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Order 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” Mugs, Participation Pins Now!

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:28

Those lucky enough to score a “Clean Sweep” during the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes by working all 83 ARRL/RAC sections is invited to commemorate that accomplishment by purchasing a 2017 November Sweepstakes “Clean Sweep” mug. Awards are based on claimed scores.

Keepsake mugs are $15 each, including postage and handling. In addition, participation pins are available to operators who made at le...

Paul Danzer, N1II, is 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award Winner

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 19:53

Acting on a recommendation of the QST editorial staff, the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has selected Paul Danzer, N1II, of Norwalk, Connecticut, as the winner of the 2017 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award for his article, “The ABCs of a Digital Multimeter,” which appeared in the October 2017 edition of QST (p 37). The Foundation Board announced the award recipient on February 7.

“I ...

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:18

The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones. ARRL began offering its Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts in 2016. The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the patch at the B...

ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:50

ARRL this week announced a Mobile DXCC Operating Award, available to radio amateurs who have contacted at least 100 DXCC entities from a working vehicle, with antennas and power source capable of operating while in motion. ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, advised those pursuing the award to put safety first.

“Distracted driving is a serious concern, so we hope all mobile operators exer...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:23

Compared to the previous seven days, solar activity increased in the first week of February. There were two days with no sunspots, February 1 and 3. On February 2 a new sunspot region emerged, but by the next day it had disappeared. Another sunspot region appeared on February 4, and the area it covered on February 4-7 was 80, 130, 160 and 200 millionths of the solar hemisphere.

We haven’t seen a...

NBC News Left Field Report Says Hams “Could Save Our Lives” in a Disaster

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:41

A team from NBC News’ nascent digital news unit Left Field was in Hawaii to visit with some radio amateurs to produce a report when the false nuclear missile alert happened on January 13.

Left Field’s report points out how much we rely on cell phones and 21st century technology…and what we would do if these suddenly were no longer available. Amateur Radio operators “are standing at the ready and...

ARRL Foundation Announces Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:47

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. Endowed through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, this scholarship is intended to supplement the educational expenses of an Amateur Radio operator pursuing higher education. The ARRL Foundation will administer the scholarship, which is $1,000 annual...

Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:07

Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Taylor said the basic goal of FT8 DXpedition Mode is to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 QSOs at t...

D-Star ONE Phoenix, First D-Star Communication Spacecraft, Launched

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:46

A Soyuz rocket launched D-Star ONE Phoenix and 10 other satellites into orbit on February 1 from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. Developed by German Orbital Systems in Berlin in cooperation with the Czech company iSky Technology, D-Star ONE Phoenix carries an Amateur Radio relay payload (call sign DP1GOS). It replaces the D-Star ONE nanosatellite that failed to attain orbit following a November...

3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Aborted over Safety Concerns

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:49

In a huge disappointment for the DX community and the members of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team, the DXpedition's leaders announced at 2000 UTC today (February 3) that a decision had been made to abort the DXpedition and head back to Chile.

“During the last 72 hours, we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival...

Z60A Fielding Three Stations to Handle Huge Pileups for New DXCC #1

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:12

Three Z60A stations are up and running with DL3DXX, DL5CW, DJ5IW, IK0FVC, and VE7NY handling operating duties. The special activation to mark the addition of the Republic of Kosovo to the DXCC List has reached 50,000 contacts and counting.

Z60A is operating split and is not listening on its transmit frequency! Pay attention to operators' instructions!

The Z60A activation will culminate on Kosovo’...

Volunteers Invited to Assist in 2018 Boston Marathon

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:35

Opportunities for Amateur Radio and non-amateur volunteers are available for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Amateur Radio volunteers are needed for starting line, course, and finish line positions, and non-amateur volunteers are wanted for medical transportation and various other medical and logistical roles. Vol...

ARRL Board Meeting Minutes Posted

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:47

The minutes of the 2018 ARRL Annual Board of Directors Meeting held January 19-20, 2018, are now available on the ARRL website. 

Wireless Institute of Australia Seeks Amateur Radio Power Increase

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:34

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is seeking a power increase for radio amateurs. WIA is pushing telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bump up maximum power levels for all three licenses classes to 50 W for Foundation licensees, 200 W for Standard licensees, and 1,500 W for Advanced licensees.

WIA Board member Justin Giles-Clark, VK7TW, ...

NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:33

NOAA is once again considering ending North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 of each hour on WWV, and minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 of WWVH.

Submit questions, comments, or concerns about this proposed change with “NIST MARINE WARNING” in the subject line no later than February 23, 2018. NOAA had announced in April 2017 that it was considering th...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:31

Low solar activity continues. There were no sunspots seen from January 20-29, and the sunspot number was 13 on January 30-31, but back to zero on February 1. Average daily solar flux declined marginally from 70 to 69.1.

 

Predicted solar flux is 70 on February 2, 71 on February 3-8, 70 on February 9-22, 69 on February 23 to March 4, 70 on March 5-18.

 

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on February 2...

A Reminder: Second Annual AM Rally Special Event is this Weekend

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:36

The AM Rally special event, inviting operators to explore the original phone mode, takes place over the February 2-4 weekend. The AM Rally gets under way at 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 3, and concludes at 0700 UTC on Monday, February 5. Band include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters. ARRL Laboratory Assistant Manager and Senior Product Review Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, plans to operat...

Bouvet Island — So Near, Yet So Far Away

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:59

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team now at anchor off Bouvet Island, but weather and sea conditions have not resolved to the point where the team can begin transporting equipment and personnel to the barren and icy piece of real estate.

“Our ship is still at anchor off the east side of Bouvet,” Team Co-Leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, reported earlier today (February 1). “Winds are 35 to 40 knots, a...

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