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W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:26

As part of the ongoing communications efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has suspended its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, to assist in handling outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.

Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequency of 14.265 MHz clear at this time, to f...

SATERN Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Net Control or Relay Stations

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:26

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz (Note: SATERN shifted to 14.275 MHz on September 22 to avoid interference.)

“SATERN had initially planned on ter...

Colombian Radio Amateurs Asked to Assist in Reconnecting Family Members in Caribbean

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:49

The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes.

To start, the frequencies 7.117 MHz for SSB and 7.085 MHz for digital modes as well as EchoLink COL_LCRA conference and the national VHF repeater system hav...

QCWA Honors William Orr, W8NPU, with its 80th Anniversary Award

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:19

The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) has honored centenarian and ARRL member William (Bill) Orr, W8NPU, of Columbus, Ohio, with its 80th Anniversary Award. QCWA member Don Fuhr, K8KSM, presented Orr with the framed award certificate. Orr has been licensed for 82 years. While he is no relation to the Bill Orr, W6SAI, his story nonetheless is an interesting one.

According to the QCWA, ...

MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:15

MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been a Dayton Hamvention® vendor.

The layoffs will begin at mon...

EURAO Announces “DMR Meeting on the Air” Event

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:03

The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) has announces a new on-the-air QSO party September 23-24 with the theme, “DMR meeting on the air.” This is not a contest, but a radio meeting with a few simple recommendations. DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) is an open standard widely used by radio amateurs in the last few years, and a lot of repeaters around the world are networked.

The most popula...

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:28

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday.

“The latest storm track is very good news for the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic,”...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:00

“How High is High Enough” (a discussion of antenna height) is the topic of the current (September 7) 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-C...

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:24

The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm’s immediate wake on 7.188 and 3.815 MHz and is requesting a clear frequency. The CEWN is continuing to handle health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. (Indicate your name location as well as that of the part...

WX2S Wins the September QST Cover Plaque Award

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:26

The winning article for the September 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Improved 160/80-Meter Matching Network for your 43-Foot Vertical” by Steve Masticola, WX2S. 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 ...

W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:24

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will not transmit bulletins or code practice this evening. The station will not be staffed overnight but plans to resume its normal schedule of transmissions on Thursday morning, September 21.

W1AW has not yet been reopened to visitors.

W1AW will continue monitoring active nets and 60 meter interoperability channels as needed. The station has bee...

Former MIT President, Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN, SK

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:38

Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology President (MIT) President Paul E. Gray, ex-W2UWN and K1ZVT, of Concord, Massachusetts, died on September 18. He was 85. Gray had a nearly life-long association with MIT, including turns as student, professor, dean of engineering, associate provost, chancellor, president, and MIT Corporation chair. He served as MIT’s 14th president for the decade 1980...

Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio, Picked up by Media

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:55

[This updates a report posted earlier.] In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria's passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he'd gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to ga...

Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:42

[UPDATED: 2017-09-20@1925 UTC] The FMRE National Emergency Net (Red Nacional de Emergencia or RNE) activated Tuesday on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC. The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which also felt the temblor and suffered damage.

FMRE President Al Tomez, XE2O, said participation from Mexican radio ama...

W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:26

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions beginning September 19, 2017 in order to help support its partners for both HF and long-haul communications response for Hurricane Maria. W1AW will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch, SATERN, and Caribbean Emergency Weather nets; checking Winlink2000 e-mail; checking into the VoIP Weather Net, and prov...

ARISS Invites Proposals to Host Amateur Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:48

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations to host Amateur Radio contacts in 2018 with a crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The deadline to submit proposals is November 15. Contacts would be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2018.

Each year, A...