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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:15

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:56

The Sun remained spotless over the past week, and by September 27 the period with no sunspots was over two weeks. Average daily solar flux declined from 68.6 to 67.9. Average planetary A index increased from 9.7 to 10.9, while average mid-latitude A index declined from 8.3 to 7.9.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 28 to October 2, 70 on October 3-10, 68 on October 11-28, 70 on October 29 t...

Global Learn Day on the Air Aims to Shrink World One Contact at a Time

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:52

Global Learn Day on the Air (GLDOTA) is an extension of Global Learn Day, which celebrates learning and encourages everyone to recognize the importance of education. GLDOTA will start at 0001 UTC on October 5 and continue through 2359 UTC on October 8.

Individual radio amateurs and clubs are encouraged to exchange contacts with each other and to include children in this learning activity. “Each ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 07:00

“Volt-Ohm Meters” is the topic of the new (September 27) 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 hims...

ARRL Releases Limited Edition 2019 Handbook Six-Volume Ultimate Boxed Set

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:35

The 2019 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications now is available as a six-volume boxed set in a handsome hard slipcase in addition to the traditional, soft-cover print edition.

“For many years, users have suggested that the Handbook would be easier to read and browse if it were divided into more manageable volumes,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “We did it! Th...

FCC Enforcement Advisory Targets Noncompliant Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:48

The FCC is warning that noncompliant VHF/UHF transceivers may not be imported, marketed, or sold in the US, nor may anyone use them. The FCC Enforcement Advisory, issued on September 24, follows an August 1 Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive BaoFeng handheld transceivers, alleg...

Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:29

Effective on November 1, radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter license to do so and pay a yearly fee. Sweden’s telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur Radio and other services. Sweden eliminated Amateur Radio licenses ...

Philippine Amateur Radio Association Activates HERO for Typhoon Mangkhut

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:20

With Typhoon Mangkhut (locally Ompong) threatening, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) at a Code Yellow level on September 12, per a declaration from PARA Chief Operating Officer Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY. At Code Yellow, stations are advised to ensure that all equipment is operational, check backup power sources, and take any nece...

Fifth Annual “Enigma Reloaded” Operating Event Set to Start on September 28

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:09

The fifth running of the “Enigma Reloaded” operating event will begin on September 28. Sponsored by A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event celebrates the history of the Enigma enciphering machine, developed after World War I in Germany, initially for sending sensitive diplomatic, military, and commercial messages. British codebreakers working under Alan Turing determined how to decode enemy messa...

Long Island New York Club Supports the Great Cow Harbor Race

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:01

The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (LARC) in Huntington, New York, provided communication support for the 41st Northport Great Cow Harbor 10K / 2K Run on September 15. The nonprofit event is held in cooperation with various community organizations.

LARC members provided communications from the starting point, at various positions along the course, and at the finish line. One LARC radio operator eq...

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:52

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition, on schedule to begin October 20, has announced that it will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. “Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use of DXA, and we gladly accepted,” the DXpedition said in a news update this week.

“Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is automatically updated to show your ca...

Window to Submit Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew Opens October 1

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:29

Proposals by school and educational organizations to host Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts with an International Space Station crew member next year will be accepted starting on Monday, October 1. Completed proposals are due by Thursday, November 15. ARISS anticipates that the contacts will be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2019, although crew schedul...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:01

Sunspots are gone again this week, with none observed since September 12. 

Average daily sunspot number declined to zero this week from 7.6 last week. Average daily solar flux was unchanged at 68.6. Average daily planetary A index declined from 12.6 to 9.7, while average daily mid-latitude A index went from 10 to 8.3.

The Autumnal equinox is this weekend, at 0154 UTC on Sunday, September 23, 2018...

Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:05

September 20 is the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating arrival in Puerto Rico. Today, many amateurs there are better prepared for the next storm or other disaster that could disrupt conventional telecommunications. With this in mind, the ARRL Puerto Rico Section is hosting monthly meetings in various cities around the island commonwealth as part of an effort to establish an Amat...

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:59

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

“Enhancements to the FT8 decoder ensur...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the current (September 13) 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, a...