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Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:23

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late ...

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:04

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

Hamvention® Seeks 2019 Award Nominees

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:24

Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:21

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during ...

News from the ARRL Contest Branch

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:37

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF Contest. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are due by 2359 UTC on December 25.

WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:30

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

“The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on De...

ARRL Bill Leonard Audio Reporting Award Presented in New York City

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 16:17

The 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting was presented in New York on December 6 to the producers and staff of the radio program “The Takeaway.” The program, a joint production of Public Radio International (PRI), WGBH, and WNYC, aired a number of stories about Amateur Radio’s role in supporting disaster relief agencies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Mar...

Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC’s Administrative Law Judge

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:49

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

“Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,” Pai said. “The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our A...

ExseedSat Designated as VO-96

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:26

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT has designated the 1U ExseedSat CubeSat, launched on December 3 on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-96).

ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio amateurs, including Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE; George Phillips, VU2GT; Gurudatta Panda, VU3GDP; Sasi Bhushan, VU3ELR, and Nitin Muttin, VU3TYG. Initial telemet...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:39

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:39

After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Average daily planetary A index rose from ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:00

2018 ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates Page Now Live

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:01

The ARRL International Grid Chase Certificates page is now live. As IGC competitions are monthly, people can start generating monthly certificates to display. At year’s end, IGC will have the option to generate a certificate based on year-end tallies. For now, participants can select a month, then select up to 16 band/mode certificates they’d like to create. Participants with more than 16 band/...

Canadian National Parks on the Air Event Set to Start on January 1

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:33

The Canadian National Parks on the Air event (CNPOTA) will get under way on January 1, 2019, and continue until year’s end. A volunteer group of a half-dozen hams in Nova Scotia, working with a zero budget, came up with the notion of attempting to replicate the success of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, first created to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.

Radio...

FCC Will Be Closed on Wednesday, December 5

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:34

In observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, the FCC will close on Wednesday, December 5.  All paper and electronic filings due on December 5 are now due on Thursday, December 6, the Commission’s next official business day. Additionally, December 5 will not count in computing filing periods shorter than 7 days because it will be a Commission holiday. Due to the ...

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