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Colorado Club Supports Make-A-Wish Foundation Trailblaze Challenge

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:41

The Park County Radio Club (PCRC) in Colorado (AB0PC) provided communication assistance for the first Colorado Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser hike on August 11.

The hike took place on Segments 2 and 3 of the Colorado Trail, totaling 23.7 miles. The elevation at the start of the Challenge hike was 6,112 feet, reaching 8,290 feet at the highest point for a total elevation gain of 2,17...

ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:08

The ARRL Foundation has announced that The Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship will join the growing list of scholarships administered by the ARRL Foundation. Funded through the generosity of the family of Dick Warren, K6OBS, and intended exclusively for educational use, The Dick Warren, K6OBS, Memorial Scholarship will provide assistance with the costs of tuition, room, board, books, and/...

FCC Sticks by Prescribed Page Limit in Denying Request in Radio Amateur’s Appeal

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 19:04

In an August 24 Order, the FCC denied a request by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYH) of Diamond Springs, California, for permission to file an appeal that would exceed the page length prescribed by FCC rules.

“We find that Crowell has not shown good cause for exceeding the prescribed page limit,” said the Order, signed by Linda L. Oliver, Chief of the Administrative Law Division in the FCC O...

Long-Time Army MARS Public Information Officer Among MARS Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 17:59

Bill Sexton, N1IN/AAR1FP, of Sarasota, Florida, who served for many years as US Army MARS Public Information Officer, has become the second of five MARS members to be presented with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a civilian honor, established to honor volunteers working through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. T...

An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 14:03

Similar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said over the weekend that reports he’d received indicated that the NA1SS packet signal returned in mid-August.

“It appears it ind...

New ARRL Chief Executive Officer Elected by Board of Directors

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 13:29

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to be ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on October 15. Michel (his name rhymes with "nickel") is currently Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, and Senior Vice President of UBTECH Robotics, a $5 billion Shenzhen, China, artificial intelligence and robotics company. As the Chief Tec...

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver for Hurricane Lane Relief Efforts

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:12



The FCC has granted FEMA, working in conjunction with ARRL, a request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and the islands of Hawaii, in response to Hurricane Lane.

This temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Hawaii using PACT...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 13:46

Australia’s Space Weather Services released this bulletin at 0700 UTC on August 24:




There is a chance of a glancing blow from a slow moving coronal mass ejection (CME) that may arrive over the next 24 hours resulting in periods of Active to Minor Storm conditions.


ARRL Announces Director, Vice Director Candidates for Fall Election

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 19:14

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Ethics and Elections Committee has declared as eligible the candidates for the 2018 Board election cycle. Incumbent Directors in four ARRL Divisions face challengers, as does one Vice Director. Both chairs are open in the Northwestern Division.

  • In the Central Division, Incumbent Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, is being challenged for the seat by Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

“Dummy Loads” is the topic of the current (August 16) 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 the Doctor himself...

Consent Decree Settles FCC Noncompliant Drone Transmitters Marketing Case

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 18:20

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has entered into a Consent Decree with Horizon Hobby, LLC to resolve a case involving the marketing and sale of noncompliant audio/video (A/V) transmitters intended for use on drones. The Consent Decree was attached to an FCC Order released on August 16. The Enforcement Bureau said the transmitters violated the FCC’s equipment marketing and Amateur Radio rules.

“These ...

Summer Section Manager Election Results Announced

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 17:34

Two incumbent ARRL Section Managers have been declared re-elected in balloted elections this summer, and two new Section Managers will begin initial terms of office on October 1. Ballots were counted on Tuesday, August 21, at ARRL Headquarters. In addition, six other incumbent Section Managers were unopposed and will continue with new terms of office.

In North Dakota, incumbent Section Manager ...

Captain Cook Commemorative Special Event Set

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 15:17

The Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society (PDARS) in the UK has been assigned special event call sign GB250CC (GB25ØCC) to mark the 250th anniversary of the first voyage of explorer Captain James Cook. PDARS plans to apply for a series of regulatory variances (NOV) to coincide with key moments in the voyage and hopes to make contacts with the Pacific Islands that Cook visited 250 years ...

Company Established by Inventor Nathan Cohen, W1YW, Advances Cloaking Technology

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 13:37

Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc., established by noted radio amateur and inventor Nathan Cohen, W1YW, continues to stretch technological boundaries of belief. In an August 15 news release, the firm confirmed the issuance of its newest patents that will enable the next generation of stealth-like invisibility and absorptive shielding. The technology has both commercial and military applications. The...

Earthquake Hits Venezuela, Net Active on 7.088 MHz

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 00:52

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit northern Venezuela August 21 at 21:32 UTC, some 12 miles north-northwest of Yaguaraparo. An emergency response net has been activated on 7.088 MHz, and a clear frequency would be appreciated. The US Coast and Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at a depth of 76.5 miles. It was felt as far away as Caracas, some 300 miles to the west. Initial reports in...

Concern Rising within Amateur Radio Community over WWV-WWVH Shut Down Proposal

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 19:41

ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting...