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Past Japan Amateur Radio League Vice Chair Hisao Shono, JA1AA, SK

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:06

Hisao Shono, JA1AA, died on August 19. He was 100. Shono served two terms as vice chair of the Japan Amateur Radio League. He was licensed in 1938 as J2IB. In 1952, when Amateur Radio was again permitted in Japan, he became the first to be relicensed and became JA1AA. He enjoyed DXing and QRP operation.

Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operation, May Reactivate on Saturday

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:21

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) suspended operation temporarily at 1600 UTC today (September 6), after a 139-hour marathon activation that began last Saturday. The net may reactivate if weather conditions dictate.

“The hurricane has been moving just offshore of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “This morning, Hurricane Dorian made US lan...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:03

Old Cycle 24 sunspots returned this week, but for only two days (Sunday and Monday) with a sunspot number of 12. Average daily solar flux increased from 66 reported in last week’s bulletin to 67.4 this week.

Radiation from a coronal hole increased the average planetary A index from 5.7 last week to 19.9 this week, with the level on Saturday and Sunday at 38 and 45. In Fairbanks, Alaska’s College...

North American CW Sprint Set for September 8 UTC

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 13:08

The fall running of the North American CW Sprint, sponsored by NCJ, is this coming weekend. Many operators believe it levels out the playing field, making it the most fun of any contest. An operator must QSY (change to another frequency) after making a single contact where he/she initiated the contact by calling a CQ, or by contacting a station calling CQ and “inheriting” the frequency after th...

Washington Amateur Radio Club Volunteers Track Interfering Signals

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:43

Volunteers from the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club (SARECC) in Anacortes, Washington, recently assisted the US Coast Guard in tracking the source of interference on VHF Marine Channel 5A (156.250 MHz). This channel serves the commercial Vessel Traffic Service north of Bush Point on Whidbey Island, as well as in some Canadian waters in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The service ...

QST Congratulates its Key Competition Winners

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:30

Ingenuity and craftsman abound within the Amateur Radio community, as shown in the results of the 2019 QST Key Competition. More than two dozen entries were submitted, and the judges gathered in late July to evaluate them. The competition sought Morse key and paddle designs in four categories: straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, and sideswiper. Each was a mechanical work of art, but ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 06:00

Storm Watch Continues Along Southeastern US Coast

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:06

[UPDATED: 2019-09-05- @ 1942 UTC] Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams from Florida to Virginia went on alert this week, even before Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas and started making its way up the southeastern US coast. As of 1800 UTC on September 5, Dorian was back to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH. It was 115 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North...

Regional Organizations Wrapping Up WRC-19 Preparations

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:30

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) held its final preparatory meeting ahead of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Attending the session in South Africa was Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ, who represented the South African Radio League (SARL) and International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) as part of the South Afr...

Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkered Down for the Long Haul

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:03

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been in continuous operation for Dorian since last Saturday at 2100 UTC, and it plans to remain in operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz until further notice, HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. The storm, then a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall on Grand Bahama Island with maximum sustained winds of 180 MPH, where it stalled for a day and a half. Only on...

NZ5A Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 07:51

The winning article for the August 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “Optimizing Propagation on 630 and 2200 Meters” by Robert S. Logan, NZ5A.

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.

 

FCC Readies for Hurricane Dorian

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:40

As Hurricane Dorian nears the US southeast coast, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reports the agency been working throughout the weekend to finalize preparations for the storm and coordinate with federal and state partners.

“Our staff has reached out to wireless carriers and broadcasters to offer assistance,” Pai said in a statement. “With our government partners, including FEMA, we have worked to ensure...

FlexRadio Teams with Raytheon Team to Develop Airborne HF Radio

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:38

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, US Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer FlexRadio®has been selected by the US Air Force to adapt its off-the-shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The new radio will provide beyond line-of-sight, long distance communications for air crews.

“We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct ...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 13:19

The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. The waiver request was necessary because Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules limits digital data ...