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“Father of Competitive Radio” in USSR Boris Stepanov, RU3AX, SK

ARRL - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 16:25

The man known as the “Father of Competitive Radio” in the former Soviet Union, Boris Stepanov, RU3AX (ex-UW3AX), of Moscow, Russia, died on July 28, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. A prolific writer, Stepanov was the deputy editor of Radio magazine. He also attended International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 conferences as a member of Central Radio Club and SRR delegations. Stepanov’s obitu...

Canada C3 Expedition WSPR Beacon Reports Continue at High Rate; QSL Available

ARRL - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 14:22

The CG3EXP WSPR beacon on board the Canada C3 Expedition vessel Polar Prince continues to attract a high volume of reception reports. The vessel has been making its way northward along the Labrador Coast, visiting communities and places of interest. Some stations have requested QSL cards, and The Canadian Amateur columnist Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. He ...

Homelessness Not a Bar to Enjoying Amateur Radio, Hawaii Ham Demonstrates

ARRL - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:15

Not having a permanent roof over his head has not hindered Alex Stengel, KH7CX, of Honolulu from enjoying Amateur Radio and indulging his passion for SSB QRP DXing, which he calls “very rewarding.” As ARRL Pacific Section PIO Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL, explained, Stengel sleeps on a bench, gets his mail and showers at a local church, and stows his personal items in a storage facility. Stengel shie...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:12

All the indicators we track at the bottom of this bulletin fell last week.

Because there were no sunspots in six of the seven days (July 20-26) last week, average daily sunspot number dropped from 26.6 to 1.7. Average daily solar flux declined from 85.9 to 69.7.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 13 to 11.9, while the mid-latitude A index went the opposite direction, from 10.9 to 12.9....

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:00

“Power Supplies” is the topic of the current (July 20) 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 himsel...

Islands on the Air (IOTA) Officially Launching New Website in September

ARRL - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:08

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) program website is targeted to launch officially in early September, when the current Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)-sponsored website will be taken offline. The new website is undergoing fine-tuning, according to IOTA IT Manager Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX.

“When we are ready the old URL will be forwarded to the new URL, and IOTA users can login on the new ...

Ham’s Project Amelia Earhart Flight Nears End

ARRL - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:18

The Amelia Earhart commemorative round-the-world flight by pilot Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, has begun heading over the Pacific Ocean, landing first on July 23 at Pago Pago in American Samoa, and then in Hawaii via a symbolic flyover of Howland Island. Lloyd has contacted hundreds of other radio amateurs from Spirit, his Mooney M20K 231, with expanded fuel capacity and modern avionics gear. Lloyd’s “P...

ARRL Contest Rule Changes, Clarifications Reflect “Best Practices” in Radiosport

ARRL - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:13

Just ahead of the 2017-2018 contest season, ARRL has announced rule changes and clarifications to League-sponsored contests. These include an improved process for submitting logs and reporting scores. Unless otherwise noted, these changes become effective starting with the September VHF Contest.

 

“These changes reflect current ‘best practices’ in the contest community and help us improve the qu...

New 222 MHz and Up Contest Debuts August 5-6 Weekend

ARRL - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:23

ARRL’s new 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest will debut on August 5 at 1800 UTC and continue until the next day. This 24-hour contest offers a wide range of entry categories, from FM, CW, and SSB to digital modes.

The object is to work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz bands, using any allowable mode. A station in a specific grid locator may be contacted from the same loc...

Arecibo Observatory Ionospheric Heating Campaign Under Way

ARRL - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:35

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is conducting an ionospheric heating campaign July 24-31, using HF.

“The new Arecibo ionosphere HF heater nominally transmits 600 kW net power and has a unique Cassegrain dual-array antenna design that increases gain of three crossed dipoles for each band, using the signature 1000-foot spherical dish reflector,” explained Chris Fallen, KL3WX, a researcher at th...

ARISS Reports ISS Packet System is Down

ARRL - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 09:58

The aging Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system on 145.825 MHz appears to have stopped functioning altogether, after experiencing some recent problems, and restoring it to operation could take months. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said the packet system, located in the Columbus module, started to act up late last week, sending only a beacon.

“The...

ARRL Publishes its 2016 Annual Report

ARRL - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:39

Following the meeting last weekend of the ARRL Board of Directors, ARRL announces the release of its 2016 Annual Report. This year’s report departs from past reports in that it focuses on the people who make up ARRL and the larger Amateur Radio community. More than 140 call signs appear in the report, and more than 80 of these call signs belong not to ARRL Headquarters staff or Board members, b...

ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534

ARRL - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:30

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task.

 

“[W]e are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act,” Roderick said. He said the campaign to secure passage of the bill scored a major victory earlier ...

K2BSA Nearing WAS from Boy Scout National Jamboree

ARRL - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:46

Nearly 1,500 Boy Scouts so far have visited K2BSA during the 2017 Boy Scout National Jamboree, taking place at the 11,400-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event winds up this week. With 47 states confirmed and 125 Radio merit badges awarded thus far, the 42 volunteers at the flagship Jamboree Amateur Radio station are confident they’ll work all US states by the time ...

Motorola Files Additional Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

ARRL - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:23

Motorola Solutions this week ratcheted up its legal battle with competitor Hytera, filing new patent infringement complaints in Germany against both Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Münder, Germany. The latest legal actions, announced on June 24, are in addition to Motorola’s previously filed patent infringement complaints in Germany.

“With th...

Tuesday, July 25, is the Last Day to Submit Field Day Results

ARRL - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:42

Tuesday, July 25, is the deadline for submitting your ARRL Field Day results. The Logs Received page shows all submissions sent via the Field Day web app. Submissions made only via the fieldday@arrl.org e-mail account or sent by mail, will appear on the list after the submission deadline, once manual entry and processing have been completed for hard copy entries. The e-mail address is not autom...

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