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AMSAT Names Alan Johnston, KU2Y, as AMSAT Vice-President, Educational Relations

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:59

Alan Johnston, KU2Y, will become AMSAT’s Vice-President, Educational Relations, AMSAT President, Joe Spier, K6WAO, has announced. “The subject of educational outreach is critical for the mission of AMSAT,” Spier said. “AMSAT continues creating structure for fulfilling our mission component regarding education with projects such as the CubeSat Simulator, ARISS, and outreach to primary, middle, h...

Informal Amateur Radio Nets Being Maintained in Wake of Volcanic Eruptions in Hawai’i

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:31

Two informal informational nets remain open on the island of Hawai’i (“The Big Island”) in the wake of recent and ongoing volcanic eruptions and seismic activity, Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clement Jung, KH7HO, reports. No formal traffic has been passed, but frequencies are being monitored. “All normal communications, i.e., cell, land-line phones, Internet, and public safety, are ope...

Three CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 12:59

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that three CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads, including one with a V/U linear transponder, were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on May 11 at around 1030 UTC.

Irazu (Costa Rica) and 1KUNS-PF (Kenya) carry beacon/telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band, while UBAKUSAT (Turkey) carries an Amateur Radio ...

Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 12:19

ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of th...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 09:46

Sunspots reappeared this week, after none on April 28 through May 3. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 3.6 (last week) to 14.6 (May 3-9).

So far in 2018 56-percent of days were spotless. For all of 2017 the rate was about half or 28-percent, for the whole year, a total of 104 days. These numbers are according to spaceweather.com.

Seemingly counter-intuitively considering the slight ris...

CQ World Wide DX Contest CW Logs to be Rescored Using Original Scoring Method

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:10

A change in scoring methodology for handling duplicate contacts in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored. After considerable discussion and debate among members of the CQ WW Contest Committee and consultation with CQ management, it was decided to restore the origi...

Space Station Digital Amateur Television Signal Not Being Seen on the Ground

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:36

The signal from the digital amateur television (DATV) transmitter aboard the International Space Station (ISS) cannot be detected on the ground, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has reported. The unit indicates that it is functioning, however. So far, ARISS has been at a loss to pin down the problem.

“A series of steps are currently being undertaken to try to diagnose the...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:00

“RF Loss” is the topic of the latest (May 10) 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 H...

Sweden’s New Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, SM4HCF, Visits Pentagon

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:02

Sweden’s Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, SM4HCF, visited Washington, DC, this week on the invitation of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. A radio amateur since 1975, Hultqvist had previously served as chairman of the Defense Committee in Sweden’s parliament before become Minister of Defense in 2014. Professionally, he is a journalist and reporter. Secretary Mattis welcomed Hultqvist and F...

Spokane DX Association Co-Founder, Honor Roll DXer Daniel Hearn, N5AR, SK

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:58

One of the three founders of the Spokane DX Association, Dan Hearn, N5AR (ex-W5LHP), of Deer Park, Washington, died on April 27. An ARRL member, he was 92. According to Steve Sala, K7AWB, Hearn “had the highest tower in Spokane County.” An Oklahoma native, Hearn was a #1 Honor Roll DXer, with 377 all-time entities confirmed. Hearn served in the US Army during World War II, later earning a BS in...

Third Public Test of FT8 DXpediton Mode Deemed a Success

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:52

The third public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode on May 5 is being called a success. The goal of the exercise was to simulate a rare DXpedition pileup on FT8 by having many stations (“Hounds”) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo DXpedition station (“Fox”).

“A number participants and would-be participants reported that propagation was spotty, at best,” said Joe Taylor, K1JT, on behalf of t...

Support ARRL When Shopping for Mother’s Day

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:08

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Make Mom smile, get her somethi...

May 8 is Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:01

May 8 is Amateur Radio Day (Día del Radioaficionado) in Puerto Rico. In his proclamation, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares cited the Amateur Radio response in Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, which provided emergency communication on behalf of the American Red Cross as part of the federal government response, and efforts to restore electrical ...

ARRL Asks FCC to Protect Amateur Radio Millimeter-Wave Bands

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:00

ARRL has asked the FCC to avoid authorizing developmental technologies in two Amateur Radio bands above 95 GHz that some radio amateurs may not be unaware of. The ARRL commented on May 2 in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM&O) in ET Docket 18-21, released in February. The so-called “Spectrum Horizons” proceeding seeks to make the bands above 95 GHz “more readily acces...

ARRL Announces 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 15:35

The 2017 QST Antenna Design Competition was such a success that ARRL is doing it again this year, with a special twist. The 2018 competition challenge is to design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications. Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules. Even designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in ...

ARRL Foundation Announces New Endowed Scholarship

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 15:13

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. The ARRL Foundation will administer the scholarship, endowed through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, of Portland, Oregon. The scholarship is intended to provide funding toward the educational expenses of an Amateur Radio licensee residing in the A...

Special Prefix Call Signs Available upon Application to Honor Royal Wedding

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 13:12

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) reports that individual UK radio amateurs who wish to celebrate the royal wedding on May 19 may apply to telecoms regulator Ofcom for a Notice of Variation (NoV) to temporarily use the Regional Secondary Locator “R” after the UK call sign prefix. NoVs would be valid only from May 19 until May 21, 2018. These call signs will start with “GR,” “MR,” or “2R...

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