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Canada Day Contest is Sunday, July 1 (UTC)

ARRL News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:55

The Canada Day Contest takes place on Sunday, July 1. The annual event celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Day Contest and invites radio amateurs around the world to Canada’s birthday party on the air.

This event begins on July 1 at 0000 UTC (Saturday, June 30, in North American time zones) and continues until 2359 UTC. Availab...

ARRL Audio News - June 29, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:50
ARRL Audio News - June 29, 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 04:30

Conditions were good for Field Day weekend, with no major geomagnetic disruptions, while solar flux and sunspot numbers were relatively high for this part of the solar cycle. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the sunspot numbers were 41, 34 and 16 while solar flux was 80.3, 77.1 and 74.5.

Planetary A index was 4, 16 and 7 on Friday through Sunday. On Saturday the College A index in Alaska reached 2...

Attendance Holds Steady at Hamvention® 2018

ARRL News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 07:58

Hamvention® marked another successful year in 2018, General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, told ARRL this week. At 28,417 visitors, Hamvention recorded its third-largest attendance ever in its second year at its still-new location in Xenia, Ohio.

“We had a slight decline in attendance, but we think people were waiting to hear about the upgrades we made, and some upgrades did not happen until the very...

“Baker is Brutal!” KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Reports

ARRL News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 04:20

“Baker is brutal!” That was the initial assessment from the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition team, which arrived at the uninhabited South Pacific atoll on June 26 at local sunrise, following a 4-day sea voyage. The KH1/KH7Z team started up early on June 27 with three stations on the air, with additional stations pending.

“Island conditions are extremely hot, and difficult. Long work periods in t...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 04:01

“Taking Amateur Radio on Vacation” is the topic of the latest (June 21) 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 ...

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition is On the Air!

ARRL News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 07:48

The KH1/KH7Z team on Baker Island started up early today with four stations on the air. KH1/KH7Z has been reported on 160 CW, 40 CW and SSB, and 20 SSB. Other bands will follow as station setup proceeds.

The KH1/KH7Z frequency plan is on the DXpedition website. DXpedition operators will be operating split. Do not call on the DX station’s transmitting frequency.

FT8 operation is planned, using the...

Youth Team to be On the Air from Market Reef

ARRL News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 06:00

A team of young radio amateurs will be on the air from Market Reef Lighthouse as OJ0C, from July 21 until July 28 and again from August 18 until August 25. The lighthouse is nearly at sea level, and waves have been known to cover the entire reef.

The Finnish Lighthouse Society (FLS) and the Amateur Radio League of Finland (SRAL) in conjunction with OH-DX-Foundation (OHDXF) and DX University (DXU...

NWS Update: Dangerous Heat and Storm Chances

WX5FWD.ORG - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:01

From: National Weather Service, Fort Worth
Date: Friday, 22 June 2018 9:25 CDT

Bottom Line

Strong to severe storms are possible mostly along/north of the I-20 corridor today and this weekend. It will also be hot each afternoon with maximum heat index values at or above 105 degrees in many locations.

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ARRL Audio News - June 22, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00
ARRL Audio News - June 22, 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:38

On Wednesday, June 20 Spaceweather.com reported the sudden emergence of sunspot AR2715. The sunspot number on that day shot up to 54, and it was 53 the next day. Average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (June 14-20) was 25.7, up from 4 the previous week. Average daily solar flux rose from 69.4 to 74. Solar flux was 82.1 on June 20.

We have not seen numbers such as this since last Sept...

IARU Welcomes Member-Society for St. Kitts & Nevis

ARRL News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:19

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has welcomed the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) as its newest member-society. IARU member-societies on May 28 completed voting on the proposed admission of SKNAARS to the IARU to represent St. Kitts & Nevis.

SKNAARS does not claim to represent Anguilla, which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio So...

2018 ARRL Field Day is June 23-24

WX5FWD.ORG - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:23

The Fort Worth NWS SKYWARN Radio Desk team will be active on several bands and modes during Field Day, Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, from the Fort Worth National Weather Service Forecast Office. Our special event call sign is W5T. We hope to contact you, and add your call sign and information to our log. We'll publish the bands, frequencies, and other information periodically during the event on the wx5fwd.org web site and social media WX5FWD Twitter account and FaceBook.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 40,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

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KX9X Wins the June QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:11

The winning article for the June 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Get on the Satellites for ARRL Field Day” by Sean Kutzko, KX9X. 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 July issue today.

ARISS-Russia Testing Undeployed CubeSats from ISS

ARRL News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:55

ARISS-Russia is making FM transmissions on June 20 and 21 from two of its Tanusha series of CubeSats, now aboard the International Space Station. Russia’s ARISS organization has been developing the spacecraft in collaboration with Southwest State University in Kursk.

Two earlier Tanusha CubeSats were hand-deployed by cosmonauts last August and are performing cluster flight experiments through co...

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