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VP8PJ South Orkney Team En Route to Signy Island

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 20:05

The MV Braveheart is at sea again, this time transporting the VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition team to Signy Island. Track the vessel’s progress on the VP8PJ website. The Perseverance DX Group is sponsoring the DXpedition. Team members have been operating as ZL1NA/mm during their voyage, generating heavy pileups.

VP8PJ is expected to commence operation on February 21 and continue until March 5. Ope...

Yasme Foundation Announces Grants and Excellence Awards

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:52

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors announced several grants when it met in Orlando, Florida, on February 9. Financial support will go to:

 

  • The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA) for VHF equipment.

     

  • The SU8WRC/SU8X demonstration station at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 in Egypt.

     

  • The Youth on the Air and HamSCI exhibits at Dayton Hamvention 2020.

     

  • Contest University at ...

UK 5 MHz Beacon Shutting Down

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:43

The 5 MHz (60-meter) GB3WES beacon in Westmorland, England (IO84qn), on 5.290 MHz will close down on March 11, 2020, when its Notice of Variation (NoV) expires. The beacon began service on October 30, 2004. At the time, it was one of a chain of three UK 5 MHz propagation research beacons; the others were GB3RAL in Oxfordshire, already shut down, and GB3ORK in Orkney, which will be the sole rema...

AMSAT Declares End of Mission for Pioneer AO-85 CubeSat

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 19:25

AMSAT reports that the pioneering AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85) CubeSat, also known as Fox-1A, has gone silent.

“Having not been heard throughout the most recent period of full illumination, it is reasonable to believe the batteries have deteriorated to the point of no longer being able to power the transmitter,” AMSAT said this week. “Should some future event cause a cell to open, it is possible the s...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:14

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

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:48

There were no sunspots over this reporting week, February 6-12. Average daily solar flux declined over one point to 71.1. Average planetary A index increased from 6.7 to 8.3.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 70 on February 14-21, 73 on February 22, 74 on February 23-29, 72 on March 1-3, 71 on March 4-11, 72 on March 12-18, 73 on March 19-20, 74 on March 21-27, and 72 on March 28-29.

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ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:23

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, February 18, at 8 AM EST.

Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, is RAC Amateur of the Year for 2019

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:06

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Board of Directors has named Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the recipient of the 2019 RAC Amateur of the Year Award. The award recognizes “his tireless efforts to promote amateur radio in his home province of Manitoba, throughout Canada and internationally,” RAC said.

Rubenfeld is a founding member of Radiosport Manitoba (RSM). He was also a d...

ARRL Podcasts Schedule

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 13:00

The second episode of ARRL’s On the Air podcast is now available. The topics focus on building the ground plane antenna featured in the first issue of On the Air magazine, a discussion of open-wire feed lines, and an interview with a relatively new public service volunteer. New On the Air podcast episodes are available monthly.

 

The first episode of the new Eclectic Tech podcast also is now avai...

Successful 47 GHz Amateur Radio Moonbounce Test Reported

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 20:19

Mitsuo Kasai, JA1WQF, successfully decoded a 47 GHz signal bounced off the moon on February 10 by Al Ward, W5LUA. More tests are planned. Ward posted news of the achievement on the Moon-Net email reflector. “These were one-way tests, with only me transmitting,” he said in his post.

“I started out by sending single tones to Mitsuo, which he copied well, and then sent several sequences of calls an...

New ARRL Repeater Directory Now Shipping

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:33

The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

 

Repeater systems are listed by ...

New ARRL Repeater Director Now Shipping

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:33

The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

Repeater systems are listed by s...

“WOW Signal” Documentary Now Available Online

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:16

Retired Ohio State University Professor Robert Dixon, W8ERD, says a documentary about the 1977 discovery of a signal from the cosmos detected by the Ohio State University Radio Telescope is now available from at least one internet video site and was to become available from Amazon and Google Play. The so-called “WOW signal” is regarded as the best candidate for a signal originating from extrate...

HuskySat-1 Gains Enthusiastic Following

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:33

Initial reports indicate considerable interest among amateurs in tracking and capturing data from the newly deployed HuskySat-1. The satellite, designed at the University of Washington, was launched to the International Space Station last November and subsequently deployed into a higher orbit from the ISS on January 31 and began telemetry transmissions on 435.800 MHz. HuskySat-1’s 1,200 bps BPS...

ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 20:13

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities. Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions from the Amateur Radio community on its report  to the ARRL ...

CubeSats Set for Deployment from the ISS

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 16:20

Several CubeSats are scheduled to be deployed from the ISS on February 12, including Phoenix, a 3U CubeSat developed by Arizona State University (ASU) to study the effects of urban heat islands through remote infrared sensing. The ASU operations team would appreciate help from the amateur satellite community with identifying the spacecraft and verifying that it is operational following its depl...

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