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N0AX Wins the October QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 07:19

The winning article for the October 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “About Impedance Matching Circuits” by Ward Silver, NØAX.

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 November issue today.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:32

A new sunspot from old Cycle 24 appeared on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, then by Thursday was gone.

The sunspot number was 11 on both days, the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

Average daily solar flux rose only slightly from 67.3 to 67.6. Geomagnetic indices were higher. Average planetary A index rose from 5.4 to 14.4, and average mid-latitude A index increased from 4.6 to 11.

Predicted so...

FCC Dismisses Three Petitions for Rule Making Filed by Radio Amateurs

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:22

The FCC has dismissed petitions for rule making filed in 2018 by three radio amateurs. All of the petitions were put on public notice earlier this year and comments invited.

Edward C. Borghi, KB2E, of Farmington, New York, and Jeffrey Bail, NT1K, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, submitted very similar petitions seeking changes in how the FCC grants Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications....

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 06:00

Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Begins on October 17

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:21

More than 230 items will go on the block as bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC) for the 14th Annual ARRL Online Auction. The auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST. An auction preview opens on Monday, October 14.

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items, plu...

IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio Spectrum Pollution

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 13:50

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) met on September 28 and 29 in Lima, Peru, to conduct a final review of IARU preparations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). The Council’s annual meeting took place just ahead of the triennial IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) General Assembly. Responsible for IARU p...

IOTA DXpedition to Tonga (OC-049) Wraps on October 6

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 13:36

The A35JT Islands on the Air DXpedition to Tonga (OC-049) continues until October 6. The team reports that station setup took longer than anticipated, but once things got under way, activity was fairly brisk.

“[W]e finally have the three stations operational since Wednesday night local time,” the A35JT team said in a September 27 progress report. “So far we have seen success to Europe on 160-me...

Australian Regulator Reinstates US Amateur Radio License Reciprocity

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:54

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) reports Australia’s communications regulator ACMA is reinstating the reciprocal arrangement for US Amateur Radio license holders.

“The reinstatement follows a period of suspension of reciprocity precipitated by a complainant objecting to the granting of [Australian] licenses,” a WIA statement read. “The WIA believes that irrespective of the motivations o...

IARU Region 2 General Assembly Under Way in Peru

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 10:22

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) 20th General Assembly continues until October 2 in Lima, Peru. Radio Club Peruano (RCP) is hosting the gathering. Delegates will participate in meetings and in various working committees, and an Emergency Communications Workshop will take place on October 4.

The Lima conference will discuss the promotion and defense of Amateur...

Belarus Team Dominates 16th IARU High-Speed Telegraphy World Championship

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:23

The team from Belarus dominated the 16th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship in mid-September, sponsored by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Belarus came away with more than two-thirds of the medals, with several other countries’ teams sharing the rest. Representatives of 19 countries participated in the championship, which took place in Albena, Bulgaria, sponsored by th...

Past North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, SK

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:20

Former ARRL North Texas Section Manager Phil Clements, K5PC, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, died on September 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was 79. Clements served as ARRL North Texas Section Communications Manager/Section Manager from 1979 until 1989. (ARRL changed the position title to Section Manager in 1984.) Clements was a pilot for Braniff Airways and Airborne Express.

 

 

AMSAT Receives Request for Potential Emergency Use of AO-92

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:19

AMSAT-NA has received a request from radio amateurs involved with emergency communications in the Azores to forgo AO-92 L/v operation of the satellite this week.

“Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to pass through the Azores as a Category 4 storm Tuesday and Wednesday, and they are requesting AO-92 remain in U/v for potential emergency traffic,” AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 07:24

Sorry, still no sunspots. Spaceweather.com reported on September 26 there were no sunspots for over 3 weeks, or 24 consecutive days.

Summer transitioned through the autumnal equinox last Monday, and spaceweather.com noted that during the northern summer more than 89% of the days were spotless.

So far in 2019 the spotless days percentage is 72%, equal to what it was in the last solar minimum, in 2...