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SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:10

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will excha...

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...

Joe Spier, K6WAO, Ascends to AMSAT-NA Presidency, Announces Next CubeSat Initiative

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:46

The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors has elected Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Weimar, California, as the organization’s new president. An ARRL and AMSAT Life Member, Spier, 58, succeeds Barry Baines, WD4ASW, who served as AMSAT President for the past 9 years. Spier is a well-known figure in AMSAT and Amateur Radio satellite circles. He served previously as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President and Vice Presiden...

CW Gets the Message Through in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:04
Any CW operator worth his or her salt will tell you that CW is the mode that gets through when all others fall short of the mark. CW certainly did the job for Chet Hogue, N3BK, who handled dozens of messages for residents of Florida’s Lower Keys in the days following Hurricane Irma in September.

“A message from a Big Pine Key man to his girlfriend, who evacuated with their young daughter and was...

CWops Announces Awards for Advancing the Art of CW

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:48

CWops has announced the recipients of its 2017 awards for advancing the art of CW.

The Boy Scouts of America was recognized for its programs over the years that have advanced the art of communicating with Morse code. “Many radio amateurs can trace their interest in CW to have begun with achievement programs and activities in the Boy Scouts,” the CWops announcement said.

Roger Cooke, G3LDI, was ...

Caution Urged in Using High Duty Cycle Digital Modes on Satellites

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:44

Satellite enthusiasts planning to try FT8 or MSK144 via satellite are being urged to use caution or possibly to avoid digital modes altogether in light of problems being blamed on the modes’ high duty cycle. Stations have reported problems getting into satellite transponders, even during favorable passes, which were traced to digital-mode signals in the transponder passband.

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:53

Solar activity increased over the past couple of weeks, with average daily sunspot numbers at 13.4 on October 19-25, compared to 1.7 over the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.5 to 76.7 over the same two weeks.

The reason for the radically different averages is because this past week there were just two days with no sunspots, and the previous week had no sunspot act...

JOTA Wants Your on the Air Station Reports

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:45

Boy Scouts of America Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, is encouraging stations that took part in the October 20-22 event to file a report. Icom America has donated an ID-51A Plus 2 transceiver as an incentive to encourage stations to submit a post-JOTA report. All who do will have their names entered into the drawing. Wilson says station reports are critical to JOTA.

“We ...