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AMSAT Reports RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Completes P-POD Integration

ARRL - 8 hours 40 min ago

AMSAT Vice President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, on August 15 delivered RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat, built in partnership with Vanderbilt University to Cal Poly University. RadFsSat/Fox-1B was successfully integrated into the P-POD CubeSat deployment container on August 16 along with its pod-mates, Makersat-0 and EagleSat.

Launch qualification vibration testing of the integrated P-POD was comp...

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was Activated for Tropical Storm Harvey

ARRL - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:01

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) activated this week on 3.815 MHz for Tropical Storm Harvey, located in the Eastern Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is advising interests in the Caribbean Sea and adjacent land areas of eastern Central America and northern South America to monitor the storm’s progress.

“The storm has gone over Barbados,” an August 18 post from...

Canada Proposes Implementing a 60-Meter Band While Retaining Discrete Channels

ARRL - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:56

An Industry Canada (IC) regulatory consultation (proceeding) aimed at implementing the changes from the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) could lead to the allocation of a 60-meter band in Canada in addition to the five discrete channels that are congruent with those in the US. IC is seeking comments on this and other revisions that take WRC-15 into account.

“The consultation is...

Internet Access to ARRL Headquarters to be Disrupted on August 22

ARRL - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:02

Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be disrupted for up to 6 hours on Tuesday, August 22 (0400-1000 UTC). Affected systems include, but are not necessarily limited to e-mail, bulk mail, reflectors, Logbook of The World (LoTW), DXCC, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL Development page.

The outage is necessary for AT&T maintenance, and ARRL has no cont...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:54

Several readers pointed out those averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

And average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current...

ARRL Audio News Announces New Extra Edition Service

ARRL - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:29

ARRL Audio News is proud to announce the debut of our Extra Edition service. Extra Editions are longer, uninterrupted audio segments devoted to particular topics. They will be posted on the ARRL Audio News web page. Just go to the page and then scroll down to Audio News Extra Edition. The Extra Edition will also be distributed on iTunes and Stitcher as part of the ARRL Audio News podcast channe...

High-Speed Telegraphy Competition Set for September 8-12 in Hungary

ARRL - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:25

The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place September 8-12 in Esztergom, Hungary. The event’s date was shifted this year to avoid conflicting with the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) General Conference.

The Hungarian Radio Amateur Society (MRASZ) is organizing the 2017 HST, which is sponsored by IARU. Hungary was the site of the first HST in 1995....

ARRL Radiosport Department Debuts New Honor Roll, Top of Honor Roll Plaques

ARRL - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 08:52

The ARRL Radiosport department has unveiled two newly designed plaques for the coveted DXCC Honor Roll and Top of Honor Roll awards.

 

“These plaques feature a stunning graphic of the Earth transitioning toward sunset as viewed from space. After explaining grayline propagation to our graphic artist, Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, we think she really captured the concept with her design,” said ARRL Radiosport...

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

ARRL - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:24

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section’s ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea that an actual emergency would erupt just 6 hours after his ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:20

“S-Units” is the topic of the the latest 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...

Pirates on the Air!

ARRL - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:10

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory® has sold out.

ARRL - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:08

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory®, introduced in April, has sold out. Some ARRL publication dealers and online resellers may have remaining copies of the current edition, which was the first edition to use data supplied from “crowdsourcing” technology. Crowdsourcing is a means of using data gathered from public resources. Data for the Repeater Directory was supplie...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:21

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through Septemb...

Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) a Success in Mexico

ARRL - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:47

For the second year in a row, ARRL, IARU Region 2, and the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE) have presented the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) in Mexico City. The course was held August 7-9 at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. The ARAC is aimed at the people in charge of administering the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite services within the participants’ respect...

Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia Still Battling on 40 Meters

ARRL - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:28

It was a now-familiar story in the July edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter, which reports that Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia are still slugging it out i the 40-meter phone band. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

“The hostile brothers were daily active on 7,150 and 7,175 kHz,” said I...

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