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Hurricane Watch Net Still Eyeing Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Harvey

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:52

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said today the net is not letting down its guard with respect to Tropical Cyclone Harvey, the remnants of which remain in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“As we begin to move into the heart of Hurricane Season, Mother Nature looks as though she doesn’t want to disappoint!,” Graves said. “The Hurricane Watch Net continues to monitor the remnants of Har...

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ARRL Amateur Radio News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 08:35

AMSAT Reports RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Completes P-POD Integration

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:57

AMSAT Vice President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, on August 15 delivered RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat, built in partnership with Vanderbilt University to Cal Poly University. RadFsSat/Fox-1B was successfully integrated into the P-POD CubeSat deployment container on August 16 along with its pod-mates, Makersat-0 and EagleSat.

Launch qualification vibration testing of the integrated P-POD was comp...

Oklahoma QSL Card Bureau

ARRL Oklahoma - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:52

A draft of new rules were explained at the Ham Holiday OKDXA meeting regarding  changing the envelopes and postage. I received an envelope this week with the following information:

#1) Effective Sept 1, 2017 the W5 Incoming buro must be self supporting and they are no longer accepting SASE's from users.  Instead you can simply send money and they will print your envelopes with postage for you.  Send $20 (anything beyond the $20 will be considered a donation to cover other buro related expenses.)

You can send money via PayPal:
PayPay (send money to a friend - to w5buro@gmail.com)

Or by USPS:
W5 INCOMING BUREAU
P.O. BOX 1060
Mounds OK 74047

Please make sure your callsign is evident by either method used.


#2) Rates are increasing to $1.00 per envelope to keep up with increasing postage expenses, miscellaneous supplies and printing.  The $20 you send will provide for 20 envelopes and any additional funds you send will be considered a donation toward general bureau expenses (like a PO box and other things!)  If you want a 2 or 3 ounces per mailing please make sure to provide your sorter with a batch of "Additional Ounce" (penguin) stamps to keep on file for you.

If your a high-volume user, such as a DX Expeditioner or a high-scoring contestor you may want many ounces per mailing.  One envelope with a single forever stamp will carry about 6 cards.  With the "Additional Ounce" postage it can transport about 12 to 14 cards.

#3) Everyone is reminded to contact the sorter for their callsign directly with questions or comments.  If you are unable to resolve a concern then you are welcome to contact the W5 Incomming Bureau Manager, Gene Lewis, W5LE.  Gene is available at w5buro@gmail.com

#4) Expect to see a strong push in the coming months by ARRL for all incoming bureaus to become self-sustaining.

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If your wondering what this is all about:  The ARRL offers a service to members that drastically reduces the cost of sending QSL cards overseas.  You fill out your cards then mail a envelope full of them along with payment and they will forward the cards on to the overseas bureaus in bulk.  Those bureaus will send them using their local postal system.  This service alone justifies the ARRL membership dues if you send very many!  You can read more here: http://www.arrl.org/outgoing-qsl-service

Thanks to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society for this information.

Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was Activated for Tropical Storm Harvey

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:01

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) activated this week on 3.815 MHz for Tropical Storm Harvey, located in the Eastern Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is advising interests in the Caribbean Sea and adjacent land areas of eastern Central America and northern South America to monitor the storm’s progress.

“The storm has gone over Barbados,” an August 18 post from...

Canada Proposes Implementing a 60-Meter Band While Retaining Discrete Channels

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:56

An Industry Canada (IC) regulatory consultation (proceeding) aimed at implementing the changes from the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) could lead to the allocation of a 60-meter band in Canada in addition to the five discrete channels that are congruent with those in the US. IC is seeking comments on this and other revisions that take WRC-15 into account.

“The consultation is...

ARRL Audio News Extra Edition

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:12
An interview with amateurs in Texas who've created a microwave network to support ARES public service activities.

ARRL Audio News - August 18, 2017

ARRL Audio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:06
The solar eclipse QSO party; a public service drill turns into a real emergency; more.

Internet Access to ARRL Headquarters to be Disrupted on August 22

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:02

Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be disrupted for up to 6 hours on Tuesday, August 22 (0400-1000 UTC). Affected systems include, but are not necessarily limited to e-mail, bulk mail, reflectors, Logbook of The World (LoTW), DXCC, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL Development page.

The outage is necessary for AT&T maintenance, and ARRL has no cont...

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:54

Several readers pointed out those averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

And average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current...

ARRL Audio News Announces New Extra Edition Service

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:29

ARRL Audio News is proud to announce the debut of our Extra Edition service. Extra Editions are longer, uninterrupted audio segments devoted to particular topics. They will be posted on the ARRL Audio News web page. Just go to the page and then scroll down to Audio News Extra Edition. The Extra Edition will also be distributed on iTunes and Stitcher as part of the ARRL Audio News podcast channe...

High-Speed Telegraphy Competition Set for September 8-12 in Hungary

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:25

The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place September 8-12 in Esztergom, Hungary. The event’s date was shifted this year to avoid conflicting with the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) General Conference.

The Hungarian Radio Amateur Society (MRASZ) is organizing the 2017 HST, which is sponsored by IARU. Hungary was the site of the first HST in 1995....

ARRL Radiosport Department Debuts New Honor Roll, Top of Honor Roll Plaques

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:52

The ARRL Radiosport department has unveiled two newly designed plaques for the coveted DXCC Honor Roll and Top of Honor Roll awards.

 

“These plaques feature a stunning graphic of the Earth transitioning toward sunset as viewed from space. After explaining grayline propagation to our graphic artist, Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, we think she really captured the concept with her design,” said ARRL Radiosport...

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:24

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section’s ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea that an actual emergency would erupt just 6 hours after his ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:20

“S-Units” is the topic of the the latest 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...

Pirates on the Air!

ARRL Amateur Radio News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:10
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