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Deadline Nears to Submit ARRL Foundation Scholarship Applications

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 09:00

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship program will accept applications from eligible applicants until January 31, 2018. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligibl...

Prepare to Get Your Grid On!

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:58

What’s your grid square? Be prepared to answer that question a lot in 2018. The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 begins this weekend and continues throughout the year. The Grid Chase kicks off at 0000 UTC on Monday, January 1, which is New Year’s Eve in US time zones, so get ready to hit your grid running.

This is an event for all radio amateurs, and taking part is as simple as just getting on...

Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition Putting Up Big Bucks for Transportation, Eager to Get Under Way

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:31

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team reports that it has reached “yet another milestone” in its quest to activate Bouvet Island, the second most-wanted DXCC entity (behind the Democratic Republic of North Korea), in January and February. The DXpedition team has said its earliest anticipated arrival date on Bouvet will be January 23. It hopes to spend 14 to 16 days on Bouvet, “depending on wea...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:05

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: There were no zero-sunspot days over the December 21-27 reporting week. Then, on Thursday, December 28, no sunspots were visible. So far in 2017, there have been 102 days with no sunspots, or 28%.

The average daily sunspot number was 17.4, up from 2.3 over the previous 7-day reporting period. The previous week had such a low average because only 1 day out of tha...

January 1 Hosts Events for Legacy Keys, CW on Satellites

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:32

Every day is a good day to send CW, but January 1 is reserved for Straight Key Night (SKN), sponsored by ARRL.  Enjoy CW as it has been sent and enjoyed since the earliest days of Amateur Radio. The 24-hour event, which gets under way at 0000 UTC on January 1 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones), is not a contest but a day dedicated to celebrating Amateur Radio’s Morse heritage. Participants are e...

Radio Amateurs Continue to Plumb the Spectral Depths

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:04

David Bowman, G0MRF, reports that he and Dave Riley, AA1A, have completed what is believed to be the first transatlantic contact on 630 meters since the MF band was released to US radio amateurs this past fall. They used JT9 digital mode to complete the more than 5,160 kilometer (approximately 3,200 miles) contact during the early hours of December 23.

 

On the UK end, G0MRF was running a modifie...

Registration for International DX Convention in Visalia Opens on January 15

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:51

The 69th annual International DX Convention in Visalia, California, takes place April 20-22 at the Visalia Convention Center. The Southern California DX Club (SCDXC) sponsors the 2018 event. Online convention registration opens on January 15 at 1700 UTC. The Saturday banquet program will be on the 3Y0Z DXpedition to Bouvet Island. Convention co-chairs are Cathy Gardenias, K6VC, and Kris Jacob, ...

School Field Trip to The Gambia to Include DXpedition

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:44

A trip to The Gambia in February by students and staffers of Sandringham School in the UK will include a short DXpedition. The call sign C5DX again has been granted and will be on the air February 9-16. A party of 18 sixth-form students and three staff members from Sandringham School will visit their partner school, Farafenni Senior Secondary High. The two schools have worked in partnership for...

New ARRL Section Manager Appointed in North Dakota

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:05

Nancy Yoshida, KG0YL, has been appointed as the ARRL North Dakota Section Manager, starting on January 1, 2018. Yoshida, an ARRL Life Member who resides in Thompson, will take the North Dakota Field Organization leadership reins from Lynn Nelson, W0ND, who was elected last month as ARRL Dakota Division Vice Director. Nelson, of Minot, has served as the North Dakota Section Manager since 2008. 

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Change to December 30 West Coast Qualifying Run

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:59

The West Coast Qualifying Run for Saturday, December 30, was scheduled to be transmitted from Maritime Radio Historical Station (MRHS) K6KPH. Due to antenna maintenance, however, K6KPH is unable to conduct the run that day, and Jim Michener, K9JM, will handle the chore, at least on two bands (K6KPH normally handles five bands). K9JM will transmit the scheduled Run on 7,047.5 and 14,047.5 kHz at...

ARRL International Grid Chase Kicks Off with the New Year!

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:22

Warm up the ham shack! The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 is nearly here! The Grid Chase gets under way on January 1 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The objective of the year-long event is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and then upload your log data to ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW).

Each new grid square co...

Urban Explorers’ Video Reveals Largely Unseen Side of Hara Arena

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:03

Reminiscent of underwater footage from a TV documentary about the discovery of a long-lost vessel, a recently posted YouTube video that takes a deep dive into the innards of former Hamvention® venue Hara Arena has been attracting notice within the Amateur Radio community. The narrated video probe was posted on December 22 by Once Occupied, an urban exploration group that originated in Dayton, O...

OJ9X Joint Santa Radio 2017, Finland 100th Anniversary of Independence Operation to End with 2017:

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:51

Amateur Radio activity under the special OJ9X call sign to mark the Santa Radio 2017 and Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence has resulted in more than 42,000 contacts. The multiple OJ9X operators are aiming for at least 50,000 contacts by the time the event wraps up on December 31.

Activity continues on all bands, including 2-meter meteor scatter and moonbounce as well as 60 meters. All ...