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FCC Seizes Equipment from Pirate Broadcasters in Boston

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 13:43

The FCC reports that it seized transmission equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26. According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster that identified as “Big City” on various FM channels from Dorchester, Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate “B87.7 FM,” which operated on 87.7 FM from Dorchester. Both unlicensed stations had been iss...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:30

We saw no sunspots during this reporting week, March 22-28. The previous week had sunspots on only three days, with an average of 5.6.

Average daily solar flux receded from 69.3 to 68.2. Average daily planetary A index dropped from 14.4 to 10.6, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 11.3 to 8.9.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on March 30 to April 15, 69 on April 16, 68 on April 17-29, 69 on ...

ARRL Headquarters Closed on Friday, March 30, no ARRL Letter this Week

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:37

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. The ARRL Letter is on hiatus this week, and no ARRL Audio News will be released on Friday.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 2, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will return next week.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable...

Malawi 7Q7EI DXpedition Team Taking Advantage of New FT8 “DXpedition Mode”

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:15

The 7Q7EI DXpedition in Malawi is using the new FT8 “DXpedition Mode,” which is still in beta, but some of those attempting to work 7Q7EI on that mode are not using the correct version of the FT8 software (part of WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc3) released on March 18. The 7Q7EI operation concludes on April 2.

“It is working well, and things are okay on [7Q7EI’s] side, apart from a large amount of peopl...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:34

“Receive Filters” is the topic for the new (March 29) 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...

Hamvention Setting Space Aside to Spotlight Emergency Communication Vehicles

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:59

In keeping with its theme, “Serving the Community,” Hamvention® 2018 is offering an opportunity for Amateur Radio groups to display the communication vehicles they use to serve their communities. A special area has been set aside at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for emergency communication trailers, vans, trucks, and other vehicles. Hamvention organizers are hoping that emergenc...

Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, Tapped as Next National Hurricane Center Director

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:31

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has named Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, to head the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Preparations at the NHC continue ahead of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Graham will pick up the reins from Deputy/Acting Director Ed Rappaport on April 1.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be selected to work alongside the tal...

National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop Livestreamed, Recorded

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:14

[UPDATED 2018-03-27@1533 UTC] Technical problems have developed with the live feed. Efforts are under way to restore it. The sessions will be archived for later viewing.

Amateur Radio is again represented at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. As it has been in past years, the conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness. The National Hurricane Conference Amateur...