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Unexpected Geomagnetic Storm Could Disturb HF Bands, Enhance 6 Meters

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 22:00

Spaceweather.com reports that a G2-class geomagnetic storm erupted during the early hours of January 7, sparking bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. “The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth tipped south, opening a crack in our planet's magnetosphere,” Spaceweather explained. “Solar wind poured in to fuel the storm.”

With the A index at 20 and the K index at 7 (as of 1430 UTC), HF...

Deadline is January 15 for 2014 Intrepid Spirit Award Nominations

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 21:43

The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their “Intrepid Spirit” this past year. Nominations are due by Thursday, January 15. For purposes of the award, an Intrepid Spirit is defined as “bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio.”

“We are seeking to make this award to ...

Radio Amateurs Aid Animal Rescue Effort Following South Australian Bushfires

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 20:58

Members of Australia’s Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network in South Australia (WICEN SA) have been assisting an emergency animal rescue and recovery organization in the wake of the so-called Sampson’s Flat bushfire in the sheep and cattle-ranching region of Adelaide Hills. The fire, which has burned uncontrolled since early January, has blackened some 31,000 acres of land and destroyed n...

ARRL Survey Underway

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 04:50

The ARRL has asked an independent research company specializing in survey research to conduct a survey of Amateur Radio operators in the US. Readex Research -- headquartered in Stillwater, Minnesota -- has conducted similar studies for ARRL in the past, including QST readership studies and other large national surveys. This most recent survey is being conducted by mail and e-mail, and includes ...

ARRL Lab Receives a Major Upgrade – Thanks to Tektronix

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 04:25

Alan Wolke, W2AEW, Senior Applications Engineer for Tektronix Corporation, visited ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut on January 6, 2015 to introduce the ARRL Laboratory Engineers to their new Tektronix Mixed Domain Oscilloscope, model MDO4104B-3, which is being donated to the ARRL by Tektronix.

Alan, an ARRL Life Member, arranged for the donation. The dual function instrument has a ban...

ARRL Roanoke Division Assistant Director, DXpeditioner Jim Wise, W4PRO, SK

Mié, 07/01/2015 - 00:48

ARRL Roanoke Division Assistant Director and DXpeditioner Marion A. “Jim” Wise, W4PRO, of Virginia Beach, Virginia died December 31. He was 86. An ARRL Life Member, Wise was well-known within the Tidewater Amateur Radio community.

Licensed in 1948 as W8YHV in his native Ohio, he served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, then worked for NASA until he retired in 1988. He was a part of spec...

New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

Mar, 06/01/2015 - 05:53

This month’s QuickStats poll has been posted! Check the QuickStats page and answer these questions . . .

• Did you find ARRL’s Logbook of The World easy to set up?

• Does your logging software feature the ability to communicate (upload and download) with your Logbook of The World account?

• Have you applied for an award using your Logbook of The World account?

• Do you consider yourself a knowledge...

ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (FO-81) Satellite Goes Dark

Mar, 06/01/2015 - 02:14

The ARTSAT2: DESPATCH sculpture/satellite (FO-81) has stopped transmitting after 1 month. The satellite was one of two carrying Amateur Radio payloads that were launched December 3 onboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) vehicle into an Earth-escape orbit as piggyback payloads of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample-return mission into deep space. Crafted as a physical art object, ARTSAT2...

Registration Opens for 2015 Dayton Contest University

Vie, 02/01/2015 - 23:32

Registration is now open for the 2015 Dayton Contest University (CTU) classes. According to CTU Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, CTU sessions will take place all day on Thursday, May 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton. Duffy said that 2015 will mark the ninth year in a row that CTU sessions have been held in Dayton, in conjunction with Dayton Hamvention.®

Over the years, in addition to th...

Ham Radio Volunteers Activate Following Severe Weather in the Philippines

Vie, 02/01/2015 - 23:08

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association's (PARA) busy Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network has again activated, this time for Tropical Storm Jangmi (Seniang), which made landfall on Mindanao Island on December 29, then moved inland, causing massive floods and landslides. According to reports, at least 53 people have died, nearly three times the death toll resulting from Typhoon Hagupi...

The K7RA Solar Update

Vie, 02/01/2015 - 22:42

Now that we are just barely into the New Year 2015, I’ll review Cycle 24 progress during 2014. It now seems certain that this cycle peaked in the spring of 2014, but, fortunately, solar cycles typically decline at a slower rate than they rise, so this cycle peak should have plenty of life left.

Solar activity softened over the week of December 25-31, as compared to the previous week. Average dai...

League’s Centennial “the Most Extraordinary Event” for ARRL President

Vie, 02/01/2015 - 00:01
pAs the ARRL’s strongCentennial/strong drew to a close, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, reflected that the year-long celebration helped to rejuvenate Amateur Radio by including as many people as possible, providing lots of on-the-air fun, and promoting learning and doing. She also believes that the spirit of the Centennial will live on going forward, as Amateur Radio enters its second century./pp“The ARRL Cen.../p

Amateur Radio Support Winding Down in Wake of Flooding in Malaysia, Thailand

Jue, 01/01/2015 - 00:52
pAfter several days of maintaining emergency communication links on 7.110 MHz, Amateur Radio volunteers plan to remain active for a while longer to handle local health-and-welfare traffic and any urgent communications in flood-stricken Malaysia. The monsoon flooding that hit parts of Malaysia and Thailand now appears to have eased, but the big clean-up continues. Johnny Tan, 9M8DB, of the Malays.../p

W100AW, W1AW Portable Operations Coming to a Close

Mar, 30/12/2014 - 23:34
pAfter an incredible Centennial year, the very special W100AW call sign will leave the air on December 31, just as the New Year arrives at 0000 UTC. QSL cards will be available as 2015 progresses./ppAlso, aspanll ARRL Centennial year W1AW portable operations (now in Pennsylvania and Iowa) will end December 31 at 0000 UTC (the evening of December 30 in continental US time zones). em-- Thanks to Dave Patto.../em/span/p

Straight Key Night: A Return to the Basics

Mar, 30/12/2014 - 21:45
pARRL Straight Key Night (strongSKN/strong) returns on January 1, 2015 (0000 to 2359 UTC), offering a chance for many to get back to their Amateur Radio roots. Those operators who began their years in Amateur Radio restricted to CW on the old Novice bands used some sort of manual key to send. Straight Key Night is an opportunity to relive those brass-pounding experiences. This 24-hour event is not a contes.../p

K1N Navassa DXpedition Team is Ready to Roll for Early February Start

Mar, 30/12/2014 - 20:37
pThe strongK1N Navassa Island/strong team has announced that it will hit the airwaves in about 4 weeks. While the team’s exact departure date from its staging area depends on the weather and the availability of US Fish and Wildlife Service (strongUSFWS/strong) transportation, it appears that K1N will be up and running during the first 2 weeks in February. It’s been more than 22 years since Navassa Island (KP1) was last a.../p