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Thomas Fire Response Also Demonstrates Amateur Radio’s Social Media Value

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:30

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in early December. Using a variety of the club’s analog and digital Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information, often before it was reported by official sources or by local news media. SBARC operates five ...

Radio Amateurs of Canada, Radioamateur du Québec to Collaborate

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:31

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced a new partner with Radioamateur du Québec (RAQI). In October, RAC and RAQI representatives convened to consider how the two organizations could work together for mutual advantage. One area is to combine outgoing QSL bureau efforts.

“In the face of the declining use of QSL cards and increased postal costs, it makes sense for us to work together,” RAC P...

Results Available for 2017 ARRL EME Contest

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:59

Full results of the 2017 ARRL EME Contest have been posted. Also posted recently are the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest results.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:20

No sunspots appeared from December 27, 2017 until January 4, 2018. As solar cycle 24 declines to a minimum over the next two years we should see longer and more numerous periods of no sunspots. On January 4, the daily sunspot number was 13, indicating 3 sunspots in one sunspot group, although Spaceweather.com reported no sunspots on that day. The sunspot number for that day was reported by NOAA...

ARRL Headquarters Closing Early

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:44

ARRL Headquarters will close at 2 PM today (Thursday, January 4), due to the winter storm that is now under way in the Northeast, making travel extremely hazardous.

There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions this evening.

It is anticipated that The ARRL Letter for January 4 will be distributed to subscribers on schedule.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on schedule at 8 AM ET on Fr...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:00

Hamvention 2018 Tickets Now Available Online

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:52

Tickets for Dayton Hamvention® 2018 now are available online.

“Both Inside Exhibits and Flea Market committees are working hard to have space sales open as soon as possible,” said Hamvention spokesperson Henry Ruminski, W8HJR.

Hamvention 2018 will take place May 18-20 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

Tickets are $22 in advance, and $27 at the gate. Tickets are good ...

DXer, Super-Station Builder, Past PVRC President Jack Hammett, K4VV, SK

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:20

Jack Hammett, K4VV, of Paeonian Springs, Virginia, died on January 2 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, Hammett was 78.

A US Army Signal Corps officer, Hammett, who held a PhD in physics, specialized in noise research.

After Hammett and his wife Sharon purchased a large tract atop Catoctin Ridge, he constructed his dream multi-position contesting station, which included an antenna farm...

Wisconsin FT8 Enthusiast Completes DXCC on New Mode

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:15

Denny Berg, WB9MSM, of Watertown, Wisconsin, reports that he achieved his goal of completing DXCC on December 31, 2017, using the new FT8 digital mode. It took him just 4 months.

“I can tell all of you that this mode is spreading like wildfire throughout all the HF bands,” Berg told The Daily DX. “I have also noticed that most of these FT8ers use Logbook of The World (LoTW) for their confirmatio...

Intrepid Spirit Award Nominees Invited

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:12

The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their “Intrepid Spirit” in 2017. “An Intrepid Spirit is bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute, and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio,” said Intrepid-DX Group Founder and Vice President Paul Ewing, N6PSE.

“We want to recognize those individuals or groups that act...

Second Annual AM Rally Special Event Set for February 2-4 Weekend

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:32

The AM Rally special event once again is inviting operators to explore the original phone mode over the February 2-4 weekend. Co-sponsor Clark Burgard, N1BCG, said the event “is intended to be both fun and educational.” It encourages all radio amateurs to get on AM, possibly for the first time. “Because of resurgent interest in AM, the event is also an opportunity for amateurs new to AM to lear...

Dayton Dinner Bell is Ringing!

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:23

Deadline Nears to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship Applications

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:00

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January 31, 2018. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligibl...

Prepare to Get Your Grid On!

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:58

What’s your grid square? Be prepared to answer that question a lot in 2018. The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 begins this weekend and continues throughout the year. The Grid Chase kicks off at 0000 UTC on Monday, January 1, which is New Year’s Eve in US time zones, so get ready to hit your grid running.

This is an event for all radio amateurs, and taking part is as simple as just getting on...

Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition Putting Up Big Bucks for Transportation, Eager to Get Under Way

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:31

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team reports that it has reached “yet another milestone” in its quest to activate Bouvet Island, the second most-wanted DXCC entity (behind the Democratic Republic of North Korea), in January and February. The DXpedition team has said its earliest anticipated arrival date on Bouvet will be January 23. It hopes to spend 14 to 16 days on Bouvet, “depending on wea...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:05

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: There were no zero-sunspot days over the December 21-27 reporting week. Then, on Thursday, December 28, no sunspots were visible. So far in 2017, there have been 102 days with no sunspots, or 28%.

The average daily sunspot number was 17.4, up from 2.3 over the previous 7-day reporting period. The previous week had such a low average because only 1 day out of tha...

January 1 Hosts Events for Legacy Keys, CW on Satellites

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:32

Every day is a good day to send CW, but January 1 is reserved for Straight Key Night (SKN), sponsored by ARRL.  Enjoy CW as it has been sent and enjoyed since the earliest days of Amateur Radio. The 24-hour event, which gets under way at 0000 UTC on January 1 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse heritage. Participants are e...

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