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FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:01am

Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent FT8 digital protocol has made hams more enthusiastic about getting on the air. The mode has caught on so quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by Logbook of The World (LoTW) data, more than 2.3 million FT8 contacts were uploaded ...

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Solar Eclipse QSO Party Research Results Published in Geophysical Research Letters

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 2:28pm

The first science results from the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) last August 21 have been published in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. In the paper, “Modeling Amateur Radio Soundings of the Ionospheric Response to the 2017 Great American Eclipse,” Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, and team present Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) observations of the SEQP and compare t...

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Radio Contact Planned Between Cape Cod and Newfoundland During Marconi Daughter’s Visit

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:53pm

During the planned visit of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, to Cape Cod National Seashore on May 31, she has been invited to take part in a scheduled contact between KM1CC on the Cape and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) club in St John’s Newfoundland. SONRA will use VO1AA.

“Chris Hillier, VO1IDX, will serve as the net controller, so a few ...

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Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Honored by Lawmakers on “el Día del Radioaficionado”

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:15pm

The Amateur Radio community of Puerto Rico was honored by the island’s House of Representatives on May 8 in San Juan as part of the celebration of el Día del Radioaficionado (Radio Amateur Day), observed each year on the second Tuesday of May. The office of Representative Nestor Alonso-Vega, WP4BL, prepared a resolution. ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, was among those on ha...

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ARISS Kicking Off 2018 Fundraising Effort at Hamvention

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:03pm

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station team (ARISS) team and Hamvention® will be working together again this year, as ARISS kicks off its 2018 fundraising campaign. That will include a special drawing on the last day of Hamvention to award an ARISS Challenge Coin display, valued at $200.

“We are happy to be able to make the ARISS Challenge Coin display a very special part of Sunday...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 9:00am

“RF Loss” is the topic of the current (May 10) 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 ...

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Hamvention® to Use AM Information Radio Station to Communicate with Inbound Traffic

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:51pm

To avoid a repeat of the first-day traffic tangles of its 2017 debut in Xenia, Ohio, Hamvention® 2018 will utilize a low-power Information Radio Station on 1620 kHz AM to get out the word on traffic, parking, and event details to visitors as they approach the city. The town is bracing to host an influx of some 25,000 Amateur Radio operators, exhibitors, and the curious, nearly doubling Xenia’s ...

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“Extra, Extra! Hear All about Hamvention!

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:00am
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Cuba’s “Operation Meteor” will Involve Amateur Radio

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:07pm

Amateur Radio will have a role in Cuba’s soon-to-be-launched “Operation Meteor,” aimed at aiding the island nation in preparing for natural disasters. Among the new strategies under review for implementation are civilian first-aid training; assist and rescue missions; damage control, and large-scale needs assessment. The nationwide initiative aims to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, es...

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Maritime Radio Historical Society’s Museum Station K6KPH is Back

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:42am

Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) Amateur Radio station K6KPH in is back on the air after a brief hiatus, although still at a minimal level at this point. K6KPH, intended as a tribute to KPH, the “wireless giant of the Pacific,” relays the W1AW Field Day Bulletin, and W1AW Morse code practice qualifying runs for West Coast amateurs.

“Not all the K6KPH frequencies were back on at first, as...

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“Scouts BSA” Program Change Expected to Enhance Ham Radio Opportunities for Young Women

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:40am

Boy Scouts of America’s Radio Scouting Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, says that, although the program name for ages 11 to 17 will change to “Scouts BSA” and begin admitting girls starting on February 1, 2019, the organization’s name remains the same.

“Perhaps the big difference is that girls will now be eligible to earn the Radio merit badge as part of their Scouting program,” Wilson told ARRL. “...

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John Dorr, K1AR, Named CQ World Wide DX Contest Director

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:29am

Former CQ magazine Contesting Editor, CQ Contest Hall of Famer, and longtime CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee member John Dorr, K1AR, has been appointed as director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. He succeeds Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who had been CQ WW Director for the past 2 years and has stepped down for personal reasons.

A ham since 1969, Dorr has been a member of the CQ WW Contest Committee si...

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AMSAT Names Alan Johnston, KU2Y, as AMSAT Vice-President, Educational Relations

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:59am

Alan Johnston, KU2Y, will become AMSAT’s Vice-President, Educational Relations, AMSAT President, Joe Spier, K6WAO, has announced. “The subject of educational outreach is critical for the mission of AMSAT,” Spier said. “AMSAT continues creating structure for fulfilling our mission component regarding education with projects such as the CubeSat Simulator, ARISS, and outreach to primary, middle, h...

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Informal Amateur Radio Nets Being Maintained in Wake of Volcanic Eruptions in Hawai’i

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:31am

Two informal informational nets remain open on the island of Hawai’i (“The Big Island”) in the wake of recent and ongoing volcanic eruptions and seismic activity, Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clement Jung, KH7HO, reports. No formal traffic has been passed, but frequencies are being monitored. “All normal communications, i.e., cell, land-line phones, Internet, and public safety, are ope...

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Three CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 12:59pm

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that three CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads, including one with a V/U linear transponder, were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on May 11 at around 1030 UTC.

Irazu (Costa Rica) and 1KUNS-PF (Kenya) carry beacon/telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band, while UBAKUSAT (Turkey) carries an Amateur Radio ...

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