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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 09:00

“Antenna Wire” is the topic of the current (January 18) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 whe...

ARRL Board of Directors Agrees to Review of Conduct Code for Directors

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:39

The ARRL Board of Directors took action on a number of items at its Annual Meeting, January 19-20, in Windsor, Connecticut, including adopting a motion to a review the entire code of conduct for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors. ARRL Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors will review the c...

Southern California Linux Expo, Special Event N6S Set for March 8-11

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:12

The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) will take place March 8-11 at the Pasadena Convention Center. SCaLE began hosting Amateur Radio presentations in 2015, and this year’s SCaLE will include Special Event statin N6S, staffed by members of the Ventura County Amateur Radio Society (VCARS), who will answer questions about Amateur Radio and how it relates to Linux and the open-sou...

New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:05

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position.

IARU R2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, praised Hayes for his service. “During this period Bill, has advise...

Co-Launched CubeSats Settling Into Orbits, Missions

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:41

Commissioning and testing continue of the L-Band Downshifter and the University of Iowa’s High-Energy CubeSat Radiation Instrument (HERCI) on the new Fox-1D (AO-92) CubeSat. AO-92 could be available for general use by week’s end, AMSAT said. The co-launched French PicSat CubeSat is seeking telemetry reports. Both were carried into space from India on January 12.

AMSAT-NA reports the University o...

Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:04

The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.

“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not address any specific entity...

New Hands-On Radio Experiments Book Now Shipping

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:49

Lifelong learners will welcome Volume 3 of ARRL’s Hands-On Radio Experiments, assembled from the past four years (2013-2017) of QST’s monthly “Hands-On Radio” column, written by Ward Silver, N0AX. Silver expertly leads you through 57 basic electronics experiments, designed to increase your understanding of radio fundamentals, components, circuits and design. Like the previous volumes, the exper...

Secretive “Numbers Stations” Persist on HF

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:08

For many years, unidentified radio broadcasts have been transmitting coded messages, using numbers, such as “6-7-9-2-6. 5-6-9-9-0.” Even today, tuning across the HF spectrum typically will yield a “numbers station,” a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announcing groups of single-digit numbers for minutes on end. According to Radio World, you may have tuned into a spy agenc...

Mode Usage Evaluation: 2017 was “the Year When Digital Modes Changed Forever”

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 09:08

Club Log author and UK radio amateur Michael Wells, G7VJR, has reported that data compiled from 8,000 Club Log users indicates the proportion of FT-8 usage relative to other modes has risen dramatically since FT8’s introduction last year. Every few years, Wells has posted charts depicting mode usage on the amateur bands, based on log data uploaded to Club Log. Graphs he posted last week show th...

Board Re-Elects Rick Roderick, K5UR, as ARRL President; Barry Shelley, N1VXY, is CEO-Elect

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 09:00

Incumbent ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has been re-elected by the League’s Board of Directors for a second term. The Board convened for its Annual Meeting on January 19-and 20. President Roderick, the League’s 16th President, received 9 votes, while the only other nominee, New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 6 votes. Current ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY,...

Grid Chasers: Make Sure TQSL Includes Your Grid Square

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 08:52

ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) participants are encouraged to make sure that that each Logbook of The World (LoTW) station location in TQSL includes your grid square. To check, open TQSL, click on Station Locations, then on Display Station Location Properties. If no grid square is indicated, click on Edit a Station Location and insert the grid square for that location.

If TQSL does not cont...

FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:40

The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.

“In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,” the FCC said.

This means the FCC will continue t...

AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:23

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds.

Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur ...

Dugger Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Date Changed to February 17

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:05

The Dugger Amateur Radio Club in Dugger, Indiana, has announced that the date of its hamfest has been moved to February 17 at the City Park Community Building, 840 Hicum Street, in Dugger. Talk-in will be on 147.775 MHz (136.5 Hz). Contact Jonathan Olvey, KD9AMN, for more information.

New Chinese Zhou Enlai Student Satellite Set to Launch

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:45

The 2U Zhou Enlai CubeSat, developed with primary and middle school students in China, is expected to launch on January 19. The satellite is named after the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, who held office from 1949 until 1976. A report on the official Xinhua Net website said the CubeSat, constructed at Huai’an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in Jiangsu Province, has been t...

Two More US Educational Organizations Move into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:26

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the addition of two more educational organizations to the Phase 2 list to host an ARISS ham radio contact with an ISS crew member. The selected schools submitted proposals before the deadline last November and join the 13 schools and groups announced in mid-December. The two extra scheduling opportunities are special events,...

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