Ham Radio News Feeds

  • SAQ in Sweden Receives More than 300 Reports on Alexanderson Day, July 1

    SAQ, the old Alexanderson alternator transmitter at the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden, received 321 listener reports in response to its three 17.2 kHz transmissions on Alexanderson Day, July 1.

    A video of the transmissions is available on YouTube. SAQ said five reports indicated that SAQ was not heard. A summary of listener reports and a map of listener reports have been posted...

    08/17/2018 10:35 AM

  • Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, SK

    Former Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of Madison, died on August 11. He was 77.

    Michalski led the Wisconsin Section from 1999 until 2015. He served as net manager for the Badger Weather Net and was active in the Wisconsin Badger Amateur Radio Society (W9YT) at the University of Wisconsin. Michalski served as an ARRL Official Observer and as a Technical Specialist. He also w...

    08/17/2018 10:33 AM

  • Well-Known Contester, DXer Bob Morris, W4MYA, SK

    Robert S. “Bob” Morris, W4MYA, of Goochland, Virginia, died on August 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 72. Morris had been suffering from cancer but remained active on the air until very recently. He was sometimes called “Dude” within the contesting community for one of his favorite expressions, “Run ’em, dude.”

    Morris was a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, enjoyed both contesting and DXi...

    08/17/2018 10:19 AM

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Australia’s Space Weather Services issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning at 0022 UTC on August 16. "Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at Quiet to Active levels due to coronal hole effects. A period of significant southward Bz component could produce isolated Minor Storm levels."

    What is the Bz component? It is a component of the interplanetary magnetic field, or IMF. http://pluto.space.s...

    08/17/2018 09:50 AM

  • UN Amateur Radio Club’s 4U1UN Makes Major Moves toward Getting Back on the Air

    United Nations Amateur Radio Club President James Sarte, K2QI, said on August 16 that their club station, 4U1UN, is several steps closer to getting back on the air after a long absence.

    “Dmitri Zhikharev, RA9USU, along with Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, have been working with me behind the scenes to get the station operational again,” Sarte said. Generous donations from Zhikharev, Ed Kritsky, NT2X, a...

    08/17/2018 08:55 AM

  • Short-Wave Radio Reports May Offer Best Evidence of Amelia Earhart’s Fate

    The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believes it has the key to unlock the decades-old mystery of what happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in their planned circumnavigation of the globe in 1937. TIGHAR’s The Earhart Project analyzed dozens of radio transmissions received by radio amateurs and other short-wave listeners during the fra...

    08/17/2018 08:19 AM

  • Weather and Tides Could Hamper Second Market Reef Youth Team Landing

    A second group of young operators will attempt a landing at Market Reef on August 18 for a week of operating from the Youth on the Air station, OJ0C, at the remote lighthouse outpost. They hope to take part in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event.

    The Market Reef lighthouse is located so low that waves can roll over the entire DXCC entity. With no jetty, landing can be ha...

    08/16/2018 08:49 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    “Dummy Loads” is the topic of the new (August 16) 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, Jo...

    08/16/2018 08:00 AM

  • Dave Popkin, W2CC/AAR2BU Receives Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

    A New Jersey radio amateur and Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) member has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Donald Trump. ARRL Charter Life Member Dave Popkin, W2CC/AAR2BU, was recognized for his extraordinary contributions as a MARS volunteer.

    “On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your lifetime of service to your fellow Americans and those most in need,” Pre...

    08/15/2018 03:51 PM

  • Ham-Astronauts among First Nine Astronauts Scheduled to Fly on Commercial Spacecraft

    Three radio amateurs are among the initial nine NASA astronauts scheduled to fly on commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Others in the group are studying for their ham licensing exams in order to take part in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school radio contacts, or because they have expressed interest in supporting ARISS events. The women and men c...

    08/15/2018 09:29 AM

  • W6NBC Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

    The winning article for the August 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Novel Approach to Using Window Line” 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 September issue today.

    08/14/2018 02:28 PM

  • New FCC Part 95 Personal Radio Services Rules Published in The Federal Register

    Reorganized and updated FCC Personal Radio Services (PRS) Part 95 rules have been published in The Federal Register. Among other things, the PRS covers the Family Radio Service (FRS), General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), and the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS).

    The revised rules allot additional FRS channels and increase the power on certain FRS channels from 0.5 W to 2 W. FRS channels are in...

    08/14/2018 12:31 PM

  • Texas Volunteer Examiner Setting Sights on Next 1,000 Exam Sessions

    In July, Franz Laugermann, K3FL, of Houston, achieved a milestone that no other VEC has before by taking part as a Volunteer Examiner in his 1,000th exam session. And, he told ARRL, he’s far from finished.

    “As long as I can be here, I’m gonna go on doing this,” he said, adding that he’s set his sights on 2,000 sessions. “It’s so rewarding to help other people through this.” He estimated that he’...

    08/14/2018 10:48 AM

  • AMSAT Issues Second Call for 2018 Symposium Papers

    08/14/2018 07:22 AM

  • The September Edition of Digital QST is Now Available

    08/13/2018 01:34 PM

  • St. Augustine Lighthouse to Participate in International Ham Radio Event:

    The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum will join more than 400 lighthouses from throughout the world for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Friday to Sunday with support from members of the St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society. This annual event began in 1998 as a way for lighthouses, lightships and maritime beacons to connect with each other via amateur radio and advocate for the preservation of these historic structures. Major amateur radio organizations such as the Radio Society of Great Britain, the Amateur Radio League of America and the Wireless Institute of Australia support and promote this event.

    08/18/2018 12:35 AM

  • Stunning NASA Image Lets You Watch the Sun Explode in Real Time:

    Don't be alarmed, but the sun is constantly exploding. While violent nuclear fusion reactions power the sun's 27-million-degree-Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius) core, towers of molten plasma, crackling radiation and electromagnetic energy rise and fall from the star's blazing surface in a constant tangle of heat and light. It may look like there's a lot going on, but historically speaking, the sun is actually experiencing a bit of a slow season right now. Scientists don't know exactly why, but the sun's magnetic field seems to follow a pretty reliable 11-year cycle of activity in which these loops of solar energy grow progressively larger and more complicated before resetting to a relatively stable state. Toward the end of each cycle, the sun radiates more, sunspots become more frequent, and powerful solar storms are more likely to blaze off of the sun's surface and deep into space. Once the magnetic field reaches a point of maximum activity -- or its solar maximum -- the star's magnetic poles flip, and a new period of relative inactivity begins again. (This new beginning, as you might deduce, is called the "solar minimum.")

    08/18/2018 12:34 AM

  • VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 19 August 20:

    In the bulletin this week we bring you news of a new FT8 mode, an update for micro-bit-x users, as well as updates from the ACMA, RASA, the NewsWest dinner and raffle and more.

    08/18/2018 12:37 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #167:

    Amateur Radio is a hobby with an enourmous range of activities, interests, skills and experiences. If you're new to this hobby, you might find yourself standing at the edge of a precipous wondering what to do next. Where do I start, who do I ask, what's the first step, what if I fail and a myriad of other doubts and concerns.

    08/18/2018 12:36 AM

  • Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG (SK):

    Former Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of Madison, died on August 11. He was 77. Michalski led the Wisconsin Section from 1999 until 2015. He served as net manager for the Badger Weather Net and was active in the Wisconsin Badger Amateur Radio Society (W9YT) at the University of Wisconsin. Michalski served as an ARRL Official Observer and as a Technical Specialist. He also was a technical specialist for Wisconsin Emergency Communications (WeComm).

    08/17/2018 03:13 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #33 de K7RA:

    Australia's Space Weather Services issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning at 0022 UTC on August 16: "Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at Quiet to Active levels due to coronal hole effects. A period of significant southward Bz component could produce isolated Minor Storm levels."

    08/17/2018 03:13 PM

  • Inverhuron Ham Radio Club Hoping to Reach Lighthouses Abroad:

    The Inverhuron Ham Radio Club is looking forward to reaching out to new members by showing just how interesting the "original social network" is to learn and make contacts around the world. Rob Noakes, the lead licensed ham radio operator, set up shop in Kincardine's Rotary Park on Aug. 12 doing demonstrations and will be back in town at the Kincardine Lighthouse this Saturday, Aug. 18 for the International Lighthouse and Light Ship Weekend. "Lighthouses all over the world will have HAM radios operating in them," Noakes said, adding they will be set up during the lighthouse tour hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed amateur HAM radio operators need to learn basic electronics theory, radio wave propagation, possible interferences, and radio regulations, to ensure operators know the rules when they're transmitting and communicating with operators across bandwidths worldwide.

    08/17/2018 12:47 AM

  • Ham Radio Message Leads to Salvation After Tornado:

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- Ham radio can be the ultimate communication tool during a disaster, and Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief communication volunteers are trained to set up networks and relay messages when all other forms of connection are down. But after a tornado in Iowa, ham radio provided a different type of connection for one man who lost his garage and roof. Jerry Palmer, a communications "Blue Hat" (team leader) from Lawson, was working at the Incident Command Center as Missourians helped clean up after 12 tornadoes churned through Iowa communities, July 21. He picked up a ham radio signal from a survivor named Mr. Calkins. He was diabetic, had difficulty seeing and had no forms of communication other than his radio. Palmer sent out to two more Missouri volunteers, Joe Dayringer and Bill Johnson to see if there was anything Missouri Baptists could do.

    08/17/2018 12:47 AM

  • Berwick Lighthouse Event is this Weekend:

    BERWICK -- Local radio amateurs hope to shine a light on their hobby this weekend. Saturday and Sunday marks the annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, an annual even in which ham radio operators at lighthouses around the country, or even the world, try to contact each other.

    08/17/2018 12:46 AM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #34:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by G7URP, HL4CCM, WB0TEV, 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.

    08/16/2018 06:23 PM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

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    08/16/2018 05:16 PM

  • HAARP's WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40, 80 Meters:

    Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, successfully took advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) on July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL that the research -- HAARP's fourth research campaign under management of the University of Alaska Fairbanks -- went well.

    08/16/2018 05:16 PM

  • Indonesian Hams Take Advantage of Satellite for Post-Earthquake Comms:

    Amateur Radio volunteers in Indonesia have been taking advantage of the LAPAN-ORARI (IO-86) ham satellite in addition to HF on 7.110 MHz as the Lombok area recovers from two recent earthquakes. The death toll has topped 400. A second powerful earthquake in the area on August 5 killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others.

    08/16/2018 05:15 PM

  • NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH:

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019 budget request includes shutting down "NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii," an apparent reference to WWV and WWVH. Radio amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely make use of the time and frequency standard signals, which also include propagation information. NIST said eliminating funding currently "supporting fundamental measurement dissemination" would include putting WWV and WWVH off the air for a savings of 6.3 million. The overall NIST FY 2019 budget request for efforts related to fundamental measurement, quantum science and measurement dissemination is 127 million, which, the agency said, is a net decrease of 49 million from FY 2018 levels.

    08/16/2018 05:09 PM

  • Texas Volunteer Examiner Setting Sights on Next 1,000 Exam Sessions:

    In July, Franz Laugermann, K3FL, of Houston, achieved a milestone that no other Volunteer Examiner (VE) has before, by taking part in his 1,000th exam session as a VE. But, he told ARRL, he's far from finished.

    08/16/2018 05:08 PM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Dummy Loads" is the topic of the new (August 16) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    08/16/2018 05:08 PM

  • ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to Be Back Late this Year:

    The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year's end. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing more than a year ago, after 17 years of service. With a new battery installed, the unit was tested and found to be functioning. The ARISS packet system in the space station's Columbus module, operating on 145.825 MHz, quit last July after first experiencing some problems. All necessary paperwork has been completed to manifest the packet module on the Progress 71P spacecraft launch now set for Halloween, with docking on November 2.

    08/16/2018 05:08 PM

  • 4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year:

    Outside of beacon signals, 4U1UN, the Amateur Radio club station at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has not been heard on the air since 2015, and only then under the commemorative 4U70UN call sign marking the UN's 70th anniversary that fall. Even then, operation took place in a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex. That could change soon.

    08/16/2018 05:08 PM

  • Storm Takes Down Antennas at Memorial Station on Swedish-Norwegian Border:

    The SJ9WL-LG5LG Morokulien memorial station on the border of Sweden and Norway is off the air after a large tree, brought down during a severe storm on August 10, caused extensive damage to the station's antennas. According to one report, the station's 100-foot tower was broken into pieces after the tree fell across three tower guy wires. That pulled the support structure toward the station building, but a third set of guys on the other side of the tower held and kept it from damaging the structure. The tower has been up for at least a decade.

    08/16/2018 05:07 PM

  • Ham-Astronauts Among First 9 Astronauts to Fly on Commercial Spacecraft:

    Three radio amateurs are among the initial nine NASA astronauts scheduled to fly on commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Others in the group are studying for their ham licensing exams in order to take part in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school radio contacts, or because they have expressed interest in supporting ARISS events. The women and men chosen will be the first to fly on one of two commercial spacecraft.

    08/16/2018 05:07 PM