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MarconISSta Offering One Last Chance to Test UHF Antennas

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:57

The MarconISSta experiment at the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Columbus module ham station will be decommissioned on February 9, about 3 weeks earlier than anticipated. MarconISSta is a radio spectrum analyzer on the ISS that monitors parts of the RF spectrum in VHF, UHF, L, and S bands in order to analyze current use and availability for satellite communication.

The...

World Scout Jamboree is Possible ARISS Amateur Radio Contact Host

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:45

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station US team (ARISS-US) has announced the list of schools or organizations that may host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station (ISS) crew members from July through December. The list includes the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which is set for this summer at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. Schools and organizations...

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:07

 

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010.

“Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of AR...

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Shifts toward Siberia

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:02

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) scientists have updated the world magnetic model (WMM) mid-cycle, as Earth’s northern magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report said this week. The new WMM more accurately represents the change of the magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on government, ...

Brunei V84SAA DXpedition to Focus on Low Bands

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:57

Setup is under way in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, located on the Island of Borneo and surrounded by Malaysia, for the V84SAA DXpedition. Eighteen operators under the leadership of Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, will fire up on February 7 and continue until February 18. Operation will concentrate on the low bands.

“Many of the team have already landed in Brunei, and the tent is set up on the...

Hundreds Report Hearing SAQ Alexanderson Alternator on Christmas Eve

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:48

Alexanderson Alternator transmissions on Christmas Eve 2018 from Sweden's SAQ drew more than 340 listener reports from 28 countries, including seven reports from the US.

“Many visitors had come to the transmission hall to enjoy coffee, cake, and Swedish ginger snaps as they were watching the activities with starting and running the old radio transmitter SAQ,” the report from Sweden said this wee...

Cuban Radio Amateurs Respond to Severe Tornado

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:58

From the early morning of January 27, radio amateurs in Cuba’s capital of Havana were keeping an eye on the weather. An extratropical low-pressure system in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico associated with a cold front approaching from the west was preceded by a line of pre-frontal storms, generating severe weather conditions that deteriorated considerably during the evening and night hours. Com...

Fourth Annual RST Special Event Continues through February

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:22

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) once again are on site and active from different locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland until February 28. RST call signs being used include KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST. Also look for N1RAC/KL7 which will be active from Fairbanks, Alaska. QSL all call signs direct via K7ICE. Additiona...

ARISS Announces Slow-Scan Television Event

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:12

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced another slow-scan television (SSTV) transmission event, using images from the NASA on the Air (NOTA) program that celebrated NASA’s 60th anniversary and key events in NASA’s early history during 2018.

Transmissions are scheduled to start on Friday, February 8, at 1400 UTC and run through Sunday, February 10, at 1830 UTC. SSTV...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:03

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:06

The past week saw increased solar activity, with average daily sunspot numbers rising from 5.3 to 19.6 and average daily solar flux from 69.8 to 74.5. We haven’t seen such strong activity since the beginning of last summer, when ARLP016 in 2018 reported average daily sunspot number at 22.6 and average daily solar flux at 75.3.

But sunspots only persisted from January 22 through January 30, and o...

Geoffrey Starks Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 13:11

The FCC now officially has its full complement of five members. Democrat Geoffrey Starks, who succeeds Mignon Clyburn on the Commission, was sworn in January 30. He formerly served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC Enforcement Bureau and in the US Department of Justice.

“I am deeply honored to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank the President and the...