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Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for August 4

ARRL - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:44

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for August 4, and a G1 (minor) watch for August 5.

“A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole…is likely to cause geomagnetic storming at the G2 level on 4 August 2017, and at the G1 level on 5 August,” the SWPC said.

“During storms, the currents in ...

Hara Arena — Hamvention’s Former Home — to be Auctioned by IRS

ARRL - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:25

Hara Arena, the former home of Hamvention®, is going on the auction block, the IRS has announced. The now-beleaguered building and grounds were closed a year ago last month by its owners, the Wampler Family, which had attempted for years, unsuccessfully, to put Hara on a profitable plane. The minimum bid is $850,000; proceeds will satisfy a tax lien. The auction comes in the wake of an Order of...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:46

“Keys and Keyers” is the topic of the latest (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 himse...

Special Event Under Way to Mark 50 Years of Offshore Radio Broadcasting

ARRL - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 13:31

Special event station GB5RC (“Radio Caroline”) will be on the air until August 7, to celebrate 5 decades of offshore radio. August 14 marks the 50th anniversary of the Marine Offences Act in the UK, which silenced many shipboard pirate radio broadcasting stations in the era when the BBC and other state-owned stations in Europe refused to play rock, pop, blues, and alternative artists on the air...

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

ARRL - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:14

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, tak...

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

ARRL - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:14

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, tak...

Oklahoma Radio Amateurs to Participate in FEMA Exercise

ARRL - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:09

Emergency Management officials have announced participation in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI exercise “Vigilant Guard” on Amateur Radio channels, August 3-6, 8 AM until 6 PM local time.

“Using Amateur Radio channels, this exercise will demonstrate the capability for reaching back to our state and federal partners,” said Altus, Oklahoma, Emergency Management Director Lloyd ...

Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF, is 2017 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year

ARRL - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:41

Fifteen-year-old Marty Sullaway KC1CWF, of Newton, Massachusetts is the recipient of the 2017 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). Licensed in 2014, he worked his way up to Amateur Extra class earlier this year. A rising sophomore year at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Marty is co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Contesting ...

Project Amelia Earhart Pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Back in the Continental US

ARRL - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:36

As of August 2, Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, and Spirit, his Mooney M20K 231, are back in the continental US, with just a little more time in the air needed to complete his Amelia Earhart commemorative round-the-world flight. He arrived on July 31 in Oakland, California, after a long flight leg from Hawaii and visited with friends in Cameron Park, where he once lived.

Lloyd has been active on the air d...

Amateur Radio Personality, Broadcaster, Businessman Al Cohen, W1FXQ, SK

ARRL - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:24

Veteran radio amateur Alexander “Al” Cohen, W1FXQ, of Newington, Connecticut, died on July 27. He was 99. A businessman, Cohen was a fixture within the Greater Hartford, Connecticut, Amateur Radio community as well as in broadcasting circles. He was an ARRL member and had served as the Public Information Coordinator and as a Public Information Officer for the ARRL Connecticut Section. Cohen was...

ARRL Board Explores Entry-Level License Options, Ways to Face Future Challenges

ARRL - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 18:45

Meeting July 21-22 in Farmington, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors took steps to chart a firmer future for Amateur Radio by enhancing the value of the entry-level license and by providing ongoing support for new licensees. The Board also conferred several annual awards, including the prestigious Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, the League’s top honor for a young radio amateur. ARRL Pre...

Northern California DX Club Launching Initiative to Get Newcomers on HF Bands

ARRL - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 15:28

The Northern California DX Club (NCDXC) has announced an initiative aimed at getting more new Technician and General class radio amateurs active on HF. The NCDXC Elmering Project will launch in mid-September.

“Looking around the room at local club meetings makes it very clear that we are all aging,” NCDXC’s John Eisenberg, K6YP, said. “It is critical to the ongoing life of our hobby to recruit n...

Tiny “Sprite” Satellites Deployed, Transmitting on 70 Centimeters

ARRL - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 08:56

According to Scientific American, six tiny “Sprite” satellites, each consisting of a 4-gram circuit board but packed with electronics, were deployed in late June. The Sprites are the brainchild of Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, whom Scientific American interviewed for the article.

The Sprites went into low-Earth orbit as secondary payloads on the Latvian Venta and Italian Max Valier satellites, launch...

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