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International SATERN SSB Net QSY

ARRL - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:32

International SATERN SSB Net Manager Ken Gilliland, AG6SV, has announced that starting immediately, the net will meet at the normal times on or near 14.312 MHz.

The net’s usual frequency is 14.265, but an Islands on the Air (IOTA) DXpedition to Guinea-Bisseau November 13-25 is transmitting on 14.260 MHz and listening up 5 to 10 kHz, making 14.265 MHz unusable.

In addition, the Buckeye Net on 14.2...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

ARRL - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:16

The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.

“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a r...

US Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit in Ames v ARRL Case

ARRL - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:03

A lawsuit filed by former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph Ames, W3JY, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, against ARRL and several of its officers and Board members was dismissed with prejudice by the United States District Court in Philadelphia in December 2016.

Ames filed an appeal of that decision, and on November 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the ...

Section Managers to Begin New Terms of Office on January 1

ARRL - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:51

One ARRL Section will welcome a new Section Manager when the New Year begins, while incumbent SMs will continue to head five others. In Western Massachusetts, Raymond Lajoie, KB1LRL, of Lunenburg, will become the new Section Manager in January. He was the only candidate nominated for the position by the time the September 8 deadline arrived. He will succeed Ed Emco, W1KT, the current SM, who ha...

AMSAT Poses RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

ARRL - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:15

AMSAT is urging satellite enthusiasts to get their FoxTelem telemetry software up and running, in anticipation of the launch on November 14 of RadFxSat (Fox-1B). It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decode...

Lower International Shipping Rates for Ham Radio Books

ARRL - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:18

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the US, has negotiated lower pricing for international express shipping methods for packages up to 10 pounds.

“In some instances, our international members and customers will now enjoy a 70 to 75% discount from published rates for express shipping methods,” explained ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “It will cost less to get popula...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:58

No sunspots are visible so far in November, and as of November 9 we have seen nine days of blank sun. But the past few days had strong geomagnetic activity, with planetary A index on November 7-9 at 36, 47 and 20, and so far on early November 10, at 21. 28 is the predicted planetary A index for November 10.

According to Spaceweather.com, 24 percent of 2017 so far (76 days) have seen zero sunspot...

IARU Presents Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, with its Diamond Award

ARRL - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:08

Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, received the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award on November 9 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was given “in grateful appreciation for many years of outstanding support for the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.”

IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, presentedthe award to Matas, who served for many years as the president of the International Am...

Simple 40-Meter Dipole Supports Advanced Mars Radar

ARRL - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:00

The venerable HF dipole has found a new home and purpose in space. The Mars advanced radar for subsurface and ionospheric sounding (MARSIS) on Mars Express uses a simple 40-meter dipole as the antenna for its subsurface sounding radar.

The dual-channel low-frequency sounder operates between 1.3 and 5.5 MHz for subsurface sounding and between 100 kHz and 5.5 MHz for ionospheric sounding. It’s the...

Mother, Daughter Radio Amateurs Active from Nepal

ARRL - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:40

Kalpana Kharel, 9N1MM, and her daughter Tejaswita (Teju), 9N1DX, are active radio amateurs from Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu. Husband and father Satish is 9N1AA, the first Nepali national to be licensed there. Satish Kharel and his daughter were active during the 2015 earthquake response in Nepal.

Kalpana Kharel is believed to be the first female Amateur Radio licensee from Nepal (an American, J...

Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!

ARRL - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:00

A new and exciting operating event will kick off on January 1, 2018, at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), when the ARRL International Grid Chase gets under way. The year-long event hopes to build on the success of the highly successful 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). The objective is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares a...

Solo DXpeditioner KC0W Improvises Replacement Antennas

ARRL - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:00

Minnesotan Tom Callas, KC0W, now operating as VR2/KC0W from Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, said his DXpedition started off well enough, with “a quick 1,200+ CW QSOs going into the log from this not-at-all-rare place.” Then, in the early morning hours, he reported, the tide swept away all of his antennas and heavily damaged the coax feed lines.

In true ham radio fashion, Callas, a CW-only operato...

Radio Amateurs in Spain, Argentina Gain New and Extended Bands

ARRL - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:36

Spain’s National Frequency Allocation Chart (CNAF) released on October 27 contained some good news for radio amateurs there. Spain now has adopted the global, secondary 60-meter Amateur Radio allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015.

The Radio Club of Argentina has announced that hams in Argentina soon will have privileges in the 630- and 60-m...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:00

“NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave” is the topic of the new (November 9) 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,...

Canada C3 Voyage Carrying WSPR Concludes; Beacon May Remain Active on Return Trip

ARRL - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:58

The epic WSPR-carrying Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince to commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation celebration ended successfully on October 28. Over the course of the 150-day expedition from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage, the CG3EXP WSPR HF beacon was received on every continent except Antarctica, CG3EXP trustee Barrie Crampton, V...

American Legion Special Event Set for Veterans’ Day

ARRL - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:35

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) station K9TAL in Indianapolis will operate special event station N9V on Saturday, November 11, 1800-2400 UTC, to commemorate Veterans’ Day. N9V will be on the air from the K9TAL radio room at American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis to celebrate and reflect upon the service and sacrifices of US Armed Forces veterans.

Look for N9V on or...

Emergency HF Net Convened in Colombia in Wake of Landslide, Flooding

ARRL - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:12

Radio amateurs in Colombia have been put on an Orange Alert and an HF net activated on 7.117 kHz in the wake of an avalanche of mud and rocks November 7 on the La Paila River on the town of Corinto. The incident at dusk has caused between 26 and 30 injuries in the resulting flood of water and debris in the small town some 60 kilometers southeast of Cali.

“The Emergency Network of radio amateurs ...

FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:04

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helpi...

ARI President Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, SK

ARRL - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:25

Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI) President Pietro “Mario” Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy, died November 6 after serving for several decades at the head of Italy’s national Amateur Radio organization and IARU member society.

A long-time ARRL member, DXCC card checker, and 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Ambrosi was credited with growing ARI and with bringing youn...

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