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Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run More than 200 W

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:29pm

Effective on November 1, radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter license to do so and pay a yearly fee. Sweden’s telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur Radio and other services. Sweden eliminated Amateur Radio licenses ...

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Philippine Amateur Radio Association Activates HERO for Typhoon Mangkhut

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:20pm

With Typhoon Mangkhut (locally Ompong) threatening, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) at a Code Yellow level on September 12, per a declaration from PARA Chief Operating Officer Roberto Vicencio, DU1VHY. At Code Yellow, stations are advised to ensure that all equipment is operational, check backup power sources, and take any nece...

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Fifth Annual “Enigma Reloaded” Operating Event Set to Start on September 28

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:09pm

The fifth running of the “Enigma Reloaded” operating event will begin on September 28. Sponsored by A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club, the event celebrates the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in World War II, as well as honoring the individuals who developed the device and contributed to its success.

Enigma Event 2018 takes place in two stages: from September 28 until October 5...

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Long Island New York Club Supports the Great Cow Harbor Race

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:01pm

The Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (LARC) in Huntington, New York, provided communication support for the 41st Northport Great Cow Harbor 10K / 2K Run on September 15. The nonprofit event is held in cooperation with various community organizations.

LARC members provided communications from the starting point, at various positions along the course, and at the finish line. One LARC radio operator eq...

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VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition to Offer Near Real-Time Contact Posting

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 2:52pm

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition, on schedule to begin October 20, has announced that it will use DXA to post contacts on a near real-time basis. “Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions, offered the use of DXA, and we gladly accepted,” the DXpedition said in a news update this week.

“Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is automatically updated to show your ca...

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Window to Submit Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew Opens October 1

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:29pm

Proposals by school and educational organizations to host Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts with an International Space Station crew member next year will be accepted starting on Monday, October 1. Completed proposals are due by Thursday, November 15. ARISS anticipates that the contacts will be scheduled between July 1 and December 31, 2019, although crew schedul...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 8:01am

Sunspots are gone again this week, with none observed since September 12. 

Average daily sunspot number declined to zero this week from 7.6 last week. Average daily solar flux was unchanged at 68.6. Average daily planetary A index declined from 12.6 to 9.7, while average daily mid-latitude A index went from 10 to 8.3.

The Autumnal equinox is this weekend, at 0154 UTC on Sunday, September 23, 2018...

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Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 9:05am

September 20 is the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating arrival in Puerto Rico. Today, many amateurs there are better prepared for the next storm or other disaster that could disrupt conventional telecommunications. With this in mind, the ARRL Puerto Rico Section is hosting monthly meetings in various cities around the island commonwealth as part of an effort to establish an Amat...

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New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 8:59am

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

“Enhancements to the FT8 decoder ensur...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 8:00am

“Tools for the Amateur Station” is the topic of the current (September 13) 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, a...

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AMSAT Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Results

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:26am

AMSAT-NA has announced that Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have won new 2-year terms on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve 1-year terms. The results of the voting, with 698 ballots cast, were: Tom Clark, K3IO, 574; Mark Hammond, N8MH, 507; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, 402,...

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Nominations Sought for 2018 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:30pm

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Bill Leonard Award, which recognizes this year’s best newspaper, radio, or television news story about Amateur Radio. The award honors professional journalists or journalistic teams whose outstanding coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value that Amateur Radio offers. It was created as a tribut...

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Radio City Announces Closing, Owners to Retire

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 1:44pm

Amateur Radio retailer Radio City, Inc. of Mounds View, Minnesota, has announced it is closing.

“It's been a wonderful 36 years for us at Radio City, and we have decided to retire and close,” owners Dan, KB0XC, and Maline Fish said in a message on the retailer’s website. “We are so thankful for the many years of support and we have enjoyed working you, our customers. The technical, intelligent a...

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South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 1:41pm

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers from several South Carolina counties are pitching in to help support emergency communication, as the state deals with the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. The storm, now a tropical depression, continues to generate heavy rainfall in the Carolinas.

“Amateur Radio operators are far from ‘amateurs’ when it comes to providing communication in an ...

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FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:24am

The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FC...

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Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down after Nearly 40 Hours of Operation

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 8:07pm

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced that it’s shutting down its activation for Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm but still “a formidable system that will affect the coastal states for days,” HWN Assistant Manager Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said. “Because the storm is moving inland, Amateur Radio activity will shift to the various state and regional emergency nets,” Broad...

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Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:43pm

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has been tracking the approach of Hurricane Florence, plans to remain active “until no longer needed.” The net activated on Thursday, September 13, at 1300 UTC on both its 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz frequencies.

The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early today (September 14) and has been scaled back to a Category 1 storm. The Nationa...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:48am

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 7:43am

We observed a return of sunspot activity during the past reporting week (September 6-12), with spots on four days, but not consecutive. Sunspots were visible on September 8-9 and 11-12. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 7.6, compared to zero over the previous seven days.

Average daily solar flux increased from 67.8 to 68.6, and planetary A index doubled from 6.3 to 12.6, while mid-latit...

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W1AW Suspending Scheduled Transmissions on Friday, September 14

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 3:13pm

As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14. The station will resume its normal operating schedule on Monday, September 17. Radio amateurs are reminded to avoid the various Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and SATERN frequencies, as well as any sta...

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