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Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Gordon Courts Hurricane Status

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 22:33

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been relatively quiet up until now, but September typically is the peak month for storms. The quick-developing Tropical Storm Gordon now is forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane. In preparation, the Hurricane Watch Net will activate at 1500 UTC on September 4...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Labor Day, September 3

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 14:48

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 4, at 1200 UTC. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Islands on the Air Seeking Proposed Additions to List of Valid Island Groups

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 14:35

The Island on the Air (IOTA) program is reviewing its list of valid island groups, as it typically does every 5 years.

“This time, IOTA management has decided to bring forward the review to give a chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target year,” said Roger Balister, G3KMA, in an August 31 announcement. He continued, “The review process is scheduled to start with an ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 13:44

We just saw 15 straight days with visible sunspots, but it ended on Wednesday, August 29 with a sunspot number of zero. There were also no sunspots seen on Thursday, the following day.

According to, in 2018 so far, we’ve seen 134 days (55 percent) with no sunspots. For all last year, in 2017 there were 104 days (28 percent overall) with no sunspots. During the last solar minimum...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:00

“Antennas and Wind” is the topic of the latest (August 30) 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 hi...

YOTA South Africa 2018 Participants Urged to Share What They’ve Learned

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 16:32

The 74 delegates to the Youngsters of the Air (YOTA) South Africa 2018 gathering held in early August in South Africa enjoyed what one participant called “a mind-blowing experience.” As the event drew to a close, the event’s patron, Gary Immelman, ZS6YI, reminded the participants that they are Amateur Radio’s future leaders and urged them to become leaders in their respective organizations at h...

Colorado Club Supports Make-A-Wish Foundation Trailblaze Challenge

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:41

The Park County Radio Club (PCRC) in Colorado (AB0PC) provided communication assistance for the first Colorado Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser hike on August 11.

The hike took place on Segments 2 and 3 of the Colorado Trail, totaling 23.7 miles. The elevation at the start of the Challenge hike was 6,112 feet, reaching 8,290 feet at the highest point for a total elevation gain of 2,17...

ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:08

The ARRL Foundation has announced that The Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship will join the growing list of scholarships administered by the ARRL Foundation. Funded through the generosity of the family of Dick Warren, K6OBS, and intended exclusively for educational use, The Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship will provide assistance with the costs of tuition, room, board, books, and/...

FCC Sticks by Prescribed Page Limit in Denying Request in Radio Amateur’s Appeal

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:04

In an August 24 Order, the FCC denied a request by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYH) of Diamond Springs, California, for permission to file an appeal that would exceed the page length prescribed by FCC rules.

“We find that Crowell has not shown good cause for exceeding the prescribed page limit,” said the Order, signed by Linda L. Oliver, Chief of the Administrative Law Division in the FCC O...

Long-Time Army MARS Public Information Officer Among MARS Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 17:59

Bill Sexton, N1IN/AAR1FP, of Sarasota, Florida, who served for many years as US Army MARS Public Information Officer, has become the second of five MARS members to be presented with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a civilian honor, established to honor volunteers working through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. T...

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 14:03

Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he’d received indicated that the NA1SS packet signal returned in mid-August.

“It appears it ind...

New ARRL Chief Executive Officer Elected by Board of Directors

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:29

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to be ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on October 15. Michel (his name rhymes with "nickel") is currently Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, and Senior Vice President of UBTECH Robotics, a $5 billion Shenzhen, China, artificial intelligence and robotics company. As the Chief Tec...