Joe Spier, K6WAO, Ascends to AMSAT-NA Presidency, Announces Next CubeSat Initiative

ARRL - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:46am

The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors has elected Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Weimar, California, as the organization’s new president. An ARRL and AMSAT Life Member, Spier, 58, succeeds Barry Baines, WD4ASW, who served as AMSAT President for the past 9 years. Spier is a well-known figure in AMSAT and Amateur Radio satellite circles. He served previously as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President and Vice Presiden...

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Tiny LF Signal Makes the Hop from Newfoundland to the UK

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:09am
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CW Gets the Message Through in Wake of Hurricane Irma

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:04am
Any CW operator worth his or her salt will tell you that CW is the mode that gets through when all others fall short of the mark. CW certainly did the job for Chet Hogue, N3BK, who handled dozens of messages for residents of Florida’s Lower Keys in the days following Hurricane Irma in September.

“A message from a Big Pine Key man to his girlfriend, who evacuated with their young daughter and was...

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CWops Announces Awards for Advancing the Art of CW

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:48am

CWops has announced the recipients of its 2017 awards for advancing the art of CW.

The Boy Scouts of America was recognized for its programs over the years that have advanced the art of communicating with Morse code. “Many radio amateurs can trace their interest in CW to have begun with achievement programs and activities in the Boy Scouts,” the CWops announcement said.

Roger Cooke, G3LDI, was ...

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Caution Urged in Using High Duty Cycle Digital Modes on Satellites

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:44am

Satellite enthusiasts planning to try FT8 or MSK144 via satellite are being urged to use caution or possibly to avoid digital modes altogether in light of problems being blamed on the modes’ high duty cycle. Stations have reported problems getting into satellite transponders, even during favorable passes, which were traced to digital-mode signals in the transponder passband.

AMSAT News Service ...

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November 2017 Frequency Measuring Test Set

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:34am
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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:53am

Solar activity increased over the past couple of weeks, with average daily sunspot numbers at 13.4 on October 19-25, compared to 1.7 over the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.5 to 76.7 over the same two weeks.

The reason for the radically different averages is because this past week there were just two days with no sunspots, and the previous week had no sunspot act...

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JOTA Wants Your on the Air Station Reports

ARRL - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Boy Scouts of America Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, is encouraging stations that took part in the October 20-22 event to file a report. Icom America has donated an ID-51A Plus 2 transceiver as an incentive to encourage stations to submit a post-JOTA report. All who do will have their names entered into the drawing. Wilson says station reports are critical to JOTA.

“We ...

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SSTV Goes Very High Profile

ARRL - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:59am
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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 7:45am

“QRP” is the topic of the new (October 26) 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 Hall...

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ARRL Foundation Announces the New England Amateur Radio Festival Memorial Scholarship

ARRL - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 2:21pm

A new scholarship is available to radio amateurs. The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Memorial Scholarship, administered by the ARRL Foundation, commemorates NEAR-Fest team members who have become Silent Keys, and is intended to provide funding toward the educational expenses of a currently licensed Amateur Radio operator who is pursuing a post-secondary education.

Applicants mus...

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Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

ARRL - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:42am

The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said.

This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subje...

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New BBC Amateur Radio Station G8BBC Officially Opened

ARRL - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 1:06pm

BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall of Birkenhead on October 18 opened the new London BBC Radio Group’s G8BBC Amateur Radio “premises” (“shack” in the US) at Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC. The shack is in a small room tucked in the roof of Broadcasting House.

On opening day, Lord Hall used G8BBC to send greetings to GB2RN on HMS Belfast which is moored on the Thames River. The ...

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Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set

ARRL - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 9:41am

Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.


“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communicati...

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G2 (Moderate) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for October 25

ARRL - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 8:49am

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said a G1 (minor) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for October 24, and a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch has been issued for October 25.

In a G1 storm, weak power-grid fluctuations can occur, minor impact on satellite operations is possible, migratory animals may be affected, and aurora borealis is commonly visible at higher latitudes ...

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VY1AAA is a Go for ARRL November Sweepstakes

ARRL - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:46pm

The often-elusive Northern Territories (NT) multiplier for ARRL November Sweepstakes will be on the air this year, as Gerry Hull, W1VE, takes the helm of VY1AAA, remotely operating the station of J Allen, VY1JA, in Yukon Territory. Hull and Allen have done a lot of work on the system on their respective ends of things.

“J has done a lot of work on the station, moving it to an outer building, so ...

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New IOTA Website is Up and Running

ARRL - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:18pm

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) website and the software system that will run the IOTA program in the future are up and running, and users will be redirected from the old site to the new one and log in using their existing credentials. In preparation to the website move, IOTA had to disable user logins on the old (RSGB) IOTA website on September 12.

Direct help requests or comments via e-mail....

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QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA, SK

ARRL - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:05pm

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought

 the two publications’ parent DX Publishing in 1997

“Carl was a ham’s ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,” The Daily DX Editor Ber...

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