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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:26

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...

W6NBC Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:00

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.

Special Call Signs to be On the Air for 2018 FIFA World Cup, More Invited

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:28

Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.” The event will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russia’s IARU member-society SRR is encouraging Amateur Radio organizations to field World-Cup-related call signs, preferably with “FIFA” (or “FWC” for finalist countries) a...

“Horizons” is Next Mission for Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:10

 

European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will visit the International Space Station for the second time in early June. His “Horizons” mission is aimed at evoking exploration of the universe, looking far beyond Earth and broadening knowledge. His first mission was called “Blue Dot.”

A citizen of Germany, Gerst will launch on June 6 from Kazakhstan with US astronaut Serena Auñón-C...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:00

“Microphones” is the topic of the current (April 12) 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,...

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:25

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is leaving the Commission. She announced at the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would be her last as a commissioner. She plans to leave before the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on May 10. Following her 2013 appointment by President Barack Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC chair, the first woman to head the agency. A Democrat, she is currently serving a sec...

Sweden’s SAQ LF Transmitter to be On the Air on May 1

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:07

Low-frequency World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will transmit from Sweden on May 1 as participation in the European Route of Industrial Heritage’s “Work It Out” observance.

“As part of the event, we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016,” said Lars Kalland, SM6NM. The transmitter start-up will begin at 0930 UTC, with the transmission to follow on 17.2 kHz CW at 1000 UTC.

A li...

International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day is April 26

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:26

“Girls Can Do ICT!” is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on April 26. An initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Girls in ICT Day aims to “create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field,” the ITU said. International Girls in...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet on April 21

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:43

The ARRL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee (EC) will meet on Friday, April 21, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

In addition to reports from the President and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, the EC will hear from General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will address FCC and regulatory issues. The EC wi...

IARU President Extends Greetings for World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00

Wednesday, April 18, is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), this year marking the 93rd anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

 

“World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for our member-societies to show our capabilities and promote the use of Amateur Radio, both on the air and through...

Maritime Radio Historical Society’s K6KPH will be Active for International Marconi Day

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:47

K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), will be among those active on International Marconi Day (IMD), Saturday, April 21 (UTC). Organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club, IMD takes place each year on the weekend closest to Marconi's birthday, April 25.

K6KPH will operate on CW on 80, 40, 20, 17, and 15 meters. Since K6KPH transmits from the original Marcon...

Denmark’s EDR Offers Award for World Amateur Radio Day Contacts with 5P0WARD

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:39

World Amateur Radio Day is Wednesday, April 18, and EDR, Denmark’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Member-Society, is sponsoring the 5P0WARD Award for working 5P0WARD/xx stations between 0000 and 2400 UTC.

Stations in Europe qualify for a gold award by contacting 12 different 5P0WARD/xx stations on at least four different bands. For silver, work 10 different 5P0WARD/xx stations on at le...

“The Wireman” Press Jones, N8UG, SK:

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:30

“The Wireman” Pressley W. “Press” Jones, N8UG, of Landrum, South Carolina, died on April 10. He was 89. The “original” Wireman and his crew have been staples of many hamfests and conventions across the US for more than 45 years, supplying attendees with coaxial cable, wire, insulators, balanced feed line, and more. “He was a great teacher and speaker with his one-of-a kind approach to communica...

Foundation to Honor Former ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:33

Former Connecticut Section Manager and retired professor Betsey Doane, K1EIC, will receive the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) Lifetime Achievement Award on April 19, during the college’s 50th anniversary community celebration.

Doane has been on the cutting edge of major industry advancements in teaching techniques for the visually impaired. She has worked toward developing comput...

Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 11:02

Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell’s family was with him when he died. The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy would be performed.

“The cause of Bell’s death was yet to be revealed,” is how International Business ...