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New Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launched

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 09:56

The spherical Chinese CAS-7B (BP-1B) Amateur Radio satellite carrying an FM transponder launched on July 25 at 0500 UTC. Signals from both the FM transponder and the telemetry beacon have been received. The satellite was launched on Hyperbola-1 from Jiuquan into a 300 kilometer, 42.7° inclination orbit.

CAS-7B is expected to have a lifetime of about a month before reentry.

The CW telemetry beacon...

ARRL Seeks Development Manager

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 08:57

ARRL is seeking a Development Manager for full-time employment at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The Development Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans to maximize funding from donors for the organization through creative and effective campaign management and relationship building.

The individual holding this position is responsible for dev...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 07:56

On Monday July 22 a new sunspot appeared, but just for one day. The magnetic signature showed it was from the current Cycle 24.

Average daily solar flux increased insignificantly from 67 to 67.3 this week.

Predicted solar flux is 68 for July 26 through August 1, then 67 on August 2 through September 8.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on July 26-27, 5 on July 28 through August 3, then 8, 15, 15 an...

New Raspberry Pi 4 Problem Reported with Certain USB-C Cables

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:28

TechRepublic reports that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 will not work when powered using certain USB-C cables. The economical, single-board computer is the first Pi board to use a USB-C power connection. Pi co-creator Eben Upton has confirmed that not every USB-C cable will work. “The Pi 4 doesn't receive power when used with electronically ...

So Now What? Podcast

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:00

“Tips on using Coaxial Cable” will be the focus of the new (July 25) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating ...

ARRL Field Day 2019 Attracts Nearly 3,100 Entries

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 13:22

The 30-day deadline to submit ARRL Field Day entries via app upload and (timely postmarked) USPS mail is now past, and the ARRL Contest Branch reports 3,070 entries have been logged into the system. Last year saw 2,903 entries. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said the total does not include entries postmarked by July 23 and still in transit. A number of entries sti...

ARES Responds to Early July Earthquakes and Aftershocks in Southern California

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:33

On the morning of July 4, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the California High Desert, with its epicenter near Trona in the Searles Valley, not far from Ridgecrest, population roughly 29,000.

ARES volunteer Jerry Brooks, KK6PA, activated the Eastern Kern County ARES Net, and, as members assessed their own situations and were able to participate, activity grew on the Eastern Kern County ARES Eme...

AMSAT President Asks Members to Help Keep Amateur Radio in Space

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 08:17

“It takes considerable volunteer effort and real dollars to keep Amateur Radio in Space™,” AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, reminded the organization’s members this week in a message that also updated AMSAT activities and issued an invitation to the organization’s 50th anniversary Space Symposium and Annual Meeting in October. In addition, Spier put out a call for “important assistance” in the...

ARRL 2018 Annual Report is Now Available

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:38

ARRL has announced the release of its 2018 Annual Report to members. The 2018 Annual Report was created by the ARRL editorial staff under the direction of QST Managing Editor, Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. In his message to members, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said “new generation” hams engage with Amateur Radio in a very different way than hams of his generation.

“Through extensive research...

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Seeks Student CubeSat RF Hardware Proposals

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 15:34

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced the MTT-Sat Challenge for groups of students developing RF hardware for CubeSat applications. The MTT-Sat Challenge is a worldwide competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and build RF hardware for small satellites. The most promising designs will undergo space environmental qualification testin...

Amateur Radio Being Showcased at 2019 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:49

ARRL member-volunteers will be part of the excitement as the 2019 International Experimental Aircraft Association annual AirVenture show gets under way this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The show runs from July 22 until July 29. This year marks the 50th anniversary of EAA AirVenture, which drew more than 600,000 visitors and 10,000 aircraft last year. The ARRL exhibit highlights radio communicati...

New Summer EURAO Party to Premier FT4

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:15