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Ducie Island VP6D DXpedition, Other Pacific Operations on Target

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:15

The VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition is set to get under way October 20 and continue until November 3. According to Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW, the equipment, already en route, has been loaded aboard the M/V Braveheart in New Zealand. The Braveheart sets sail for Tahiti in late September, and the team of operators will catch up with the gear in Tahiti to begin their voyage to Ducie Island.

Elsewhere, from S...

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the September QST Cover Plaque Award

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:01

The winning article for the September 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Small Gap-Resonated HF Loop Antennas” 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 October is...

ARLHS Founder Jim Weidner, K2JXW, SK

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:48

Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) founder Jim Weidner, K2JXW, of Merchantville, New Jersey, died on September 1. He was 77. A radio amateur since 1954, Weidner was a retired high school and post-secondary English instructor, as well as an active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate-level work at Rowan University, Burlin...

Special Event Station WA2NYC Marking Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:01

WA2NYC is on the air to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and remember the 2,900 people who died as a result.

WA2NYC will be on the air until September 12 on 7.200, 14.265, 21.350, and 28.450 MHz, as well as DSTAR REF020C. The log will be posted to Logbook of The World (LoTW) or submit QSLs with SASE to WA2NYC, Wireless Association of New ...

ARRL Headquarters, Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN Monitoring Active Storms

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:52

With active storms in the Atlantic and Pacific basins, ARRL Headquarters, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) are all on alert. The most imminent storm is Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, which is set to strike the Carolinas later this week. Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said over the weekend that the net is keepin...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:38

Sunspots disappeared again, since August 28. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 17.7 (during the prior week) to 0, (naturally).

Average daily solar flux declined from 70.6 to 67.8. Geomagnetic indicators quieted, with average daily planetary A index changing from 19.9 to 6.3, and mid-latitude A index going from 13.4 to 5.9.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 7-14, 75 on September 15-1...

Top 10 Most Wanted DXCC Entities List Updated

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:12

Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated as of August 28. The list includes 340 entities, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, is the #1 most-wanted DXCC entity, as it has been for quite a few years.

The other top ten most-wanted entities, listed in descending order, are: 3Y/B Bouvet Island; FT5/W Crozet Island; BS7H Scarborough Reef; CE0X San F...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:00

“Antennas and Wind” is the topic of the current (August 30) 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 h...

ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Banquet, Sunday Seminar Speakers Named

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:11

Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE, will keynote the 2018 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) banquet on Saturday, September 15. His topic will be “Towards a 21st Century Understanding of Earth’s Upper Atmosphere: The Value of Radio Based Amateur-Scientist Partnerships.” Erickson heads MIT’s Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Group at Haystack Observatory.

Headlining the Sunday Seminar on Se...

Gordon Now Likely to Remain a Tropical Storm; Hurricane Watch Net Secures

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 20:36

At 0000 UTC on September 5 the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) formally secured operations initiated ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which had been forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane. The HWN had activated at 1500 UTC on September 4, as it typically does whenever a hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall.

“The net rarely activates for tropical storms, unless they are forecast to become hurric...

Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Gordon Courts Hurricane Status

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 18:33

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been relatively quiet up until now, but September typically is the peak month for storms. The quick-developing Tropical Storm Gordon now is forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 hurricane. In preparation, the Hurricane Watch Net will activate at 1500 UTC on September 4...

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