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Z60A Fielding Three Stations to Handle Huge Pileups for New DXCC #1

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:12pm

Three Z60A stations are up and running with DL3DXX, DL5CW, DJ5IW, IK0FVC, and VE7NY handling operating duties. The special activation to mark the addition of the Republic of Kosovo to the DXCC List has reached 50,000 contacts and counting.

Z60A is operating split and is not listening on its transmit frequency! Pay attention to operators' instructions!

The Z60A activation will culminate on Kosovo’...

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Volunteers Invited to Assist in 2018 Boston Marathon

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:35pm

Opportunities for Amateur Radio and non-amateur volunteers are available for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Amateur Radio volunteers are needed for starting line, course, and finish line positions, and non-amateur volunteers are wanted for medical transportation and various other medical and logistical roles. Vol...

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ARRL Board Meeting Minutes Posted

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:47pm

The minutes of the 2018 ARRL Annual Board of Directors Meeting held January 19-20, 2018, are now available on the ARRL website. 

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Wireless Institute of Australia Seeks Amateur Radio Power Increase

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:34pm

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is seeking a power increase for radio amateurs. WIA is pushing telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bump up maximum power levels for all three licenses classes to 50 W for Foundation licensees, 200 W for Standard licensees, and 1,500 W for Advanced licensees.

WIA Board member Justin Giles-Clark, VK7TW, ...

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NOAA Seeks Comments on Discontinuing WWV-WWVH North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine Storm Warnings

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:33am

NOAA is once again considering ending North Atlantic and North Pacific Marine storm warning announcements at minutes 8, 9, and 10 of each hour on WWV, and minutes 48, 49, 50, and 51 of WWVH.

Submit questions, comments, or concerns about this proposed change with “NIST MARINE WARNING” in the subject line no later than February 23, 2018. NOAA had announced in April 2017 that it was considering th...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 9:31am

Low solar activity continues. There were no sunspots seen from January 20-29, and the sunspot number was 13 on January 30-31, but back to zero on February 1. Average daily solar flux declined marginally from 70 to 69.1.

 

Predicted solar flux is 70 on February 2, 71 on February 3-8, 70 on February 9-22, 69 on February 23 to March 4, 70 on March 5-18.

 

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on February 2...

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A Reminder: Second Annual AM Rally Special Event is this Weekend

ARRL - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:36am

The AM Rally special event, inviting operators to explore the original phone mode, takes place over the February 2-4 weekend. The AM Rally gets under way at 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 3, and concludes at 0700 UTC on Monday, February 5. Band include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters. ARRL Laboratory Assistant Manager and Senior Product Review Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, plans to operat...

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Practicing for disaster - The Killeen Daily Herald

Google News of the Day - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:44am

The Killeen Daily Herald

Practicing for disaster
The Killeen Daily Herald
Participants in the Winter Field Day included Copperas Cove Division of Emergency Management, the Copperas Cove Police and Fire Departments, the Cove Repeater Association (Amateur Radio Club), the Texas Department of State Health Services, Central ...

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Ham radio in the digital age - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Google News of the Day - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:06am

Ham radio in the digital age
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Ham radio in the digital age. Erik Bilstad from broadcaster WTMJ interviewed Tom Pachner W9TJP manager of Milwaukee's Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) Even in the digital age, at least one 'retro' form of communication still remains popular. Amateur Radio ...

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Bouvet Island — So Near, Yet So Far Away

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:59pm

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team now at anchor off Bouvet Island, but weather and sea conditions have not resolved to the point where the team can begin transporting equipment and personnel to the barren and icy piece of real estate.

“Our ship is still at anchor off the east side of Bouvet,” Team Co-Leader Ralph Fedor, K0IR, reported earlier today (February 1). “Winds are 35 to 40 knots, a...

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Berkeley neighbors seek to widen grassroots emergency radio system - Berkeleyside

Google News of the Day - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Berkeleyside

Berkeley neighbors seek to widen grassroots emergency radio system
Berkeleyside
“I am the communications person for my neighborhood CERT, and it occurred to us that in an emergency we would have no way of knowing what is happening in other parts of the city,” said Geoff Lomax, a ham radio buff. He quickly began working with ...

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Berkeley neighbors seek to widen grassroots emergency radio system - Berkeleyside

Google News of the Day - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:09pm

Berkeleyside

Berkeley neighbors seek to widen grassroots emergency radio system
Berkeleyside
“I am the communications person for my neighborhood CERT, and it occurred to us that in an emergency we would have no way of knowing what is happening in other parts of the city,” said Geoff Lomax, a ham radio buff. He quickly began working with ...

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ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:22am

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far more than a hobby;” it is a u...

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A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:10am
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RST-Suffix Stations on the Air

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 9:16am

For the third year, the North Country DX Association will field RST-suffix stations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland, for the entire month of March. Listen for VY1RST/VY0 and VE8RST/VY0 from Ellesmere Island, as well as KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST in Greenland.  

Exchange signal report and state/province. (NCDXA RST stations will send town ...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 9:00am

“Automatic Gain Control” is the topic of the latest (February 1) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- wheneve...

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Czech Republic Gains Access to 5-MHz “WRC-15” Allocation Plus Existing 12 Channels

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:39am

According to a post by Petr Ourednik, OK1RP, the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has given radio amateurs in the Czech Republic access both to a 60-meter allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz plus the 12 existing “experimental” 60-meter channels. The allocation is available on an individual permit basis with a maximum power of 15 W EIRP. The 12 existing channels allow 100 W EIRP (CW and SSB onl...

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ES100-Prefix Special Event Stations Mark Estonia’s Centennial

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:27am

The ES100 Project invites hams around the world to chase 15 different ES100-prefix call signs to celebrate Estonia’s centennial. The activity runs from February 1 until March 31.

For awards, each contact counts two points for European stations and four points for non-European stations per mode and per band, with three award levels: Bronze for 50 points, silver for 75 points and gold for 100 poin...

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School Club Roundup Winter/Spring Term is February 12-16

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:56am

The winter/spring term of the twice-yearly School Club Roundup (SCR) takes place Monday through Friday, February 12-16. The objective is for school radio clubs at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels to exchange information in a competitive context.

Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

The SCR is sponsored by ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task F...

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ARRL 2017 September VHF Contest Results Now Available

ARRL - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:41am

Full results and Line Scores of the 2017 ARRL September VHF Contest now are available on the ARRL Contest Results Articles page. Click on2017 Contest Results and scroll down to the September VHF Contest and click on Full Results or Line Scores. Our thanks to everyone who participated and submitted a log.

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