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Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins in Most of the US on March 11

ARRL News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:47

In most of the US, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 11, at 2 AM local time. Set clocks ahead by 1 hour. The start of DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z), although some transceiver clocks generate UTC based on a specified difference from the local time setting. UTC is the generally recognized "standard...

AMSAT "GOLF" CubeSats among NASA Ninth-Round CubeSat Launch Initiative Picks

ARRL News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 08:05

AMSAT reports that two of its “GOLF” (Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint) series CubeSats are among 21 missions recommended for NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). GOLF-TEE (Technology Evaluation Environment) and GOLF-1, were among the 21 missions recommended for selection. AMSAT now must negotiate and execute a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NASA for each project, in ord...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 08:00

“Adding an Amplifier to your Station” is the topic of the current (March 1) 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, ...

ARRL Headquarters Has Closed Early

ARRL News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:17

Due to anticipated severe weather, ARRL Headquarters has closed for the remainder of the business day, as of 3 PM ET. W1AW is also closed, and there will be no code practice or bulletin transmissions today, March 7.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Thursday, March 8, at 8 AM ET. 

W1AW will resume its regular hours and broadcast schedule on Thursday, March 8.


ARRL Repurposes AM Broadcast Transmitter for Ham Radio Use

ARRL News - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:25

Thanks to a joint effort by ARRL and the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut (VRCMCT), a classic Gates BC-1T AM broadcast transmitter will enjoy a second life on the Amateur Radio bands for occasional use under W1AW or under the ARRL Headquarters Operators Club call sign, W1INF. Spearheaded by broadcast engineer Dan Thomas, NC1J, VRCMCT volunteers restored the1-kW transmitter...

Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W

ARRL News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:10

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is considering lowering the transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to 200 W PEP. Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes affecting many radio services, radio amateurs who want to run higher power would have to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of about $33.

Amateur Radio licenses were eliminated in Sweden in 2...

Wind-Up Radio Inventor Trevor Baylis Dead at 80

ARRL News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:02

Inventor and Honorary Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Member, Trevor Baylis of London, died March 5 after a long illness. His wind-up radio made communication available to people across Africa who had no access to electricity. When Baylis learned of the spread of AIDS in Africa in 1991, he set about developing his spring-powered wind-up radio that did not require batteries or other power ...

Flight Delay Keeping 9M0W Team from Spratly

ARRL News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:50

[UPDATED 2018-03-07 @ 1439] The DXpedition team's departure has again been delayed by 1 day.]

The 9M0W DXpedition team to Spratly Islands had expected to be on the air March 6, but now reports that its their flight to Spratly was delayed by 1 day.

“We have confirmed our flight for tomorrow, March 7, at 5:45 AM and will be [on the air] as planned, but 1 day later…until March 13,” the team announce...

Reminder: FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Test Set for March 6

ARRL News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:03

The WSJT Development Group will conduct a field test of the new FT8 “DXpedition Modethis evening, March 6 (in North American time zones). FT8 DXpedition mode is a feature included in the second beta version of WSJT-X 1.9.0 (v 1.9.0-rc2). It’s designed to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 contacts at very high rates. The public test run of FT8 DXpedition Mode will simulate a rare DXpedition pileu...

MARS Team Provides HF and Amateur Radio Communication Training on USNS Mercy

ARRL News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:59

On February 21, contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage has been to conduct Technician and General class Amateur Radio classes for more than a dozen military and civilian personnel crewing the Mercy; and to provide training in military HF communication procedures.

The ...

ARRL Audio News - March 2, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:01
ARRL Audio News - March 2, 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:16

We’ve seen many days with no sunspots over the past year, especially in more recent times. Periods with more than three days of blank sun include January 4-11, 2017, March 6-20, 2017, May 9-15, 2017, June 9-12, July 18-24, October 8-14, October 16-20, November 1-13, November 19-24, December 1-5, December 13-19, December 28, 2017 through January 3, 2018, January 20-29, 2018, and February 18-25. ...

Online Registration Ends on April 1 for 69th Annual International DX Convention

ARRL News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:05

Online registration for the 69th annual International DX Convention at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California, ends on April 1 (early registration ends on March 15). The event is sponsored by the Southern California DX Club.

The International DX Convention is the world’s foremost DX convention, and top DXers from around the world will be there. Forums and seminars will be available...

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