Permanent WSPR Beacon in Antarctica Now on the Air

ARRL - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:21pm

The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Antarctica. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

“The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occa...

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3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition Team Still at the Dock

ARRL - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:04pm

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition team's vessel remains at the dock in Punta Arenas, Chile. Their vessel, MV Betanzos did leave the harbor yesterday and then returned. “This was for some kind of inspection, which they passed,” The Daily DX reported.

The Bouvet MapShare website appears to show that the vessel remains docked. On January 16, the team reported that preparations to depart were contin...

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ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Retire

ARRL - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:14am

ARRL’s chief executive officer for the past 2 years, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, announced his retirement as CEO, as the ARRL Board of Directors prepares to meet January 19-20. He will step down on March 2. Gallagher, who had earlier advised ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of his intention to resign, expressed his gratitude to Roderick and the ARRL Board for giving him the opportunity to help gui...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:00am

“Antenna Wire” is the topic of the latest (January 18) 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 -- whenever and wher...

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Department of Defense Interoperability Communication Exercise Deemed a Success

ARRL - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:52pm

A November 2017 Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored communications interoperability exercise involving Amateur Radio was a success, according to information received recently from US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY. The November 4-6 drill, which focused on interoperability between DOD elements including MARS, other federal agencies, and the Ama...

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Camera Aboard Fox-1D Satellite Returns Photos of Earth

ARRL - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:19pm

The Virginia Tech experimental camera payload on the Fox-1D satellite (AO-92), launched on January 12, has returned some very clear photos of our planet as seen from low-Earth orbit.

Earthbound followers of the newly launched satellite can use the FoxTelem software (v 1.05), with the source set to “Auto” to receive either high-speed frames carrying camera payloads or data under voice (DUV) frame...

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Free amateur radio operator classes available - Wilson County News

Google News of the Day - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:01pm

Free amateur radio operator classes available
Wilson County News
Free amateur radio operator classes available. Do you want to become an amateur (HAM) radio operator? Register for the Technician Class Training Course and Technician Class License Examination to be held Saturday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 10. Both ...

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Radio Club of Chile Supporting Communications During Pope’s Visit

ARRL - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:00pm

The Radio Club of Chile (CE3AA) and its Emergency Service are supporting communications for the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security during Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Commemorative call sign XR18PAX will be on the air on SSB; XR3PAX on digital modes.

A special QSL card will be available for HF contacts. QSL to Radio Club de Chile, CE3AA, Papa Francisc...

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Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 8:31pm

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio...

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A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 4:15pm

In the last few weeks, the ARRL’s Board of Directors has been the subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board’s censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL’s Art...

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ARRL Board of Directors to Meet

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 2:56pm

The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut.

The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Fi...

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Florida Ham Radio Club Aids Homeless During Cold Snap

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:42pm

Uncharacteristically cold weather in east-central Florida in early January prompted members of the North Brevard Amateur Radio Club (K4NBR) to assist the area’s homeless. The New Year began with a bitter cold front descending upon Central Florida, bringing temperatures that hovered around freezing. Such conditions can be especially concerning for those lacking regular shelter from the elements....

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VFlorida Weak Signal Society 3.4 GHz Beacon Back on the Air

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 1:13pm

The Florida Weak Signal Society (FLWSS) reports that its beacon on 3,456.075 MHz is back on the air and invites reports. The FLWSS said all of its beacons, located in EL98 in the Orlando area, are subject to some drift with temperature; each operates independently with its own crystal reference. “We can’t provide individual frequency accuracy, but we strive to keep them all reasonably close to ...

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Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:54am

Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 ser...

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North American Collegiate Championship Set for January 20-21 in Conjunction with NAQP SSB

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:53am

The Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) invites college and university club stations to compete in the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC), which will take place from 1800 on Saturday, January 20, until 0600 UTC on Sunday, January 21, in conjunction with the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP), sponsored byNCJ (National Contest Journal). This is a chance for collegiate club stations t...

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Heavy Sea Ice Alters 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team’s Itinerary

ARRL - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:47am

Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has slowed navigation between King George Island and Bouvet Island increased the travel risk for the 3Y0Z DXpedition team. As a result, the 3Y0Z DXpedition team will depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.

“Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days,” team leaders Bob Allphin, K4UEE; Erling Wiig, LA6VM, and Ralph Fedor,...

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WSPR Beacon on its Way to Antarctica

ARRL - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 9:58am

Hardware for a planned permanent WSPR beacon system in the Antarctic is currently on its way. The installation -- a joint project of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Bremen, and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) -- consists of 5-W beacon transmitters for 160 through 6 meters, and a multiband WSPR receiver that will simultaneously monitor all bands from 160 to 15 meter...

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Amateur radio training success in Leigh - Leigh Times

Google News of the Day - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 8:38am

Amateur radio training success in Leigh
Leigh Times
AMATEUR radio is going strong in Leigh. Recently, three students successfully completed their amateur radio exam at a special training session prior to their radio exam at the Leigh Community Centre. Amateur radio is a skill that lets enthusiasts lean ...

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