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KM4LAO Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:06

The winning article for the August 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Youth DX Adventure on the Caribbean Island of Saba” by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO.

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 September issue today.


Youth DX Adventure Wraps Up

ARRL - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:52

Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

ARRL - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:51

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software.

“Tuning the poor 20-meter band...

ARRL Announces Colvin Award Grant to Bouvet Island 3Y0Z DXpedition

ARRL - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:42

The ARRL has granted a Colvin Award to help support the upcoming 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island, the second most-wanted DXCC entity. The DXpedition is scheduled to get under way early next year.

“This is a great team, putting forth a complicated DXpedition to the most remote island on Earth and one of the rarest of the rare DXCC entities,” said ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N.


The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:20

“Keys and Keyers” is the topic of the current (August 3) 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 hims...

Joe Spier, K6WAO, Elected as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President

ARRL - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:13

The AMSAT Board of Directors on August 8 elected AMSAT Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nevada, as Executive Vice President. Spier’s new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA’s Strategic Planning. He will continue for now in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service co-editor, and in ARISS Education and Educational Relations....

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage

ARRL - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:57

Atlantic Canada authorities called on Amateur Radio operators in parts of Nova Scotia on August 4, in the wake of a telephone service outage. According to CBC, Bell Aliant landline and cell services were down, starting at approximately 11:20 AM. Telus, Virgin, and Koodo users were also affected. Jeremy Fowler, VE1JHF, a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, said he and other members of his ...

Order This Book and Get Ready for the Eclipse!

ARRL - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:56

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the US from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes. Radio amateurs are preparing to participate in one of the largest ionospheric experiments ever performed by making radio contacts and looking for signals throughout the eclipse. How much do you know about the ionosphere and radio wave propagation?


RSVP for the SEQP

ARRL - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:11

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is just a couple of weeks away! The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you...

Applicants Must Use FCC Form 605 with “Felony Question,” Starting on September 7

ARRL - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:22

In an August 7 Public Notice, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announced formally that FCC Form 605, Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services, now will ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is “consistent with application forms...

Historic Project Amelia Earhart Flight Ends Successfully

ARRL - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 13:05

His 'round-the-world Project Amelia Earhart commemorative flight now complete, pilot and radio amateur Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, is back on home turf in Texas. The solo circumnavigation in his single-engine plane Spirit took a little longer than 2 months.

Lloyd logged hundreds of Amateur Radio contacts over the course of his entire adventure, which was funded by The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum a...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:54

At 0549 UTC on August 3 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this warning:

“During UT days 4-5 August expect an increase in geomagnetic activity up to active to minor storm levels due to influence of the recurrent coronal hole.


04 Aug:  Active
05 Aug:  Activ...

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