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K1IG Wins the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

1 hour 14 min ago

The winning article for the May 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Increase Your CW Speed with Wordsworth” by George Allison, K1IG. 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 June issue today.

Low-Power Broadcasting Proponent Nick Leggett, N3NL, SK

6 hours 44 min ago

ARRL has learned that Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL, an early low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting proponent, civil libertarian, and inveterate commenter in a variety of FCC proceedings over the years, died on April 26 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 72. Hardly any FCC petition or proceeding escaped his attention, and Leggett often was listed among those who had expressed their opinions. A r...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Sunday

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:30

Sunday, the third and final day of the 2017 Hamvention, was overcast and cool, with an easy ride into the fairgrounds.

As is often the case on the final day, the crowd was smaller. It was clear that the people who were there, were happy to be there.

One of the things that pleased attendees was Hamvention food. Over the course of the weekend, many Hamvention attendees commented on the variety of f...

CQ Announces Hall of Fame Honorees for 2017

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:00

CQ magazine has announced the induction of new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame nominees are traditionally announced each spring in conjunction with Hamvention®.

CQ DX Hall of Fame

Bill Moore, NC1L (SK): ARRL DXCC Manager for more than 20 years, Bill Moore provided a public face for the program at hamfests around t...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Saturday

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 20:14

The traffic issues that plagued the first morning of the 2017 Hamvention were nowhere to be seen on Saturday morning, as attendees reported an easy ride to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for the second day of Hamvention. 


The ARRL EXPO booth was busy as soon as the show opened at 9 AM, with convention-goers streaming in from the overcast, cool outdoors to peruse the various offeri...

Dayton Hamvention Update - Friday

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 19:57

Ham traffic jams were the order of the day as the 2017 Hamvention opened at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio this morning. Convention-goers eager to experience Hamvention's new venue waited in traffic for up to 2 hours.

The weather on Friday was slightly overcast and humid, with an occasional breeze as Hamvention attendees perused exhibits in several large halls named aft...

Ned Stearns, AA7A, Elected as Southwestern Division Vice Director

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:50

Edward J. “Ned” Stearns, AA7A, is the once-and-present Vice Director of the ARRL Southwestern Division. Stearns, of Scottsdale, Arizona, served earlier as Southwestern Division Vice Director in 2005-2006. He topped the field of three candidates after ballots were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters and will succeed Marty Woll, N6VI, who decided not to run for another term after serving since...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:50

The Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at 0301 UTC on May 19:

”Geomagnetic conditions may rise to minor storm levels late on 19 May. Geomagnetic activity is expected to remain enhanced to active to minor storm levels with some major storm periods on 20 May. Mostly unsettled to active levels of geomagnetic activity may be expected on 21 May with the possibility ...

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Regional Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:55

The Suquamish Tribe hosted the 14th annual Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference May 1-3 at the Port Madison Indian Reservation at Agate Pass on Puget Sound, Washington. Radio amateurs from Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona contributed to the success of this conference. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC).

Kitsap Count...

Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:43

All copies of the English-language version of Morsum Magnificat, the Morse Magazine, are now available for free download from the website of Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO. This includes the 89 issues published from 1986 to 2004. Mike Feher, N4FS, was able to provide the missing editions, which Randy Cole, KN6W, scanned for viewing. The 89 issues of Morsum Magnificat contain more than 4,000 printed pag...

ARRL to Leverage Social Media for Hamvention Coverage

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:15

ARRL will be taking to social media from Hamvention®, when the show gets under way on May 19 from its new venue, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The ARRL Hamvention team will be posting updates, observations and videos, and may even do live shots via Facebook Live video.

“This will be the first convention where we’ve done an all-out digital media push,” ARRL Publica...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 07:00

“Optimizing Receiver Performance” 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...

New York Club Plans Armed Forces Day Special Event

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:54

The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC) will commemorate Armed Forces Day with special event station W2GSB/APM, operating May 20-21 from the American Airpower Museum at historic Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York.

“This event commemorates Armed Forces weekend to honor our service men and women of the armed forces, who have given so much,” the club said in its announcement.

W2GSB/AP...

Hamvention and ARISS Teaming Up Again

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:34

For the second year, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will work with Hamvention to support ARISS. Two ARISS Challenge Coins will be given away in a special drawing held just prior to the big prize drawings on Hamvention’s final day, May 21. ARISS has donated two of the coins, positioned side by side in a display that shows off each of the coin’s sides, to be given aw...

2017 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Issues Second Call for Papers

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:19

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 36th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), set for September 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Earth City. 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 submission deadline is Ju...

Registration is Open for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:03

Online registration is now available and the program is shaping up for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet September 15-16 in suburban Chicago. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the keynote speaker for this 65th annual W9DXCC event. Discounted hotel rooms can also be booked now.

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will also offer Contest University (CTU) and...

Updated ARRL “US Amateur Radio Bands” Charts Now Available

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:26

ARRL has revised and updated its “US Amateur Radio Bands” charts, and these now are available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations.

The revised charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use. The effective date of the recent FCC Report & Order granting these allocat...

Moderate Geomagnetic Storming Forecast

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:01

NOAA forecasters have issued a watch for minor-to-moderate geomagnetic storms May 16-17. Forecasters say there is a 40% chance of minor (G1) geomagnetic storming on May 16, as Earth enters a stream of solar wind flowing from a hole in the Sun’s atmosphere. The storm could intensify to moderate (G2) on May 17, due to a combination of coronal hole activity on the Sun’s surface and the impending a...