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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:19

After six days with no visible sunspots, a new one appeared on Wednesday, August 1, with a daily sunspot number of 11. As there was also only one day with a sunspot (also 11) in the previous week, average daily sunspot number for this week was unchanged at 1.6. The new sunspot is small and was given the number AR2717 on Thursday, when the sunspot number again was 11.

Average daily solar flux was...

ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:07

The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing more than a year ago after 17 years of service. With a new battery ins...

VHF/UHF and Above Contests Just Ahead!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:52

Baker Island Top Band Operator Offers Observations

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:04

Trying to work stations on 160 meters from Baker Island during the KH1/KH7Z DXpedition was fraught with challenges, and the WSJT-X FT8 digital protocol proved to be one answer to making contacts from the rare DXCC entity under tough, summertime conditions. DXpedition team member George Wallner, AA7JV, recently offered some observations about the experience that may be helpful to North American ...

FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Illegally Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:35

The FCC has issued a Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng hand-held transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices. The FCC asserts that Amcrest marketed Baofeng model UV-5R-series FM ha...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:05

“Antenna Rotators” is the topic of the new (August 2) 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...

ARRL 2017 Annual Report Focuses on Hurricane Response

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:21

The ARRL 2017 Annual Report, which highlights the organization’s efforts and activities throughout 2017, is now available. Starting with the cover photo, Amateur Radio’s response to the Atlantic hurricane season figures prominently in the report. Amateur Radio has repeatedly been the only means of communication into or out of an area affected by a natural disaster. Puerto Rico was especially ha...

Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, is 2018 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:37

Fourteen-year-old ARRL member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, of Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected as the 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). The son of Tim and Lauren (KG5TQO) Rascoll, Bryant was the youngest participant in the recent World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany.

Bryant says he became enthusiastic about Amateu...

HAARP Campaign to Use WSPR on 80 Meters

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 16:12

Alaska’s super-power High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, will take advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) during a short experimental campaign, July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, to...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:27

A single small sunspot appeared on July 21, then disappeared. Before that, no sunspots appeared since June 26. The daily sunspot number on July 21 was 11, which is the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

Because there were no sunspots over the previous week, average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 1.6, while average daily solar flux for the week declined from 71.8 to 68.4.

Average daily pl...

Video Production of the 2018 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference is Changing Hands

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:44

Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, who produces the “Ham Radio 2.0” program on YouTube, will produce video for the 2018 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) this September in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The former producer, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, of “HamRadioNow” has retired from producing ham radio programs. The DCC videos are sanctioned by TAPR, but produced independently.

Johnston has announced a...

ARRL Exhibits for First Time at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:25

ARRL has been exhibiting for the first time ever this week at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 in Wisconsin. The ARRL exhibit complements other ham radio demonstrations at the air show. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, is working with a team of members who are supporting the exhibit at the weeklong aviation celebration and fly-in. The annual event draws more than 500,000 visitors. Inderbitz...