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  • W6NBC Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

    The winning article for the April 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Ultra Simple 2-Meter Antenna" by John Portune, W6NBC. 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 May issue today.

    04/19/2018 01:00 PM

  • W5KUB to Stream Hamvention® 2018 Worldwide

    04/19/2018 12:39 PM

  • Special Call Signs to be On the Air for 2018 FIFA World Cup, More Invited

    Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.” The event will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russia’s IARU member-society SRR is encouraging Amateur Radio organizations to field World-Cup-related call signs, preferably with “FIFA” (or “FWC” for finalist countries) a...

    04/19/2018 12:28 PM

  • “Horizons” is Next Mission for Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO

     

    European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will visit the International Space Station for the second time in early June. HisHorizons” mission is aimed at evoking exploration of the universe, looking far beyond Earth and broadening knowledge. His first mission was called “Blue Dot.”

    A citizen of Germany, Gerst will launch on June 6 from Kazakhstan with US astronaut Serena Auñón-C...

    04/19/2018 12:10 PM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    “Microphones” is the topic of the current (April 12) 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 himself,...

    04/19/2018 07:00 AM

  • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head the agency. A Democrat, she is currently serving a sec...

    04/18/2018 12:25 PM

  • Space Station Commemorative Slow-Scan TV Transmissions Prove Extremely Popular

    04/18/2018 11:52 AM

  • Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1

    Low-frequency World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will transmit from Sweden on May 1 as participation in the European Route of Industrial Heritage’s “Work It Out” observance.

    “As part of the event, we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016,” said Lars Kalland, SM6NM. The transmitter start-up will begin at 0930 UTC, with the transmission to follow on 17.2 kHz CW at 1000 UTC.

    A li...

    04/18/2018 11:07 AM

  • Virginia Radio Amateur Completes Contacts on All 29 Ham Bands

    04/18/2018 10:50 AM

  • International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

    “Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” the ITU said. International Girls in...

    04/18/2018 09:26 AM

  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21

    The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

    In addition to reports from the President and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear from General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will address FCC and regulatory issues. The EC wi...

    04/18/2018 08:43 AM

  • IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

    Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

     

    “World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of Amateur Radio, both on the air and through...

    04/18/2018 07:00 AM

  • Correction to May QST Article, “A Value-Added Technician License”

    04/17/2018 09:45 AM

  • Maritime Radio Historical Society’s K6KPH will be Active for International Marconi Day

    K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), will be among those active on International Marconi Day (IMD), Saturday, April 21 (UTC). Organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club, IMD takes place each year on the weekend closest to Marconi's birthday, April 25.

    K6KPH will operate on CW on 80, 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters. Since K6KPH transmits from the original Marcon...

    04/17/2018 08:47 AM

  • Radio Amateurs in Canada to Get New 100 W 5 MHz Allocation

    04/16/2018 05:10 PM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #17:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by S50U, WB6Z, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

    04/19/2018 12:05 PM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    04/19/2018 12:05 PM

  • School's Contact with Space Station Raises Ham Radio Visibility in Alabama:

    An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with crew member Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, was a huge success on more than one level. Fifteen students at Pinson Valley High School in Alabama had the opportunity to chat via ham radio on April 10 in a direct contact with Arnold, who was at the helm of NA1SS for his inaugural ARISS contact. Witnessing the event in the packed school auditorium was an audience of 650 invited guests and students, while the remaining 1,150 members of the student body watched from their classrooms. The event was livestreamed to all 57 schools in the district.

    04/19/2018 12:05 PM

  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet April 21:

    The ARRL Board of Directors' Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

    04/19/2018 12:04 PM

  • FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down:

    FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the Commission's April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission's next scheduled meeting on May 10.

    04/19/2018 12:03 PM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Microphones" is the topic of the current (April 12) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    04/19/2018 12:03 PM

  • Radio Ham in Canada to Gain Access to New 5 MHz Allocation with 100 W ERP:

    Radio Amateurs in Canada are poised to join those in several other nations around the world who have access to a new 60-meter band, 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), but with a maximum power of 100 W effective radiated power (ERP). The updated Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations includes the new allocation, although radio amateurs have not yet been authorized to use it. Canada's radio amateurs will also retain the four Amateur Radio channels that do not fall within the new allocation. These spot frequencies have been authorized under a footnote to the Table since 2014, on a secondary, non-interference basis.

    04/19/2018 12:03 PM

  • Space Station Commemorative SSTV Transmissions Prove Extremely Popular:

    Thousands of slow-scan television (SSTV) enthusiasts around the globe enthusiastically tracked the International Space Station (ISS) to download commemorative SSTV images transmitted as part of the ARISS-Russia Cosmonautics Day (International Day of Human Space Flight) celebration April 11 - 15. Another ARISS-Russia SSTV event is planned for May.

    04/19/2018 12:02 PM

  • New 630-Meter Band Reported 'Very Busy':

    Amateur Radio got two new bands last year, and amateurs are beginning to use them. Ralph Wallio, W0RPK, of Greenville, North Carolina, and others who took part in ARRL's WD2XSH Part 5 Experimental operation or have a deep interest in what now is the 630-meter band (472 - 479 kHz), say activity is picking up.

    04/19/2018 12:01 PM

  • International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day:

    "Girls Can Do ICT!" is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to "create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field," the ITU said.

    04/19/2018 12:01 PM

  • Virginia Radio Amateur Completes Contacts on All 29 Ham Bands:

    Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia, saved the lowest band for last. On April 11, he completed a CW contact on the new 2200-meter band with K3MF in Pennsylvania, wrapping up a sweep of completed contacts on all 29 Amateur Radio bands. Justin is a bit of an old school guy -- he worked K3MF on CW, and now he's awaiting a QSL card. A paper QSL card.

    04/19/2018 12:00 PM

  • IEEE Spectrum Report: FCC is Inconsistent Regarding Small Satellites:

    According to an April 10 IEEE SPECTRUM report, "The FCC's Big Problem with Small Satellites," confusion and erratic enforcement at the FCC is sending satellite makers abroad. Earlier this year, the FCC rescinded permission for Swarm Technologies to launch another round of SpaceBEEs later this month and questioned Swarm's suitability to be an FCC licensee. That came in the wake of Swarm's January launch from India, of tiny 0.25 U CubeSats, after the FCC had told the California company that it was unable to grant its application for an Experimental authorization in association with the deployment and operation of "four spacecraft smaller than 10 centimeters in one of their three dimensions." The FCC said SpaceBEEs were below the size threshold "at which detection by the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) can be considered routine."

    04/19/2018 12:00 PM

  • Getting It Right!

    The frequency chart accompanying the article "A Value-Added Technician License" in the May 2018 issue of QST (p. 74) contained incorrect information. The chart has been corrected to reflect that the proposed 40-meter SSB segment is 7.225 - 7.300 MHz, and the proposed 15-meter SSB segment is 21.350 - 21.450 MHz.

    04/19/2018 11:59 AM

  • In Brief...

    In Brief...

    04/19/2018 11:58 AM

  • Using Network Radio on Zello and IM:

    A channel has been setup up to talk about network radio on Zello and it is called network radio.

    04/19/2018 11:57 AM

  • Amateur Radio: A Hobby, Social Service:

    Hyderabad: Every year, April 18 becomes a rallying point for amateur radio operators worldwide, and even a few from India, who take to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 when amateur radio experimenters, also known as ham radio operators, met in Paris to form International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to further the cause of amateur radio. Since then, amateur radio has become one of the most exciting and popular hobbies across the world with over 3 million hams worldwide. The United States and Japan have more than a third of the total ham population in the world while in India there are just 25,000 hams out of which around 2,000 are active, which does not augur well, when we consider our achievements in developing space technology. Every country has an apex body of hams which is recognized by the Telecom authority of that country. Unfortunately the apex body of amateur radio in India is still not recognized. In the US, the ham exams are conducted by ARRL, a body of radio hams who volunteer as examiners and the licenses are given by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    04/18/2018 04:53 AM

  • DF6NM Wins Inventor Award:

    Markus Vester, DF6NM has been honoured as one of the Inventors of 2017. As a Principal Key Expert at Siemens, he has worked on MRI systems since the pioneering days.

    04/18/2018 04:52 AM

  • AmateurLogic Special Presentation:

    AmateurLogic.TV Special Presentation: Clyde Haehnle, Remembering WLW 500 KW Super Power and Building VOA Bethany Relay Station. Recorded May 17, 2014 at the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting. Clyde was the last surviving engineer from the WLW 500 KW era. His stories recount some of the major achievements in broadcasting during it's heyday.

    04/17/2018 05:07 PM

  • Radio Amateurs in Canada to Get New 100 Watt 5 MHz Allocation:

    Radio Amateurs in Canada are poised to join those in several other nations around the world who have access to a new 60-meter band, 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, as agreed upon at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), but with a maximum power of 100 watts effective radiated power (ERP). The updated Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations includes the new allocation, although radio amateurs have not yet been authorized to use it.

    04/17/2018 11:41 AM

  • Dalton Holds Annual Georgia QSO Party for Amateur Radio Members:

    (TNS) -- Jeremy Barfield and Carter Grant stood in the backyard of the Huff House on Saturday afternoon attempting to make contact with radio frequencies during the annual Georgia QSO Party, a gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts, also know as ham radio operators. It wasn't long after that that the men, members of the Dalton Amateur Radio Club, made contact with the International Space Station. "It feels achieving," said Grant of Chatsworth. "Everyone doesn't get to reach that far." The contact lasted a couple minutes, according to Barfield. Grant said they performed what's called a "slow scan." "That's when a picture is sent and turned into sound," Grant said. "It's really interesting." Barfield joined the club over a year ago and said he loves it. "I have a lot of fun making contact from my home radio to people in Europe or even Japan," he said. "I like seeing how far I can reach with 1,000 watts and a wire." The Dalton members held their party at the Huff House on Selvidge Street in Dalton as a tribute to Willard Strain, a late member who purchased a gazebo for the historic home. David Stanley, one of the local club's 40-plus members, said their club is a special event station. "We have a special call sign (W4D) issued to commemorate the Carpet Capital of the World and demonstrate the Huff House," Stanley said. The objective of a QSO party is for radio amateurs outside of Georgia to make contacts with as many stations in all of Georgia's 159 Georgia, according to the Georgia QSO website. A contact is often referred to by the Q code QSO. This is the 58th year for the state QSO party. Dalton had two radios set up for the contest. "It depends how seriously you take it as to how many contacts you make," he said. "But you can make hundreds." Stanley said members participate all over the world.

    04/16/2018 07:02 PM