American Legion Special Event Set for Veterans’ Day

ARRL - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:35pm

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) station K9TAL in Indianapolis will operate special event station N9V on Saturday, November 11, 1800-2400 UTC, to commemorate Veterans’ Day. N9V will be on the air from the K9TAL radio room at American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis to celebrate and reflect upon the service and sacrifices of US Armed Forces veterans.

Look for N9V on or...

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Emergency HF Net Convened in Colombia in Wake of Landslide, Flooding

ARRL - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:12am

Radio amateurs in Colombia have been put on an Orange Alert and an HF net activated on 7.117 kHz in the wake of an avalanche of mud and rocks November 7 on the La Paila River on the town of Corinto. The incident at dusk has caused between 26 and 30 injuries in the resulting flood of water and debris in the small town some 60 kilometers southeast of Cali.

“The Emergency Network of radio amateurs ...

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FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 6:04pm

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helpi...

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ARI President Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, SK

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:25pm

Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI) President Pietro “Mario” Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy, died November 6 after serving for several decades at the head of Italy’s national Amateur Radio organization and IARU member society.

A long-time ARRL member, DXCC card checker, and 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Ambrosi was credited with growing ARI and with bringing youn...

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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Delayed; AMSAT Asks for Patience During Commissioning

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:01pm

The launch of the Delta II vehicle carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) and other payloads has been delayed, due to a faulty battery on the booster, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on November 6. The launch now is scheduled for no earlier than Tuesday, November 14. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite S...

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New Book: ARRL’s Best of The Doctor is In Now Shipping

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:47am

For more than a decade, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, has been offering ideas and advice to radio amateurs in QST’s “The Doctor is In” column. Each month he educates, dispenses cures for troublesome problems, and indulges in more than a little technical myth-busting. Now the Doctor’s advice is available in Volume 1 of ARRL's Best of The Doctor is In.

In this series, ARRL has gathered the most frequently a...

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Donate to ARRL from your IRA Tax Free

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:08am

It’s now possible for anyone over age 70-1/2 to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without having first to declare the IRA distribution as income. Depending on your personal tax situation, donating directly from your IRA to ARRL could have more tax advantages for you than a direct personal donation.

Contact the custodi...

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Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Awards and Supporting Grant

ARRL - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 4:21pm

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced five Excellence Awards and one supporting grant for 2017. The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. Their contribution may recognize technical, operating, or organizational achievement. The Yasme ...

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World Radiosport Championship 2018 Participants Represent Wide Range of Ages

ARRL - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:39pm

World Radiosport Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) organizers are counting down the days until WRTC 2018 gets under way on July 12 in the Jessen/Wittenberg area of Germany. The competition among two-person teams takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event but follows its own rules.

Competitors have been announced, and they range in age from 14 (Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO) to 77 (Marvi...

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SKYWARN Recognition Day is Saturday, December 2

ARRL - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:10pm

A heads up: SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, ham radio operators will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will excha...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:13pm

Average daily sunspot number increased from 13.4 to 17.7 for the October 26 to November 1 period, compared to the previous seven days. The main reason for the difference was that the previous seven days started out with two days with no sunspots, and the latter period ended with one day of zero sunspots, on November 1.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on November 3-4, 73 on November 5-9, 71 on Novembe...

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CQ World Wide SSB Event Inaugurates Fall Contest Season

ARRL - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 8:40am

The CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB) kicked off the fall contest season this past weekend with plenty of activity from around the world.


As The Daily DX reported on October 30, some Top 10 operations from outside the US racked up claimed scores topping 30 million points. In the US, it appears that only two major multioperator/multi-transmitter high-power entries, K3LR and W3LPL, were active in th...

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ARRL Executive Committee Updated on Entry-Level License, Amateur Auxiliary Revision

ARRL - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:28pm

The ARRL Executive Committee reviewed plans to implement recommendations of the Entry Level License Committee, when it met on October 14 in Hartford, Connecticut. At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors called for work to go forward on a plan to pursue additional HF digital and phone privileges for Technician licensees. The Executive Committee was told that New England Director and Ent...

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New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio

ARRL - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:10pm

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the new...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 8:00am

“QRP” is the topic of the new 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 himself, Joel Hallas, W...

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630-Meter Special Operating Event on November 11 Commemorates Berlin Treaty

ARRL - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:32am

Amateur Radio operators will descend upon 630 meters on November 11 during a special operating event to commemorate the 1906 Berlin Treaty, which made 500 kHz the International Distress Frequency on November 3 of that year. US radio amateurs recently gained access to 630 meters but must have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intent to operate and either received explicit ...

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A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

ARRL - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 3:22pm
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Mellish Reef DXpedition Team Has Set Sail

ARRL - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:45pm

The Mellish Reef VK9MA DXpedition team has said it plans to concentrate on the lower bands during its November DXpedition. Mellish is the 29th most-wanted DXCC entity. Team member and ARRL Contest Update Editor Brian Moran, N9ADG, said the boat was loaded and set to depart Port Douglas, Australia, today (October 31).

“We are trying to get in front of some weather,” Moran told The Daily DX Editor...

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American Red Cross Hails “New Partnership” with ARRL Following Puerto Rico Deployment

ARRL - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:14am

The American Red Cross (ARC) this week thanked ARRL and its “Force of 50” hurricane recovery volunteers who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month, and it suggested a new level of partnership now exists between the two organizations. ARC Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services Harvey Johnson this week wrote ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to exp...

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