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Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:54

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 ser...

North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:53

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a chance for collegiate club stations t...

Heavy Sea Ice Alters 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team’s Itinerary

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:47

Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has slowed navigation between King George Island and Bouvet Island increased the travel risk for the 3Y0Z DXpedition team. As a result, the 3Y0Z DXpedition team will depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.

“Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days,” team leaders Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Erling Wiig, LA6VM, and Ralph Fedor,...

WSPR Beacon on its Way to Antarctica

ARRL - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:58

Hardware for a planned permanent WSPR beacon system in the Antarctic is currently on its way. The installation -- a joint project of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Bremen, and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) -- consists of 5-W beacon transmitters for 160 through 6 meters, and a multiband WSPR receiver that will simultaneously monitor all bands from 160 to 15 meter...

Club Group Will Operate W1AW for Winter Field Day

ARRL - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:49

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will host a group that will take part in Winter Field Day later this month. Sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), Winter Field Day will take place over the January 27-28 weekend, and it can be an opportune time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June.

“Assuming the weather holds out, a group of hams will be here the last weekend of January to operate W1AW ...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 09:11

Average daily sunspot number was 11.9 over the past reporting week (January 4-10, 2018) compared to zero (no sunspots) over the previous seven days. But average daily solar flux declined slightly, 70.4 to 69.9.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5.1 to 5.4, and average mid-latitude A index changed from 3.4 to 4.6.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on January 12-21, 72 on January 22-27, 70 on Janu...

Nominations Sought for Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award

ARRL - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:02

Nominations are open for ARRL’s annual Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award, which recognizes and honors the efforts of individuals who create greater awareness and understanding the services and benefits that Amateur Radio provides to the general public. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 19, 2018.

Every day Public Information Coordinators, Public Information Officers, and othe...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 09:00

ARRL Invites Nominations for Six Awards

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:31

“Amateur Radio…Serving the Community” is Hamvention 2018 Theme

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:12

The theme for Hamvention® 2018 is “Amateur Radio...Serving the Community.” Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies.

“During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the West, Amateur Radio operators were once again called upon...

FCC Cites Auto Dealership for Causing Harmful Interference to Cell Phone Site

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:35

The FCC Enforcement Bureau called on a North Dakota auto dealership “to stop operating devices that are causing interference to licensed radio operations and to comply with federal rules and regulations related to radio frequency devices.” The Bureau release a Citation and Order on January 9, to Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks. The case stems from interference to a nearby Verizon Wireless site tha...

CWops Solicits Award Nominations

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:06

The CW Operators’ Club (CWops) is accepting nominations for its 2018 Award for Advancing the Art of CW. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Award candidates could include authors of publications related to CW/Morse code; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coa...

K9EID Wins the January QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:15

The winning article for the January 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “The Pine Board Project” by Bob Heil, K9EID. 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 February issue today.

 

Indonesian Pirates on 7 MHz Heard in Europe

ARRL - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:48

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) December newsletter reports that many Indonesian “pirates” were heard on December 30, 2017, in the 7.000 to 7.040 MHz range, USB/LSB, active in 5-kHz increments, “laughing, singing, and talking.” Signals were reported to be “rather strong in Europe.”

Adding to the mix were Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) rad...

NCVEC Releases New Technician License Question Pool into the Public Domain

ARRL - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:19

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has announced the release of the 2018-2022 Amateur Radio Element 2 Technician class license question pool into the public domain. Each question pool must be published and made available to the public prior to its use as a question set, from which individual examinations are developed.

Alert the NCVEC Question Pool Committee to an...

FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60 Meters

ARRL - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 09:31

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a majo...

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