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Digital Mode Operators Invited to Take Part in 2016 Most Wanted DXCC Entities Survey

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:25

Digital mode operators are invited to participate in the 2016 Digital Mode Most Wanted Survey. Previously known as the “RTTY Most Needed DXCC Entities Survey,” the name has been changed to reflect current trends and to be more in line with the Digital DXCC award. Several entities at the top of the last list, compiled in 2011, have been active recently. More than 350 digital mode operators took ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:44

At 0121 UTC on April 29 the Australian Space Forecast Centre released a geomagnetic disturbance warning for April 30 and May 1. Increased geomagnetic activity is predicted due to high speed solar wind coming from a coronal hole. There is a chance of minor storm levels.

Over the past reporting week (April 21-27), average daily sunspot numbers rose from 40 to 43.3, and average daily solar flux dec...

RFinder — The World Wide Repeater Directory Now Lets Users File Jamming Reports

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:05

RFinder, the creator of a web and app-based directory of Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide, now includes the ability to report radio jamming anywhere. This feature is already available in RFinder’s Android app and should be available for iOS devices by the time of Dayton Hamvention®. Those without a device or subscription can file reports online. Individuals or entities responsible for coordina...

IARU Region 2 Calls for Emergency Communications Workshop Papers, Presentations

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:01

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) will hold an Emergency Communications Workshop in Chile this fall, in conjunction with the 19th IARU Region 2 General Assembly. The conference committee is inviting papers and presentations the event. The workshop on October 11 in Viña del Mar, Chile, will offer an opportunity for Region 2 emergency coordinators and other national-level Amate...

FCC Invites Comments on Petition to Eliminate 15 dB Gain Limit on Amateur Amplifiers

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:46

The FCC has put on public notice and invited comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), filed on behalf of an amateur amplifier distributor, which seeks to revise the Amateur Service rules regarding maximum permissible amplifier gain. Expert Linears America LLC of Magnolia, Texas, which distributes linears manufactured by SPE in Italy, wants the FCC to eliminate the 15 dB gain limitatio...

ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Call for Technical Papers

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 14:13

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 35th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 16-18 in St Petersburg, Florida. The submission deadline is July 31, 2016. Papers will also be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their papers included in the Proceedings.

The DCC is an international forum for t...

ARRL, ARISS Representatives Attend 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:05

The ARRL and Amateur Radio were well represented April 15-17 at the 4thBiennial 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Scientists, engineers, educators, and students attended the premier science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) event, where major academic learning centers and research institutes joined forces with corporate partners and government agencies ...

Young Ham Wins First-Place Science Fair Trophy with Mag Loop Antenna Entry

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:39

A 10-year-old ARRL member from Snoqualmie, Washington, took first place in his grade and division for a magnetic loop antenna project he entered into the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF). Dragan Tuip, KG7OQT, was among the more than 700 presenters at the fair, held April 1-2 in Bremerton. A 5th grade student at Yellow Wood Academy in Mercer Island, his project, “Modular HF ...

Anguilla’s Minister of Communications Pledges Greater Recognition for Radio Amateurs

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:12

The Minister of Communications in the Caribbean island nation of Anguilla has assured greater recognition for Amateur Radio operators and their work, according to an article this week in The Anguillan. Minister Curtis Richardson made the commitment during a talk to the Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (AARS) in observance of World Amateur Radio Day, April 18.

“I think the time has come to seriousl...

Frustrated Funding, Breached Secrecy Foiled North Korea DXpedition, Group Leader Says

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 13:36

A co-leader of the recent VP8STI/VP8SGI “Intrepid DX Group” DXpedition, said this week that what he called “a surprising lack of support and lack of funding from some of the world’s paramount DX foundations” thwarted his group’s plans to mount a DXpedition to North Korea. In “The P5DX Story” posted on April 25, Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said that years of negotiations had finally yielded a written inv...

Radio Amateurs Support Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 17:16

Hundreds of Amateur Radio operators, most from California, Nevada, and Arizona, turned out March 19-20 to support communication for the 2016 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V). This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the event, sometimes called “The world’s longest police foot pursuit.” The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Baker, Californ...

Now Shipping: High Speed Multimedia for Amateur Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:34

High Speed Multimedia for Amateur Radio by Glen Popiel, KW5GP, now is available from ARRL. The possible uses for these high-speed data networks in the Amateur Radio community are endless. Virtually any service that works on the regular Internet can be adapted to an Amateur Radio high-speed multimedia (HSMM) network, including video conferencing, instant messaging, voice over Internet protocol (...

New AO-85 Distance Record Claimed

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:39

A new distance record of 5751 kilometers (3565.6 miles) has been claimed for an AO-85 (Fox-1A) satellite contact.

Betrand Demarcq, FG8OJ, in Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe (FK96ig), worked Jose Elias Diaz Rodriguez, EB1FVQ, in Vigo, Spain (IN52pe), at 19:15 UTC on April 14, 2016.

A recording of the contact is available.

AMSAT posts records on its AMSAT Satellite Distance Records page. Send new claims ...

Collegiate Ham Radio Dinner Set for Dayton Hamvention Weekend

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:33

The Collegiate Ham Radio Dinner will be held on Friday, May 20, the first day of Dayton Hamvention®, at Little York Tavern and Pizza, 4120 Little York Road, Vandalia, Ohio. It gets under way at 6:30 PM. Magda Moses, KM4EGE, is organizing the event on behalf of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (VTARA).

The Collegiate Ham Radio Dinner is a get-together of current and past collegiate ham...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:56

Over the past reporting week, April 14-20, average daily sunspot numbers rose from 32 to 40, while average daily solar flux declined from 106.1 to 100.8.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 12.4 to 10.9, but average daily mid-latitude A index rose slightly from 8.3 to 8.9.

The mid-latitude A index uses 3-hour data from a magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the planetary number...

Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Communications Test Set for May 14

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:03

The US Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard will cosponsor the Armed Forces Day Military/Amateur Radio Cross-Band Communications Test on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The event gets under way at 1200 UTC, with activity continuing throughout the day. Some military stations may not operate for the entire period.

“New for Armed Forces Day this year, military stations and Amateur Radio operators are auth...

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