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Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Appointed General Chairman for Hamvention® 2019

ARRL News - 9 hours 8 min ago

The Dayton Amateur Radio Board of Directors has appointed Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, of Springboro, Ohio, as the General Chairman for Hamvention® 2019. Gerbs, who served as Assistant General Chairman for the 2017 and 2018 Hamventions, succeeds Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, who served in the post for the 2017 and 2018 shows.

“Jack worked very closely with me the last 2 years and is very familiar with all aspects ...

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WRTC 2018 Teams Produce Amazing Contact Totals Despite Poor Conditions

ARRL News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:11pm

A crack team of contesters from Lithuania has won the gold medal in World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018), held over the weekend in Germany. Operating as Y81N, Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L, topped the real-time scoreboard for much of the event, which is held as a competition within a contest in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship. Lucinskas and Jukna had end...

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ARRL News - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:56pm

Amazon Prime Day is here! Deals started at 3 PM EDT (1900 UTC) today, July 16 and run through Tuesday, July 17. 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.

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FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application

QRZ Now - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:55am

[UPDATED 2018-07-12 @ 1937 UTC — This story corrects some incorrect statements included in an earlier post.]

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Sippel’s Order followed Crowell’s refusal to appear in Washington, DC, for a hearing to consider not just his license renewal but related enforcement issues dating back 15 years or more.

“Crowell’s decision not to appear at the hearing has the same practical effect as if he had initially failed, pursuant to Section 1.221(c) of the Rules, to file a written notice of appearance or otherwise signal his intent to participate in the hearing on his pending renewal application, i.e., he has waived his right to prosecute that application,” Harold said in the Enforcement Bureau’s June 12 motion to dismiss Crowell’s license renewal application.

In his Order, Sippel said he agreed with Harold’s determination. Crowell had asserted that the FCC was obliged to hold field hearings in the city nearest to a licensee’s residence, but Sippel said that was incorrect. Crowell invoked financial hardship rules, but Sippel said those would not apply in an Amateur Radio case. Dismissal of the renewal application was “with prejudice.”

It has been 10 years since the FCC set Crowell’s license renewal application for hearing, which was to center on whether he had violated FCC Part 97 rules in the early 2000s, in part by causing intentional interference, transmitting music, and “using indecent language,” and whether he was qualified to have his renewal application granted.

Crowell raised the lengthy delay in his response to Harold’s June 12 motion. “The more-than-10-year delay in holding a hearing herein (that’s only since the Hearing Designation Order [was] issued; the pre-HDO part of the case goes back to 2000) violates my administrative due process rights,” claimed Crowell, who is an attorney.

Crowell further claimed that most of the witnesses who might testify at a hearing are now deceased, and “the evidence is terribly stale.” He said the Enforcement Bureau “has no excuse for not having taken this case to a hearing at a much earlier date, and, at this point, my ability to elucidate the truth has been fatally compromised.”

Crowell was fined $25,000 in 2016 for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The FCC said Crowell did not deny making the transmissions but argued, in large part, that those transmissions were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The FCC turned away that assertion.

Sippel said he had stayed the renewal case on the basis of the pending Forfeiture Order proceeding, but said he was later informed that the US Department of Justice had decided not to prosecute the case.


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Flex-6400M and Flex-6600M Preview from the Dayton Hamvention 2017 [ VIDEO ] May 22, 2017 No comments

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Why even good Antennas need good Coax Cable January 14, 2017 No comments

By Dennis Walter “Nothing’s going on shortwave anymore!” Really? Many ham radio operators and SWLs keep telling me that nothing is going on on shortwa... Read more

HF Mobile Antennas – Ham Nation January 21, 2017 No comments

Gordon West (WB6NOA) talks about HF mobile antennas, and getting the feed-point impedance at 50 Ohms. Also covered, is a recommendation on the type of... Read more

Introducing the Icom IC-7850 50th Anniversary Edition [ Video ] February 06, 2015 No comments

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Antenna Beverages On Ice vs. Beverages On Ground DX February 19, 2015 No comments

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C3S-JK – 2 Elements on 20M / 2 Elements on 15M / 2 Elements on 10M / 12 Foot Boom January 20, 2018 No comments

The C3S-JK (Tribander) has been re-designed, optimized & Improved from the very popular Force 12 Tribander Here are the important changes/features... Read more

XR3-NV | HIGH PERFORMANCE 14 ELEMENT 20 / 15 / 10 METER MULTI-MONO CONTEST YAG June 03, 2016 No comments

The Ultimate Contest Tribander: fourteen elements delivering superior performance on 20, 15 and 10 meters! Click here to download a PDF of the XR6 pro... Read more

2-Element parasitic Yagis by DK7ZB – 10 15 20 30 meters June 02, 2015 No comments

  2-Element parasitic Yagis by DK7ZB for the Shortwave-Bands 10m-30m No other antenna has a better relation between gain and expense than the 2-E... Read more

Universal DIY Carbon VHF Yagi Antenna February 15, 2017 No comments

  by:Jenny List “If you’ve ever cast your eye towards the rooftops, you’ll be familiar with the Yagi antenna. A dipole radiator with a refl... Read more

VHF AnyTone AT-D868UV dual-band VHF and UHF DMR portable October 07, 2016 No comments

  AnyTone AT-D868UV Today, Qixiang Electron Science & Technology Co., Ltd, the Chinese manufacturer that produces the AnyTone line of two-way... Read more

Icom ID-880H September 21, 2015 No comments

Icom ID-880H Switchable VHF/UHF dual band The ID-880H provides VHF/UHF dual band capabilities (one band at a time) via a simple band switching system.... Read more

New UHF ISS Digipeater! December 16, 2016 No comments

“Recently, the old VHF Ericsson handheld used for the digipeater on the ISS died and it was replaced with an equivalent UHF one. This is my firs... Read more

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR February 15, 2017 No comments

TYT just released the first ever image of the upcoming TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR handheld radio. TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Dual time slot for point to... Read more

Baofeng For Dummies: UV5R+ HAM Radio Tutorial August 05, 2015 No comments

Baofeng Watch in HD! Today I show you how I use my HAM radios to listen in to local police, fire and EMS. Also handy for receiving weather radio and t... Read more

Digital Modes Third Public Test of FT8 DXpediton Mode Deemed a Success May 09, 2018 No comments

The third public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode on May 5 is being called a success. The goal of the exercise was to simulate a rare DXpedition pileup on... Read more

Release: WSJT-X Version 1.9.0-rc4 April 29, 2018 No comments

Changes from WSJT-X Version 1.9.0-rc3 include the following: – Corrected a number of flaws in Fox and Hound behavior, FT8 DXpedition Mode... Read more

A New Spin on JT Alert HRD Logbook and WSJT X April 11, 2018 No comments

WSJT-X for rig control. There’s no need for HRD rig control to be running. Just HRD Logbook, WSJT-X and JT Alert. Read more

Second Public Test of FT8 DXpedition Mode Demonstrates High Contact Rates Possible April 10, 2018 No comments

The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode has shown that the mock DXpedition stations (“Foxes”) were able to work the pileups of callers (“Hounds”... Read more

MixW 4 is a new multi-mode, multi-platform software for radio amateurs. April 06, 2018 No comments

  MixW 4 is a new multi-mode, multi-platform software for radio amateurs. A completely new outlook. Tons of new features. JT65 and FT8 modes. Kiw... Read more

Final Preparations Under Way for Youth on the Air 2018 in South Africa

QRZ Now - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:45am

With just weeks to go until the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) international event, YOTA South Africa 2018 gets under way. The South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is hosting the event. A summertime gathering in the past, YOTA South Africa 2018 will take place during the Southern Hemisphere winter. The YOTA events team is wrapping up preparations for the 7-day program, August 8 – 15, in South Africa’s Gauteng region. Some 80 young radio amateurs — including 13-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, of Florida — are expected to attend and operate the ZS9YOTA special event station while there.

Last August, 80 young people attended YOTA Summer Camp in England, sponsored by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Two young radio amateurs from the US attended the 2016 YOTA Summer Camp in Austria.

“In addition to Amateur Radio, this week creates the opportunity to learn all about different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill, as well as learn new communication and technical skills,” IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, said in a statement.

Leenders said this year’s camp will mark the first YOTA event focusing on a “train the trainer” principle, with participants learning tips and techniques to start their own youth activities or programs when they return home. “With this [approach], we will reach a bigger audience on a national and local level, which [helps] more young people and newcomers get involved in Amateur Radio,” she said.

YOTA South African 2018 will offer participating radio amateurs opportunities to learn more about Amateur Radio, get acquainted with fellow amateurs from other parts of the world, and have a lot of fun with Amateur Radio and social activities during the weeklong camp.

SARL President Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, promised that participants would be greeted “with a traditional South African welcome.” He said campers can expect “a mild winter with sun-filled days” with daytime temperatures in the mid-60s. He called YOTA South Africa 2018 a “pseudo-summer camp.”

Highlights planned for the week include learning about software-defined radio (SDR) technology, building a mini CubeSat, and experience launching and tracking it into near space on a high-altitude balloon. They also will learn about Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) — essentially Amateur Radio on the move — and they will build a QRP (low-power) HF transceiver kit. The week also will include a visit to a game reserve.


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Jim, W6LG looks at http://www.sherweng.com/table.html website with extensive detail about receiver performance. Read more

Kenwood TH-D74 – D-Star and Analog FM audio with EQ off / on 4K January 08, 2017 No comments

“In this video, we are testing the integrated audio parametric equalizer of the Kenwood TH-D-74. In D-Star and in analog FM. Can you hear the di... Read more

Yaesu FT DX3000 Review [ Video ] May 19, 2015 No comments

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Tech Tips – Radio & Antenna for HF Go Box November 23, 2016 No comments

Tech Tips – Mike, KC8NMW – DX Engineering Sales & Tech Support “What HF rig and antennas are good for a go box?” Read more

From the Array Solutions Lab: OM Power 2500A amplifier Selecting Antennas and Filters February 27, 2017 No comments

Showing how the OM-Power Automatic amplifiers like the OM-2500A, OM-4000A, can control the selection of up to ten antennas driving an antenna switch a... Read more

Equipment Adding an Amplifier to your Station [ PodCast ] – ARRL The Doctor is In March 01, 2018 No comments

Adding an amp is not as straightforward as it sounds. There is much to consider, including AC power. Read more

100KHz-1.7GHz Full Band UV HF RTL-SDR USB Tuner Receiver/ R820T+8232 December 19, 2014 No comments

  Description: WHAT IS SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO (SDR)?    In traditional hardware radios, the mathematical operations required to decode and proces... Read more

The One Person Antenna Raiser by KL7JR January 30, 2015 No comments

  The One Person Antenna Raiser Like to operate portable? Do you have trouble finding help for antenna raising at your QTH? This may just be the... Read more

Elecraft KX3 Transceiver January 06, 2015 No comments

Elecraft KX3 Transceiver Ultra-Compact Home/Portable/Mobile Station The revolutionary Elecraft KX3 puts the world in the palm of your hand! Despite it... Read more

FA-VA5 600MHz Vector Antenna Analyzer Kit July 04, 2018 No comments

Introducing the new high precision 600 MHz Antenna Analyzer for measurements of antennas, cables and other one port devices. The new VA5 is a portable... Read more

Antenna Triband Receiving Loop for 160/80/40m by AC0C November 30, 2016 No comments

“Noise is the constant companion of the stealth antenna warrior. And as the 160m season heats up this winter, the noise level of the house with... Read more

Ensure Better UHF Coaxial Feed Lines June 09, 2016 No comments

By DX Engineering’s Blog HF users really don’t have many coax issues. As long as power levels aren’t breached, just about any feed line will work with... Read more

EF155SL – 21 MHz Mono band antenna by YU7EF November 24, 2015 No comments

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Amateur Radio Tower Stand – KG0ZZ’s September 30, 2015 No comments

  A close up view of my ham radio tower and tower stand. The tower is five sections of Rohn 25-G tower. The top section is 8 feet long making the... Read more

Which is better: Vertical or Dipole? November 16, 2017 No comments

Vertical or dipole? Which is better for you? Antenna modeling software (EZNEC+) helps answer the question!  Read more

App - Mobile Rfinder for Visually Impaired on Android June 13, 2015 No comments

Rfinder Tom W3ZX, a visually impaired ham gives a great demo on Android using TalkBack for the visually impaired. See More: http://www.rfinder.net/blo... Read more

Hamradio Line Loss Calculator for iOS devices June 06, 2017 No comments

Coax Line from Federico Romano, IW2MVI is a simple and fast app that allow you to calculate the loss of your coax line and calculate power output from... Read more

Pocket Radio Android App ( TX and RX ) January 02, 2015 No comments

This is an Android application used to remotely control several HAM radio  – any CAT enabled transceiver over Bluetooth, USB/Serial or with secu... Read more

SDR Touch demo on Android device using SDRplay RSP April 24, 2016 No comments

This demonstrates turning an Android Tablet (or Android Phone) into a highly portable comms receiver or spectrum analyzer operating from Long Wave to... Read more

RFinder – The World Wide Repeater Directory now free trial on Android! November 09, 2015 No comments

In order to support the proliferation of third party app stores worldwide, we have now released RFinder on Android as trialware! Just go download it f... Read more

Friedrichshafen Emergency Communications Gathering Hears Reports

ARRL News - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 2:32pm

IARU Region 1 Emergency Coordinator Greg Mossup, G0DUB, has posted a report on the Emergency Communications Meeting held at June’s Ham Radio event in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Mossup said some 20 emergency communicators attended the June 1 meeting, sponsored by the IARU.

“After the introduction and Region 1 report, there were interesting presentations followed by a good exchange of information i...

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ARRL Audio News - July 13, 2018

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 9:00am
ARRL Audio News - July 13, 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:24am

As of Thursday, July 12, there have been no sunspots visible for 16 days consecutively.

Spaceweather.com pointed out that to find an equally long stretch of no sunspots, we must look back to November 2009 when we were emerging from the deepest solar minimum in a century. At the lowest of the low activity in 2008, the sun was blank for 52 consecutive days, they reported, and that seems to be from...

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WRTC 2018 Call Signs Will Be Y81A through Y89U

ARRL News - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 5:34pm

WRTC 2018 organizers today officially announced the list of call signs to be used during the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) competition that gets under way at 1200 UTC on Saturday, July 14. The call signs to be used will be Y81A through Y89U.

Y##-prefix call signs, once used by radio amateurs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were inherited by the Germa...

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FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application

ARRL News - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:00pm

[UPDATED 2018-07-12 @ 1937 UTC -- This story corrects some incorrect statements included in an earlier post.]

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6A...

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CQ World Wide Contest Rules Updated for 2018 Contest Season

QRZ Now - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 3:39pm

CQ has announced that, effective with 2018 contests, some modifications to the CQ World Wide Contest rules have been developed and approved by the contest committee.

  • The “busted call/NIL” penalty is reduced from 3× to 2×.
  • Email addresses for log submissions have been removed, and the committee now “strongly prefers” using web uploads to submit logs. Paper logs will still be accepted.
  • The 10× penalty for “rubber clocking” with MS/M2 entries has been eliminated, although the committee “will continue to vigorously pursue time abuses.”
  • The observer program has been eliminated. “Given the absence of a reasonable pool of volunteers and supporting funding, the program has proven to be impractical,” CQ said.
  • The top entry in the “Rookie” category will be awarded on a one-time-only basis. Previous Rookie winners are ineligible for plaques in this category.

Submit questions via the CQ WW “Contact Form” page. — Thanks to John Dorr, K1AR, CQ World Wide Contest Director


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Getting Started with the FM Satellites March 30, 2015 No comments

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VR-P25 Power Amplifier for Handheld Radios September 13, 2017 No comments

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VHF Repeater Project (GB3XP) – ICQPODCAST November 30, 2015 No comments

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Compare All BaoFeng Radios April 13, 2015 No comments

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Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Digital Radio Preview June 19, 2016 No comments

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Antenna MULTIBAND H-POLE – VERTICAL WIRE ANTENNA FOR 160m – 10m by HB9MTN January 26, 2017 No comments

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Comet mobile antenna of 430MHz band – ASF-430 April 15, 2015 No comments

  Comet is the 19th Kansai first exhibition was of the amateur radio festival venue, fin-type mobile antenna · ASF-430 of 430MHz band. Adopted wa... Read more

3D Printing – A Ham Radio dipole center with BNC and 1:1 balun February 26, 2018 No comments

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CrankIR Series Antenna Vertical January 10, 2015 No comments

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Triband Receiving Loop for 160/80/40m by AC0C November 30, 2016 No comments

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Alaskan Arrow LEO Satellite Antenna – 4 Elements for 2 Meters crossed with 10 Elements for 70 cm May 29, 2018 No comments

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Review Geochron Digital 4k UHD Review June 11, 2018 No comments

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Unboxing the BITX40 SSB QRP 40-Meter Kig February 08, 2017 No comments

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IARUMS Region 1 Presentation by HB9CET October 22, 2017 No comments

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SunSDR2 PRO at SK3W in CQWW SSB November 09, 2015 No comments

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QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918 September 25, 2017 No comments

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Kenwood TS-2000 – ARRL Review March 09, 2016 No comments

Kenwood TS-2000 The Kenwood TS-2000 is an all band HF/VHF/UHF transceiver with exceptional features and versatility. Wide band Main HF reception inclu... Read more

App - Mobile The World Wide Repeater Directory March 22, 2015 No comments

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EchoLink for iOS version 2.2 is now available February 09, 2017 No comments

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OpenHPSDR Radio – Android App December 08, 2014 No comments

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Antenna Tool App – Android November 19, 2014 No comments

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Updated Android Digital QST App Now Available July 28, 2016 No comments

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