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The K7RA Solar Update

10 hours 20 min ago

At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24-25. “Expect the geomagnetic activity to increase to mostly Active levels with isolated periods of Minor to Major Storm levels due to a high speed solar wind stream associated with a negative polarity coronal hole becoming geo-effective”.

In last week’s report ARLP011 t...

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Hospital Ship Crew Members Get Amateur Radio Training at Sea

15 hours 4 min ago

On February 21, US Army civilian contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii to begin its deployment for “Pacific Partnership 2018” (PP18), a humanitarian assistance exercise that will include several Pacific stops. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage was to conduct Technician and General Amate...

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LoTW May Be Unavailable for Brief Periods on March 26

15 hours 18 min ago

Scheduled maintenance for Logbook of The World (LoTW) will take place on Monday, March 26, 1300 to 1500 UTC, in order to perform system upgrades. During that window, users are advised that the LoTW system may be unavailable for short periods. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 9:04am

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the latest (March 15) 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 himsel...

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WRTC 2018 Hopes to Wrap Up Fundraising in Next 100 Days

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 1:39pm

Chris Janssen, DL1MGB, president of the World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) Organizing Committee said this week that nearly all of the anticipated funds are in hand to mount the two-member Amateur Radio team competition in Germany this July.

“Rudolf, DJ3WE, who took over the management of the fundraising team at the beginning of the year, informs us that, so far, donations of ab...

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Radio Amateurs Pitch In to Help as “Hat Trick” of Major Coastal Storms Hit Northeast

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:34pm

Amateur Radio volunteers with WX1BOXat the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, and various ARES groups had their hands full during March, as Mother Nature’s hat trick of nor’easters brought severe weather conditions and a lot of snow to the northeastern US. The storms caused the Cape Cod ARES team to extend activations for SKYWARN, WX1BOX, and regional shelter operations.

“This h...

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Ham-Astronaut Part of New Space Station Crew Heading into Space on March 21

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 9:54am

Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are ready for their journey to the International Space Station (ISS), which will begin on Wednesday, March 21. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev are set to launch in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 17:44 UTC.

After a 2-day flight, the new crew members will dock at the ISS...

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International Space Station Astronauts Calling “CQ Students”

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 5:34pm

The deadline is April 30 for US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an orbiting crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts would be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Each year, ARISS provides tens...

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Results of the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW Now Available

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:43pm

The results of the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW are now posted on the ARRL website. Go to the Contest Results Articles page, and scroll down. Click on "2017 Contest Results" and then to “November Sweepstakes (CW).” The full results database is available.



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New Book: Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur is Now Shipping!

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:06pm

Increase your station’s receive performance with new book Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur by ARRL author Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ.


Although the fundamental characteristics of antennas apply to both transmission and reception, the requirements and priorities of receiving antennas can be vastly different from those of transmitting antennas. Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur focuses ...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:20am

No sunspots were observed between March 2 and March 15. One sunspot made a brief appearance on March 2, after a blank sun on March 1. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 1.6 to zero this week, and average daily solar flux rose fractionally from 67.6 to 67.7. We’ll be watching the latest sunspot appearance to see if it is as fleeting as the March 2 sunspot.

Geomagnetic indicators rose sligh...

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Deadline Approaching to Submit Nominations for Five ARRL Awards

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:26am

The deadline to submit nominations for these five ARRL awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio is just 2 weeks away. Nominations are also open for the League’s premier award to honor a young licensee.

  • The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature w...
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Tennessee Middle School Students Will Send a CubeSat into Space

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 2:32pm

NASA has informed Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that its “RamSat” 2U CubeSat proposal has been accepted for participation in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for a launch opportunity during 2019, 2020, or 2021. The Robertsville proposal was one of 21 satellites selected or prioritized for participation in the ninth CSLI selection. CSLI provides opportunities for sma...

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ARRL Seeks EC-001 Mentors!

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 2:28pm

Since the beginning of the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications training program, ARRL has relied on the work of mentors to help guide those interested in volunteering to serve their communities. Our mentors represent the best in Amateur Radio public service communications training and make a substantial difference in how students approach service to their communities and Amateur Radio. The m...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 9:02am

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the newest (March 15) 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 hims...

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Chinese Lunar-Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Launch this Spring

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:59am

China’s twin-launch Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon will place a pair of microsatellites in lunar orbit this spring “to test low-frequency radio astronomy and space-based interferometry.” The two satellites, unofficially called DSLWP-A1 and DSLWP-A2 (DSLWP = Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder), could launch this spring. The pair represent the first phase of the ...

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