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ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Regulatory, Governance Issues

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:11

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting on October 20 in Bloomington, Minnesota. During his opening comments, President Roderick said his membership contacts have indicated that strong support exists for the Entry-Level License Enhancement petition to the FCC as well as for the Volunteer Monitor Program that would supplant the current Official Obser...

JK Antennas Donates 40-Meter Yagi to W1AW

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:09

JK Antennas’ Ken Garg, W3JK, has donated a second model JK402T antenna to Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. The antenna is a two-element Yagi on a 22-foot boom with capacitive loading. The JK402T replaces the old Cushcraft XM-240 40-meter Yagi that had been used for visitor operations. The donation included a new balun, donated via W3JK by Balun Designs LLC. The new antenna went up on the tower on O...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:03

“Do you really need a tower?” is the topic of the current (October 25) 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 t...

ARRL Lab Manager Re-Elected as IEEE EMC Society Vice President for Standards

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 01:07

ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, has been re-elected as IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society Vice President for Standards.

“Amateur Radio must be represented at the tables where these standards are conceived and written,” Hare said. “ARRL is uniquely positioned to be able to fill that role in a way that is seen by industry as being a good representation of Amateur Radio, but a...

South African Radio Amateurs Poised to Support Communication as Wildfires Rage

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 19:37

An intense heat wave and gale-force winds in the Western Cape region of South Africa have resulted in devastating runaway fires, threatening the towns of George and Karatara in the Southern Cape area since October 24. An Amateur Radio Joint Operational Center (JOC) was established on October 29, and radio amateurs were put on standby when parts of George experienced telephone and power outages ...

Silent Key Memorial Event Commemorates Departed Radio Amateurs

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 18:36

The Silent Key Memorial Contest on November 1 will honor radio amateurs who have died in past years or more recently. The CW-only event gets under way at 0600 UTC on November 1 and continues until 0859 UTC. The event is annual and takes place on 80 and 40 meters. The event website contains complete rules and guidelines.

VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Approaches 115,000 Contacts; Shutdown Set for November 1

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 18:26

The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition continues to operate on all bands that are open and, as of October 30, reports more than 113,200 contacts in the log. Most contacts (63,800) have been on CW, with about 28,500 on SSB and 20,911 on digital modes. The operators have merged their N1MM and FT8 logs and uploaded them to the VP6D website and log server. VP6D will continue operating on 6-meter Earth-Mo...

Halloween Howl Canceled Due to Hurricane Michael

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:39

The Halloween Howl special event set for October 31 has been canceled, due to the effects of Hurricane Michael. The event is sponsored by the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society (TARS). 

Bank of Lithuania Gold Coin Features Amateur Radio Satellites

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:07

The Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas) has released a commemorative gold 5€ coin featuring the country’s LituanicaSAT-1(LO-78) and LitSAT-1 Amateur Radio Satellites.

The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014, and deployed from the ISS on February 28. LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera, while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transp...

Yasme Foundation Announces Supporting Grant to ARISS and Excellence Awards

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 15:22

The Yasme Foundation has announced “a significant grant” to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) in support of ARISS’s effort to upgrade Amateur Radio equipment and systems on the space station. ARISS mounted a fund-raising campaign earlier this year to cover the costs of its next-gen Interoperable Radio System, which will replace the aging and intermittent ISS Amateur Radio...

New Book Magic Band Antennas for Ham Radio is Now Shipping!

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:21

Magic Band Antennas for Ham Radio is designed for radio amateurs who want to discover the mysteries of the “magic band.” Six meters is a band full of surprises. When you least expect it, 6 meters can suddenly open for contacts over hundreds and even thousands of miles. And while the HF bands may be suffering during a Solar Minimum, 6 meters is unaffected and just as amazing as ever.

If you’re lo...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 16:09

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

N1DG Wins the October QST Cover Plaque Award

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 15:54

The winning article for the October 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Who Pays for that New One?” by Don Greenbaum, N1DG. 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 November issue today.


The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 15:50

We saw no sunspots during the reporting week, October 18-24, so average daily sunspot number dropped from 12.6 to zero. The dearth of sunspots continued Thursday, October 25.

Average daily solar flux declined from 71 to 70.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quieter, with average daily planetary A index declining from 7.4 to 3.3, and average daily middle latitude A index dropping from 7.3 to 2.1.