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AMSAT Announces Board of Directors Nominees

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:07

AMSAT-NA has announced the 2018 candidates for its Board of Directors. The candidates, in alphabetical, are Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH; Scott Harvey, KA7FVV; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, and Peter Portanova, W2JV.

This year, AMSAT-NA will elect three voting Board members, with the seats going to those who receive the three highest votes. Two alternates will be chosen bases on the next highest nu...

CASSIOPE Spacecraft Listens In on 2018 ARRL Field Day

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:03

The Canadian CASSIOPE (CAScade, Smallsat, and Ionospheric Polar Explorer) spacecraft once again eavesdropped on ARRL Field Day activity. CASSIOPE’s Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) was tuned to 7.005 MHz during six passes over the North American continent during Field Day 2018, although there was no advance publicity this year. The RRI is a component of the spacecraft’s Enhanced Polar Outflow Pr...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 05:20

No sunspots have appeared since June 26. If we use predicted solar flux as a proxy, flux is expected to be less than 70 until July 8, this Sunday, so I would not expect sunspot activity to resume perhaps until July 13-23 when solar flux is expected to rise above 70.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on July 6-7, 70 on July 8-12, 72 on July 13, 75 on July 14-15, 77 on July 16, 80 on July 17-19, 77 on Ju...

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Now Off the Air

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:16

All Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition operating positions went silent at 1200 UTC on July 5. The final contact was on FT8 with JA2FJP on 80 meters. The 14-member team, accompanied by a US Fish and Wildlife Service escort, expect to be off the island by 0000 UTC on July 6 for the 6-day voyage across the International Dateline to Fiji.

“The team is very tired but proud of QSO totals, over 16,000 un...

Radio Amateur to Pay $7,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 09:49

The US Department of Justice and the FCC have reached a settlement with Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to resolve allegations that Crow intentionally interfered with the communications of other Amateur Radio operators and failed to properly identify. The core component of the settlement calls on Crow to pay $7,000 to the US Treasury, the FCC and US Attorney for the Western...

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Independence Day

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:51

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thursday, July 5, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 6.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Thursday, July 5. The next edition of The ARRL Letter will be published on Thursday, July 12, and ARRL Audio News will resume on Friday, July 13.

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Online Fund-Raising Hoax Targeting Some ARRL Members

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:23

A poorly worded online solicitation seeking donations to support medical costs for an ill youngster is not from ARRL and is a scam! Some members have reported receiving an email with the subject line “Help Support Dawn,” dated on or about June 30, stating that “Dawn” is the critically ill son of an ARRL member and requires urgent surgery.

“ARRL would never send an unsigned email like this to our...

Radio Amateur in Japan Completes Worked All States on 6 Meters

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:44

Tac Hirama, JA7QVI, has completed all requirements for the Worked All States (WAS) award on 6 meters. New Jersey was the last state he needed to work, and he managed a moonbounce (EME) contact as well as a conventional ionospheric contact.

It’s quite possible that JA7QVI is the first radio amateur to earn WAS on 6 meters from Japan, although that cannot be confirmed. Completing WAS on 6 meters w...

The ARRL Letter Will Not Be Published on July 5

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00

Because of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no edition of The ARRL Letter on Thursday, July 5, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 6. The next edition of The ARRL Letter will be published on Thursday, July 12, and ARRL Audio News will resume on Friday, July 13. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 

 

Canada Day Contest is Sunday, July 1 (UTC)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:55

The Canada Day Contest takes place on Sunday, July 1. The annual event celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Day Contest and invites radio amateurs around the world to Canada’s birthday party on the air.

This event begins on July 1 at 0000 UTC (Saturday, June 30, in North American time zones) and continues until 2359 UTC. Availab...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:30

Conditions were good for Field Day weekend, with no major geomagnetic disruptions, while solar flux and sunspot numbers were relatively high for this part of the solar cycle. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the sunspot numbers were 41, 34 and 16 while solar flux was 80.3, 77.1 and 74.5.

Planetary A index was 4, 16 and 7 on Friday through Sunday. On Saturday the College A index in Alaska reached 2...

Attendance Holds Steady at Hamvention® 2018

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 08:58

Hamvention® marked another successful year in 2018, General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, told ARRL this week. At 28,417 visitors, Hamvention recorded its third-largest attendance ever in its second year at its still-new location in Xenia, Ohio.

“We had a slight decline in attendance, but we think people were waiting to hear about the upgrades we made, and some upgrades did not happen until the very...

“Baker is Brutal!” KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Reports

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 05:20

“Baker is brutal!” That was the initial assessment from the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition team, which arrived at the uninhabited South Pacific atoll on June 26 at local sunrise, following a 4-day sea voyage. The KH1/KH7Z team started up early on June 27 with three stations on the air, with additional stations pending.

“Island conditions are extremely hot, and difficult. Long work periods in t...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 05:01

“Taking Amateur Radio on Vacation” is the topic of the latest (June 21) 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 ...

Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition is On the Air!

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 08:48

The KH1/KH7Z team on Baker Island started up early today with four stations on the air. KH1/KH7Z has been reported on 160 CW, 40 CW and SSB, and 20 SSB. Other bands will follow as station setup proceeds.

The KH1/KH7Z frequency plan is on the DXpedition website. DXpedition operators will be operating split. Do not call on the DX station’s transmitting frequency.

FT8 operation is planned, using the...

Youth Team to be On the Air from Market Reef

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 07:00

A team of young radio amateurs will be on the air from Market Reef Lighthouse as OJ0C, from July 21 until July 28 and again from August 18 until August 25. The lighthouse is nearly at sea level, and waves have been known to cover the entire reef.

The Finnish Lighthouse Society (FLS) and the Amateur Radio League of Finland (SRAL) in conjunction with OH-DX-Foundation (OHDXF) and DX University (DXU...