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ARRL Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:47

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program is now accepting applications from eligible applicants. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. More information is on the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.

This year, the Foundation Board of Directors is offering several new scholarships. These include The Old Man International Sideband Society Scholarship; The K6GO Gale Olson and...

Amateur Radio Net Active for Tropical Storm Nate, the Latest Atlantic Storm Threat

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:33

Tropical Storm Nate is now threatening to dump “flooding rains” over portions of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm’s center is now moving across northeastern Nicaragua.

An Amateur Radio emergency net has been activated in Costa Rica. Amateurs not involved in the storm emergency are asked to give a wide berth. The frequencies that may be used are 3.752 M...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:00

“Soldering and Unsoldering” 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 himse...

AMSAT Pioneer Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR, SK

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:00

Amateur Radio satellite pioneer Pat Gowen, G3IOR, of Norwich, England, died on August 17 after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Gowen was a co-founder of AMSAT-UK and a member of its Board of Directors in 1974. He wrote the satellite column for Practical Wireless for many years and was a frequent contributor to The AMSAT Journal and OSCAR News.

Gowen was the first radio amateur to work DXCC via low-...

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:08

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed.

“The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, said in an October 3 update.

“As requested, ...

ARRL Research Project Alert

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:54

ARRL has partnered with Readex Research to conduct a survey of both League members and nonmembers within the Amateur Radio community. During the next days, a select group of amateurs will receive e-mail invitations to participate.

The survey will attempt to address the ways in which amateurs obtain their information, how local clubs serve their needs, and how ARRL might do a better job of provid...

North Korea Said to be “Aggressively” Jamming BBC Korean Language Service

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:09

The BBC's Korean-language service, launched on September 25, is being “aggressively targeted” by North Korean jamming, according to a report in The Telegraph of London. The service broadcasts global news, sports, and features to the entire Korean Peninsula for 3 hours starting at 1530 UTC (12:30 AM in North Korea) 7 days a week on 1,431, 5,810, and 9,940 kHz.

The HF broadcasts are transmitted fr...

ARISS Moves One Step Closer to Flying New Ham Equipment to ISS

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:28

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has announced that his program has submitted its Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight safety data package to NASA for review. ARISS has been developing the IORS to replace most of the Amateur Radio hardware that’s now on the space station. It is called “interoperable” because it’s designed to o...

US Senate Confirms FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a Second Term

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:02

In a mostly party-line vote, the US Senate on October 2 confirmed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a second term on the Commission. Pai would have had to leave the FCC at the end of the year, had he not been reconfirmed.

President Donald Trump nominated Pai for a new term in January; his previous term as a commissioner had expired on July 1, 2016, and his new term is retroactive to that date. FCC rules...

Radio Oasis Proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, SK

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:04

Radio Oasis proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, of Loudonville, New York, died unexpectedly on September 19. He was 65 and had been a radio amateur for nearly 50 years. Politzi’s was a familiar face among the vendors at various hamfests around the eastern US, marketing his company’s antenna products, and he was a regular QST advertiser. Most recently, he attended the New England Division Conventio...

Ham-Astronauts Taking Part in Spacewalks this Month

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:50

Two ham-astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) crew will participate in a trio of spacewalks this month. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the spacewalks.

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will lead all three spacewalks. He’ll be joined on October 5 and 10 by Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, while Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, acc...

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 Announces 63 Teams to Compete Next July

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:32

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers have announced the 63 teams that have been invited to compete in the international event next July in Germany. A WRTC is a competition among two-operator teams. Team leaders have been selected for each qualifying region based on 2 years of qualifying contest scores. Team leaders may choose any operator as a teammate to complete thei...

“Force of 50” Amateur Radio Volunteers Deploying Throughout Puerto Rico

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:07

More than 20 of the “Force of 50” Amateur Radio volunteers now are deployed in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as American Red Cross volunteers and wasting no time getting down to business. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said the volunteers, in general, will provide communications for local law enforcement and utility managers; island-to-mainland health-and-welfare traffic, which has been ongoing, an...

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 19:53

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to recruit SATERN Amateur Radio operators for potential deployment to TSA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, emphasizes that this is a recruitment request to be on standby only.

“This will not be an easy deployment so operators interested in deploying on behalf of The Salva...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:18

The past week was a good one for HF propagation. Average daily sunspot numbers doubled from the previous week, rising from 13.6 to 27, while average daily solar flux rose from 72.6 to 84.3. Average daily geomagnetic numbers were lower, with average planetary A index declining from 21.1 to 9.9 and average daily mid-latitude A index from 17.1 to 7.6.

Last Friday was the autumnal equinox, so we sho...

California QSO Party Sets New Club Competition Categories

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:12

California QSO Party (CQP) Chair John Miller, K6MM, says three new club competition categories have been created for the popular CQP, which, this year, takes place October 7-8. The Northern California Contest Club sponsors the annual event.

In the Small category, the 10 highest scores from a club whose members enter in that category will count for this competition category. I

n the Medium catego...

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