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Changing of the International Space Station Guard Set for December 13

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:31

Three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, December 14, just days before a new increment of space travelers begins its mission to take their places on station. Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik, and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, and Sergey Ryazanskiy will undock the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft from the space statio...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:01

“Listener Mailbag” is the topic of the new (December 7) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 whe...

Croatia Confirms New 60-Meter Allocation, Expanded 160-Meter Privileges

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:35

Croatian radio amateurs now have access to a secondary 60-meter allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed to at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, with a maximum 15 W EIRP. For the last several years, the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has issued 1-year licenses to operate on 60 meters.

Hams in Croatia also now have access to more of 160 meters: 1,810-2,0...

IARU Region 1 and EURAO Presidents Meet

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 19:14

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, and European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) President Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, met on December 2. The meeting was held against a background that both IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia) and EURAO have letters of understanding with European regulator CEPT, enabling their partici...

World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces KP4 Generator Project

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 16:55

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has announced a program to help radio amateurs and radiosport enthusiasts in Puerto Rico get back on the air in the wake of this fall’s devastating hurricane damage to the island. The KP4 Generator Project is raising funds to purchase Honda eu2000i generators for the radio amateurs of Puerto Rico. Well-known contester Angel Vazquez, WP3R, will d...

W1AW to Start Scheduled Transmissions on 6 Meters Beginning on January 2

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:18

ARRL has announced that Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will start scheduled transmissions on 6 meters beginning on January 2. Transmissions on 50.350 MHz will become a part of W1AW's regular CW code practice, and CW, digital and phone bulletin transmission schedule, starting with the 1400 UTC fast code practice on January 2.

In addition to providing regularly scheduled transmissions on 6 meters, an...

Special Event Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Fermilab

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:09

Members of the Fermilab Amateur Radio Club (WB9IKJ) will operate special event station W9F until December 16 (UTC) to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), named to honor Nobel Laureate Enrico Ferm (1901-1954). W9F will be active on or about 7.250, 7.275, 14.260, 14.340 MHz SSB and may operate CW on 7.040, 10.130, and 14.040 MHz. QSL to Fermi Amateur Radio...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 18:27

We skipped last week’s bulletin due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Outlook for the near term shows solar flux at 72 on December 1, 70 on December 2-7, 71 on December 8, 72 on December 9-12, 74 on December 13, 75 on December 14-16, 74 on December 17, 73 on December 18-20, 74 on December 21-22, 76 on December 23-29, 72 on December 30-31, 70 on January 1-3, 71 on January 4, 72 on January 5-8, 74 on J...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:00

“Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines” is the topic of the current (November 23) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone...

Twelve Days of Deals!

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:08

We’re making a list and checking it twice. Beginning on Monday, December 4, 2017, ARRL will be offering 12 days of deals. Subscribe by entering your name, call sign, and e-mail address in the fields provided. You’ll receive an e-mail every day for 12 days with a special online deal. Each deal is valid for 1 day only at

ARRL’s 12 days of deals concludes Friday, December 15, 20...

Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from ISS Scheduled for December 6-8

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:12

ARISS has announced that the MAI-75 Slow-Scan (SSTV) system in the Russian Service Module of the International Space Station (ISS) will be on the air starting on December 5 at around 1500 UTC and continuing until December 6 at 0900 UTC, transmitting test images on 145.800 MHz FM that should be available worldwide.

SSTV activity on December 7 and 8 is scheduled to occur at times when the ISS is a...

Ofcom Releases UK Amateur Radio License Stats

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:03

Statistics released by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicate that the Amateur Radio population in the UK has grown by approximately 10% over the past 5 years. As of the end of August 2017, there were 52,195 Full licensees, 9,739 Intermediate licensees, and 22,649 Foundation licensees.

Figures recently released in response to a Freedom of Information request from Peter Bowyer, G4MJS, co...

Arkansas DX Association Marking 50th Anniversary

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:57

The Arkansas DX Association (ADXA), Arkansas’s only 100% ARRL member-affiliated club, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on December 2 with a convention at in North Little Rock featuring “a slate of illustrious speakers.”

With a charter to support DXers in Arkansas and the pursuit of DX, ADXA’s focus is to encourage, mentor, and develop the technical skills of radio amateurs and promoting first...

Canada’s Polar Prince WSPR Transmissions to ID with New Call Sign on Return Leg

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:51

With the successful completion of the Canada C3 Expedition via the Northwest Passage that culminated with the arrival of the Polar Prince in Victoria, British Columbia, the CG3EXP special event call sign has been retired.

The Polar Prince will continue to carry an Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon as the ship returns to the East Coast via the Panama Canal. The vessel’s WSPR system will identify as VE0EXP.


FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:01

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had asked the FCC to make call signs consisting ...