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SSTV Goes Very High Profile

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:59

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:45

“QRP” is the topic of the new (October 26) 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 Hall...

ARRL Foundation Announces the New England Amateur Radio Festival Memorial Scholarship

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 15:21

A new scholarship is available to radio amateurs. The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Memorial Scholarship, administered by the ARRL Foundation, commemorates NEAR-Fest team members who have become Silent Keys, and is intended to provide funding toward the educational expenses of a currently licensed Amateur Radio operator who is pursuing a post-secondary education.

Applicants mus...

Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:42

The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said.

This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subje...

New BBC Amateur Radio Station G8BBC Officially Opened

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:06

BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall of Birkenhead on October 18 opened the new London BBC Radio Group’s G8BBC Amateur Radio “premises” (“shack” in the US) at Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC. The shack is in a small room tucked in the roof of Broadcasting House.

On opening day, Lord Hall used G8BBC to send greetings to GB2RN on HMS Belfast which is moored on the Thames River. The ...

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:41

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.

“This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communicatio...

G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for October 25

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 09:49

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for October 24, and a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for October 25.

In a G1 storm, weak power-grid fluctuations can occur, minor impact on satellite operations is possible, migratory animals may be affected, and aurora borealis is commonly visible at higher latitudes ...

VY1AAA is a Go for ARRL November Sweepstakes

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:46

The often-elusive Northern Territories (NT) multiplier for ARRL November Sweepstakes will be on the air this year, as Gerry Hull, W1VE, takes the helm of VY1AAA, remotely operating the station of J Allen, VY1JA, in Yukon Territory. Hull and Allen have done a lot of work on the system on their respective ends of things.

“J has done a lot of work on the station, moving it to an outer building, so ...

New IOTA Website is Up and Running

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:18

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) website and the software system that will run the IOTA program in the future are up and running, and users will be redirected from the old site to the new one and log in using their existing credentials. In preparation to the website move, IOTA had to disable user logins on the old (RSGB) IOTA website on September 12.

Direct help requests or comments via e-mail....

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA, SK

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:05

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought

 the two publications’ parent DX Publishing in 1997

“Carl was a ham’s ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,” The Daily DX Editor Ber...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:43

The past reporting week (October 12-18) saw very little solar activity, with a sunspot number of 12 on October 15, meaning the average daily sunspot number was only 1.7, down from the already low average of 8.4 over the previous seven days.

Over the same two periods, average daily solar flux declined from 76.8 to 70.5, while average daily planetary A index increased from 8.9 to 21.1 and average ...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) FM Satellite Set to Launch in November

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:06

The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 0947 UTC. RadFxSat (Fox-1B), which will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder, is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif...

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Wins G3AAJ Trophy

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:20

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has been honored with the Ron Broadbent, G3AAJ, Trophy. The presentation came during the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium this past weekend.

“AMSAT-UK totally shocked me yesterday at the colloquium with the Ron Broadbent Trophy,” Bauer reacted. “I was nearly speechless when asked to come up and receive the trophy for ARISS work. I mentioned t...

Reminder: This is JOTA Weekend

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:14

With nearly 600 stations in the US registered to take part in Scouting’s 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) October 20-22, and many more planning to operate around the world, expect some additional activity on the bands. Listen for JOTA stations and help to introduce some Scouts to Amateur Radio. JOTA uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in communitie...

Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders Activated

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:11

The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders on the CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites were activated on October 18. CAMSAT’s Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing micro-satellites OVS-1A (CAS-4A) and OVS-1B (CAS-4B), launched on June 15.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 144.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz. The uplink is 435...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00

“Dirty Transmitters” is the topic of the 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, J...

California Fire Situation Improves

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:33

San Francisco Section District Emergency Coordinator Len Gwinn, WA6KLK, in the Redwood Valley told ARRL this week that Amateur Radio volunteers in Mendocino and Lake counties have stood down, and things are “kind of back to normal, in that no emergency stations are being operated.” Gwinn, who spent more than 3 decades with Cal Fire and a few more years as a volunteer, said the sound of the wild...

Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:34

Emergency communication will be a prominent part of the program at Pacificon 2017, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, October 20-22 in San Ramon, California, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.

National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, will speak on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will cover “SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the 21st Century,” whi...

“Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:16

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

“The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “There wa...

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