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ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:41

Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan, via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient time to review the ...

4U1UN UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:19

Outside of beacon signals, 4U1UN, the Amateur Radio club station at United Nations Headquarters in New York, has not been heard on the air since 2015, and only then under the commemorative 4U70UN call sign marking the UN’s 70th anniversary that fall, with operation from a ground-level garden area within the UN Headquarters complex. That could change soon. The 4U1UN station, once within the icon...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Assist in California Fire Response

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:56

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California. Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, and forced countless residents to e...

Launch of Es’hail-2 with First Phase 4 Amateur Transponders Expected Later this Year

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:45

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, has tweeted that it’s anticipating that SpaceX will launch its geostationary Es’hail-2 satellite sometime in the 4th quarter of 2018. The commercial Qatari satellite will provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary communication and will be capable of linking amateurs from Brazil to Thailand.

Es’hail-2 will carry two AMSAT-DL-designed Phase 4 Amateur Ra...

Microwave Update 2018 Issues Call for Papers

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:47

Microwave Update (MUD) 2018 has issued a call for papers, encouraging participants to describe their latest project, design, or operating adventures. Microwave Update (MUD) is an international conference dedicated to microwave equipment design, construction, and operation. It is focused on, but not limited to, Amateur Radio on the microwave bands. Sponsored by the Midwest VHF/UHF Society, the e...

Great Lakes HamCon 2018 has been Cancelled

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:47

Great Lakes HamCon 2.0, set to occur in October at Michigan International Speedway, has been cancelled. This would have been the second Great Lakes HamCon, which had been sanctioned as the 2018 ARRL Michigan State Convention. In announcing the cancellation, sponsors said failure to come to a final agreement for the use of the speedway led to the difficult decision to cancel the event. "With jus...

Hamvention® Officials Say No New Building for 2019

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:24

Hamvention® and Greene County, Ohio, officials have been unable to reach agreement to erect a new building that could accommodate Hamvention activities at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

“Hamvention/Dayton Amateur Radio Association has spent many hours working with Greene County officials to reach an agreement on a long-term contract where both the Fairgrounds and ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:19

After six days with no visible sunspots, a new one appeared on Wednesday, August 1, with a daily sunspot number of 11. As there was also only one day with a sunspot (also 11) in the previous week, average daily sunspot number for this week was unchanged at 1.6. The new sunspot is small and was given the number AR2717 on Thursday, when the sunspot number again was 11.

Average daily solar flux was...

ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:07

The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing more than a year ago after 17 years of service. With a new battery ins...

VHF/UHF and Above Contests Just Ahead!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:52

Baker Island Top Band Operator Offers Observations

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:04

Trying to work stations on 160 meters from Baker Island during the KH1/KH7Z DXpedition was fraught with challenges, and the WSJT-X FT8 digital protocol proved to be one answer to making contacts from the rare DXCC entity under tough, summertime conditions. DXpedition team member George Wallner, AA7JV, recently offered some observations about the experience that may be helpful to North American ...

FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Illegally Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:35

The FCC has issued a Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng hand-held transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices. The FCC asserts that Amcrest marketed Baofeng model UV-5R-series FM ha...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:05

“Antenna Rotators” is the topic of the new (August 2) 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 himself...

ARRL 2017 Annual Report Focuses on Hurricane Response

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:21

The ARRL 2017 Annual Report, which highlights the organization’s efforts and activities throughout 2017, is now available. Starting with the cover photo, Amateur Radio’s response to the Atlantic hurricane season figures prominently in the report. Amateur Radio has repeatedly been the only means of communication into or out of an area affected by a natural disaster. Puerto Rico was especially ha...

Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, is 2018 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:37

Fourteen-year-old ARRL member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, of Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected as the 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). The son of Tim and Lauren (KG5TQO) Rascoll, Bryant was the youngest participant in the recent World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany.

Bryant says he became enthusiastic about Amateu...

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