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Bidding in Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends on Thursday, October 30

Jue, 30/10/2014 - 02:50
pspanBidding in the ninth annual strongARRL On-Line Auction/strong concludes on Thursday, October 30 (October 31 UTC). Bid closing times are staggered beginning at 0230 UTC and finish at 0307 UTC on October 31. /spanMore than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of iQST/i “Product Review” articles. One-of-a-kind items include a hard-cover 2014 Centennial edition of iThe ARRL Handb.../i/p

Kentucky Historical Society Honors Former ARRL Director

Jue, 30/10/2014 - 00:30
pFormer ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA, has been named as the recipient of the Kentucky Historical Society’s 2014 Award of Distinction. spanJohnston chaired the ARRL Board of Directors Historical Committee during his tenure, which included stints as both a Vice Director and Director. Johnston is president of the Board of Trustees of the Behringer-Crawford Museum (strongBCM/strong) in Cov.../span/p

Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

Mié, 29/10/2014 - 05:45
p[Updated 29 October 1820 UTC] The strongRACE/strong  and strongGOMX-2/strong CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried Amateur Radio payloads. T.../p

Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

Mié, 29/10/2014 - 05:45
pThe GOMX-2 CubeSat was among more than 2 dozen satellites that were lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, fromspan the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore/span. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded ab.../p

Webcast to Feature Arduino for Ham Radio Author Glen Popiel, KW5GP

Mié, 29/10/2014 - 00:26
pGlen Popiel, KW5GP, author of the newly released ARRL publication strongispanArduino for Ham Radio/span/i/strong will be the featured guest on a webcast on Thursday, October 30, at 0100 UTC by Tom Medlin, strongW5KUB/strong. spanArduino devices are /spanspanpowerful and inexpensive microcontrollers/span,span /spanspanand they are an easy way for radio amateurs, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment through sensors and.../span/p

Mirage, KLM Co-Founder Kenneth E. Holladay, K6HCP, SK

Mar, 28/10/2014 - 21:57
pThe co-founder of Mirage Communications and KLM, Ken Holladay, K6HCP, of Gilroy, California, died October 14 after an extended illness. He was 75. Holladay and Everett Gracey, WA6CBA (SK) co-founded Mirage Communications, now a part of MFJ. He also was the “K” in KLM Electronics, Inc, which he co-founded with spanLeeland “Mel” Farrer, K6KBE, and Mike Staal, K6MYC/span./pp/ppA radio amateur from his high schoo.../p

4M Moon Orbiter Signals “Quite Weak,” Onboard Messages to Loop

Lun, 27/10/2014 - 22:55
pIt’s getting to be more challenging to receive the JT65B transmissions from the recently launched 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission) lunar payload. The 13-character onboard messages posted from around the world prior to launch were expected to be transmitted this week and will be repeated. On October 25 Ghislain Ruy, LX2RG, of LUXspace said signals from the 4M payload were quite weak./pp/pp“This is n.../p

W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to Wyoming, Massachusetts, and US Virgin Islands

Lun, 27/10/2014 - 19:08
pThe ARRL Centennial strongW1AW/strong portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Nevada and West Virginia. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 29 (the evening of October 28 in US time zones), to Wyoming (W1AW/7) and Massachusetts (W1AW/1). W1AW/KP2 also will be active until November 5 from the US Virgin Islands. So far during 2014, W1AW has visi.../p

Preparations Underway for W1AW/KH8 Operation from American Samoa

Sáb, 25/10/2014 - 01:57
pAn advance party of sorts was in American Samoa this week, scouting possible location for the upcoming W1AW/KH8 operation. The team expects the ARRL Centennial strongspanW1AW portable operation/span/strong from American Samoa to get underway November 2 and continue for about 12 days./pp/ppJohn Kennon, N7CQQ, Paul Playford, W8AEF, and Clifford Hauser, KD6XH, arrived in American Samoa (KH8) ahead of the rest of the W1AW/KH8.../p

Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

Vie, 24/10/2014 - 21:39
p[UPDATED 2014-10-24 1942 UTC] A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket strongcarried/strong the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) strongspanlunar flyby experiment/span/strong into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on O.../p

The K7RA Solar Update

Vie, 24/10/2014 - 19:20
p/pp/ppspanSolar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. See bhttp://www.cqww.com/rules.htm/b for rules. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.br /br /A series of large solar flares erupt.../span/p

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

Jue, 23/10/2014 - 02:49
pstrongThe KP1-5 Project/strong has received word from the US Fish amp; Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.span /spanThe DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows./pp/pp“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bo.../p

ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!

Jue, 23/10/2014 - 02:03
pIn a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) strongsections/strong will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two strongARRL November Sweepstakes/strong events. Always a fall favorite “Sweeps” is the longest-running “domestic” contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and r.../p

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

Mié, 22/10/2014 - 07:41
pstrongiCQ/i/strong has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any iCQ/i-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL’s DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, iCQ/i Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by “a large number of contesters around the world” that iCQ/i was unfairly de.../p

IARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, Presented with IEC 1906 Award

Mié, 22/10/2014 - 02:50
pIARU EMC Coordinator Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE/AD7IY, has been strongpresented/strong with the strongIEC 1906 Award/strong. Kootz received the award during the plenary session of CISPR (the Special International Committee on Radio Interference) held in Frankfurt on October 20. Kootz represents the IARU at the international standardization organization, overseeing the protection of radio reception. CISPR was founded in 1934 to.../p

ARRL Headquarters Systems Down for Maintenance Wednesday Evening

Mié, 22/10/2014 - 01:54
p/ppspanBeginning at 6 pm tomorrow evening (2200 UTC on Wednesday, October 22nd), ARRL Headquarters systems will be taken down to perform maintenance functions. /span/ppspanThis will impact operations of Logbook of The World, Online DXCC, the Centennial websites, and e-mail coming in and out of the building. E-mail sent to ARRL HQ will be queued for delivery once the systems are restored to operational status.spanbr //span/span/ppspanThe .../span/p

Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Gets Underway on Thursday, October 23!

Mié, 22/10/2014 - 01:11
pBidding for the ninth annual strongARRL On-Line Auction/strong will get underway at 1400 UTC on Thursday, October 23. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST “Product Review” articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books./pp/pp“We also have a number o.../p