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MFJ-1936T GROUND ROD, W/CLAMP,+342T+WIRE BUNDLE

9 hours 48 min ago

The MFJ-1936 is a HOT new product from MFJ for those who wish to be QUICK with their antenna set-ups! 

For those hams on-the-go to their next adventure or for those at home needing something stealthy and QUICK and easy-to-hide!

This is the MFJ QuickStik Antenna system. It consists of a durable four foot 3/8 inch diameter copper bonded steel earth ground rod, a 3/8-24 threaded HF antenna pipe mount with SO-239 connector for your coax run, and twenty five feet of counterpoise wire for coupling to the ground rod.

It`s super efficient and a very QUICK setup. Just set the mount, push the rod into the ground, add your antenna, counterpoise wire and coax and operate!!! Use hamsticks, telescopic 20-6 Meter whips, solid whips, screwdrivers, and even motorized screwdriver antennas if you wish.

The Copper ground rod is tough and will last for years of superior service. A pointed end makes it easy to push into the ground. Use it to help bleed off static and RFI and prevent RF hot spots. The wire coupler is built onto the ground rod, just unscrew and screw back for QUICK counterpoise adjustment.

The mount is tough aircraft quality aluminum and will hold up to a 1� pipe. The SO-239 gold-plated connector has a lock washer under the 3/8-24 connector. 

MFJ includes your twenty-five feet of coated wire for your counterpoise. All you
need to do is add your antenna and coax!!! 

$ 34.95 Each

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Equipment MFJ-1936T GROUND ROD, W/CLAMP,+342T+WIRE BUNDLE February 15, 2019 No comments

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ANNOUNCEMENT – FTM-400XD/FTM-400D/FTM-100D PDN

11 hours 28 min ago

Announcement about the new firmware release for the FTM-400XD, FTM-400D, FTM-100D mobiles radio and PDN functionality.

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Antenna Handy 5 Elements 1200 Mhz Twin Loop Portable Antenna February 15, 2019 No comments

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Handy 5 Elements 1200 Mhz Twin Loop Portable Antenna

14 hours 3 min ago
Description Overview It will be 5 elements twin loop antenna of amateur radio 1200Mhz band for mobile. Decomposed and we try to carry. Connector will be the SMA connector. Element is also assembled easily at the time of the movement are adapted to fasten with screws by hand to the boom. It is supposed to be used directly connected to the handy machine with a coaxial tube attached. 5  In this structure will have thought that limit since the previous weight becomes heavy. It will drop a little ahead at present. Material Boom will be in aluminum 8φ. It is about 24cm. Element uses the stainless steel strip of. Not affected by magnetic because It does not rust because it is stainless steel is not a magnetic material. It stopped using the crimp terminals. Coaxial tubes are manufactured in brass (nickel-plated). assembly Element has become to be able to remove it from the boom as shown in the photograph. Reflector from the first mounting the power supply unit during assembly, thank you like us to attach a wave guide. Each element it Yes and is marked in color. The element has the left and right. I think that you attached to match the marking of the position and the elements of the boom of the marking. Characteristic Depends on the environment but, SWR is approximately 2.0 or less in the band as shown in the photograph, the main neighborhood, we have production and adjusted so as to be 1.1 or less. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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News ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend February 15, 2019 in: News No comments

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Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum? [PODCAST]

14 hours 38 min ago

ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!

We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle, but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?



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ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend

14 hours 49 min ago

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted. Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845 UTC and run through Sunday, February 17, at 1725 UTC.

“The ARISS team wanted to give the community another opportunity to download the SSTV images we developed for you, given the weak-signal situation that occurred last weekend,” said ARISS-International President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. He clarified that the same 12 images transmitted last weekend will be used for this weekend’s experiment.

Bauer said it’s not entirely clear what caused the low-signal issue last weekend. “We believe it may have been either a loose feed-line cable or an antenna switch that did not fully engage,” he said. “Once the crew reset the system and checked the cabling and switches, the radio system started to perform nominally.”

ARISS-Russia team member Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, worked with flight controllers to schedule ISS crew time to configure the JVC Kenwood radio to support SSTV operations, which take place from the Service Module. SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.80 MHz using SSTV-mode PD120. These can be received using equipment as simple as a 2-meter handheld radio, a scanner that covers that band, or even an online WebSDR receiver. Copying the images is as simple as connecting the receiver’s audio output to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV.

Transmissions will consist of eight images from the NASA On The Air (NOTA) celebration and four ARISS commemorative images. Received images can be posted and viewed online. ARISS offers an ARISS SSTV Award for those who receive and decode at least one SSTV image in the session.

As always, this SSTV event is dependent on other activities, schedules, and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to change at any time. Check for updates on the ARISS or AMSAT websites, the AMSAT-BB reflector, the ARISS SSTV blog, and the ARISS Facebook page, as well as Twitter @ARISS_status

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WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event Operation in the Planning Stages

14 hours 59 min ago

It’s a celebratory year for the WWV stations. The fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget — once signed — will include full funding for the stations, which also mark their 100th year this fall. The WWV Centennial Committee has a tentative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to mount a special event station this fall adjacent to the WWV site in Colorado to mark the 100th anniversary of the time and frequency standard station, the world’s oldest continuously operating radio station. A memorandum of understanding is in the works.

Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC) heads the committee, which is developing plans for an NCARC special event from September 28 through October 2, with a NIST centennial observance tentatively set for October 1.

The NIST budget for WWV, WWVH, and WWVB will remain level for FY 2019. With the funding suspense over, Swartz told ARRL, “our committee is moving forward.”

Swartz and committee members Darren Kalmbach, KC0ZIE, and Kevin Utter, N7GES, met on February 8 with WWV/WWVB/WWVH Station Manager John Lowe, WWV Electronics Technician Glenn Nelson, and WWV Chief Engineer Matt Deutch, N0RGT.

“This was the first meeting for the committee and the first to include NIST upper management,” said Swartz, who called the meeting “very productive.” Swartz said NIST management is “on board” with the celebration, and Deutch plans to attend Hamvention May 17 – 19 to promote the centennial event.

Although the US government cannot fund any Amateur Radio special event expenses, the club members will be allowed to use a 15-acre parcel on WWV property, Swartz explained on the WWV Centennial website. “The operating site lies outside the security fence and simplifies logistics,” he said.

Swartz hopes that other clubs in Colorado will be able to pitch in to make the WWV Centennial a success. The WWV Centennial Committee will meet again on February 22.

Source:ARRL

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US Amateur Radio Population Grows Slightly in 2018

15 hours 9 min ago

The US Amateur Radio population once again grew by about 1%, based upon 2017 and 2018 year-end FCC database statistics provided by Joe Speroni, AH0A. The 755,430 total licensees represent nearly 7,300 more ticket holders than those that were in the database at the end of 2017. Nearly 51% of the Amateur Radio population in the US — 384,145 — hold a Technician license. Generals are second with 175,949, and Amateur Extras number 147,369. Advanced and Novice licensee populations continue to decline, with 39,607 Advanced and 8,360 Novices, as the FCC no longer issues Advanced or Novice licenses. A more significant statistic is 31,576 new FCC licenses last year, although that’s 620 fewer than came aboard in 2017.

“New amateur licenses granted by FCC are down 2% over last year,” noted ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, “but this is the fifth year in a row the total has been greater than 31,000. I predict that the number of new licensees will be more than 30,000 at the end of this year as well, and I’m optimistic this trend will continue.”

Upgrades also are down slightly, compared to last year — 9,456 in 2018 versus 9,576 in 2017, she added. “For the fifth year in a row, we have conducted more than 7,000 Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year — an important milestone for the ARRL VEC,” Somma recounted. “Our program continues to provide outstanding service to the ARRL, its members, and the entire Amateur Radio community.”

ARRL VEC filed a total 30,393 license application forms last year, compared to 31,014 in 2017. That includes new, upgrade, modification, renewal, and club station filings. At 7,035 in 2018, the number of exam sessions conducted by ARRL VEC marginally trailed the 7,075 held in 2017. ARRL VEC served 34,493 exam applicants in 2018, compared to 35,352 in 2017. Exam elements administered by ARRL decreased from 47,152 last year to 45,817 this year, Somma said. Nearly 1,800 new Volunteer Examiners (VEs) have been added to the ARRL VEC program.

Source: ARRL

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Test Equipment Basics – Ham Nation 389

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:57am

Relief efforts in Cuba, testing equipment, aurora updates. Coordinating emergency communications in Cuba, Dr. Skov with solar weather and an aurora update, testing equipment and building circuits with a rotary spot weld cutter with George, chatroom questions with Amanda, and more! Hosts: George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden

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Radio Hams transfer Crypto ( BitCoin ) Currency on 40m band

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:30am
Radio hams transfer Crypto Currency on 40m band

CryptoVibes reports amateur radio was used to send Bitcoin from Toronto to Michigan on 7.077 MHz using the digital mode JS8Call

The transfer was made on February 12 between radio amateurs @nvk in Toronto and Sam Patterson @SamuelPatt in Michigan (MI).

This is believed to be the first transfer of a Bitcoin across national borders using amateur radio.

 

Second attempt today, through the #SnowStorm.

Sending free #Bitcoin over #JS8Call [7.077Mhz]

To RX you don’t need a Ham license–in most countries. Get your SDR connected to @js8call and a 7Mhz (40m) antenna.

*(for experimental non-commercial purpose)

— NVK (@nvk) February 12, 2019

 

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Source: http://www.southgatearc.org

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US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:16am

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has adopted Amateur Radio training as a possible new approach to basic RF and electronics instruction. More than 20 NAWCWD employees took part in a week-long class in Point Mugu, California, in December. The class, which culminated in an examination session for the Technician licensed, offered NAWCWD employees a novel approach to teaching radio propagation, said Brian Hill, KF4CAM, the lead for electromagnetic maneuver warfare experimentation in the Avionics, Sensors and E*Warfare Department. Hill, who got his license while he was still in high school, is also the department’s “innovation ambassador.”

“I looked at the breakdown of current new hires and saw that many had degrees in computer science and thought that their classwork might not have covered things like RF propagation,” Hill said. Rather than have employees sit through hours of PowerPoint briefings, Hill thought that a licensing course might be a more dynamic, hands-on approach to convey the basics — and cover areas such as directional antennas, signal propagation, and modulation that are necessary for their work.

Initially, Hill had 10 class slots funded, but then Target Design Engineering Branch Head Ian Mann, KI6YVO, got wind of the class, saw its potential, and helped get funding to expand participation. Mann, a General-class licensee and a ham for nearly 10 years, said he’s been able to apply knowledge learned in the class to his NAWCWD work.

Target Systems Division head Milton Gabaldon, also saw merit in the approach. He sat in on the classes, took the exam, and he’s now KM6YPA. For him, it’s about connecting the dots.

“It’s about introducing people to electronics, to start understanding what RF is all about …so when we talk about it in the test and evaluation world, [students] know what we’re talking about,” Gabaldon said. “They get a better view than ‘I just do software.’ Now they see ‘My software controls this piece, which sends out RF jamming signals that protect the warfighter.’ That’s the most important takeaway.”

In all, 23 employees who took the Technician exam passed, and several also successfully tested at for General and Amateur Extra licenses. Hill hopes to offer more hands-on classes in the future, and he’s planning a Fox Hunt for the near future, as additional hands-on training. — Thanks to NAWCD and Public Affairs Officer Kimberly Brown; some information from C4ISRNet 

SOURCE: ARRL

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New Light & A Guest Star: Solar Storm Forecast 02-13-2019

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 4:05pm

“We are finally beginning to quiet down after exiting an extended source of sporadic fast solar wind hitting Earth over the past ten days. We may still see some storming at high latitudes, including a possibility of more aurora. However, there is only a slim chance of aurora dropping down to mid-latitudes this week. Overall, things should begin to quiet down through week’s end. But we wont rest for long as another chance for a solar storm is on the horizon. Also, amateur radio and shortwave emergency responders hang on to the low end of marginal for radio propagation this week, but a new bright region will rotate into Earth view in the next few days. This new light should bump solar flux back into the mid-70s by next week, which means dayside radio propagation should improve. Luckily, this region is not a big flare producer so GPS reception should remain good on Earth’s dayside. Catch up on some of the aurora photos from recent solar storms with our guest host, Kelley Filby, learn what the backside Sun reveals about the active region (old region 2733) returning into Earth view, and see what else our Sun has in store for us this week. ‘

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Wed, 02/13/2019 - 6:48am

The Fox-1A (AO-85) CubeSat has been turned off until further notice due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition, control operator Mark Hammond, N8MH, has announced. In December, AO-85 experienced precarious battery voltage drops during eclipse periods; it’s believed that the batteries suffered degradation due to heat during previous no-eclipse periods, making it difficult to keep the satellite available without risking battery damage.

To extend the satellite’s usable life, both the internal housekeeping unit (IHU) and the transmitter were shut down, ceasing all transmissions. This included the beacons running every 2 minutes during times of sunlight and eclipse. AO-85 was turned back on during the next full-sun illumination period that began on January 24 and enabled for regular use. AO-85 occasionally reset due to low battery voltage and operated in safe mode.

With AO-85 leaving full illumination and encountering periodic eclipses, its battery condition again began to deteriorate again. The satellite’s health will be tracked with periodic telemetry transmissions when commanded by a control operator. AMSAT asks satellite enthusiasts to continue tracking AO-85 in FoxTelem and post to the AMSAT-BB or contact Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service 

SOURCE; ARRL

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Student from Saint Paul’s School Rajkot receives ISS SSTV

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:44am

14-year-old Snehal Vagadia VU3WHO successfully received his first Slow Scan TV image from the International Space Station on Sunday, February 10.

It was good ISS pass with 56 deg elevation, strong signal were received using a 3 element Yagi antenna and a VHF HT tuned to 145.800 MHz. SSTV audio was recorded on a smartphone and later decoded with MMSSTV.Snehal Vagadia VU3WHO (14), an 8th grade student of Saint Paul’s School, Rajkot, India, received the SSTV Image on February 10, 2019 at 5:33 AM UTC (11:03 AM IST).

He got amateur radio licence at the age of 13 years and learnt ham activities from his father Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP (Regional Coordinator, West India Zone, AMSAT-INDIA).

 

Source:AMSAT UK

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FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:22am

The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation. ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December, and the FCC put it on public notice this week. Dukish seeks a change to Section 97.119(a) of the rules, which requires an amateur station to transmit its “assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication.”

He noted that during emergency networks, requiring participating stations — often portable — to use their assigned call signs during each transmission could prove “burdensome and can hinder the flow of emergency traffic on the channel.”

Specifically, he is suggesting that a simple approach would be to permit the net control station or other designated participant to announce from a single point the call signs of every station taking part in the net or exercise, when tactical call signs often are in use, at 10-minute intervals, using automatic CW identification.

Dukish suggested amending Section 97.119(a) to add, “except during a local emergency network activation or drill,” and providing that in such situations, a net control or designations station would be “authorized to announce all participating stations’ assigned call signs at no more than 10-minute intervals while the net is in progress.” The amendment would provide that participating stations “be within a 50-mile distance of the identifying station, and each individual station must self-identify by transmitting its assigned call sign at least once per hour.” CW transmission could be no faster than 25 WPM if sent automatically to satisfy the suggested amendment.

In his petition, Dukish noted petitions filed in 2005 and 2006 seeking changes to the Amateur Radio station identification rules. The FCC did not adopt either proposal.

Interested parties may comment via the FCC Electronic Comment Filing Service (ECFS).

Source:ARRL

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ARRL DX Contest CW – February 16-17, 2019

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 7:10am

Objective: To encourage W/VE stations to expand knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which DX stations may only contact W/VE stations.

W/VE amateurs: Work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.

DX stations: Work as many W/VE stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible.

 

1. Mission, Definitions, and Objectives:

1.1. Mission: Encourage W/VE stations to expand knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and improve station capability by creating a competition in which DX stations may only contact W/VE stations.

1.2. Definitions

1.2.1. W/VE stations are those operating in the following locations:

1.2.1.1. The United States and the District of Columbia with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii

1.2.1.2. Canadian provinces and territories with the exception of the DXCC entities St. Paul Island and Sable Island.

1.2.2. DX stations are any non-W/VE station. This includes US possessions and territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

1.2.3. DXCC entities are defined by the ARRL DXCC List.

1.2.4. An electronic log or entry consists of any log submitted by electronic means, such as by email or memory device.

1.2.5. An automated, multi-channel decoder is a device such as CW Skimmer that provides information about the identity and frequency of contest station transmissions while functioning independently of the operator’s direct control and participation.

1.3. Objectives

1.3.1. W/VE amateurs work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.

1.3.2. DX stations work as many W/VE stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible.
2.  Date and Contest Period:

2.1. CW: Third full weekend in February (February 16-17, 2019).

2.2. Phone: First full weekend in March (March 2-3, 2019).

2.3. Contest Period: Separate contests of 48 hours for each mode from 0000 UTC Saturday through 2359 UTC Sunday.

 

3. Entry Categories:

3.1. Single Operator:

The use of spotting assistance or automated, multi-channel decoders is NOT permitted.

3.1.1. QRP: 5 watts transmitter output or less.

3.1.2. Low Power:  150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.1.3. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

3.2. Single Operator Unlimited:

The use of spotting assistance or automated, multi-channel decoders is permitted.

3.2.1. QRP: 5 watts transmitter output or less.

3.2.2. Low Power: 150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.2.3. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

3.3. Single Operator, Single Band

3.3.1. A participant may submit only one Single Band entry. If contacts are made on other bands, the log header or summary sheet must declare the entry as Single Band.

3.3.2. Only one Single Band entry may be submitted for a specific call sign.

3.3.3. There are no power sub-categories for Single Band entries.

3.3.3. Single Band entries are NOT permitted to use spotting assistance. Use of spotting assistance will cause the entry to be reclassified to the Single Operator Unlimited, High Power category.

3.4. Multioperator:

3.4.1. Single Transmitter. No more than one transmitted signal is allowed at any given time; alternating CQs on two or more frequencies using the same band and mode is prohibited.

3.4.1.1. High Power: Maximum transmitter output of 1500 watts or license limit, whichever is less.

3.4.1.2. Low Power: 150 watts transmitter output or less.

3.4.2. Two Transmitter. No more than two transmitted signals are allowed at any given time; alternating CQs on two or more frequencies using the same band and mode is prohibited.

3.4.2.1. There are no power sub-categories for Two Transmitter entries.

3.4.2.2. Two Transmitter sub-category entries must identify the transmitter making the contact in the submitted electronic log according to the Cabrillo format standard or by an unambiguous notation in a paper log.

3.4.3. Multitransmitter. A maximum of one transmitted signal per contest band at any given time is permitted; alternating CQs on two or more frequencies using the same band and mode is prohibited.

3.4.3.1. There are no power sub-categories for Multitransmitter entries.

 

3.4.4 Band Changes. Single Transmitter and Two Transmitter sub-category entries are limited to six (6) band changes per clock hour per transmitter.

3.4.4.1 Clock hours are counted from 00-59 minutes, not as any 60 consecutive minutes.

3.4.4.2 A band change consists of two consecutive contacts on different bands. For example, a change from 20 meters to 40 meters and then back to 20 meters constitutes two band changes. Violation of the Band Change rule or improper logging will result in an entry reclassification to the Multioperator, Multitransmitter class.

 

4. Contest Exchange:

4.1. W/VE stations send signal report and state or province.

4.2. DX stations send signal report and power (number or abbreviation indicating approximate transmitter output power).

 

5. Scoring:

5.1. QSO Points – W/VE stations count three points per DX QSO. DX stations count three points per W/VE QSO.

 

5.2. Multipliers

5.2.1. W/VE stations: Sum of DXCC entities (except US and Canada) worked per band.

5.2.2. DX stations: Sum of US states (except KH6/KL7), District of Columbia (DC), and Canadian provinces/territories: NB (VE1, 9), NS (VE1), QC (VE2), ON (VE3), MB (VE4), SK (VE5), AB (VE6), BC (VE7), NT (VE8), NF (VO1 – see note, LB (VO2 – see note), NU (VYØ), YT (VY1), PE (VY2) worked per band (maximum of 63 per band).  Note – although VO1 and VO2 have been officially merged into a single province, they are counted separately in this contest for reasons of tradition.

5.3. Final Score: QSO points multiplied by total multipliers

 

6. Miscellaneous:

6.1. The station call sign must identify the station’s location as defined by the DXCC List. (KH6XYZ/W1 in Maine, KG4/W1INF at Guantanamo Bay, etc).

6.2. The same station may be worked only once per band

6.3. No cross-mode or repeater contacts are permitted.

6.4. Aeronautical mobile and maritime mobile stations outside the US and Canada may be worked by W/VE stations for QSO credit only.

6.5. As defined in the ARRL Affiliated Club Competition rules, DXpedition scores may be included only in the Medium and Unlimited club totals.

6.6. Participants should be aware of the ARRL Band Plans.

 

7. Submission:

7.1. Entries for the CW competition must be uploaded or postmarked by 2359 UTC February 24, 2019.

7.2. Entries for the Phone competition must be uploaded or postmarked by 2359 UTC March 10, 2019.

7.3. ARRL DX CW logs in Cabrillo format format must be uploaded via the online web app http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/

7.4. ARRL DX Phone logs in Cabrillo format format must be uploaded via the online web app
http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/

7.5. Electronic entries must be in the Cabrillo format, including both the log and station information.  Paper entries must include a summary sheet.

7.5.1. Paper copies of electronic logs are not an acceptable substitute for an electronic Cabrillo format file. Paper logs that are converted to an electronic entry after the contest are considered electronic logs.

7.6. Hand-written paper entries must be mailed to: ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 with the envelope marked as either DX Phone or DX CW – and must be postmarked before their respective 5-day deadline (see 7.1, 7.2).

7.7. Entries for the CW and Phone portions of the competition must be submitted separately – and must be postmarked before their respective 5-day deadline (see 7.1, 7.2).

7.8. The web tool at www.b4h.net/cabforms may be used to generate an electronic entry from paper or non-Cabrillo electronic logs. When completed, you must then take that Cabrillo format file and upload it via the online web app http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/

7.9. Contest log sheets, summary sheets, and rules may be requested from the ARRL by sending an SASE with two units of first-class postage.

 

8. Awards:

8.1. Plaques. Plaques (if sponsored) will be awarded to stations in the following categories for both the CW and Phone contests.

8.1.1. Top W/VE score in the following categories:

Single Operator, All Band, QRP

Single Operator, All Band, Low Power

Single Operator, All Band, High Power

Single Operator, Single Band (160-10 Meters)

Single Operator Unlimited, High Power

Single Operator Unlimited, Low Power

Multioperator, Single Transmitter, High Power

Multioperator, Single Transmitter, Low Power

Multioperator, Two Transmitter

Multioperator, Multitransmitter

8.1.2. Top score in the Single Operator, All Band category, worldwide and on each continent.

8.1.3. Top score worldwide in the following categories:

Single Operator, All Band, QRP

Single Operator, All Band, Low Power

Single Operator, Single Band (160-10 Meters)

Single Operator Unlimited, High Power

Single Operator Unlimited, Low Power

Multioperator, Single Transmitter, High Power

Multioperator, Single Transmitter, Low Power

Multioperator, Two Transmitter

Multioperator, Multitransmitter

8.1.4. Additional special plaques will be awarded as sponsored.


8.2. Certificates.
  Certificates will be awarded to:

8.2.1. Top Single Operator, All Band entries (QRP, Low Power, and High Power) from each DXCC entity and ARRL/RAC Section.

8.2.2. Top Single Band entries in each ARRL/RAC section and each DXCC entity.

8.2.3. Top Single Operator Unlimited, High Power and Single Operator Unlimited, Low Power entries in each ARRL/RAC Section and each DXCC entity.

8.2.4. Top Multioperator entries (Single High Power, Single Low Power, Two, and Multitransmitter) in each DXCC entity, US call area and in Canada.

8.2.5. DX stations submitting an entry with more than 500 QSOs on either mode will receive certificates.

8.2.6. Additional certificates will be awarded as appropriate.

 

9. Other:

9.1. “General Rules for All ARRL Contests” and “General Rules for ARRL Contests on bands below 30 MHz (HF)” apply unless specifically noted in the rules for this contest.

9.2. For information, contact contests@arrl.org or by phone (860) 594-0232.

 

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Amplifier, VHF, 85 W, 138-174 MHz, Each Brand:Toptek Communications Manufacturer’s Part Number:PA-85V Part Type:VHF/UHF Amplifiers Product Line:... Read more

WiRES-X Software & FT-2DR Firmware Announcement January 04, 2019 No comments

Originally broadcasted live on the Yaesu System Fusion – Official Facebook group. John Kruk, N9UPC, National Sales Manager for Yaesu USA briefly... Read more

RT97 Portable Repeater Power Amplifier UHF December 30, 2018 No comments

RT97 Portable Repeater – Retevis Multi working power selection, working with the matching power adapter, and also can work under DC12V~24V power... Read more

Anytone AT-D878UV Dual Band DMR HT with APRS December 26, 2018 No comments

Anytone AT-D878UV Dual Band DMR HT with APRS   “Brand new from Anytone is the new AT-D878UV Dual Band DMR HT with APRS. This is the first r... Read more

News Es’hail-2 / QO-100 Teleport Inauguration Day February 14 February 10, 2019 No comments

AMSAT-DL report: This will also be the occasion to officially put the two amateur radio transponders of Qatar OSCAR-100, the first geostationary P4-A... Read more

The March Edition of Digital QST is Now Available! February 09, 2019 No comments

The March issue of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. Click here to view the issue. It is also available for reading... Read more

ISS Packet Radio System is Back in Operation with New Equipment February 08, 2019 No comments

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system is back on the air with new equipment. The replacement gear arrived last No... Read more

Reshaping ARRL Objectives, Refocusing ARRL HQ Structure is New CEO’s Goal February 07, 2019 No comments

A plan by ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, to reshape and reorganize the management structure at ARRL Headquarters will go into effect on Monday, Febru... Read more

Orlando HamCation® this Weekend is ARRL Southeastern Division Convention February 06, 2019 No comments

Orlando HamCation® at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday, February 8 – 10 is the 2019 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention. One of... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Digital Modes FT8 – Tipping Point for Ham Radio? November 20, 2018 No comments

  This is a view from NASA of the sun today, October 9, 2018, and I am making 10m DX contacts one after another.  Zero sunspots but working DX on... Read more

JS8Call 0.9 Release notes November 16, 2018 No comments

“Hi Folks, Thanks for staying patient with me on this one. Build servers were being weird today! Happy to bring you release with simple features... Read more

MFJ-1204 – USB TO RIG SC INTERFACE, W/8-PIN DIN,DATA/ACC PORT November 13, 2018 No comments

MFJ-1204 Includes radio interface cable (8-PIN DIN) Sign up for the digital revolution and explore a whole new world of amateur radio excitement using... Read more

JS8Call 0.8 Released – Refinement, Group callsigns November 02, 2018 No comments

JS8Call Download “Hi folks! Happy to announce 0.8 of JS8Call. This is a backwards incompatible release (which is the primary reason for it being... Read more

JS8Call 0.7 Released October 07, 2018 No comments

J8Call “Howdy Folks,  We’ve sure come a long way in the past few weeks. Thanks for sticking with me and enjoying the ride! This release is... Read more

 

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