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US Coast Guard Warns of LED Lighting Interference to Marine Radios, AIS Reception

Arrl News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 18:02

The US Coast Guard says it’s received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors, and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC), and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of LED lighting systems. This could include interior and exterior lighting, navigation lights, searchlights, and floodlights found on vessels of all s...

ARRL Announces New Contests Web Portal

Arrl News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 13:48

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced a new ARRL Contests Portal, which ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, calls “a one-stop shop for all of your ARRL contest interests, offering access to everything from the starting bell of a contest to your post-event hard-fought certificate of accomplishment.”

Use the navigation tabs on the left to locate information about specific contests. Use ...

Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites Receive OSCAR Designations

Arrl News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 13:37

AMSAT has announced that it has granted OSCAR designators for the Chinese DSLWP-A and DSLWP-B microsatellites, successfully launched on May 18 into a lunar transfer orbit by a CZ-4C launch vehicle. DSLWP-A is Lunar-OSCAR 93 (LO-93), and DSLWP-B is Lunar- OSCAR 94 (LO-94). Telemetry signals were received from both satellites soon after launch, although DSLWP-A was lost the following day.

On May 2...

VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Gear on its Way to Transport Vessel

Arrl News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:44

The equipment to be used for the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition later this year is on its way to the M/V Braveheart in New Zealand. The Braveheart, captained by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, will transport the DXpedition team and their equipment to Ducie Island. Elecraft radios in the shipment are the same ones used by the successful Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition. Consolidated on five pallets, the shipm...

RAC Announces Presentation for Amateur of the Year Award Co-Recipients

Arrl News - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:18

Don Studney, VE7DS, and Keith Witney, VE7KW, will receive the 2017 Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Amateur of the Year Award on September 11 during a meeting of the ORCA DX and Contest Club in British Columbia.

The pair is receiving the award for their work on the VE100VIMY Project, during which special event stations were operated across Canada during 2017, and special event station TM100VIMY wa...

SAQ in Sweden Receives More than 300 Reports on Alexanderson Day, July 1

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:35

SAQ, the old Alexanderson alternator transmitter at the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden, received 321 listener reports in response to its three 17.2 kHz transmissions on Alexanderson Day, July 1.

A video of the transmissions is available on YouTube. SAQ said five reports indicated that SAQ was not heard. A summary of listener reports and a map of listener reports have been posted...

Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, SK

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:33

Former Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of Madison, died on August 11. He was 77.

Michalski led the Wisconsin Section from 1999 until 2015. He served as net manager for the Badger Weather Net and was active in the Wisconsin Badger Amateur Radio Society (W9YT) at the University of Wisconsin. Michalski served as an ARRL Official Observer and as a Technical Specialist. He also w...

Well-Known Contester, DXer Bob Morris, W4MYA, SK

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:19

Robert S. “Bob” Morris, W4MYA, of Goochland, Virginia, died on August 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 72. Morris had been suffering from cancer but remained active on the air until very recently. He was sometimes called “Dude” within the contesting community for one of his favorite expressions, “Run ’em, dude.”

Morris was a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, enjoyed both contesting and DXi...

The K7RA Solar Update

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:50

Australia’s Space Weather Services issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning at 0022 UTC on August 16. "Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at Quiet to Active levels due to coronal hole effects. A period of significant southward Bz component could produce isolated Minor Storm levels."

What is the Bz component? It is a component of the interplanetary magnetic field, or IMF. http://pluto.space.s...

UN Amateur Radio Club’s 4U1UN Makes Major Moves toward Getting Back on the Air

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:55

United Nations Amateur Radio Club President James Sarte, K2QI, said on August 16 that their club station, 4U1UN, is several steps closer to getting back on the air after a long absence.

“Dmitri Zhikharev, RA9USU, along with Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, have been working with me behind the scenes to get the station operational again,” Sarte said. Generous donations from Zhikharev, Ed Kritsky, NT2X, a...

Short-Wave Radio Reports May Offer Best Evidence of Amelia Earhart’s Fate

Arrl News - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:19

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believes it has the key to unlock the decades-old mystery of what happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in their planned circumnavigation of the globe in 1937. TIGHAR’s The Earhart Project analyzed dozens of radio transmissions received by radio amateurs and other short-wave listeners during the fra...

Weather and Tides Could Hamper Second Market Reef Youth Team Landing

Arrl News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:49

A second group of young operators will attempt a landing at Market Reef on August 18 for a week of operating from the Youth on the Air station, OJ0C, at the remote lighthouse outpost. They hope to take part in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event.

The Market Reef lighthouse is located so low that waves can roll over the entire DXCC entity. With no jetty, landing can be ha...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Arrl News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:00

“Dummy Loads” is the topic of the new (August 16) 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, Jo...

Dave Popkin, W2CC/AAR2BU Receives Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Arrl News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 20:51

A New Jersey radio amateur and Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) member has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Donald Trump. ARRL Charter Life Member Dave Popkin, W2CC/AAR2BU, was recognized for his extraordinary contributions as a MARS volunteer.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your lifetime of service to your fellow Americans and those most in need,” Pre...

Ham-Astronauts among First Nine Astronauts Scheduled to Fly on Commercial Spacecraft

Arrl News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:29

Three radio amateurs are among the initial nine NASA astronauts scheduled to fly on commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Others in the group are studying for their ham licensing exams in order to take part in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school radio contacts, or because they have expressed interest in supporting ARISS events. The women and men c...

W6NBC Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

Arrl News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 19:28

The winning article for the August 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Novel Approach to Using Window Line” by John Portune, W6NBC. 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 September issue today.

New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published in The Federal Register

Arrl News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:31

Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. Among other things, the PRS covers the Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS).

The revised rules allot additional FRS channels and increase the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 W to 2 W. FRS channels are in...

Texas Volunteer Examiner Setting Sights on Next 1,000 Exam Sessions

Arrl News - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:48

In July, Franz Laugermann, K3FL, of Houston, achieved a milestone that no other VEC has before by taking part as a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator in his 1,000th exam session. And, he told ARRL, he’s far from finished.

“As long as I can be here, I’m gonna go on doing this,” he said, adding that he’s set his sights on 2,000 sessions. “It’s so rewarding to help other people through this.” He estim...

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