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2017 RCA Technical Symposium on Friday, November 17, will be Streamed Live

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:16

The 2017 Radio Club of America (RCA) Technical Symposium will be streamed live on Friday, November, 17, starting at 1300 UTC and concluding at 2130 UTC, compliments of Icom America. Flash Player is required. Videos will be made available on the RCA website. RCA has posted the complete schedule.

DXpedition to Macao Set for March 2018

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:02

A DXpedition to Macao (XX9) is planned for March 9-17, 2018. Team members will include Bom, XX9LT; Leo, PP1CZ; Junior, PR7AB; Claudio, PY2MC; Alex, PY2SEX; Alex, PY2WAS; Miguel, PY3MM; Fernando, PY4BZ; Herminio, PY5HSD; Beto, PY6RT, and Jim, PY7XC.

The call sign to be used has not yet been issued.

The team anticipates operation on 80 through 10 meters, with 160 a possibility as “a non-priority ba...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:00

“NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave” is the topic of the current (November 9) 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 smart...

Software Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose is Dead at 52

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:48

Software Defined Radio (SDR) pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose died on November 11 after suffering a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was 52. Bose was the son of Bose Corp founder Amar G. Bose, who died 4 years ago at 83.

Vanu Bose in 1998 founded Vanu Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of an SDR in 2004.The firm’s tech...

Radio Club of America Announces New Board Members and Officers

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:28

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced newly elected board members and officers for 2-year terms starting on January 1.

New officers are Barney Scholl, K3LA, VP/Counsel; Margaret Lyons, Secretary, and Ron Jakubowski, K2RJ, Treasurer.

New Directors are Ernie Blair, WA4BPS; Karen Clark; Michael Clarson, WV2ZOW; Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW; Ray Novak, N9JA; Carole Perry, WB2MGP, and Elaine Walsh.

Foun...

Microwavers Report Successful US-Canada Contacts on 78 GHz

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:51

Microwave enthusiast Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, has reported several successful 78-GHz contacts between the US and Canada on November 9.

“We believe these contacts may be the first W/VE on 78 GHz,” Seguin said in a post to several VHF/UHF/microwave-oriented reflectors. “We hope to extend distances before winter sets in here in the Northeast and mountaintop access is limited.”

On the Canadian side were...

International SATERN SSB Net QSY

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:32

International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, has announced that starting immediately, the net will meet at the normal times on or near 14.312 MHz.

The net’s usual frequency is 14.265, but an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Guinea-Bisseau November 13-25 is transmitting on 14.260 MHz and listening up 5 to 10 kHz, making 14.265 MHz unusable.

In addition, the Buckeye Net on 14.2...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:16

The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.

“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a r...

US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v ARRL Case

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:03

A lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

Ames filed an appeal of that decision, and on November 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the ...

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:51

One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who ha...

AMSAT Poses RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 09:15

AMSAT is urging satellite enthusiasts to get their FoxTelem telemetry software up and running, in anticipation of the launch on November 14 of RadFxSat (Fox-1B). It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decode...

Lower International Shipping Rates for Ham Radio Books

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:18

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the US, has negotiated lower pricing for international express shipping methods for packages up to 10 pounds.

“In some instances, our international members and customers will now enjoy a 70 to 75% discount from published rates for express shipping methods,” explained ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “It will cost less to get popula...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:58

No sunspots are visible so far in November, and as of November 9 we have seen nine days of blank sun. But the past few days had strong geomagnetic activity, with planetary A index on November 7-9 at 36, 47 and 20, and so far on early November 10, at 21. 28 is the predicted planetary A index for November 10.

According to Spaceweather.com, 24 percent of 2017 so far (76 days) have seen zero sunspot...

IARU Presents Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, with its Diamond Award

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:08

Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, received the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award on November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was given “in grateful appreciation for many years of outstanding support for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.”

IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, presentedthe award to Matas, who served for many years as the president of the International Am...

Simple 40-Meter Dipole Supports Advanced Mars Radar

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00

The venerable HF dipole has found a new home and purpose in space. The Mars advanced radar for subsurface and ionospheric sounding (MARSIS) on Mars Express uses a simple 40-meter dipole as the antenna for its subsurface sounding radar.

The dual-channel low-frequency sounder operates between 1.3 and 5.5 MHz for subsurface sounding and between 100 kHz and 5.5 MHz for ionospheric sounding. It’s the...

Mother, Daughter Radio Amateurs Active from Nepal

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:40

Kalpana Kharel, 9N1MM, and her daughter Tejaswita (Teju), 9N1DX, are active radio amateurs from Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu. Husband and father Satish is 9N1AA, the first Nepali national to be licensed there. Satish Kharel and his daughter were active during the 2015 earthquake response in Nepal.

Kalpana Kharel is believed to be the first female Amateur Radio licensee from Nepal (an American, J...

Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:00

A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way. The year-long event hopes to build on the success of the highly successful 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). The objective is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares a...

Solo DXpeditioner KC0W Improvises Replacement Antennas

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:00

Minnesotan Tom Callas, KC0W, now operating as VR2/KC0W from Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, said his DXpedition started off well enough, with “a quick 1,200+ CW QSOs going into the log from this not-at-all-rare place.” Then, in the early morning hours, he reported, the tide swept away all of his antennas and heavily damaged the coax feed lines.

In true ham radio fashion, Callas, a CW-only operato...