame

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:37

Nominations will be accepted until March 1 for membership in the CQ Amateur Radio, DX, and CQ Contest halls of fame. The DX and Contest halls of fame recognize radio amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and contesting, respectively. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made major contributions to Amateur Radio generally, and radio amateurs who have made maj...

Key Hamvention Hand Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, SK

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:23

A key member of the Hamvention team, Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, of Centerville, Ohio, died on February 11. An ARRL member, Miller was 77.

“Jerry was in charge of producing the programs for Hamvention as well as the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) monthly newsletter [RF Carrier],” Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. “He was a longtime board member of DARA and a driving force ...

Order 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” Mugs, Participation Pins Now!

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:28

Those lucky enough to score a “Clean Sweep” during the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes by working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections is invited to commemorate that accomplishment by purchasing a 2017 November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” mug. Awards are based on claimed scores.

Keepsake mugs are $15 each, including postage and handling. In addition, participation pins are available to operators who made at le...

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:12

Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa on their way back home. According to the latest Club...

Radio Amateur Named as Next President of Harvard University

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:55

Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1FZQ, of Brookline, Massachusetts, has been selected to become the 29th president of Harvard University, the home of W1AF. Selected from among a field of some 700 candidates, Bacow will take office on July 1, succeeding Drew Faust.

“Larry Bacow is one of the most accomplished, admired, insightful, and effective leaders in American higher education,” said William F. Lee, chai...

Paul Danzer, N1II, is 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award Winner

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 18:53

Acting on a recommendation of the QST editorial staff, the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has selected Paul Danzer, N1II, of Norwalk, Connecticut, as the winner of the 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October 2017 edition of QST (p 37). The Foundation Board announced the award recipient on February 7.

“I ...

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:18

The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones. ARRL began offering its Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts in 2016. The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the patch at the B...