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World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces KP4 Generator Project

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:55am

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has announced a program to help radio amateurs and radiosport enthusiasts in Puerto Rico get back on the air in the wake of this fall’s devastating hurricane damage to the island. The KP4 Generator Project is raising funds to purchase Honda eu2000i generators for the radio amateurs of Puerto Rico. Well-known contester Angel Vazquez, WP3R, will d...

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W1AW to Start Scheduled Transmissions on 6 Meters Beginning on January 2

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:18am

ARRL has announced that Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will start scheduled transmissions on 6 meters beginning on January 2. Transmissions on 50.350 MHz will become a part of W1AW's regular CW code practice, and CW, digital and phone bulletin transmission schedule, starting with the 1400 UTC fast code practice on January 2.

In addition to providing regularly scheduled transmissions on 6 meters, an...

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Special Event Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Fermilab

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:09am

Members of the Fermilab Amateur Radio Club (WB9IKJ) will operate special event station W9F until December 16 (UTC) to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), named to honor Nobel Laureate Enrico Ferm (1901-1954). W9F will be active on or about 7.250, 7.275, 14.260, 14.340 MHz SSB and may operate CW on 7.040, 10.130, and 14.040 MHz. QSL to Fermi Amateur Radio...

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A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:47pm
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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:27pm

We skipped last week’s bulletin due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Outlook for the near term shows solar flux at 72 on December 1, 70 on December 2-7, 71 on December 8, 72 on December 9-12, 74 on December 13, 75 on December 14-16, 74 on December 17, 73 on December 18-20, 74 on December 21-22, 76 on December 23-29, 72 on December 30-31, 70 on January 1-3, 71 on January 4, 72 on January 5-8, 74 on J...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:00am

“Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines” is the topic of the current (November 23) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone...

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Twelve Days of Deals!

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:08pm

We’re making a list and checking it twice. Beginning on Monday, December 4, 2017, ARRL will be offering 12 days of deals. Subscribe by entering your name, call sign, and e-mail address in the fields provided. You’ll receive an e-mail every day for 12 days with a special online deal. Each deal is valid for 1 day only at

ARRL’s 12 days of deals concludes Friday, December 15, 20...

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Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from ISS Scheduled for December 6-8

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:12am

ARISS has announced that the MAI-75 Slow-Scan (SSTV) system in the Russian Service Module of the International Space Station (ISS) will be on the air starting on December 5 at around 1500 UTC and continuing until December 6 at 0900 UTC, transmitting test images on 145.800 MHz FM that should be available worldwide.

SSTV activity on December 7 and 8 is scheduled to occur at times when the ISS is a...

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Ofcom Releases UK Amateur Radio License Stats

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:03am

Statistics released by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicate that the Amateur Radio population in the UK has grown by approximately 10% over the past 5 years. As of the end of August 2017, there were 52,195 Full licensees, 9,739 Intermediate licensees, and 22,649 Foundation licensees.

Figures recently released in response to a Freedom of Information request from Peter Bowyer, G4MJS, co...

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Arkansas DX Association Marking 50th Anniversary

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:57am

The Arkansas DX Association (ADXA), Arkansas’s only 100% ARRL member-affiliated club, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on December 2 with a convention at in North Little Rock featuring “a slate of illustrious speakers.”

With a charter to support DXers in Arkansas and the pursuit of DX, ADXA’s focus is to encourage, mentor, and develop the technical skills of radio amateurs and promoting first...

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Canada’s Polar Prince WSPR Transmissions to ID with New Call Sign on Return Leg

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:51am

With the successful completion of the Canada C3 Expedition via the Northwest Passage that culminated with the arrival of the Polar Prince in Victoria, British Columbia, the CG3EXP special event call sign has been retired.

The Polar Prince will continue to carry an Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon as the ship returns to the East Coast via the Panama Canal. The vessel’s WSPR system will identify as VE0EXP.


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FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 3:01pm

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had asked the FCC to make call signs consisting ...

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Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Receives Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:53pm

The oft-honored Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award (formerly International Achievement Award). The award recognizes “especially significant contributions in furthering the global mission of the Wireless Innovation Forum.” A prolific technical author, academic, and engineer, Rohde is a partner of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, and chairman...

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JOTA “Alive and Doing Well,” Although 2017 Participation Down from Last Year

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:02am

Nearly 8,000 Scouts got on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the third weekend in October, National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND said. Wilson this week released the 2017 JOTA report, which declared, “Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air are alive and doing well.” Facilitating the October JOTA activity were more than 900 radio amateurs at 525 stations.

“Propagation wasn’...

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