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Radio Amateurs Volunteer to Support 2017 US Air Force Marathon

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:35

When about 15,000 runners left the starting line at the US Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K races, more than 65 Amateur Radio volunteers were on hand in the Dayton, Ohio, area on September 16 to help ensure their safety. The event starts and ends at the Air Force Museum, and the course runs through Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and the streets of Fairborn. Net control statio...

FalconSAT-3 Now Open for Amateur Radio Use

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:10

The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.

The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Am...

SSB Sprint Postponed

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:19

The North American SSB Sprint Contest, originally scheduled for October 1 (Saturday, September 30, in US time zones), has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date this fall.

“Our thoughts and wishes for an effective and orderly recovery from the recent weather events in the Caribbean and southern US, and the earthquake activity in Mexico have prompted us to postpone this weekend...

Clubs Active in ARRL Contest Club Competitions Advised to Review Member Eligibility Lists

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:55

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, suggests that now would be an opportune occasion to review club membership eligibility lists for the 2017-2018 contest season. See “ARRL Contest Changes for 2017-2018” in September QST (p 91) or on the ARRL website, for background information.

Contest clubs planning to participate in club competitions, with ARRL November Sweepstakes being next up, ...

Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta, N1CC, SK

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:44

James “Jim” LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September 20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General Manager from March until December 2012.

First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after high school and then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968 in Texas. While in Texas, he serve...

American Red Cross Asks ARRL’s Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:04

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking f...

Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:19

Articles on the National Geographic and Space.com websites report that scientists and Amateur Radio operators have confirmed that Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory came through Hurricane Maria largely intact but “with some significant damage.” Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which helps to operate the Observatory, said it learned via “short wave radio contact” that staff and fam...

W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:26

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to assist with outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.

Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequencies clear at this time, to facilitate communications necessary for Hurricane Maria response.

SATERN Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Net Control or Relay Stations

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:26

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz.

“SATERN had initially planned on terminating the net operations for Hurricane Maria by today,” SATERN National ...

Colombian Radio Amateurs Asked to Assist in Reconnecting Family Members in Caribbean

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:49

The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes.

To start, the frequencies 7.117 MHz for SSB and 7.085 MHz for digital modes as well as EchoLink COL_LCRA conference and the national VHF repeater system hav...

QCWA Honors William Orr, W8NPU, with its 80th Anniversary Award

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:19

The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored centenarian and ARRL member William (Bill) Orr, W8NPU, of Columbus, Ohio, with its 80th Anniversary Award. QCWA member Don Fuhr, K8KSM, presented Orr with the framed award certificate. Orr has been licensed for 82 years. While he is no relation to the Bill Orr, W6SAI, his story nonetheless is an interesting one.

According to the QCWA, ...

MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:15

MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been a Dayton Hamvention® vendor.

The layoffs will begin at mon...

EURAO Announces “DMR Meeting on the Air” Event

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:03

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) has announces a new on-the-air QSO party September 23-24 with the theme, “DMR meeting on the air.” This is not a contest, but a radio meeting with a few simple recommendations. DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is an open standard widely used by radio amateurs in the last few years, and a lot of repeaters around the world are networked.

The most popula...

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:28

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday.

“The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,”...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:00

“How High is High Enough” (a discussion of antenna height) is the topic of the current (September 7) 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-C...

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:24

The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm’s immediate wake on 7.188 and 3.815 MHz and is requesting a clear frequency. The CEWN is continuing to handle health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name location as well as that of the part...

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