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MARS Team Provides HF and Amateur Radio Communication Training on USNS Mercy

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 21:59

On February 21, contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith embarked on the USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage has been to conduct Technician and General class Amateur Radio classes for more than a dozen military and civilian personnel crewing the Mercy; and to provide training in military HF communication procedures.

The pair ha...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:16

We’ve seen many days with no sunspots over the past year, especially in more recent times. Periods with more than three days of blank sun include January 4-11, 2017, March 6-20, 2017, May 9-15, 2017, June 9-12, July 18-24, October 8-14, October 16-20, November 1-13, November 19-24, December 1-5, December 13-19, December 28, 2017 through January 3, 2018, January 20-29, 2018, and February 18-25. ...

Online Registration Ends on April 1 for 69th Annual International DX Convention

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:05

Online registration for the 69th annual International DX Convention at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California, ends on April 1 (early registration ends on March 15). The event is sponsored by the Southern California DX Club.

The International DX Convention is the world’s foremost DX convention, and top DXers from around the world will be there. Forums and seminars will be available...

ARRL January VHF Contest Preliminary Results Posted

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:00

The ARRL Contest Branch has posted the preliminary results of the ARRL January VHF Contest to the Contest Results page of the ARRL website, www.arrl.org/contest-results-articles (select 2018 events, scroll down to January VHF).

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:00

“Adding an Amplifier to your Station” is the topic of the latest (March 1) 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 ...

ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:25

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initia...

NTIA Targets Portion of 3.4 GHz Band for Potential Wireless Broadband Use

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:19

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has identified 3450 to 3550 MHz for potential wireless broadband use. Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation of 3300 to 3500 MHz, sharing the spectrum with government radars; the popular “weak-signal” frequency is 3456.1 MHz. The NTIA oversees the use of spectrum by federal government agencies.

“America is the world’s leader...

Two Ham Astronauts Return Safely to Earth

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:43

Two ham astronauts were among three members of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 54 crew that returned to Earth on February 27 after about 6 months in space. Astronauts Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, and Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, landed in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft, along with cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Their time on station marked the beginning of the first long-term increase in cre...

Saint Brandon Island 3B7A DXpedition Will Field Five Operating Positions

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:35

Plans appear to be on track for the upcoming 3B7A DXpedition to Saint Brandon Island, expected to kick off in early to mid-April. The DXpedition initially was planned for last fall. In a news release this week, the 3B7A team said the past year of preparations has been intense, and 700 kilograms of gear is now on its way to Mauritius, where it will join the generators and stock of fuel on the bo...

On-the-Air Test of New FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Set for Early March

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 17:52

A second beta version of WSJT-X version 1.9.0 has been released, the WSJT development group announced this week. The “release candidate,” as it’s called, is designated as version 1.9.0-rc2. An initial beta release has already been field-tested by a small group of users. The WSJT development group said a primary purpose of the second beta release is to allow further field testing of the new FT8 ...

Hamvention Online Flea Market and Inside Exhibit Reservations Open

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:19

Online reservations for Hamvention® 2018 flea market and inside exhibit spaces are now available. Vendors who had spaces last year are being encouraged to log into their accounts to reserve them for this year’s event. Online sales were delayed after it became apparent that an additional building would not be built before Hamvention, prompting scheduling and planning adjustments. The addition of...

3Y0I Bouvet DXpedition Invites 3Y0Z Team to Join Forces

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:30

The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition team this week publicly invited the members of the ill-fated 3Y0Z team to join forces as part of “rebooted preparations” for the venture, but 3Y0Z team co-leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, told ARRL that his group has other plans. Dates for the 3Y0I DXpedition, meanwhile, remain up in the air at this point, but the team said it would announce its expected dates of ope...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:11

Average daily sunspot number dropped from 24 during the previous seven days, to 5.6 in the current reporting week, February 15-21. That average is so low because no sunspots have been seen since February 17, and no new sunspot regions were observed since February 4. Average daily solar flux dropped to 70.1 in the current period from 77.4 in the previous week.

 

Based on the latest 45-day predicti...

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