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Digital QST App Update Coming March 15

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 17:46

The digital QST app will be upgraded by Tuesday, March 13, to feature a new build from our digital publishing partner. This change only applies to mobile users who read digital QST on their smartphones or tablets through the app; web browser use will not be affected. The update will look different from the current app, but provide the same function to read and download digital QST, plus some ne...

Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar Appears on 40 Meters

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:56

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that one of China’s over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) installations has been causing interference in the Amateur Radio 7 MHz band. The IARUMS February newsletter reports on that intruder and others.

Other top 5 intruders include a “single-letter beacon” transmitting either the letter “K” or the letter “T” on ...

Color the Bands Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:27

Radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air during the St Patrick Award activity. The St Patrick Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16 and continue until 1200 UTC on March 18. (St Patrick’s Day is March 17.) Radio amateurs or SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in four categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed ...

South Texas SM Stepping Aside; New South Texas SM Appointed

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:45

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, has announced that he’ll step down at the end of March due to time constraints and the workload associated with his consulting business.

“This was not an easy decision to make but one I felt best for the future of our Section,” Cooper said in a message to South Texas Section members. “I have been the Section Manager for the South Texas section...

“Farewell Weekend from Z60A” Offering Yet Another Opportunity to Work Kosovo

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:28

This weekend could offer the best opportunity to work Z60A in Kosovo, the newest DXCC entity and #15 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List.

“Since the original activity from Kosovo was much hampered by a high noise level at both locations, particularly on low bands, a team led by Pertti, OG2M; Miro, OM5RW; Rudy, OM3PC, and Driton, Z61DX, has put all its effort into hoisting full-size verticals f...

Twin City FM Club Hamfest Date Changed to April 28

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:47

The Twin City FM Club (TCFMC) Spring Tailgate Swapfest will take place on Saturday, April 28, 8 AM until noon. The announcement in April issue of QST shows a formerly scheduled date. The event will take place at the West Medicine Lake Community Club, 1705 Forestview Lane, Plymouth, Minnesota. Talk-in frequency is 146.76 (114.8 Hz).

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:27

Only one day (March 2) showed any sunspot activity over the past reporting week, with a daily sunspot number of 11 so average daily sunspot activity declined from 6 to 1.6. Average daily solar flux went from 68.3 to 67.6.

 

No sunspots have been seen since March 2.

 

Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index dropping from 10.4 to 5.1, and mid-latitude A index from 7.4 to 4.6...

Management Change Under Way at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:56

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that a management change is under way at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The University of Central Florida (UCF) has begun formal transition activities to assume the operations and management of Arecibo Observatory, which sustained significant damage during Hurricane Maria last September.

“The university will take over formal management an...

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins in Most of the US on March 11

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:47

In most of the US, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 11, at 2 AM local time. Set clocks ahead by 1 hour. The start of DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z), although some transceiver clocks generate UTC based on a specified difference from the local time setting. UTC is the generally recognized "standard...

AMSAT "GOLF" CubeSats among NASA Ninth-Round CubeSat Launch Initiative Picks

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 09:05

AMSAT reports that two of its “GOLF” (Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint) series CubeSats are among 21 missions recommended for NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). GOLF-TEE (Technology Evaluation Environment) and GOLF-1, were among the 21 missions recommended for selection. AMSAT now must negotiate and execute a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NASA for each project, in ord...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 09:00

“Adding an Amplifier to your Station” is the topic of the current (March 1) 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, ...

ARRL Headquarters Has Closed Early

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:17

Due to anticipated severe weather, ARRL Headquarters has closed for the remainder of the business day, as of 3 PM ET. W1AW is also closed, and there will be no code practice or bulletin transmissions today, March 7.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Thursday, March 8, at 8 AM ET. 

W1AW will resume its regular hours and broadcast schedule on Thursday, March 8.

 

ARRL Repurposes AM Broadcast Transmitter for Ham Radio Use

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:25

Thanks to a joint effort by ARRL and the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut (VRCMCT), a classic Gates BC-1T AM broadcast transmitter will enjoy a second life on the Amateur Radio bands for occasional use under W1AW or under the ARRL Headquarters Operators Club call sign, W1INF. Spearheaded by broadcast engineer Dan Thomas, NC1J, VRCMCT volunteers restored the1-kW transmitter...

Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than 200 W

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:10

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) is considering lowering the transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to 200 W PEP. Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes affecting many radio services, radio amateurs who want to run higher power would have to apply for a license and pay an annual fee of about $33.

Amateur Radio licenses were eliminated in Sweden in 2...

Wind-Up Radio Inventor Trevor Baylis Dead at 80

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:02

Inventor and Honorary Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Member, Trevor Baylis of London, died March 5 after a long illness. His wind-up radio made communication available to people across Africa who had no access to electricity. When Baylis learned of the spread of AIDS in Africa in 1991, he set about developing his spring-powered wind-up radio that did not require batteries or other power ...

Flight Delay Keeping 9M0W Team from Spratly

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:50

The 9M0W DXpedition team to Spratly Islands had expected to be on the air March 6, but now reports that its their flight to Spratly was delayed by 1 day.

“We have confirmed our flight for tomorrow, March 7, at 5:45 AM and will be [on the air] as planned, but 1 day later…until March 13,” the team announced.

Holding a license granted by Malaysia, the team will operate from Layang Layang Island (Swa...

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