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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 15:00

At 2311 UTC on June 14 the Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning:

“In the second half of the first UT day (15 June) the solar wind is expected to be influenced by a High Speed Solar Wind Stream. On the second UT day (16 June) the speed can reach 700 km/s. The geomagnetic activity is expected to reach active levels. Isolated minor storm periods are poss...

Hamvention Reports Second-Largest Attendance Ever for 2017 Show

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 04:05

The tally is in, and Hamvention® 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, attracted 29,296 attendees, official spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. That is the second-largest reported attendance in the history of the event. Hamvention attendance peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996 change in date from April to May while it was still being held at Hara Arena. Attendance in 2016 for the ...

Federal Register Publishes New MF/LF Rules, But Operation is Not Yet Legal

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:02

The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spelling out operational rules to allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 630 meters and 2,200 meters now has appeared in the Federal Register, but radio amateurs still may not access the new bands. That’s because specific procedures now under development to detail how radio amateurs will notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their proposed station loca...

Quicker-Turnaround Digital Modes in Experimental Stage for WSJT-X Suite

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:47

Recent sporadic-E propagation openings on 6 meters and elsewhere have pointed up the need for a digital mode having faster turnaround time than currently available software versions offer. A recent WSJT-X reflector discussion allowed that, while the slow ’JT modes like JT65 and JT9 have excellent sensitivity, their 1-minute long transmissions may not permit completion of a contact when evanesce...

President to Name Jessica Rosenworcel for New FCC Term

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:07

In a low-key announcement on June 13, President Donald Trump indicated that he planned to nominate former FCC Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot on the FCC. Rosenworcel served on the Commission from 2012 to 2016, leaving at the end of last year after the US Senate was unable to extend her term before time ran out on that session of Congress. Rosenworcel has b...

China Launches Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Transponders

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:32

China's CAMSAT has announced that two Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing microsatellites OVS-1A and OVS-1B were launched on June 15 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The primary launch mission is a hard X-ray modulation telescope satellite (HXMT). The Amateur Radio payloads are designated CAS-4A and CAS-4B.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) carries an inverting U/V i...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 13:00

“The Mystery of Sporadic E” is the topic of the current 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 himse...

Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition Named DXpedition of the Year

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:58

The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has named the Heard Island VK0EK DXpedition as its 2016/2017 DXpedition of the year. The announcement came during the SWODXA’s 31st DX Dinner on May 20, held in conjunction with Hamvention®.


Bear is Unwanted Volunteer, as ARES Team Supports Colorado Road Race

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 19:49

Lots of things can go awry when Amateur Radio volunteers are supporting public service events, from technical and weather problems to lost or injured participants. The 2017 Garden of the Gods 10-mile and 10-kilometer races in Colorado was no exception. On Sunday, June 11, the Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service (PPARES) deployed a dozen operators to support more than 1,400 runners in sce...

Hundreds of Stations Report Hearing WSPR Signal from Canada C3 Expedition

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 19:39

Hundreds of Amateur Radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40 meters from the Canada C3 expedition. The expedition, which got under way on June 1 and will continue until October 28, is part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Canada C3 vessel Polar Prince is sailing from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It’s curr...

Spacecraft Probe to Listen for ARRL Field Day Signals

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:49

The Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) onboard the Canadian CAScade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite will again support Amateur Radio citizen science by listening for signals during ARRL Field Day, June 24-25. The HamSCI citizen science initiative says that, from a radio science perspective, Field Day is an ideal time for e-POP to study the structure of Earth’s ion...

Kids Day is Sunday, June 18

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 18:07

Amateur Radio Net Activated in Wake of Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake in Guatemala

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:21

An Amateur Radio net has been activated in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake early this morning (June 14) some 10 kilometers from Malacatán.

According to information relayed by Dani Ardon, TG9AMD, of the Radio Amateurs Club of Guatemala (CRAG), “At the moment, neither major damage nor reports of any victims have been reported.” Ardon said the net has been monitoring 7.090 MHz as well a...

ARRL Donors Feted at Dayton Reception

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:54

The 17th Annual ARRL Donor Recognition Reception took place on May 18 at America’s Packard Museum in Dayton. Guests included ARRL’s most generous supporters, including Maxim Society and Legacy Circle members.

QST Contributing Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, was the keynote speaker, and Maxim Society members received special recognition. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, ...

Fifth Annual Experimental MF/LF Outreach and Demonstration Set for Field Day Weekend

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:31

Again this year, several radio amateurs who also hold FCC Part 5 Experimental licenses for 630 and 2,200 meters will transmit Field Day greetings throughout Field Day weekend, June 24-25.

“This event has been organized for the fifth consecutive year to promote awareness of the new MF and LF amateur allocations ahead of the opening of the bands to hams in the US,” John Langridge, KB5NJD/WB2XIQ, t...

Support ARRL as You Shop for Father’s Day

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 20:40

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Amazon has a ...

Amateur Radio Mesh Network Brought into Mix as Volunteers Assist in South African Fire Disaster

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:55

An intense winter storm and severe drought in South Africa’s Western Cape region earlier this month resulted in devastating fires that ravaged parts of the Southern Cape Area, with the city of Knysna being the worst affected. Some fires were reported still burning, but contained, this week, after winds subsided over the weekend.

John Terblanche, ZS1I, in Mossel Bay, who administers the Amateur R...

Just 11 Days until ARRL Field Day!

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:26

Vermont Radio Amateurs Putting Green Mountain State’s Parks on the Air

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:25

The Vermont Department of Parks and Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) are sponsoring “Vermont State Parks on the Air” until June 1, 2019. The activity is dedicated to Amateur Radio operation in Vermont’s parks. Operation is open to all modes and all bands, although most recent operation has been on 40 and 20 meters. The event uses World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio (WWFF) calli...

W1AW Building to be Closed Briefly

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:02

The building housing Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will be closed to visitors and tours from noon on Tuesday, June 13, until 8 AM on Thursday, June 15. This temporary closing will not affect the W1AW bulletin and code practice transmission schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors.