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The ARRL Letter Delayed

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 5:26pm

Distribution and posting of the Thursday, April 26, edition of The ARRL Letter will be delayed, due to technical issues. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ARRL hopes to distribute and post the newsletter on Friday, April 27. The ARRL Letter offers a weekly summary of essential news of interest to active amateurs that is available in advance of publication in QST, and it is available free to AR...

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JK Antennas Donates 40-Meter Yagi Antenna to W1AW

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:35pm

JK Antennas of Connecticut has generously donated a new two-element, 40-meter Yagi antenna to Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters. JK Antennas’ Ken Garg, W3JK, and his assistant, Craig, transported the new Yagi to W1AW on April 24 for assembly and installation.

“I am very grateful for Ken’s generosity,” said W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. “His kindness toward W1AW, technical...

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FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Small Satellites

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:15am

The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on April 17, seeking comment on proposals to streamline its rules regarding the deployment of “small satellites.” This would include small spacecraft put into orbit for Amateur Radio purposes, as well as small satellites launched by non-Amateur Radio entities, such as universities, but using Amateur Radio spectrum. The NPRM primarily addre...

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Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test Set for Saturday, May 12

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 9:58am

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests to mark the 67th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD) on Saturday, May 12. Armed Forces Day is May 19, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event traditionally takes place 1 week earlier in order to avoid conflicting with Hamvention. Complete information, including military statio...

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New ARRL Santa Barbara Section Manager Starts Early

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 9:57am

The new Santa Barbara Section Manager John Kitchens, NS6X, of Somis, California, is getting a head start, stepping into the job a couple of months earlier than the scheduled date. No nominations for the post were received by the nomination deadline last September, and nominations were resolicited for an 18-month term starting on July 1.

Kitchens, the only nominee, was declared elected, succeedin...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 9:00am

“Kits and Kit Building” is the topic of the new (April 26) 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 hi...

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International Amateur Radio Regulatory Developments Announced

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:11am

Several countries recently have proposed or instituted changes or announced developments with respect to Amateur Radio regulation. 

  • In China, according to the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that radio amateurs will gain access to a 60-meter band starting on July 1. The latest edition of PRC Radio Frequency Division...
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FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge Set for May

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 1:04pm

In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) will celebrate with the FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge. During the entire month, FOC members from around the world will be active on CW, using special call signs, many of them containing the number “80” or having an “FOC” suffix.

Points will be awarded for working these special call signs. The challenge is being run as a leader board on Club L...

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New 630-Meter Band Reported “Very Busy”

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:42pm
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Frank Victor Tarkington, W3KLQ, SK — Installed First TV in the White House

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:34am

Frank Tarkington, W3KLQ, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on April 19. He was 102. A California native and World War II Navy radioman, Tarkington went on to enjoy a long career with Radio Corporation of America (RCA). In 1948, he installed the first television set in the White House so that President Harry Truman could witness the opening of Congress that January. Following his retirement, Tark...

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Hams on Dominica Conduct “Preparedness” Field Day in Advance of Hurricane Season

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:24am

Members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Incorporated (DARCI) held a second field-day-style emergency preparedness, awareness, and recruiting exercise on April 21. Radio amateurs on the Caribbean island are continuing the process of taking on a larger role in emergency preparedness and response for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. Dominica suffered severe damage from Hurric...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:26am

At 0631 UTC on April 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

“Earth is currently under the influence of a high-speed stream from a negative polarity equatorial coronal hole. Geomagnetic activity at Quiet to Active levels is expected and at times may reach up to Minor Storm levels if there are notable southward Bz periods.

INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EX...

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W6NBC Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:00pm

The winning article for the April 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Ultra Simple 2-Meter Antenna" by John Portune, W6NBC. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

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