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Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0

Arrl News - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 19:04

WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0 arrives in a few months. Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January.

“Much of the necessary programming is finished,” Taylor said in a post to the Packrats reflector. “Many of the new features have been tested on the air, and we...

Parity Act Options Open Despite Removal from Defense Authorization Act Conference Report

Arrl News - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 18:39

ARRL Hudson Division Director and ad hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, says removal of Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report this week was unfortunate, but does not kill the initiative. The Parity Act would ask the FCC to grant radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities the right to i...

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Welcomes First-Time Lights

Arrl News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 14:39

Marking its 21st anniversary this year, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) in August will celebrate Amateur Radio operation at several lighthouses that will make debut appearances in this year’s event. So far, 300 groups or individuals have registered to indicate plans to participate from a lighthouse or lightship during the 2-day operating activity. Newcomers joining the...

Astro-Ham Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, Jams with Kraftwerk for Festival Audience

Arrl News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 17:47

European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, had the opportunity on July 20 to sit in from space with the otherworldly German band Kraftwerk. Gerst accompanied the four Kraftwerk musicians, each on synthesizers, using a tablet device equipped to serve as a mini-synthesizer as part of the Jazz Open Festival held on Schlossplatz, the largest square in Stuttgart, Germany. Gerst a...

RSGB: Ham Radio May Be at “the Dawn of its Greatest Era”

Arrl News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 17:47

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) believes that Amateur Radio innovation is alive and well. “Amateur research and innovation is far from over; indeed, we may well be at the dawn of its greatest era,” the UK’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society concluded in an RSGB 2022 strategy narrative posted on its website.

“In an age where the costs of commercial equipment can be...

ARRL Website, Some Services to be Down Briefly on July 25

Arrl News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:00

The ARRL website and some services will be down for maintenance for up to 1 hour on Wednesday, July 25, starting at approximately 0900 UTC. During this period some or all systems may be temporarily inaccessible. This affects all content on www.arrl.org (including the ARRL Store), http://contest-clubs.arrl.org, and http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org. Logbook of the World and e-mail will not ...

More ARRL Contest Award Certificates Now Available for Download

Arrl News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 16:11

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that more contest award certificates are now available for download from the ARRL website in PDF and JPEG formats. Just enter the call sign used.

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said downloadable certificates now are available for these additional events: the 2017 ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, the 2017 November Sweepstakes, the 2017 ARRL 10 Mete...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:25

Over three weeks of blank Sun! Spaceweather.com reported 22 consecutive days with no sunspots as of Thursday, and there is nothing to indicate when sunspots will return.

A few weeks ago, I thought sunspots would return by now, based on solar flux predictions. If we look back to forecasts from less than two weeks ago, such as this one, it shows predicted solar flux of 80 for July 17-19: ftp://ftp...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:00

“Zero Beating” is the topic of the new (July 19) 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, Joe...

RadioShack “Express Stores” to Open in HobbyTown USA Locations

Arrl News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:52

According to a July 13 article in the New York Post, RadioShack is planning to open “express stores” within HobbyTown USA locations. The nearly century-old, twice-bankrupt retailer has signed a deal with HobbyTown USA to put a mini-RadioShack outlet in some 50 HobbyTown USA stores across the country that would sell items that might appeal to radio amateurs and experimenters. Those locations wil...

US ARDF Champions Prepare for International Competition in Korea

Arrl News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:20

Results of the 18th USA National Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) are now in the record books. Some of those who took part in that event now are hoping to win positions on ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Sokcho, Korea, in early September for the 19th ARDF World Championships. IARU rules limit national teams to three persons per age/gender category.

This year’s USA Nati...

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