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Indonesian Hams Take Advantage of Satellite for Post-Earthquake Communication

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:08

Amateur Radio volunteers in Indonesia have been taking advantage of the LAPAN-ORARI (IO-86) ham satellite in addition to HF on 7.110 MHz as the Lombok area recovers from two recent earthquakes. The death toll now has topped 400. A second powerful earthquake in the area on August 5 killed at least 98 people and seriously injured more than 200 others.

Power in the area has been disrupted, and Kar...

Storm Takes Down Antennas at Memorial Ham Station on Swedish-Norwegian Border

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:05

The SJ9WL-LG5LG Morokulien memorial station on the border of Sweden and Norway is off the air after a large tree, brought down during a severe storm on August 10, caused extensive damage to the station’s antennas. According to one report, the station’s 100-foot tower was broken into pieces after the tree fell across three tower guys. That pulled the support structure toward the station building...

HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:06

Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, successfully took advantage of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network (WSPRnet) on July 30 through August 1. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL that the ...

New US Submarine Forces Commander is Radio Amateur

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:07

US Navy Vice Admiral Charles A. “Chas” Richard, W4HFZ, assumed command of US submarine forces during a change-of-command ceremony on August 4, held aboard the submarine USS Washington (SSN-787). He assumed command from Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo. An ARRL Life Member, Richard, 58, is well-known in the AMSAT and APRS communities. He had been serving as the deputy commander of US Strategic Command...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:31

Spaceweather.com reported on August 8, 2018 that “Solar minimum conditions are in effect. The Sun has been without sunspots for 39 of the past 42 days. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the Sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the Sun's atmosphere, and st...

Time to Review Near-Final Field Day Submissions!

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:35

The ARRL Contest Branch advises all clubs, groups, and individuals to review their ARRL Field Day 2018 entries for any issues. Entries highlighted in yellow are missing important information and may end up as check logs, if not corrected. Missing items typically are such things as dupe or summary sheets. Supply the requested information by August 14, to be included in the final results in QST. ...

Amateur Radio Satellite Pioneer, Past AMSAT President Bill Tynan, W3XO, SK

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:50

A giant of the Amateur Radio satellite world has fallen. William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, of Kerrville, Texas, died on August 7, following a lengthy illness. A past AMSAT President and the editor of the QST column “The World Above 50 MHz” from 1975 until 1992, Tynan was 91.

While growing up in Washington, DC, he was entranced by short-wave broadcasts and police radio traffic on his three-band tab...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:27

“Antenna Rotators” is the topic of the current (August 2) 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 him...

Microwave Update 2018 Issues Call for Papers

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:47

Microwave Update (MUD) 2018 has issued a call for papers, encouraging participants to describe their latest project, design, or operating adventures. Microwave Update (MUD) is an international conference dedicated to microwave equipment design, construction, and operation. It is focused on, but not limited to, Amateur Radio on the microwave bands. Sponsored by the Midwest VHF/UHF Society, the e...

Great Lakes HamCon 2018 has been Cancelled

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:47

Great Lakes HamCon 2.0, set to occur in October at Michigan International Speedway, has been cancelled. This would have been the second Great Lakes HamCon, which had been sanctioned as the 2018 ARRL Michigan State Convention. In announcing the cancellation, sponsors said failure to come to a final agreement for the use of the speedway led to the difficult decision to cancel the event. "With jus...

Hamvention® Officials Say No New Building for 2019

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:24

Hamvention® and Greene County, Ohio, officials have been unable to reach agreement to erect a new building that could accommodate Hamvention activities at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

“Hamvention/Dayton Amateur Radio Association has spent many hours working with Greene County officials to reach an agreement on a long-term contract where both the Fairgrounds and ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:19

After six days with no visible sunspots, a new one appeared on Wednesday, August 1, with a daily sunspot number of 11. As there was also only one day with a sunspot (also 11) in the previous week, average daily sunspot number for this week was unchanged at 1.6. The new sunspot is small and was given the number AR2717 on Thursday, when the sunspot number again was 11.

Average daily solar flux was...

ARISS Packet Radio System Expected to be Back Late this Year

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:07

The currently silent packet radio system on the International Space Station could be back on the air by year’s end.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) hardware team members have located an original duplicate of the packet module that had been in use on the International Space Station (ISS) before failing more than a year ago after 17 years of service. With a new battery ins...

VHF/UHF and Above Contests Just Ahead!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:52

Baker Island Top Band Operator Offers Observations

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 13:04

Trying to work stations on 160 meters from Baker Island during the KH1/KH7Z DXpedition was fraught with challenges, and the WSJT-X FT8 digital protocol proved to be one answer to making contacts from the rare DXCC entity under tough, summertime conditions. DXpedition team member George Wallner, AA7JV, recently offered some observations about the experience that may be helpful to North American ...

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