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WRTC 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters

ARRL - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:58

The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July, will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the time of the event. Prospective participants need only to apply. The international event July 12-16, 2018, will feature 42 competing teams. This will mark Germany’s first time hosting a WRTC, which takes place in conjunction with the IARU HF Cham...

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect

ARRL - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:37

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes. This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejectio...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:24

This just in from the Australian Space Forecast Centre at 2349 UTC on April 20, 2017:

Recurrent coronal hole is expected to be geoeffective.

FOR 23 APRIL 2017

23 Apr:  Active to Minor Storm

Spaceweather.com reported old sunspot AR2644 returned after a 2-week trip around the Sun, and explode...

ARRL Hamvention Forum Topics Will Encompass Makers, Youth, HamSCI

ARRL - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:43

When Hamvention® opens on May 19 for the first time in Xenia, Ohio, the focus of ARRL activities will be the ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. ARRL will sponsor a slate of forums on all 3 days of Hamvention.

To highlight the new location, some fresh ARRL forum topics will accompany the old standards. Space is limited at some forum venues.

  • ARRL has reached o...

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

ARRL - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:37

As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS). Its major objective is for countri...

Sebastien Poulenard, F5UFX, is Recipient of Intrepid Spirit Award

ARRL - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:32

From the International DX Convention in Visalia California comes word that DXer and Tromelin 2014 team leader Sebastien “Seb” Poulenard, F5UFX, is the recipient of the Intrepid Spirit Award, sponsored by the Intrepid-DX Group.

“This award is to recognize Sebastien’s outstanding efforts to activate Juan de Nova Island as FT4JA and Tromelin Island as FT4TA,” said Intrepid-DX Group Founder and Vice...

Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families

ARRL - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 19:13

For the past 24 years, members of India’s West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields a special event st...

WB2REM and K5PA Win the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 21:01

The winning article for the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “DIY Remote Radio Now” by Jim Millner, WB2REM, and Gene Hinkle, K5PA. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.


Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

ARRL - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:09

Motorola Solutions on March 29 announced that it had filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany.

The legal action in Germany came on the heels of complaints the company filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that Hytera’s ...

Tickets Available for TAPR/AMSAT Banquet

ARRL - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:04

The deadline is May 16 to purchase tickets for the 11th annual joint TAPR/AMSAT Banquet, set for May 19 in conjunction with Hamvention. Tickets ($35) will not be sold at Hamvention, and ticket pick-up will not be available at the AMSAT booth.

A list of tickets purchased online will be maintained, with check-in at the door.

The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 457...

ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference

ARRL - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:46

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team shared a booth with a few other educational programs under the ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:00

Grounding” 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 himself, Joel Hallas,...

Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station

ARRL - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:13

With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs will head into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The three touched down safely in Kazakhstan on April 10 after spending 173 days on board the orbiting lab...

Nominations are Open for the 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year

ARRL - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:17

Nominations for the 2017 Bill Pasternak/Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) will be accepted until May 31.

Candidates for the award must be 18 or younger and reside in the US (or its possessions) or Canada. Nominees must hold a valid Amateur Radio license issued by the US or Canada.

A candidate needs to have accomplished something outstanding as an Amateur Radio operator, wheth...

Spratly Islands DXpedition Postponed

ARRL - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:49

Today is World Amateur Radio Day!

ARRL - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:55

The May/June Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!

ARRL - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 20:48

The May/June issue of QEX, ARRL’s bimonthly magazine for experimenters, is off the press and in the mail!

In this issue . . .

Michael Knitter, DG5MK, describes a complex-impedance analyzer that uses a heterodyning technique and high resolution ADCs to get good accuracy at low cost.

Robert H. Sternowski, WBØLBI, uncovers old measurements, which show that vertically and horizontally polarized noise ...

FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

ARRL - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 18:06

The FCC has proposed a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens, New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with NYPD officers’ communications. Jay Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls fro...

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