Friday, 21st April 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

This just in from the Australian Space Forecast Centre at 2349 UTC on April 20, 2017:

Recurrent coronal hole is expected to be geoeffective.

FOR 23 APRIL 2017

23 Apr:  Active to Minor Storm reported old sunspot AR2644 returned after a 2-week trip around the Sun, and explode...

Sebastien Poulenard, F5UFX, is Recipient of Intrepid Spirit Award

From the International DX Convention in Visalia California comes word that DXer and Tromelin 2014 team leader Sebastien “Seb” Poulenard, F5UFX, is the recipient of the Intrepid Spirit Award, sponsored by the Intrepid-DX Group.

“This award is to recognize Sebastien’s outstanding efforts to activate Juan de Nova Island as FT4JA and Tromelin Island as FT4TA,” said Intrepid-DX Group Founder and Vice...

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE-EWS). Its major objective is for countri...

ARRL Hamvention Forum Topics Will Encompass Makers, Youth, HamSCI

When Hamvention® opens on May 19 for the first time in Xenia, Ohio, the focus of ARRL activities will be the ARRL EXPO in Building 2 of the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. ARRL will sponsor a slate of forums on all 3 days of Hamvention.

To highlight the new location, some fresh ARRL forum topics will accompany the old standards. Space is limited at some forum venues.

  • ARRL has reached o...

Thursday, 20th April 2017

Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families

For the past 24 years, members of India’s West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields a special event st...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Grounding” is the topic of the current 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, Joel Hallas,...

RARSfest Hosts 2017 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention

WB2REM and K5PA Win the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “DIY Remote Radio Now” by Jim Millner, WB2REM, and Gene Hinkle, K5PA. 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 May issue today.


Wednesday, 19th April 2017

ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team shared a booth with a few other educational programs under the ...

Tickets Available for TAPR/AMSAT Banquet

The deadline is May 16 to purchase tickets for the 11th annual joint TAPR/AMSAT Banquet, set for May 19 in conjunction with Hamvention. Tickets ($35) will not be sold at Hamvention, and ticket pick-up will not be available at the AMSAT booth.

A list of tickets purchased online will be maintained, with check-in at the door.

The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 457...

Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

Motorola Solutions on March 29 announced that it had filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany.

The legal action in Germany came on the heels of complaints the company filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging that Hytera’s ...

Tuesday, 18th April 2017

Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station

With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs will head into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The three touched down safely in Kazakhstan on April 10 after spending 173 days on board the orbiting lab...

Spratly Islands DXpedition Postponed

Nominations are Open for the 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year

Nominations for the 2017 Bill Pasternak/Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) will be accepted until May 31.

Candidates for the award must be 18 or younger and reside in the US (or its possessions) or Canada. Nominees must hold a valid Amateur Radio license issued by the US or Canada.

A candidate needs to have accomplished something outstanding as an Amateur Radio operator, wheth...

Today is World Amateur Radio Day!

The May/June Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!

The May/June issue of QEX, ARRL’s bimonthly magazine for experimenters, is off the press and in the mail!

In this issue . . .

Michael Knitter, DG5MK, describes a complex-impedance analyzer that uses a heterodyning technique and high resolution ADCs to get good accuracy at low cost.

Robert H. Sternowski, WBØLBI, uncovers old measurements, which show that vertically and horizontally polarized noise ...

Monday, 17th April 2017

FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

The FCC has proposed a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens, New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with NYPD officers’ communications. Jay Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls fro...

Central States VHF Society Solicits Conference Papers, Presentations, Poster Displays

The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) is soliciting papers, presentations, and posters/tabletop displays for its 51st annual conference, set for July 27-30 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference is seeking papers, presentations, and posters on all “weak-signal” VHF-and-above Amateur Radio topics. These include:

  • Antennas, including modeling, design,...

Friday, 14th April 2017

ISS Packet System is Back on VHF

The K7RA Solar Update

Solar indicators, both sunspot numbers and solar flux, both dropped this week, in fact on April 8 there were no sunspots. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 65.9 to 16.6, and average daily solar flux went from 96.5 to 73.8, compared to the previous seven days, .

Average daily planetary A index went from 15.6 to 10.6, and average daily mid-latitude A index declined from 13 to 9.3.


Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur Now Available

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur by Ward Silver, N0AX, is now available from ARRL. Proper station grounding is important! Build your ham radio station with effective grounding and bonding techniques for electrical safety, lightning protection, and RF management.

Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur shows you how to make sure your station follows current standards for lightning ...

2017 National Hurricane Conference Set for New Orleans

The 2017 National Hurricane Conference that gets under way this month in New Orleans will offer several presentations for radio amateurs. The conference theme, as it’s been in the past, is to improve hurricane preparedness. All Amateur Radio sessions are free. For 2017, all the Amateur Radio sessions will be on Wednesday Morning, April 19, from 8:30 AM until 12:15 PM CDT. There will be two Amat...

Four Days in May is Hamvention Weekend Focus for QRP Community

Four Days In May (FDIM) is the event that attracts many members of the QRP community to the Dayton, Ohio, area at Hamvention® time.

Registration remains open for the annual event, which gets under way on Thursday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio. FDIM is the annual convention of the event’s sponsor, the QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRPARCI).

FDIM features a day of seminars, ...

Monday, 10th April 2017

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on Friday, April 14

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, April 14. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on that day.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 17, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

ARRL 2016 International Humanitarian Award Winners Honored

New Rookie Roundup Rules Go into Effect for SSB Event on April 17

You might be a rookie and not even know it! The definition of a rookie has been changed for the Rookie Roundup, making it possible for more radio amateurs to qualify for the “Rookie” category.

Rookie Roundup is a 6-hour operating event aimed at radio amateurs licensed for 3 years or less. Operators first licensed in 2015, 2016, or 2017 already qualify as Rookies.

Starting with the April 17 SSB ev...

We Want U!

2016 ARRL DXCC Yearbook Now Available

The 2016 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2016 Annual List, as well as the 2016 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers.

DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.


Saturday, 8th April 2017

Noted Contester Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, SK

A well-known contest signal has gone silent. Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on April 6 after suffering an apparent heart attack. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. Sonnier had been licensed since the early 1950s.

A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Sonnier practiced family medicine in Lafayette. His always enviable signal from W5WMU...

Friday, 7th April 2017

The May Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

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