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School Club Roundup Winter/Spring Term is February 12-16

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:56

The winter/spring term of the twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR) takes place Monday through Friday, February 12-16. The objective is for school radio clubs at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels to exchange information in a competitive context.

Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

The SCR is sponsored by ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task F...

ARRL 2017 September VHF Contest Results Now Available

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:41

Full results and Line Scores of the 2017 ARRL September VHF Contest now are available on the ARRL Contest Results Articles page. Click on2017 Contest Results and scroll down to the September VHF Contest and click on Full Results or Line Scores. Our thanks to everyone who participated and submitted a log.

ARRL Comments on Technological Advisory Council Spectrum Policy Recommendations

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 17:14

In comments to the FCC on a series of Technological Advisory Council (TAC) spectrum management policy recommendations, ARRL said that while some of the Council’s recommendations are valid, it would be “highly inappropriate” to generalize about applying them broadly in all radio services. The comments, filed on January 31, were in response to a December 1, 2017, Public Notice in ET Docket No. 17...

Work Progressing to Incorporate CQ Magazine’s WAZ Award Program into LoTW

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:31

Beta testing for bringing CQ Magazine's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program into ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW) system continues to move forward, officials from CQ and ARRL have assured.

Some problems in the implementation were discovered by testers and have since been corrected; the documentation has also been improved by feedback from the testers. In parallel, the LoTW server has been exe...

Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur Radio’s Role after Maria

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:23

A post-hurricane disaster needs assessment published this past fall by the Government of Dominica points up the significance of Amateur Radio’s role in the relief and recovery effort on the tiny Caribbean island nation in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September. It also calls for expanding the pool of radio amateurs on the island who could help in future disasters. The report, Commonwealth o...

USA ARDF Championships Set for June 13-17 in California

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:15

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 optional training day will be held on Wednesday, June 13. Thursday will be devoted to foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic oriente...

“Project Goodwill Kosovo” Celebrating Independence and New DXCC Status

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:55

A new on-the-air team is taking the reins at Z60A, as “Project Goodwill Kosovo” moves into its second week, with only 2 weeks to go until the actual 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence. Hams from 10 countries will take part in the Project’s current phase. Z60A has been on the air since January 21, steadily winnowing down demand for Kosovo as a DXCC entity; the republic jumped to the top o...

NASA TV to Air Live Coverage of Rare Lunar Eclipse

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:12

Sky gazers are in for a rare treat Wednesday, January 31, when three celestial events combine to create a super blue blood moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 UTC).

Weather permitting, the broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research ...

Canadian Radio Amateur Finds Resurrected NASA Satellite

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:42

When he’s not on ham radio, Scott Tilley, VA7TIL, an amateur astronomer, hunts spy satellites. Using an S-band radio from his home in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Tilley routinely scans the skies for radio signals from classified objects orbiting Earth, according to a recent article on Since starting 5 years ago, Tilley has located dozens of secret or unlisted satellites. ...

Anticipated New Building Won’t Be Ready for Hamvention 2018, but Flea Market Could Expand

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:34

Due to circumstances beyond their control, Hamvention® 2018 organizers reluctantly are walking back an earlier announcement that a new building would be available for this year’s event at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

“Despite all of the best efforts and intentions by Greene County, the Greene County Agricultural Society, and Hamvention, we have learned the antic...

ARRL to Offer Expanded Orlando HamCation® Presence February 9-11

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:19

ARRL will be represented in force and with an expanded presence at Orlando HamCation February 9-11 in Orlando. The event, which also is the 2018 ARRL Florida State Convention, takes place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park. Team ARRL will include Headquarters staff and volunteers. ARRL concessions at HamCation will support membership, publication sales (ARRL store), the ARRL South...

3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team Has Some 600 Nautical Miles to Go

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:59

The 3Y0Z DXpedition, now on board the Betanzos en route to Bouvet Island, the third most-wanted DXCC entity (now behind Kosovo and North Korea), is still some 600 nautical miles from its destination. The DXpedition had been hoping to be up and running by this week.

“We had another night of rocking and rolling,” team leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, reported today. “A strong southwesterly wind produced ...

ARRL Hudson Division Director Promotes Amateur Radio Parity Act Before Senate Committee

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 17:04

ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, testified Thursday (January 25) before a session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding Amateur Radio’s readiness to respond in an emergency. The session, “This is not a Drill: An Examination of Emergency Alert Systems,” was called in the wake of an incoming missile warning erroneously released in Hawaii earli...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:37

Low solar activity continued over the past reporting week (January 18-24) with zero sunspots visible after January 19. Average daily sunspot number changed from 7 over the previous seven days to 3.3 this week. Average daily solar flux was down slightly from 70.7 to 70. Geomagnetic indicators were also quiet.


Predicted solar flux is 70 on January 26 through February 16, 68 on February 17, 69 on ...

ARISS Space Station APRS Packet System Currently Off Line

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:28

The ARISS APRS packet system is not working at present. This is due to an as-yet unidentified anomaly involving the radio serving the system on board the ISS. A similar problem has occurred in the past, and steps taken to resolve the problem have proven to be only temporary.

“The system may return to service as it has in the past or it may have finally failed completely,” ARISS said in a stateme...

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, Appointed ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:05

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, of Fremont, California, has been appointed Pacific Division Vice Director, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has announced. The appointment came upon the recommendation of Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, who succeeded long-time Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, upon Vallio’s election as ARRL Second Vice President.

McIntyre, who has served as ARRL Technical Coor...

Fox-1D (AO-92) Now Commissioned, Open for Amateur Use

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:08

AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has declared that Fox-1D (AO-92) is now open for general Amateur Radio use. That word followed an announcement from AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, that AO-92 had been commissioned and formally turned over to AMSAT Operations.

Initially, the U/v FM transponder will be open continuously for 1 week. After that, operation...

China Students’ “Zhou Enlai” CubeSat Launches with Ham Radio Payload On Board

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:16

Launched on January 19, China’s “Zhou Enlai” CubeSat is that country’s first to involve primary and middle school students. Named in honor of the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou Enlai, the CubeSat was developed in Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province. Zhou Enlai was born in Huai’an. The 2-kg, 2U CubeSat carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder an...

DXpeditioner, CDXC Chairman Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, SK

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 09:17

DXpeditioner, Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) Chairman, and CQ DX Hall of Fame member Neville Cheadle, G3NUG, died unexpectedly on January 14. He was 77.

Licensed for nearly 60 years, he was at the top of the DXCC Honor Roll and very active in Islands on the Air (IOTA). In 1998, Cheadle and a group of CDXC members mounted the 9M0C DXpedition to Spratly Islands. After forming the Five Star DXers Associat...

Kosovo Z60A Team Reported in Good Spirits, Challenged by Noise

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 09:13

The Z60A operation from Kosovo, the latest DXCC entity, continues apace from the headquarters of Kosovo’s IARU member society SHRAK. The operation also commemorates the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence. The group of operators was reported to be “in good spirits and keeping Z60A activated as much as they can with their other duties.”

Noise from LED lighting has presented a challenge afte...