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Maritime Radio Historical Society Announces 20th Anniversary “Night of Nights” Event

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 07:37

The Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) “Night of Nights” event on July 12 (July 13 UTC) will mark the 20th anniversary of the day when the commercial stations that once populated the HF bands ended CW service, leading to the founding of the MRHS.

While shore stations KPH, KFS, and K6KPH are on the air each Saturday, every available transmitter at the Bolinas, California, site is brought on...

Window Closing on July 15 for Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:39

As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH...

Chinese CAS-7B Satellite Carrying an FM Transponder to Launch

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 16:29

Another Amateur Radio satellite is set to launch from China. CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that CAS-7B (BP-1B) is expected to launch on July 22 at 0500 UTC, on the Hyperbola 1 vehicle. CAS-7B is a spherical spacecraft, 500 millimeters (approximately 19.7 inches) in diameter with a mass of 3 kilograms (about 6.6 pounds). The CW telemetry beacon will be on 435.715 MHz. The V/U FM 16 kHz wi...

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day and Support ARRL

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:37

Amazon's Prime Day is almost here! Deals start at 3 AM ET on Monday, July 15, and continue through Tuesday, July 16. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, A...

QST Now Listing Code Proficiency Award Recipients

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:18

Starting with the August issue, QST will list the recipients of W1AW Code Proficiency certificates. Key manufacturer Vibroplex now is sponsoring the certificates, which debut a new design. The Code Proficiency program has been an ARRL staple for decades. Participants who copy a W1AW qualifying run and submit 1 minute of legible solid copy and the $10 certificate fee can qualify.

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Report: California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:58

British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on...

AMSAT Announces New Board of Directors Election Process

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:04

AMSAT will provide its members with online voting as the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election gets under way. This year, AMSAT has contracted with a single, independent vendor, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully manage the election process, instead of with multiple vendors as it’s done in the past.

“AMSAT believes this voting system will result in greater election integrity, as it removes the...

IARU Attends CEPT Meeting on Wireless Power Transmission

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:05

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) reports that a further meeting to address the topic of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) took place last week. A subgroup of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Committee SE24, which charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices, met in Copenhagen, Denmark.

IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie,...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:57

Tad Cook, K7RA, in Seattle, reports: Solar activity remains very low. Over the past 2 weeks, only 4 days had visible sunspots, so the average daily sunspot number went from 6.7 in last week’s report to 1.6 this week.

Average daily solar flux remained the same, moving only from 67.4 to 67.5. Geomagnetic activity was also flat, with average daily planetary A index changing from 5 to 4.9, and avera...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 08:00

Scientist Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, Honored for Ionospheric Imaging Research

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:59

Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, the academic director of the University of Bath Doctoral College in the UK, has received the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal and Prize for her pioneering research in tomography and data assimilation that revealed a completely new perspective on the ionosphere in response to extreme space weather.

“Mitchell innovated a completely new Earth observation technique by adapting med...

Historic Amateur Radio Contact Reported via Moon-Orbiting Satellite

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 11:42

A contact between a radio amateur in Germany and China took place on July 1 via the moon-orbiting LO-4 satellite, DSLWP-B, launched in May 2018. The two-way exchange between Reinhard Kuehn, DK5LA, in Soerup, Germany, and Harbin Institute of Technology club station BY2HIT (operated by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC), in Harbin, China, occurred between 0551 and 0728 UTC, according to reports. The GMSK-to-...

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