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ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:47

The ARRL Foundation has announced two new scholarships available to young radio amateurs to support their post-secondary education, bringing the total number of scholarships the Foundation administers to 81. The new scholarships have been endowed by the East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) and the Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC). Applicants for the ECARS scholarship must be performing at ...

President Nominates Enforcement Bureau Official to FCC

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:34

Acting on a recommendation from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump has nominated FCC Enforcement Bureau Assistant Chief Geoffrey Starks to fill the Commission’s sole open seat. If confirmed by the US Senate, Starks would fill the seat vacated by Mignon Clyburn. Both are Democrats. Republican nominees have a 3-2 advantage on the FCC, which is headed by Chairman Ajit Pai...

USA ARDF Championships Get Under Way on June 14 in California

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:48

The 18th USA Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) will take place June 13-17 near Truckee, California, some 30 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. The competition sites are at about 6,300 feet elevation near Donner Summit.

An unofficial practice day will take place on June 13. The opening day will be devoted to foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic orient...

Unicorn-2A PocketQube to Launch Later this Year from Alaska

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:40

According to a BBC News report, a new UK-built PocketQube satellite, Unicorn-2A, developed by radio amateurs at Glasgow’s Alba Orbital, will launch later this year from Alaska.

Three radio amateurs at Alba Orbital worked on Unicorn-2A, which will have downlinks in the 437 MHz and 2400 MHz bands. One of the transmission modes will be LoRa, a patented wireless communication technology. A 3rd quart...

FCC Denies Petition Aimed at Preventing Interference from Digital Repeaters to Analog Repeaters

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:54

The FCC has turned away a Petition for Rulemaking from a Michigan radio amateur that asked the Commission to amend Section 97.205 of the Amateur Service rules to ensure that repeaters using digital communication protocols do not interfere with analog repeaters. Charles P. Adkins, K8CPA, of Lincoln Park, had specifically requested that discrete analog and digital repeaters be separated either by...

Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, Challenges

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 19:40

On May 23, the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included the language of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) cleared the House. The following day, a fiscal year 2019 Financial Services appropriations bill also containing Parity Act language cleared the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations and now ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:04

On May 30 at 0005 UTC the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning: “On 1 June geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to Active and Minor Storm levels due to arrival of the co-rotating interaction region and high-speed solar wind streams associated with the recurrent trans-equatorial coronal hole.”

On May 31 Spaceweather.com issued this Solar Wind Alert: “NOAA forecasters estimate...

WRTC 2018 Reports All Sites “Perfect”

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:38

The World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) Organizing Committee reports that all of the station sites it’s selected for the July event in Germany “are perfect for the competition.”

“After the final check, all sites for WRTC 2018 are now confirmed,” a WRTC 2018 news release said this week. “The inspections proved that there are enough very well-suited sites with no topographical or i...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:00

“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the topic of the current (May 24) 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, and th...

ARISS to Conduct Digital Amateur Radio TV Transmitter Test on June 1

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:46

ARISS will conduct a test of the “Ham Video” digital Amateur Radio television transmitter on the Columbus of the International Space Station on Friday, June 1. The transmitter has not been working for several weeks.

According to an announcement from ARISS Mentor Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the transmitter will be powered down, the antenna feed line will be connected to the second S-band antenna, and ...

Radio Amateurs to Swap Spots on International Space Station (ISS) Crew

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 12:48

One radio amateur now onboard the International Space Station will be heading home on June 3, while another will take his place on the crew a few days later.

Flight Engineer Scott Tingle, KG5NZA, will join Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Norishige Kanai in returning to Earth on the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft after 168 days on station. A few days later, another trio of sp...

Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:13

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcemen...

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