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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:00

“Mailbag” is the topic of the current (July 5) 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, Joel ...

VE7CA Wins the July QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:46

The winning article for the July 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Antenna for 630 to 10 Meters” by Markus Hansen, VE7CA. 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 August issue today.

 

Now-Hurricane Chris Poses Possible Threat to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:38

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris. The storm was just upgraded from Tropical Storm to hurricane status and has gained considerable forward motion as it bears down on the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland-Labrador with winds of 155 kilometers per hour (100 MPH).

The storm is moving to the northeast at 37 kilo...

ARRL Volunteer Examiner Team in Australia Holds First Technician Test Session under New Element 2 Question Pool

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:38

An ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner (VE) team in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, conducted the first Technician test session under the new Element 2 Question Pool that went into effect on July 1. The newly revised pool, released in January 2018 (and subsequently updated and re-released in February) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinat...

FCC Administrative Law Judge Terminates Long-Standing Amateur License Renewal Case

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:36

In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel has ended the decade-old license renewal proceeding involving William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Termination of the proceeding and the dismissal of Crowell’s license renewal application followed his refusal to appear for a hearing in Was...

ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:46

ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested...

ARISS-Russia SSTV Transmissions Continue

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:21

The ARISS-Russia SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station’s the Russian Service module that started on June 29 may continue until July 13, when the equipment being used for SSTV transmissions will be required for a school contact.

RS0ISS is sending stored images commemorating various satellites that have been hand-deployed from the ISS, including the first such satellite deploymen...

World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:06

AMSAT Announces Board of Directors Nominees

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 14:07

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 - 14:03

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 - 10:20

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 - 15:16

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...

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