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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:13

Average daily sunspot number increased from 13.4 to 17.7 for the October 26 to November 1 period, compared to the previous seven days. The main reason for the difference was that the previous seven days started out with two days with no sunspots, and the latter period ended with one day of zero sunspots, on November 1.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on November 3-4, 73 on November 5-9, 71 on Novembe...

CQ World Wide SSB Event Inaugurates Fall Contest Season

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:40

The CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) kicked off the fall contest season this past weekend with plenty of activity from around the world.

As The Daily DX reported on October 30, some Top 10 operations from outside the US racked up claimed scores topping 30 million points. In the US, it appears that only two major multioperator/multi-transmitter high-power entries, K3LR and W3LPL, were active in thi...

ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Entry-Level License, Amateur Auxiliary Revision

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:28

The ARRL Executive Committee reviewed plans to implement recommendations of the Entry Level License Committee, when it met on October 14 in Hartford, Connecticut. At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors called for work to go forward on a plan to pursue additional HF digital and phone privileges for Technician licensees. The Executive Committee was told that New England Director and Ent...

New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 14:10

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the new...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 09:00

“QRP” is the topic of the new current 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 the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W...

630-Meter Special Operating Event on November 11 Commemorates Berlin Treaty

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:32

Amateur Radio operators will descend upon 630 meters on November 11 during a special operating event to commemorate the 1906 Berlin Treaty, which made 500 kHz the International Distress Frequency on November 3 of that year. US radio amateurs recently gained access to 630 meters but must have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intent to operate and either received explicit ...

Mellish Reef DXpedition Team Has Set Sail

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:45

The Mellish Reef VK9MA DXpedition team has said it plans to concentrate on the lower bands during its November DXpedition. Mellish is the 29th most-wanted DXCC entity. Team member and ARRL Contest Update Editor Brian Moran, N9ADG, said the boat was loaded and set to depart Port Douglas, Australia, today (October 31).

“We are trying to get in front of some weather,” Moran told The Daily DX Editor...

American Red Cross Hails “New Partnership” with ARRL Following Puerto Rico Deployment

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:14

The American Red Cross (ARC) this week thanked ARRL and its “Force of 50” hurricane recovery volunteers who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month, and it suggested a new level of partnership now exists between the two organizations. ARC Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services Harvey Johnson this week wrote ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to exp...

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