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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 16:14

In this reporting week, January 3-9, average daily sunspot number increased from 4.1 to 7.7. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.4 to 71.6.

Average daily planetary A index went from 9.3 to 7.4, and average mid-latitude A index went from 7.6 to 6.1.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days appears to mostly toggle between two values, 70 and 71, with one exception. Predicted solar flux is 6...

W1AW Seeking West Coast Qualifying Run Volunteer Station

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:50

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is seeking a volunteer station located on the US West Coast that can serve as another ARRL Qualifying Run CW transmitting station. The west-coast station shares in the transmission of a monthly Qualifying Run for the benefit of those on the west coast.

The minimum requirements are:

  • Ability to transmit a good, high-quality, stable, high-power (at least 1 kW) CW signal o...

Amateur Radio Applications in Limbo as Partial Shutdown Continues

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 15:42

The FCC is not processing any Amateur Radio applications as the partial government shutdown approaches its fourth week. The FCC suspended “most operations” at mid-day on Thursday, January 3, although an appearance of activity continues. For radio amateurs, the shutdown means that while the Universal Licensing System (ULS) continues to accept applications for all valid purposes, the FCC will not...

North American Collegiate Championship Expanded to NAQP RTTY

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:42

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) has announced an expansion of the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which takes place in conjunction with the North American QSO Party (NAQP). The inaugural event last January only covered the NAQP SSB event. This year, the NACC will also cover the NAQP RTTY event. NCJ (National Contest Journal) sponsors the NAQPs. The NAQP SSB runs from 1800...

Intrepid DX Group Seeks Nominations for Annual Intrepid Spirit and Humanitarian Awards

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:29

The Intrepid DX Group is seeking nominations for its annual Intrepid Spirit and Humanitarian awards.

“We wish to recognize the individual or group that most displayed their Intrepid Spirit this past year,” the announcement said. An Intrepid Spirit is defined as “bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute, and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio,” according to ...

Bulgaria to Host the 2019 Youngsters On The Air Summer Camp

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:15

The ninth Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) summer camp will be held in Bulgaria, with the Bulgarian Federation of Radioamateurs (BFRA) hosting the event.

“In this YOTA Camp, we will be continuing with our train-the-trainer program, which will be the main theme of the week,” IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said in announcing the annual event. “Participants will be workin...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:00

Aborted 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition Offers Donation Refund Options

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:41

Leaders of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition, which was abruptly aborted last February before the team was able to land on the island, are offering several options for partial refunds to those who contributed to their venture. The turn of events was a huge disappointment for the DX community, as well as for the DXpedition team.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank you again for your financial...

Orlando Contest Dinner Tickets Available

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:39

The 2019 Orlando Contest Dinner, sponsored by the Florida Contest Group (FCG) in conjunction with Orlando HamCation, will be held on February 8. A social hour gets under way at 5 PM, with a barbecue buffet to follow at 6:30 PM. Dinner speaker will be Andy Blank, N2NT, a CQ Contest Hall of Fame member and CQ World Wide 160 Meter Contest director. For more information and to purchase tickets, vis...

W6NBC Wins the January QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 13:19

The winning article for the January 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “The 2-Meter Slot-Cube 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 February issue today.

 

Dayton DX Dinner Tickets Now on Sale

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:57

Tickets for the DX Dinner, sponsored by the SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) and held in conjunction with Dayton Hamvention, are now on sale. The dinner will take place Friday, May 17, at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton. A social hour will begin at 5:30 PM, and dinner will follow at 7 PM.

The DXpedition of the Year® will be announced, and the Island Radio Expedit...

ISS Fan Club Website Has Closed

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:53

[UPDATED: 2019-01-10 @ 1502 UTC] The ISS Fan Club website closed down on January 1, 2019, after nearly 17 years. The site offered information on tracking the International Space Station and on crew activity. It provided frequencies and ISS digipeating assistance, as well as a place to showcase ISS slow-scan TV (SSTV) images and to meet fellow ISS fans.

Brian Clark, KF6FES, has told ARRL that one...

MIT Radio Society, EE and Computer Science Department Hosting Radio Technology Lectures

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:06

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) are hosting a series of public lectures on “everything radio,” presented by academics and industry professionals. The series begins on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 PM ET in Building 3, Room 270.

Sessions also will be live-streamed via YouTube, courtesy of M...