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  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.


    Predicted solar flux is 71, 70 and 69 on February 16-18, 68 on Februa...

    02/16/2018 08:56 AM

  • ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

    02/15/2018 04:02 PM

  • KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

    The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. 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 March issu...

    02/15/2018 03:30 PM

  • IARU Secretary Presents ARRL Antenna Book CD During Visit to Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba

    02/15/2018 01:56 PM

  • W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

    W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

    Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

    A staff of four control opera...

    02/15/2018 01:36 PM

  • ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Presidents’ Day

    02/15/2018 10:32 AM

  • Ham Radio “a Special Hobby,” Young ARRL Member Tells College Publication

    02/15/2018 09:58 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    “Vacuum Tubesis the topic of the new (February 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

    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 wherev...

    02/15/2018 08:00 AM

  • Great Club Log Hardware Shuffle Complete

    Club Log author Michael Wells, G7VJR,announced on February 13 that he has completed the “Great Hardware Shuffle” for the online service. The free, web-based tool can produce DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log-search services, and most-wanted lists.

    “In recent months, I have been working through a checklist to do a big, once-every-5-years kind of upgrade for Club Log’s hardware,” Wells sai...

    02/14/2018 12:25 PM

  • Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this Fall

    The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. A team of 15 operators will be on the island for up to 14 d...

    02/14/2018 11:41 AM

  • ARRL Announces 2018 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology Sessions

    02/14/2018 11:18 AM

  • Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down the Most-Wanted List a Few Notches

    What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list as of February 14, the Republic of Kosovo now is in the #8 position after rocket...

    02/14/2018 11:08 AM

  • Nominations Now Open for CQ Amateur Radio, Contest, and DX Halls of Fame

    Nominations will be accepted until March 1 for membership in the CQ Amateur Radio, DX, and CQ Contest halls of fame. The DX and Contest halls of fame recognize radio amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and contesting, respectively. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made major contributions to Amateur Radio generally, and radio amateurs who have made maj...

    02/13/2018 02:37 PM

  • Key Hamvention Hand Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, SK

    A key member of the Hamvention team, Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, of Centerville, Ohio, died on February 11. An ARRL member, Miller was 77.

    “Jerry was in charge of producing the programs for Hamvention as well as the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) monthly newsletter [RF Carrier],” Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. “He was a longtime board member of DARA and a driving force ...

    02/13/2018 02:23 PM

  • ARRL Releases Technician Element 2 Question Pool Errata #2

    02/12/2018 03:20 PM

  • Berthoud High Students Go 'Ham' with Amateur Radio Competition:

    Sequestered behind a room divider in the corner of the Berthoud High School library, a group of students, teachers and adult volunteers leaned over a radio. "CQ, CQ, this is high school station Whiskey Zero Bravo Hotel Sierra," Sergey Eggers, a junior at Berthoud High School, said into the radio microphone. "Standing by for a call from anywhere." As a participant in the American Radio Relay League's School Club Roundup, Eggers issued a call for a random radio contact anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Berthoud High School -- also known by its call sign W0BHS -- is in its first year taking part in the competition, which challenges amateur radio clubs at schools around the nation to make as many radio contacts as they can within 24 hours. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a form of electronic communication used by hobbyists to talk on designated radio bandwidths between cities, across the world, or even into space. While amateur radio operators usually must pass a test to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission before taking to the airwaves, the students can participate with supervision from a rotating pool of licensed volunteers. About 90 students signed up to take a turn either at the mic or as an information logger during the week-long competition. Each student could take one or more 32-minute shifts at the radio during their lunch breaks, study halls or library time. The competition imposes strict rules -- a station may operate no more than 6 hours in a 24-hour period, and a maximum of 24 hours during the 107-hour event. The teams must also take breaks after each shift of 10 minutes at minimum. By midday Friday, the students had logged close to 400 contacts from 40 states, four Canadian provinces and six countries, including Germany, Finland and Kosovo. BHS has had an amateur radio club for three years, said Scott Kindt, a physics and chemistry teacher at the school and the radio club's faculty sponsor. Though participation in the club has been growing each year, Kindt was looking for new ways to get even more students interested in amateur radio operation.

    02/18/2018 06:06 PM

  • DMR Talkgroup for Universities:

    Paul Thieme, President of the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club, W9YB in the United States wants to hear from UK university amateur radio clubs that have linked DMR repeaters. Recently, his club has been working with Brandmeister worldwide officials to create a DMR talkgroup specifically for university amateur radio operators.

    02/17/2018 06:36 PM

  • WIA Moves Towards 24/7 Ticketing System:

    We live in an age of digital transformation where organisations providing 24x7 self-service digital delivery to all help to improve service levels. Over the past few months the WIA office team have been trialling an enquiry, complaint and request management system to provide members with better service and status updates. A system that will also enable self-service, 24x7 via an online portal. This means you can check the details of your WIA enquiry or respond to clarifications 24 hours a day, seven days a week without needing to wait for when you can call the office.

    02/17/2018 06:35 PM

  • ILLW 100 Entry is YL Team from Portugal:

    The Amateur Radio Ladies Portugal will be operating from Cabo Carvoeiro, Ladin overlooking a western point peninsula of the Atlantic Ocean.

    02/16/2018 06:01 PM

  • New Policy for WIA QSL Bureau Operations:

    Late last year, the WIA QSL Card Committee developed a policy paper which updated the manner in which the WIA QSL Bureaus operate. That paper was submitted to the WIA Board for their consideration at the December Board meeting. The paper was ultimately approved by the Board at that meeting, and is now the agreed policy for the WIA Bureau operations.

    02/16/2018 06:00 PM

  • WF Amateur Radio Society Looks to Add Millennials:

    WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) -- The Wichita Falls Amateur Radio Society says people should still look to amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency, even when everyone can get instant updates on their mobile devices. During emergencies, cell towers tend to get over crowded. At those times, radio is the only way to communicate. The club consists mostly of people over age 40. So, they are making an effort to get young people involved. Even though they're struggling to get young people to join, families are playing a part in peaking their kids' interests and helping them get licenses.

    02/16/2018 06:00 PM

  • The American Legion's 99th Birthday to be Celebrated:

    INDIANAPOLIS - March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 - for the day in 1776 when rebelling patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and the spirit of America was born - March 15 is the day on which the Legion came to life.

    02/16/2018 03:09 PM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #07 de K7RA:

    Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

    02/16/2018 03:05 PM

  • Bellefonte Area Middle School Students Work On Out-Of-This-World Project:

    For a federal agency dealing in rockets and space travel, NASA operates by kind of a loose timetable. All that Bellefonte Area Middle School Principal Summer Garman and her students have been given is a 120-hour window at the end of February wherein 7 to 9 minutes will be allotted to a conversation with personnel aboard the International Space Station. Student engagement was important to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, the group playing operator to two very long-distance parties.

    02/15/2018 06:18 PM

  • Ham Fest:

    This past Saturday I attended the Collinsville Ham Fest: no it was not a pork jubilee. What a Ham Fest is: partly a show, a swap meet, and socializing for Amateur Radio enthusiasts. I know there are a lot of preconceived ideas about hams (short for amateurs), some think they are geeks; that ham radio is a dying group - why would anyone need a two way radio with computers and cell phones? As far as being geeks, radio was probably the first geekdom, going back to the 1920's. Radio was really the first mass media and the world fell in love with the technology. For a few decades, the purchase of a radio was quite prohibited. The average wage back in the day was 5 bucks a week, and a commercially built receiver could cost hundreds of dollars, so folks improvised and built their "rigs." Later others experimented with building two way set ups. If you could get the active device, which in that time was a tube, you could shortly be listening to news broadcast or music, soon after talk radio was conceived. This was the norm till after WW2, when the surplus market was flooded with military gear and parts. As far as it being an old mans hobby, even today that is rather misleading. While I was in the convention center, I closely watched the people milling through the sales area. While there were a substantial number of old men, there were also quite a few women, and an astonishing amount of young people. There are many facets to the hobby. I've found that the younger members of the hobby enjoy using their laptops and even pi setups for digital communications. All of which is quite inexpensive, portable, and can be powered from an array of alternative power sources. Examples would be PSK 31, JT 9 and JT65. Some people collect old test gear, others like restore decades old equipment; myself I like to take those odd and end pieces and build working pieces to use on the air.

    02/15/2018 06:18 PM

  • Wi-Fi-connected 3D-Printed Objects Communicate Without Electronics:

    With technologies of all sorts having invaded our lives in every domain it is interesting to see how new technologies are being developed that exploit existing technologies as if they were part of nature instead of man-made. Wi-Fi is a good example. Because Wi-Fi access points are everywhere navigation systems can use databases of Wi-Fi access points to accurately calculate their position. Wi-Fi access points thus have reached the status of landmarks. Another emerging technology based on Wi-Fi signals is Wi-Fi backscatter communication where passive objects use the Wi-Fi signals surrounding them to send information to a receiver in a way similar to a mirror reflecting sunlight. Since Wi-Fi signals are reflected by objects they can superimpose information on the signal by modulating their reflectivity. A receiver can detect the object and extract the information by comparing the Wi-Fi signals it receives over different paths. Without modulation all the packets should contain the same information whereas modulated reflections are different and therefore detectable.

    02/15/2018 06:17 PM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #08:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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.

    02/15/2018 10:00 AM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    02/15/2018 09:59 AM

  • 'Awesome' Activity for The 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase:

    "On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!" ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. "The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers.

    02/15/2018 09:59 AM

  • ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award:

    This week, ARRL announced a Mobile DXCC Operating Award, available to radio amateurs who have contacted at least 100 DXCC entities from a working vehicle, with antennas and power source capable of operating while in motion. ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, advised those pursuing the award to put safety first.

    02/15/2018 09:58 AM

  • 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived:

    Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful earlier this month in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa on their way back home. According to the latest ClubLog DXCC Most-Wanted List, Bouvet is the second most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.

    02/15/2018 09:59 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Vacuum Tubes" is the topic of the new (February 8) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    02/15/2018 09:58 AM

  • ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials:

    ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne and Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd's 1928 - 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost "Little America," the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

    02/15/2018 09:56 AM

  • Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down The Most-Wanted List a Few Notches:

    What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo's 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log's DXCC Most-Wanted List as of February 14, the Republic of Kosovo now is in the number eight position after rocketing into the number one slot when it became a DXCC entity on January 21. The number two and number three slots are held by Bouvet Island and Crozet Island, respectively, while North Korea is back at number one.

    02/15/2018 09:58 AM

  • Radio Amateur Named as Next President of Harvard University:

    Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1FZQ, of Brookline, Massachusetts, has been selected to become the 29th president of Harvard University, the home of W1AF. Selected from among a field of some 700 candidates, Bacow will take office on July 1, succeeding Drew Faust.

    02/15/2018 09:56 AM