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Amateur Radio Net Activated in Wake of Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake in Guatemala

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 08:21

An Amateur Radio net has been activated in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake early this morning (June 14) some 10 kilometers from Malacatán.

According to information relayed by Dani Ardon, TG9AMD, of the Radio Amateurs Club of Guatemala (CRAG), “At the moment, neither major damage nor reports of any victims have been reported.” Ardon said the net has been monitoring 7.090 MHz as well a...

ARRL Donors Feted at Dayton Reception

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:54

The 17th Annual ARRL Donor Recognition Reception took place on May 18 at America’s Packard Museum in Dayton. Guests included ARRL’s most generous supporters, including Maxim Society and Legacy Circle members.

QST Contributing Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, was the keynote speaker, and Maxim Society members received special recognition. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, ...

Fifth Annual Experimental MF/LF Outreach and Demonstration Set for Field Day Weekend

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:31

Again this year, several radio amateurs who also hold FCC Part 5 Experimental licenses for 630 and 2,200 meters will transmit Field Day greetings throughout Field Day weekend, June 24-25.

“This event has been organized for the fifth consecutive year to promote awareness of the new MF and LF amateur allocations ahead of the opening of the bands to hams in the US,” John Langridge, KB5NJD/WB2XIQ, t...

Support ARRL as You Shop for Father’s Day

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:40

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Amazon has a ...

Amateur Radio Mesh Network Brought into Mix as Volunteers Assist in South African Fire Disaster

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:55

An intense winter storm and severe drought in South Africa’s Western Cape region earlier this month resulted in devastating fires that ravaged parts of the Southern Cape Area, with the city of Knysna being the worst affected. Some fires were reported still burning, but contained, this week, after winds subsided over the weekend.

John Terblanche, ZS1I, in Mossel Bay, who administers the Amateur R...

Just 11 Days until ARRL Field Day!

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:26

Vermont Radio Amateurs Putting Green Mountain State’s Parks on the Air

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:25

The Vermont Department of Parks and Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) are sponsoring “Vermont State Parks on the Air” until June 1, 2019. The activity is dedicated to Amateur Radio operation in Vermont’s parks. Operation is open to all modes and all bands, although most recent operation has been on 40 and 20 meters. The event uses World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio (WWFF) calli...

W1AW Building to be Closed Briefly

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 09:02

The building housing Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will be closed to visitors and tours from noon on Tuesday, June 13, until 8 AM on Thursday, June 15. This temporary closing will not affect the W1AW bulletin and code practice transmission schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.

Radio Amateur Hears Cassini Spacecraft

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:38

[UPDATED 2017-06-13@1445 UTC] Paul Marsh, M0EYT, has confirmed reception of the Cassini spacecraft, now in orbit around Saturn.

“I copied Cassini on 8,429.247035 MHz during its last radio occultation experiment, where the TX is carrier-only mode on S, X, and Ka bands,” Marsh told ARRL. “I was using my 2.4-meter antenna at the time.” Marsh said is homebrew downconverter is locked to a 10-MHz sta...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:55

The big event this week was multiple sporadic-E linkups on 6 meters yesterday (June 8).

The average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15.6 to 19.3. This was largely due to the fact that there was one zero-sunspot day last week, and no days with zero sunspots this week.

The average daily A index, planetary and mid-latitude were both 5.6 this week. Last week they were 13.3 and 10.6.


Hamvention Improvements Already in the Works for 2018!

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 15:36

Even before Hamvention® 2017 had wound down at its new Xenia, Ohio, location, plans were on the drawing board to enhance next year’s show. Hamvention 2017 “went reasonably well,” spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, allowed, but he acknowledged that there are still a “lot of things to work on” for 2018. Kalter, who lives in Xenia, made the remarks in a video interview with DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:32

“The Mystery of Sporadic E” is the topic of the new (June 8) 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...

Centenarian ARRL Member Claiming Oldest Active Radio Amateur Crown

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 14:21

A 105-year-old ARRL member, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, is claiming the title of “World’s Oldest Operating Ham.” No official record of such milestones exists, but ARRL is not aware of any radio amateurs senior to Kayhart, and he is now quite likely the oldest active ham at least in the US. Early this year, Charlie Hellman, W2RP, died at 106; he also may have been the lo...

New Jersey Radio Amateur Receives International Astronomical League’s Gold Certification

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:14

Blair Hearth, KD2EPA, of Oceanport, New Jersey, has joined the select group of individuals who have received Gold certification in the Radio Astronomy Observation program of the International Astronomical League for making at least 10 galactic observations. Hearth, who already had qualified for Silver certification, used the InfoAge Science History Museum’s TLM-18 dish for a few of his observat...