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Tennessee Middle School Students Will Send a CubeSat into Space

ARRL News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:32

NASA has informed Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that its “RamSat” 2U CubeSat proposal has been accepted for participation in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for a launch opportunity during 2019, 2020, or 2021. The Robertsville proposal was one of 21 satellites selected or prioritized for participation in the ninth CSLI selection. CSLI provides opportunities for sma...

ARRL Seeks EC-001 Mentors!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:28

Since the beginning of the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications training program, ARRL has relied on the work of mentors to help guide those interested in volunteering to serve their communities. Our mentors represent the best in Amateur Radio public service communications training and make a substantial difference in how students approach service to their communities and Amateur Radio. The m...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:02

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the newest (March 15) 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 hims...

Chinese Lunar-Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Launch this Spring

ARRL News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:59

China’s twin-launch Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon will place a pair of microsatellites in lunar orbit this spring “to test low-frequency radio astronomy and space-based interferometry.” The two satellites, unofficially called DSLWP-A1 and DSLWP-A2 (DSLWP = Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder), could launch this spring. The pair represent the first phase of the ...

V55V, Big Signal out of Namibia, to Go Silent

ARRL News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:49

Martin Walter, V51W, near Omaruru, Namibia, has spent the past 2 decades improving his station, which likely accounts for his V55V station’s increasingly better signal.

After trying all possible antenna systems, he is convinced that his wire rhombic antennas are the best choice. He uses three of them; two that are 160 meters on each leg to the US and Europe, and one with 80-meter legs, also aime...

Z60A Activity to Mark Kosovo’s New DXCC Status Logs Nearly 100,000 Contacts

ARRL News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:43

Before shutting down on March 12, Z60A in Kosovo had logged 98,450 contacts during its celebratory operations to hand out a new one to the madding crowd.

The 30-day-long initial activation of the newest DXCC entity encountered 30,541 individual call signs in 174 DXCC entities. “Mission Goodwill Kosovo” expressed appreciation to the 28 operators from various countries near and far who turned out ...

Past Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, SK

ARRL News - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:35

Past ARRL Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, of Bunkie, Louisiana, died on March 8 after suffering a severe head injury in a fall. He was 84.

Molan had served as Louisiana SM from 2014 until 2016 and was a Louisiana Section Field Organization volunteer prior to that, having served as Assistant Section Manager, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinator, and...

The AmazonSmile Triple Donation Promotion Now Under Way

ARRL News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:52

Triple your impact! Until March 31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first AmazonSmile purchase.

Log into AmazonSmile, and with every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Support the Amateur Radio Service and ARRL shopping...

Digital QST App Update Coming by March 13

ARRL News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:46

The digital QST apps on iOS and Android devices will be upgraded by Tuesday, March 13, to feature a new build from our digital publishing partner. This change only applies to mobile users who read digital QST on their smartphones or tablets through the app; web browser use will not be affected. The update will look different from the current app, but provide the same function to read and downlo...

Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar Appears on 40 Meters

ARRL News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:56

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that one of China’s over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) installations has been causing interference in the Amateur Radio 7 MHz band. The IARUMS February newsletter reports on that intruder and others.

Other top 5 intruders include a “single-letter beacon” transmitting either the letter “K” or the letter “T” on ...

NEW - Google Earth Repeater Map

Oklahoma Repeater Society - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:08

If you utilize the Google Earth application, you may now download a copy of the ORSI repeater database for display in Google Earth. Zoom and position the map to view repeater locations. Click on the repeater location icons to view details. The repeater listing is organized in the Google Earth navigation pane by Status, County and Location/City.

Google Earth is available on Google Play for Android, App Store for Apple and various Desktop operating systems, as well as a Chrome App.

Download ORSI database for Google Earth Map

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Color the Bands Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

ARRL News - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 08:27

Radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air during the St Patrick Award activity. The St Patrick Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16 and continue until 1200 UTC on March 18. (St Patrick’s Day is March 17.) Radio amateurs or SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in four categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed ...

South Texas SM Stepping Aside; New South Texas SM Appointed

ARRL News - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 09:45

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, has announced that he’ll step down at the end of March due to time constraints and the workload associated with his consulting business.

“This was not an easy decision to make but one I felt best for the future of our Section,” Cooper said in a message to South Texas Section members. “I have been the Section Manager for the South Texas section...

“Farewell Weekend from Z60A” Offering Yet Another Opportunity to Work Kosovo

ARRL News - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 09:28

This weekend could offer the best opportunity to work Z60A in Kosovo, the newest DXCC entity and #15 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List.

“Since the original activity from Kosovo was much hampered by a high noise level at both locations, particularly on low bands, a team led by Pertti, OG2M; Miro, OM5RW; Rudy, OM3PC, and Driton, Z61DX, has put all its effort into hoisting full-size verticals f...

ARRL Audio News - March 9, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 15:00
ARRL Audio News - March 9, 2018

Twin City FM Club Hamfest Date Changed to April 28

ARRL News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:47

The Twin City FM Club (TCFMC) Spring Tailgate Swapfest will take place on Saturday, April 28, 8 AM until noon. The announcement in April issue of QST shows a formerly scheduled date. The event will take place at the West Medicine Lake Community Club, 1705 Forestview Lane, Plymouth, Minnesota. Talk-in frequency is 146.76 (114.8 Hz).

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:27

Only one day (March 2) showed any sunspot activity over the past reporting week, with a daily sunspot number of 11 so average daily sunspot activity declined from 6 to 1.6. Average daily solar flux went from 68.3 to 67.6.

 

No sunspots have been seen since March 2.

 

Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index dropping from 10.4 to 5.1, and mid-latitude A index from 7.4 to 4.6...

Management Change Under Way at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory

ARRL News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:56

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that a management change is under way at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The University of Central Florida (UCF) has begun formal transition activities to assume the operations and management of Arecibo Observatory, which sustained significant damage during Hurricane Maria last September.

“The university will take over formal management an...

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