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New 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth World Record Set

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:50

A new 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth (EME or moon bounce) world record has been set. On September 9, Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Jim Malone, WA3LBI, completed a 18,949.4-kilometer contact using QRA64D. This extends by approximately 600 kilometers the previous world record of 18,337 kilometers held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, who used CW.

The participants said the key was to find locations with nearly 0° take-off, ...

FMRE National Emergency Net Active in Mexico

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 17:46

In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated as of 1300 local time. The net requests support from stations with the ability to handle traffic requests and emergency warnings. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as via IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 2100 UTC...

Not All “Intruders” on Ham Bands are Illegal — But a Lot of Them Are

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:48

The monthly newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring Service (IARUMS) typically makes for some interesting reading. While the reports that come from more than two dozen contributors in Europe and Africa can be a bit visually dense, the content conveys the impression that that there are myriad intruders on the Amateur Radio bands. However, not all of them are illeg...

A Reminder for ARRL Volunteers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:16

As requests are received asking for Amateurs to travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, ARRL officials are reminded that to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act or the MoU between ARRL and the American Red Cross, requests for volunteers must be submitted through established ARRL/ARES channels.

Volunteers wishing to offer their services in disaster relief need to go through the ...

Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, Tapped as New NCJ Editor

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:00

Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, of Rochester, Minnesota, will assume the helm of National Contest Journal (NCJ) starting with the January/February 2018 issue. He will succeed Pat Barkey, N9RV, who has served as NCJ’s editor since 2015. Licensed as a teenager in 1977, Wright is a very active contester and operator.

“I started contesting actively in 2006 and enjoy all types of contests,” Wright said. “I’v...

Help the Ham Aid Response Effort in Florida and the US Virgin Islands

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:20

Due to this busy hurricane season, ARRL’s inventory of Ham Aid kits has been severely depleted. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established ARES and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support.

ARRL has been supplying Ham Aid kits for the Hurricane Irma emergency response efforts in Florida and the US Virgin I...

Two Radio Amateurs are Among Three New ISS Crew Members

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:21

After a 6-hour flight, astronauts Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, and Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin arrived at the International Space Station on September 12. The trio launched aboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft from Kazakhstan, orbited Earth four times, and then docked at the space station. The hatches between the spacecraft and station opened early on September 13.

The arrival o...

QST Announces 2017 Antenna Design Competition Winners

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:07

QST has announced the winners of its 2017 Antenna Design Competition. Following a solicitation for entries earlier this year. members submitted nearly 100 antenna designs in three categories: 160 Meters and Lower Frequencies, 80 Through 10 Meters, and 6 Meters and Higher Frequencies.

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes. The winning designs are also eligible for publication in QST a...

State of Emergency Continues in Southern Mexico, Emergency Net Could Activate

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:23

A state of emergency continues in Southern Mexico as new aftershocks occurred today in the wake of a magnitude 8.1 earthquake last Thursday. The aftershocks were in the coastal zone of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Preliminary reports indicate a magnitude 5.0 temblor today 35 kilometers to the south of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; a 4.7 magnitude aftershock today 125 kilometers southwest of Tonala, Chiapa...

Hurricane Irma Extensively Damages International Broadcast Station in Florida

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:50

Radio Miami International (WRMI) reported on its Facebook page that Hurricane Irma did extensive damage to the station’s studio/transmitter site in Okeechobee, Florida. The station is off the air entirely.

“Two antenna towers are down and many poles holding transmission lines are also down. Power went out at around 2030 UTC Sunday, and it may not be restored for days. Meanwhile, all transmitter...

In Irma’s Wake, Palm Beach County ARES Cancels Meeting, Advises on Florida 211

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:27

ARRL South Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Barry Porter, KB1PA, announced that the Palm Beach County ARES meeting scheduled for September 13 has been cancelled.

“Over 50% of homes in the county are without power, shelters are still open, and roads are unsafe to drive on,” he told ARRL.

Porter also reported that the out-of-state centers that are backing up Florida 211 are starting to get a l...

Moderate Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:11

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm watch for September 13. A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole on the Sun’s surface, prompted the prediction. Minor (G1) geomagnetic storming is possible on September 14.

It’s been a turbulent time on the...

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net Requests Clear Frequencies

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:23

With the passage of Hurricane Irma, radio amateurs in the Eastern Caribbean have been extremely busy passing information into and out of the affected area, Eric Mackie, 9Z4CP, told ARRL.

“The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) has been facilitating this exercise,” Mackie said. “We have however, been experiencing QRM from stateside stations from time to time.”

Mackie said the CEWN is askin...

Amateur Radio Volunteer Response Continues to Historic Hurricane Irma

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:31

“We have survived Hurricane Irma.” That assessment came this morning from ARRL West Central Florida (WCF) Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, who reported that the storm’s eye passed over the Hardee County emergency operations center just before midnight EDT on September 10. (Davis also is the Hardee County Emergency Coordinator). Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, but flooding...

Wireless Association of New York City’s WA2NYC Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:12

WA2NYC has been on the air since September 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

“This station will commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City,” said the post on the club’s QRZ.com website. “We remember the over twenty-nine hundred people who lost their lives on that day.”

The special event is operating on or near 7.2...

The K7RA Solar Update

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 02:11

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Wow! What a week for solar activity. Although the solar cycle is trending toward a solar minimum in around 2020, we will still see notable upticks in activity, such as this week’s surprises. 

On August 31, Spaceweather.com reported a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm. The planetary A index was 59. The following day Spaceweather.com reported geomagnetic unrest with a ...

Hurricane Irma Amateur Radio Emergency and Priority Traffic is Moving; Health & Welfare Traffic Queued For Later Delivery

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 17:26

At this time, it is ARRL’s understanding that only Amateur Radio Emergency or Amateur Radio Priority traffic is moving in and out of areas affected by Hurricane Irma. Amateur Radio Health and Welfare communications are being queued up for later delivery into the affected area, as the emergency and priority traffic eases. 

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, it is human nature for persons ou...

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