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FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge Set for May

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:04

In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) will celebrate with the FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge. During the entire month, FOC members from around the world will be active on CW, using special call signs, many of them containing the number “80” or having an “FOC” suffix.

Points will be awarded for working these special call signs. The challenge is being run as a leader board on Club L...

Frank Victor Tarkington, W3KLQ, SK — Installed First TV in the White House

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:34

Frank Tarkington, W3KLQ, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on April 19. He was 102. A California native and World War II Navy radioman, Tarkington went on to enjoy a long career with Radio Corporation of America (RCA). In 1948, he installed the first television set in the White House so that President Harry Truman could witness the opening of Congress that January. Following his retirement, Tark...

Hams on Dominica Conduct “Preparedness” Field Day in Advance of Hurricane Season

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:24

Members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Incorporated (DARCI) held a second field-day-style emergency preparedness, awareness, and recruiting exercise on April 21. Radio amateurs on the Caribbean island are continuing the process of taking on a larger role in emergency preparedness and response for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. Dominica suffered severe damage from Hurric...

ARRL Audio News - April 20, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:45
ARRL Audio News - April 20, 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:26

At 0631 UTC on April 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

“Earth is currently under the influence of a high-speed stream from a negative polarity equatorial coronal hole. Geomagnetic activity at Quiet to Active levels is expected and at times may reach up to Minor Storm levels if there are notable southward Bz periods.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EX...

W6NBC Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:00

The winning article for the April 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Ultra Simple 2-Meter Antenna" by John Portune, W6NBC. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

Special Call Signs to be On the Air for 2018 FIFA World Cup, More Invited

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:28

Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.” The event will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russia’s IARU member-society SRR is encouraging Amateur Radio organizations to field World-Cup-related call signs, preferably with “FIFA” (or “FWC” for finalist countries) a...

“Horizons” is Next Mission for Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:10

 

European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will visit the International Space Station for the second time in early June. His “Horizons” mission is aimed at evoking exploration of the universe, looking far beyond Earth and broadening knowledge. His first mission was called “Blue Dot.”

A citizen of Germany, Gerst will launch on June 6 from Kazakhstan with US astronaut Serena Auñón-C...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:00

“Microphones” is the topic of the current (April 12) 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,...

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:25

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head the agency. A Democrat, she is currently serving a sec...

Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:07

Low-frequency World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will transmit from Sweden on May 1 as participation in the European Route of Industrial Heritage’s “Work It Out” observance.

“As part of the event, we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016,” said Lars Kalland, SM6NM. The transmitter start-up will begin at 0930 UTC, with the transmission to follow on 17.2 kHz CW at 1000 UTC.

A li...

International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:26

“Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” the ITU said. International Girls in...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:43

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

In addition to reports from the President and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear from General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will address FCC and regulatory issues. The EC wi...

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