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Simple 40-Meter Dipole Supports Advanced Mars Radar

Arrl News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:00

The venerable HF dipole has found a new home and purpose in space. The Mars advanced radar for subsurface and ionospheric sounding (MARSIS) on Mars Express uses a simple 40-meter dipole as the antenna for its subsurface sounding radar.

The dual-channel low-frequency sounder operates between 1.3 and 5.5 MHz for subsurface sounding and between 100 kHz and 5.5 MHz for ionospheric sounding. It’s the...

Mother, Daughter Radio Amateurs Active from Nepal

Arrl News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:40

Kalpana Kharel, 9N1MM, and her daughter Tejaswita (Teju), 9N1DX, are active radio amateurs from Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu. Husband and father Satish is 9N1AA, the first Nepali national to be licensed there. Satish Kharel and his daughter were active during the 2015 earthquake response in Nepal.

Kalpana Kharel is believed to be the first female Amateur Radio licensee from Nepal (an American, J...

Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!

Arrl News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:00

A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way. The year-long event hopes to build on the success of the highly successful 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). The objective is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares a...

Solo DXpeditioner KC0W Improvises Replacement Antennas

Arrl News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:00

Minnesotan Tom Callas, KC0W, now operating as VR2/KC0W from Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, said his DXpedition started off well enough, with “a quick 1,200+ CW QSOs going into the log from this not-at-all-rare place.” Then, in the early morning hours, he reported, the tide swept away all of his antennas and heavily damaged the coax feed lines.

In true ham radio fashion, Callas, a CW-only operato...

Radio Amateurs in Spain, Argentina Gain New and Extended Bands

Arrl News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:36

Spain’s National Frequency Allocation Chart (CNAF) released on October 27 contained some good news for radio amateurs there. Spain now has adopted the global, secondary 60-meter Amateur Radio allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015.

The Radio Club of Argentina has announced that hams in Argentina soon will have privileges in the 630- and 60-m...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:00

“NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave” is the topic of the new (November 9) 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,...

Canada C3 Voyage Carrying WSPR Concludes; Beacon May Remain Active on Return Trip

Arrl News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:58

The epic WSPR-carrying Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince to commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation celebration ended successfully on October 28. Over the course of the 150-day expedition from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage, the CG3EXP WSPR HF beacon was received on every continent except Antarctica, CG3EXP trustee Barrie Crampton, V...

American Legion Special Event Set for Veterans’ Day

Arrl News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 17:35

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) station K9TAL in Indianapolis will operate special event station N9V on Saturday, November 11, 1800-2400 UTC, to commemorate Veterans’ Day. N9V will be on the air from the K9TAL radio room at American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis to celebrate and reflect upon the service and sacrifices of US Armed Forces veterans.

Look for N9V on or...

Emergency HF Net Convened in Colombia in Wake of Landslide, Flooding

Arrl News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:12

Radio amateurs in Colombia have been put on an Orange Alert and an HF net activated on 7.117 kHz in the wake of an avalanche of mud and rocks November 7 on the La Paila River on the town of Corinto. The incident at dusk has caused between 26 and 30 injuries in the resulting flood of water and debris in the small town some 60 kilometers southeast of Cali.

“The Emergency Network of radio amateurs ...

FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

Arrl News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:04

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helpi...

ARI President Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, SK

Arrl News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:25

Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI) President Pietro “Mario” Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy, died November 6 after serving for several decades at the head of Italy’s national Amateur Radio organization and IARU member society.

A long-time ARRL member, DXCC card checker, and 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Ambrosi was credited with growing ARI and with bringing youn...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Delayed; AMSAT Asks for Patience During Commissioning

Arrl News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 17:01

The launch of the Delta II vehicle carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) and other payloads has been delayed, due to a faulty battery on the booster, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on November 6. The launch now is scheduled for no earlier than Tuesday, November 14. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite S...

New Book: ARRL’s Best of The Doctor is In Now Shipping

Arrl News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:47

For more than a decade, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, has been offering ideas and advice to radio amateurs in QST’s “The Doctor is In” column. Each month he educates, dispenses cures for troublesome problems, and indulges in more than a little technical myth-busting. Now the Doctor’s advice is available in Volume 1 of ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In.

In this series, ARRL has gathered the most frequently a...

Donate to ARRL from your IRA Tax Free

Arrl News - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:08

It’s now possible for anyone over age 70-1/2 to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without having first to declare the IRA distribution as income. Depending on your personal tax situation, donating directly from your IRA to ARRL could have more tax advantages for you than a direct personal donation.

Contact the custodi...

Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Awards and Supporting Grant

Arrl News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:21

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced five Excellence Awards and one supporting grant for 2017. The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. Their contribution may recognize technical, operating, or organizational achievement. The Yasme ...

World Radiosport Championship 2018 Participants Represent Wide Range of Ages

Arrl News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:39

World Radiosport Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers are counting down the days until WRTC 2018 gets under way on July 12 in the Jessen/Wittenberg area of Germany. The competition among two-person teams takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event but follows its own rules.

Competitors have been announced, and they range in age from 14 (Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO) to 77 (Marvi...

SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

Arrl News - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:10

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will excha...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 17:13

Average daily sunspot number increased from 13.4 to 17.7 for the October 26 to November 1 period, compared to the previous seven days. The main reason for the difference was that the previous seven days started out with two days with no sunspots, and the latter period ended with one day of zero sunspots, on November 1.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on November 3-4, 73 on November 5-9, 71 on Novembe...

CQ World Wide SSB Event Inaugurates Fall Contest Season

Arrl News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:40

The CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) kicked off the fall contest season this past weekend with plenty of activity from around the world.

As The Daily DX reported on October 30, some Top 10 operations from outside the US racked up claimed scores topping 30 million points. In the US, it appears that only two major multioperator/multi-transmitter high-power entries, K3LR and W3LPL, were active in thi...

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