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Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from ISS Scheduled for December 6-8

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:12

ARISS has announced that the MAI-75 Slow-Scan (SSTV) system in the Russian Service Module of the International Space Station (ISS) will be on the air starting on December 5 at around 1500 UTC and continuing until December 6 at 0900 UTC, transmitting test images on 145.800 MHz FM that should be available worldwide.

SSTV activity on December 7 and 8 is scheduled to occur at times when the ISS is a...

Ofcom Releases UK Amateur Radio License Stats

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:03

Statistics released by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicate that the Amateur Radio population in the UK has grown by approximately 10% over the past 5 years. As of the end of August 2017, there were 52,195 Full licensees, 9,739 Intermediate licensees, and 22,649 Foundation licensees.

Figures recently released in response to a Freedom of Information request from Peter Bowyer, G4MJS, co...

Arkansas DX Association Marking 50th Anniversary

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:57

The Arkansas DX Association (ADXA), Arkansas’s only 100% ARRL member-affiliated club, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on December 2 with a convention at in North Little Rock featuring “a slate of illustrious speakers.”

With a charter to support DXers in Arkansas and the pursuit of DX, ADXA’s focus is to encourage, mentor, and develop the technical skills of radio amateurs and promoting first...

Canada’s Polar Prince WSPR Transmissions to ID with New Call Sign on Return Leg

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:51

With the successful completion of the Canada C3 Expedition via the Northwest Passage that culminated with the arrival of the Polar Prince in Victoria, British Columbia, the CG3EXP special event call sign has been retired.

The Polar Prince will continue to carry an Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon as the ship returns to the East Coast via the Panama Canal. The vessel’s WSPR system will identify as VE0EXP.

T...

FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:01

The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had asked the FCC to make call signs consisting ...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Receives Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:53

The oft-honored Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the Wireless Innovation Forum Leadership Award (formerly International Achievement Award). The award recognizes “especially significant contributions in furthering the global mission of the Wireless Innovation Forum.” A prolific technical author, academic, and engineer, Rohde is a partner of Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, and chairman...

JOTA “Alive and Doing Well,” Although 2017 Participation Down from Last Year

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:02

Nearly 8,000 Scouts got on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the third weekend in October, National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND said. Wilson this week released the 2017 JOTA report, which declared, “Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air are alive and doing well.” Facilitating the October JOTA activity were more than 900 radio amateurs at 525 stations.

“Propagation wasn’...

IARU Cites Progress Toward 50-MHz Region 1 Allocation

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:54

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) says “significant progress” was made during World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) preparations that took place earlier this month at International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Headquarters in Geneva. But the IARU cautioned that a lot remains to be done before the “reservations and concerns of regulators and spectrum users are adequately ...

AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use!

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:24

AMSAT-NA’s latest Amateur Radio CubeSat, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), now known as AO-91, has been opened for general use. AMSAT Engineering officially announced that AO-91 was ready for use at 0650 UTC on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, turned over operation to Mark Hammond, N8MH, and AMSAT Operations during a contact on the AO-91 repeater during the pass over...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar Set for November 27

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:28

A free webinar, “What is SKYWARN™ Recognition Day and how can you participate?” will take place on November 27 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on November 28). Register online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar

SRD this year takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 0000 until 2400 UTC (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in ...

Major New Edition of The ARRL Handbook is Now Available!

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:27

The 2018 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications has undergone a complete makeover. First published in 1926, the most widely used one-stop reference and guide to radio technology principles and practices over the years since has documented the state-of-the-art in Amateur Radio as well as emerging technologies in radio experimentation, discovery, and achievement. The 95th edition o...

Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:23

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event. NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018. In addition to being the agency’s 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, an...

W8TEE and K2ZIA Win the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:08

The winning article for the November 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Build Your Own Arduino-Based Antenna Analyzer” by Jack Purdum, W8TEE, and Farrukh Zia, K2ZIA. 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 De...

Mysterious Signals Did Not Come from Missing Submarine; MF/HF Frequencies Listed

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:52

Satellite signals heard over the weekend did not come from a missing Argentine Navy submarine San Juan that went missing on November 15, dashing hopes that the vessel could be located. The submarine had reported a malfunction, had surfaced, and was headed back to its base when the Navy lost contact with it. The sub, built in Germany in the 1980s, carries a crew of 44.

Vessels from Argentina, the...

ARRL Seeks Nominations for 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:09

ARRL is seeking nominations for the prestigious Bill Leonard Award. Created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate for the service, the award honors three professional journalists whose outstanding media coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value of Amateur Radio each yea. Awards are given for audio, visua...