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The ARRL Letter Will Not Be Published on July 5

Arrl News - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:00

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)

Arrl News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:55

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

Arrl News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:30

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

Arrl News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:58

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

Arrl News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 10:20

“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!

Arrl News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 10:01

“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!

Arrl News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:48

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

Arrl News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:00

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...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:38

On Wednesday, June 20 Spaceweather.com reported the sudden emergence of sunspot AR2715. The sunspot number on that day shot up to 54, and it was 53 the next day. Average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (June 14-20) was 25.7, up from 4 the previous week. Average daily solar flux rose from 69.4 to 74. Solar flux was 82.1 on June 20.

We have not seen numbers such as this since last Sept...

IARU Welcomes Member-Society for St. Kitts & Nevis

Arrl News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:19

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has welcomed the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) as its newest member-society. IARU member-societies on May 28 completed voting on the proposed admission of SKNAARS to the IARU to represent St. Kitts & Nevis.

SKNAARS does not claim to represent Anguilla, which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio So...

KX9X Wins the June QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:11

The winning article for the June 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Get on the Satellites for ARRL Field Day” by Sean Kutzko, KX9X. 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 July issue today.

ARISS-Russia Testing Undeployed CubeSats from ISS

Arrl News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:55

ARISS-Russia is making FM transmissions on June 20 and 21 from two of its Tanusha series of CubeSats, now aboard the International Space Station. Russia’s ARISS organization has been developing the spacecraft in collaboration with Southwest State University in Kursk.

Two earlier Tanusha CubeSats were hand-deployed by cosmonauts last August and are performing cluster flight experiments through co...

Experiments Look to Leverage Low-Latency HF to Shave Microseconds off Trade Times

Arrl News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:41

Experimental operations now under way on HF appear aimed at leveraging low-latency HF propagation to shave microseconds from futures market trades and gain a competitive edge in a field where millionths of a second can mean winning or losing. Bloomberg on June 18 reported on a secretive antenna facility near Maple Park, in Kane County, Illinois, and speculated that futures traders might be look...

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Arrl News - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:01

W1AW has announced its Field Day bulletin schedule. Those participating in Field Day can earn 100 bonus points for copying the special Field Day bulletin transmitted by W1AW or by K6KPH during its operating schedule on Field Day weekend. The Field Day bulletin must be copied via Amateur Radio. An accurate copy of the message must be included in your Field Day submission in order to earn the bon...

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