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South Orkney Islands DXpedition will Use VP8PJ

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:52

The Perseverance DX Group’s DXpedition to South Orkney, set for February 20 until March 5, will use the call sign VP8PJ. The group initially announced that it would use VP8/VP8DXU.

“Alan Armstrong, VK6CQ, a recent addition to the team, holds the call sign VP8PJ that was issued to him for operation from the British Antarctic Territory,” the DXpedition has announced. “After submission of a copy of...

Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 21:44

The number of Sections needed for a clean sweep in the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) will rise to 84 in 2020, with the addition of a new Prince Edward Island (PE) Section. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced this week that the new Section will become effective on April 1.

RAC said its Prince Edward Island members have been working for some time to create a separate Section for RAC ARES act...

MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:57

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, and all...

Ring In the New Year with Straight Key Night!

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 19:05

 It’s time to break out (and/or dust off) the brass and set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in Straight Key Night (SKN). The annual event begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones) and continues until 2359 UTC. Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse code heritage.

The idea is simple: Get on the air and e...

IARU Region 1 Monitoring Service Coordinator DK2OM Receives IARU Diamond Award

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 17:27

After many years of monitoring and tracking intruders on the amateur bands, Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, of Siegbach, Germany, is stepping down at year’s end as coordinator of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS). IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, announced this week that Hadel has been awarded the IARU President’s Diamond Award in recognition of his efforts....

Texas Scout Leaders Promote Amateur Radio as a Communication Resource

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 14:16

In 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey left the region of Texas where Assistant Scoutmaster Scott deMasi, KC5NKW, lived under water. With roads flooded, bridges washed away, and cellular service and power out, deMasi said it soon became clear that his Scout troop’s emergency preparedness plan wasn’t designed for a storm of this magnitude. It was frustrating, deMasi says, to discover he couldn’t r...

Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save Content

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 12:49

Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio interest groups over the years, is shutting down. All previously posted content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but Yahoo is processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo also has provided group administrators (“admins”) a way to export data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to l...

New 70-Centimeter Tropo Contact Record Claimed

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 12:29

Tropospheric propagation is being credited with enabling a 70-centimeter contact between the Cape Verde islands and Scotland that may be a new world record. Exceptional tropo conditions over the eastern part of the North Atlantic this past weekend allowed many stations in the UK and Ireland to make contacts with the Monteverde Contest Team Club, D41CV, on the Cape Verde islands on 2 meters, but...

New England Radio Amateur Hosts Video on Tower Safety

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 12:01

Jim Idelson, K1IR, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, recently provided a club meeting program on ham radio tower safety for the Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS). Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, recorded and edited the presentation and made it available online. It runs approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

In his presentation, Idelson said an estimated 38,000 amateur radio towers are standing in the US, wit...

Computer Bulletin Board System Co-Inventor Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, SK

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 11:53

The co-inventor of the Computer Bulletin Board System, Randy Suess, ex-WB9GPM, died on December 10. He was 74. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Suess and IBM engineer Ward Christensen collaborated on the system in 1978, during the dial-up era, a year before Compuserve began offering online consumer service. The computer bulletin board was a forerunner of today’s proliferation of...

Two Solar Cycle 25 Sunspots Appear

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 14:35

CWops to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with January QSO Party

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 14:13

In January, CWops will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a month-long QSO party that will include CW activity on HF contest bands. The event is open to all radio amateurs, and certificates and awards will be available based on contact totals. CWops non-members may only contact CWops members, while members may work any station. According to the announcement, many special club and one-off celeb...

AMSAT CW Day is January 1

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 18:33

New Section Manager Will Take Over in North Carolina on April 1

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 18:29

Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization this spring. Hoffman was the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2014. Because no challengers came forward by the nomination deadline, no contested SM elections will take plac...

Commemorative ARISS Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Set

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 21:08

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will support slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky, and Sigmund Jaehn. Transmissions are scheduled to start at 1100 UTC on December 28 and continuing until 1820 on January 1. Transmissions will take place on 145.800 MHz and in the PD 120 format, using the call sign RS0IS...

OPS-SAT — First-of-its-Kind Space Laboratory — Launched on December 18

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 20:55

The European Space Agency (ESA) reports that the OPS-SAT “flying laboratory” satellite lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz-Fregat rocket on December 18. According to ESA, the small, low-cost, test satellite was specifically designed for operational experimentation in space and includes the most powerful flight computer on board any current ESA spacecraft....