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School’s Ham Contact with Space Station Raises Amateur Radio’s Visibility in Alabama

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:50

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with crew member Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, was a huge success on more than one level. Fifteen students at Pinson Valley High School in Alabama had the opportunity to chat via ham radio on April 10 in a direct contact with Arnold, who was at the helm of NA1SS for his inaugural ARISS contact.

Witnessing the event was an audienc...

DX Operators Establishing New Logbook of The World Accounts May E-Mail Documentation

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:19

Amateur Radio operators from outside the US who are requesting an initial call sign certificate to establish a new Logbook of The World (LoTW) user account now may submit the required documentation via e-mail. Non-US radio amateurs must provide a copy of their Amateur Radio license or authorization, plus a copy of one other government-issued document showing the applicant’s name and address (se...

Many Post ARISS-Russia Interkosmos Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) Images

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:27

The ARISS-Russia Cosmonautics Day (International Day of Human Space Flight) SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station have proven popular among earthbound radio amateurs around the globe. The SSTV images, stored on a computer in the ISS Russian segment, commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Interkosmos Project period of the Soviet space program.

Images received can be posted and ...

Aruba QSL Bureau Manager, WRTC 2006 Competitor Emily Thiel, P43E, SK

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:19

Emily Thiel, P43E, of Oranjestad, Aruba, died on April 12 after suffering an apparent stroke while hiking in Aruba National Park. She was 49. Thiel was a competitor at WRTC 2006 (held in Brazil), a member of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club, and she managed the Aruba QSL Bureau.

Licensed in 1997, she attended various conventions and hamfests around the world. She was part of the A61AJ multioperator ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:11

No sunspots were seen over the past reporting week, April 5-11, so average daily sunspot number declined from 3.3 to 0. Average daily solar flux declined from 68.6 to 67.7. Average daily planetary A index increased from 5 to 9.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index went from 4 to 8.1.

But on Thursday, April 12, a new sunspot appeared, AR2704, and it is a small one. However, this one is three ...

IEEE SPECTRUM Report: FCC is Inconsistent Regarding Small Satellites

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:46

[UPDATED: 2018-04-13 @ 1710 UTC] According to an April 10 IEEE SPECTRUM report, “The FCC’s Big Problem with Small Satellites,” confusion and erratic enforcement at the FCC is sending satellite makers abroad. Earlier this year, the FCC rescinded permission for Swarm Technologies to launch another round of SpaceBEEs later this month and questioned Swarm’s suitability to be an FCC licensee. That c...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:00

“Microphones” is the topic for the latest (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,...

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Returns on Sunday, April 15!

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:39

The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB returns on Sunday, April 15, starting at 1800 UTC and continuing through 2359 UTC. The aim of Rookie Roundup is to encourage recently licensed operators in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. 

You're a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017, or 2016 (send the year...

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Returns on Sunday, April 19!

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:39

The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB returns on Sunday, April 19, starting at 1800 UTC and continuing through 2359 UTC. The aim of Rookie Roundup is to encourage recently licensed operators in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating.

You're a Rookie if you were first licensed in 2018, 2017, or 2016 (send the year ...

ARISS-Russia International Space Station Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) Event Set

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:19

ARISS-Russia will mark Cosmonautics Day (International Day of Human Space Flight) with special SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station. Transmissions are to begin on April 11 at 1130 UTC and run through April 14 at 1820 UTC.

Images from the Interkosmos Project period of the Soviet space program have been stored on a computer in the ISS Russian segment, and these are transmitted t...

Major Rove by Satellite Ops Could Make Rare Grids Squares Available

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:10

2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) participants take note: satellite operators Doug Tabor, N6UA, and Ken Alexander, VE3HLS, will travel to the James Bay area of Québec, Canada, in early May, activating as many FO grid squares as are accessible by road in the limited time they have. The plan is to arrive in FO on May 6 and spend 7 or 8 days activating grids. The area is extremely remote.

Th...

Second Public Test of FT8 DXpedition Mode Demonstrates High Contact Rates Possible

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 08:56

The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode has shown that the mock DXpedition stations (“Foxes”) were able to work the pileups of callers (“Hounds”) at a fairly good clip. Logged data showed that 390 unique stations were copied by one or more of the three Foxes. FT8 is part of the WSJT-X digital software suite. Ned Stearns, AA7A, the operator at W7/KH7Z, learned to manage queues of calling s...

ARRL VEC Conducts First-Ever Amateur Radio Licensing Exam Session in Cambodia

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 08:32

The first ARRL VEC Amateur Radio examination session in Cambodia was held on April 5. The session resulted in two new Technician licensees, both Cambodian nationals, and one university professor who tested all the way to Amateur Extra-class in a single bound. Currently, no path exists for Cambodians to obtain an Amateur Radio license in that Southeast Asia nation, but qualifying for an FCC-issu...