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  • West Central Florida Section ARES Keeping Close Eye on Alberto

    ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES® has gone to a Level 3 activation (standby) at 1800 EDT due to the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings in advance of Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto for coastal areas of WCF Section counties and for all of Pinellas County, which is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Old Tampa Bay.

    “At this time our respective ARES groups are in stand-by mode, but w...

    05/27/2018 10:45 AM

  • Montana ARES Group Activated in Advance of Anticipated Flooding

    05/26/2018 03:34 PM

  • QST Honored with E.T. Krenkel Medal for Outstanding Global Contributions to Amateur Radio

    The Russian National Academy of Researches and Discoveries has honored QST with an E.T. Krenkel Medal for “outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio.”

    The award’s namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet “drifting station,” North...

    05/25/2018 12:45 PM

  • The K7RA Solar Update

    Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week.

    According to Spaceweather.com, in 2018 56% of days so far have been spotless.

    Currently sunspot group 2710 and 2711 are active (2711 is growing), and 2712 is ab...

    05/25/2018 08:26 AM

  • ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28

    ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

    05/25/2018 08:05 AM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    “Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the topic of the new (May 24) 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 Do...

    05/24/2018 01:47 PM

  • ARRL White Paper Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes

    ARRL has released a “white paper” that provides some context to explain proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By Laws that the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for full Board passage at its April 21 meeting. Study continues of the so-called “Code of Conduct” for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of ...

    05/23/2018 01:35 PM

  • Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF

    China’s Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will have HF capability.

    CAS-5A is a 6U CubeSat. It will an HF/HF (21/29 MHz) mode linear transponder; an HF/UHF (21/435 MHz) mode linear transponder; ...

    05/23/2018 10:01 AM

  • New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections

    Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition during the spring election cycle.

    In Indiana, James “Jimmy” Merry, KC9RPX, of Ellettsville, was declared elected in a very clos...

    05/23/2018 09:00 AM

  • Post-Launch Signals Received as Amateur Radio Heads to Moon

    05/21/2018 10:42 AM

  • ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ, SK

    ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years, starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including Advertising). She m...

    05/21/2018 09:24 AM

  • Hamvention 2018 - Sunday Roundup

    Hamvention 2018 is history. It was a rain-plagued event . . . until today. On Sunday, the Sun burst forth and the bargain hunters flocked to the Xenia Fairgrounds. A number of exhibitors commented that it was the largest Hamvention Sunday attendance that they had seen in a long time.

    This Hamvention may also be remembered for the number of new products that debuted at the show. In addition to th...

    05/20/2018 07:19 PM

  • CQ Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

    CQ Magazine has announced the 2018 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

    The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 11 new members for 2018, bringing to 321 the total number of inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio as well as radio amateurs who have made signif...

    05/19/2018 09:01 PM

  • Hamvention 2018 - Saturday Roundup

    As with most Dayton Hamventions, Saturday was the big day. The crowds were large with streams of people moving from building to building. The rain showers persisted, accompanied by an afternoon thunderstorm, but the wet episodes were relatively brief. Most attendees had come prepared with everything from umbrellas to rain ponchos.

    Hamvention’s attempts to mitigate last year’s mud issues in the f...

    05/19/2018 07:24 PM

  • Hamvention 2018 - Friday Roundup

    Friday was damp at the Dayton Hamvention, but the rain showers did little to deter the crowds. In fact, many seemed to even prefer overcast conditions to the alternative: sun and heat.

    Perhaps as a consequence of the rain, the indoor exhibit areas were packed. At times the crowds revived memories of Hamvention at Hara Arena when movement was next to impossible with human traffic jams in the aisl...

    05/18/2018 07:44 PM

  • Hancock County to Observe Amateur Radio Week:

    NEW CUMBERLAND -- Area residents interested in learning more about the world of amateur radio will have an opportunity with an event planned by the Hancock AuxComm Team. Part of the national Amateur Field Day, the event will be held from 2 p.m., June 23 to 2 p.m., June 24 at Clarke Field in Newell. "We're operating for a 24-hour consecutive period," team Secretary Roy Polmanteer said. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work under any conditions, from just about any location, and create an independent communications network. During the May 17 Hancock County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a proclamation recognizing June 18 to June 24 as Amateur Radio Week in the county. Ham radio operators have held annual field day exercises since 1933, according to Polmanteer, establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill involved in operating amateur radio.

    05/27/2018 02:04 AM

  • Ham Radio Alive and Well:

    Strong numbers and a growing interest is making ham radio as popular as it has ever been. At the Red Cross Building in North Charleston last week, members of the amateur radio community met in North Charleston last week, giving out names and call-sign during the rollcall. The meeting is not just a hobby for radio nerds. Ham radio enthusiasts play an important role -- they will be able to relay messages many others cannot, because their signal travels, old-school, using VHF and UHF signals. "Let's say we have an earthquake here in Charleston, I know that the 800 megahertz system is going to go down that is all a trunked system, it is all on the internet, and all those lines are going to go down," said Lufkin. There are currently 73 licensed members in the Trident Amateur Radio Club the most Lufkin has seen in a long time and nationwide the trend is the same. "There are more amateur licenses today than ever in history," said Lufkin. "One of the reasons for that is the hospitals in the United States have mandated to have two amateur radio operators, in case of disasters."

    05/27/2018 02:03 AM

  • Midwest Storm Chaser Wants His Ashes Launched Into a Twister:

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP/Meredith) -- A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: "That'll be fun!!!!" Jim "Mad Dog" Sellars spelled out his unique wishes in the obituary he wrote before he died Tuesday. Greenlawn Funeral Home confirmed the death, saying the Springfield man was 64. He'd lived with a heart condition for several years. Jim Sellars worked more than three decades for a telephone company, served as a reserve police officer and had a lifelong passion for weather and ham radios. And for years, he chased storms. John Sellars says his brother could "look at the radar and just know where the storm was headed."

    05/26/2018 02:48 AM

  • Radio Club Plans Hamfest, Show:

    Vendor set‑up is at 6:30 a.m., with doors opening at 8 a.m. Tickets are $5. The MARC Hamfest traditionally features commercial vendors as well as table space available for amateurs with equipment to sell and trade. A vast array of amateur radio equipment and accessories, computers and software, parts, coaxial cable and connectors will greet visitors. The Midland Amateur Radio Club's large stock of vintage and hard-to-find vacuum tubes will also available for sale.

    05/26/2018 02:48 AM

  • Museum Camps Keep Students Learning:

    Mount Airy Museum of Regional History again has planned a full slate of youth camps for Summer 2018. "Students lose academic ground during summer break with achievement scores often falling well below where they were at the end of the school year just 11 weeks before," said Kate Rauhauser-Smith, director of Education and Programs, citing information from the Brookings Institution. "Teachers then spend much of the first month back reviewing last year's work. These losses hit especially hard in math and science according to research done by multiple organizations. Summer academic programs help combat the 'summer slide' and Mount Airy Museum of Regional History continues to offer a variety of programs to help." The camps kick off July 9-13 with Radio Waves Summer Camp for Middle and High Schoolers (grades 6-12). Participants will build a transistor radio, using soldering irons to put in place the many components required to pick up and listen to FM radio signals. They'll tour local radio station WPAQ, learn the history of broadcast and ham radio, and, working with regional professionals and hobbyists, will study and practice techniques needed for interviewing, sports casting, production and more.

    05/26/2018 02:47 AM

  • Two Spacecraft Will Get Closer to the Sun than Ever Before:

    Our understanding of distant stars has increased dramatically in recent decades. Thanks to improved instruments, scientists are able to see farther and clearer, thus learning more about star systems and the planets that orbit them (aka. extra-solar planets). Unfortunately, it will be some time before we develop the necessary technology to explore these stars up close. But in the meantime, NASA and the ESA are developing missions that will allow us to explore our own Sun like never before. These missions, NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the ESA's (the European Space Agency) Solar Orbiter, will explore closer to the Sun than any previous mission. In so doing, it is hoped that they will resolve decades-old questions about the inner workings of the Sun. These missions -- which will launch in 2018 and 2020, respectively -- will also have significant implications for life here on Earth. Not only is sunlight essential to life as we know it, solar flares can pose a major hazard for technology that humanity is becoming increasingly dependent on. This includes radio communications, satellites, power grids and human spaceflight.

    05/26/2018 02:47 AM

  • VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 27 May 2018 :

    In the news this week we find out about a new owner of the Western Australian Valve Bank which until now has been managed and maintained by Wayne VK6FT.

    05/26/2018 02:45 AM

  • Foundations of Amateur Radio #155:

    Where are all the Amateurs is a question that I am asked regularly by new entrants into our community. The journey most new amateurs go through and the one I followed starts with becoming interested, getting a license, buying a radio, setting it up and then turning on your radio. If you're lucky you are at this point surrounded by other amateurs, hopefully in a club setting, or you have a friend nearby and you're off and running.

    05/26/2018 02:46 AM

  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #21 de K7RA:

    Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week.

    05/25/2018 05:26 PM

  • Sanibel Student, Others Selected to Speak to Space Station Astronaut:

    The lucky students who get to speak to an International Space Station astronaut as part of the ARISS program at Allen Park Elementary School in Fort Myers can start practicing what they will say. Sixteen youth have been selected for the unique opportunity when the Space Station flies over Southwest Florida in the fall, including Elliot DeCosta from The Sanibel School. Five alternates were also selected from applications across Lee County Schools to include as many students as possible. "It was incredibly difficult to narrow down our applicants to the 16 students who will be speaking to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station via ham radio," teacher Courtney Black. "Those ultimately selected really stood out due to their interest and enthusiasm about STEM careers and space exploration." Black is the driving force behind ARISS - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station - for Allen Park. Since her application was accepted she has instituted a "Year in Space" learning program for her students. They have planted tomatoes from seeds that flew in space, they are tracking their steps until they reach the 478 million it would take to walk to the moon and they are studying rocketry, robotics and computer coding. The program culminates with a conversation with an astronaut.

    05/25/2018 01:17 AM

  • 'I'm a Nerd, I Know What I'm Doing':

    A Rochester man could face fines if he doesn't submit plans for a building permit and ask for a zoning variance for his amateur radio tower. City officials say Dan Knutson hasn't submitted plans for a building permit nor provided specifications for the about 58-foot tower holding multiple radio antennas on the roof of his home. Knutson contends the tower is structurally sound. It's secured with aircraft cables and guy wires to control its fall should it collapse -- which Knutson said would only happen if wind speeds were more than 100 miles per hour. "Everything's better than it needs to be," Knutson said. "I'm a nerd, I know what I'm doing."

    05/25/2018 01:17 AM

  • Scientists Predict Significant Increase in Solar Activity in the Next Days:

    This is evidenced by the space group GOES, a part of NASA. The reason for the growth is the appearance on the visible side of the Sun one of the largest in this year's group of sunspots. Accordingly, scholars have noted, one should expect significant growth of magnetic and electrical energy in the solar corona. Compared to measurement days old, the x-ray flux of the Sun measured at the Earth's orbit has increased about ten times. The trend is to an even more dramatic increase.

    05/25/2018 01:16 AM

  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #22:

    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, CS5CRE, SV2CLJ, 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.

    05/24/2018 05:40 PM

  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    05/24/2018 05:40 PM

  • ARRL White Paper Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes:

    ARRL has released a white paper that provides some context to explain proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By-Laws that the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for full Board passage at its April 21 meeting. Study continues of the so-called "Code of Conduct" for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors, with changes to be recommended for later Board consideration.

    05/24/2018 05:39 PM

  • Xenia Enjoys a Second, More Successful Year Playing Host to 'Dayton':

    Hamvention 2018 returned to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, for a second year, earning high marks for attendance, the debut of many new Amateur Radio transceivers, and tasty food.

    05/24/2018 05:39 PM

  • ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding with SATERN, Promotes Partnerships:

    On May 18 at Hamvention, ARRL and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations that spells out how they will work together in disaster and emergency responses. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, signed the MoU on behalf of ARRL on Hamvention's opening day. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, represented SATERN at the signing and delivered a copy of the MoU already signed by The Salvation Army. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said ARRL and SATERN have enjoyed a formal working relationship since 1976, and the MoU was up for renewal.

    05/24/2018 05:39 PM

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!

    "Coping with Poor HF Conditions" is the topic of the new (May 24) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

    05/24/2018 05:38 PM

  • New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections:

    Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition during the spring election cycle.

    05/24/2018 05:37 PM

  • Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF:

    China's Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders; one will have HF capability.

    05/24/2018 05:36 PM