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Dave Kalter, KB8OCP, Memorial Youth DX Adventure Set to Start on August 3

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) Team Leader Jim Storms, AB8YK, said this year’s YDXA contingent of three youths, three parents, and two leaders will travel to Costa Rica on August 3 and plan to be on the air that evening. TI5/<home call sign> operations will continue until the evening of August 7.

“There may be times of being off the air due to conditions, as we will be on a moun...

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IARU Region 1 President Expresses Concern Regarding Spectrum Challenges in Europe

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:00

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, told an audience at Ham Radio 2017 (Friedrichshafen) that he is “deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe.” Beattie said that Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are “made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of inter...

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Former Arizona Section Manager Jim Swafford, W7FF, SK

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:20

Former ARRL Arizona Section Manager Jim Swafford, W7FF, of Tucson died on July 7. An ARRL Life Member, Swafford was 94. He served as Arizona SM from 1985 until 1991. Swafford was licensed in 1937 as W9ZAW in Kansas and served in the US Navy during World War II. He later worked in the aerospace and broadcasting industries. His survivors include his wife Maria, KB7INH.

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VY0RAC on the Air for RAC 150 Award

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:40
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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:11

Spaceweather.comreported that at 0209 UTC on July 14 a powerful M2 class solar flare and CMEerupted, so geomagnetic predictions in this bulletin for the next few days mayalready be out of date.

Average daily sunspot numbers were 28.3 during this reporting week (July 6-12)up from 8 during the previous week. Average daily solar flux increased from71.7 to 87.

Average planetary A index increased from...

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WRTC 2018 Teams Prep for the Big Event in Europe

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 14:16

There’s no substitute for being there, and for elite contester and WRTC 2018 participant Tim Duffy, K3LR, and other competitors, this meant traveling to Germany, where WRTC 2018 will take place in 1 year, in part to prepare for the big show. Duffy said getting on the air from Germany during the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF Championship this past weekend provided an opportunity to...

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Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:54

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12,marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators RogerWicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. Themeasure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living indeed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner's association (HOA) orsubject to any private la...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:00

“APRS” is the topic of the current 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 Hallas, W1ZR...

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan’s “One Helluva Ride” Bicycle Tour

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:54

Some two dozen Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication for the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society’s (AABTS) 41st running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle tour on July 8 in Michigan. The race derives its moniker from the fact that the longer route options pass through the town of Hell. The annual loop tour, which starts and finishes at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, offers rides from 15 m...

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New FT8 Mode Included in WSJT-X Beta Release

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:35
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BIRDS-1 CubeSats Deployed from ISS, Carry Amateur Radio Payloads

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 13:00

The five CubeSats making up the BIRDS-1 (Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds) constellation were deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS) on July 7. Each carries an Amateur Radio payload but no transponders. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) module’s remote manipulator arm was used to accomplish the launches.

“Another great example of international cooperation toda...

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Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day, and Amazon Donates to ARRL

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:00

Amazon Prime Day is here! Deals start at 9 PM ET on July 10 and run through July 11. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile, choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution ...

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ARISS to Celebrate 20th Anniversary with SSTV Event

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 13:00

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is planning a slow-scan television (SSTV) event starting on Thursday, July 20, and continuing for 2 days, to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Transmissions, set to get under way around 2125 UTC, will feature 12 images from past and present ARISS activities. The SSTV signal should be available nearly anywhere on the globe at s...

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