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Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

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pA Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried 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 October 28, and the Amateur Rad.../p

The K7RA Solar Update

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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 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 /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

ARRL Board May Seek Member Input on 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital Privileges

Mié, 22/10/2014 - 00:40
pA proposal aired at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting endorsing additional HF digital privileges for Technicians and referred to the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) for study came in for considerable discussion when the EC met on October 4 in Memphis. The original motion by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, had called for a iPetition for Rule Making/i to the FCC seeking d.../p

Indonesia’s New President, Vice President are Radio Amateurs

Mar, 21/10/2014 - 23:25
pIndonesia’s new national leaders are both Amateur Radio licensees./ppPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, YD2JKW, holds a General class license. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, YC8HYK, is an Advanced class licensee./ppElected in July, Jokowi, 53, a former furniture exporter, and Kalla, 72, were inaugurated on October 20 in Jakarta. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy, with a population of approxi.../p

The 2015 Edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is Now Available!

Mar, 21/10/2014 - 21:01
pThe 2015bi /i/bispanARRL Handbook for Radio Communicationsb /b/span/iis strongnow shipping/strong, and, while supplies last, you can get the hard-cover edition for the soft-cover price. iThe ARRL Handbook/i provides spanthe theory, practical information, and construction details to expand your knowledge and skill as an Amateur Radio operator and experimenter./span/pp/ppspanThis 92/spanndspan edition of ispanThe ARRL Handbook/span/i is at the forefront of the growing fie.../span/p

ARRL Headquarters IT Department Working to Resolve Threat to Logbook of The World Server

Mar, 21/10/2014 - 03:01
pOn Sunday afternoon, it was discovered that the Logbook of The World server at ARRL HQ was involved in a denial of service attack that disrupted operations. The ARRL IT Department identified the source and is continuing work on eliminating the threat. There may be intermittent disruptions of the Logbook service while the ultimate fix is being implemented. We apologize for any inconvenience./pp/p

IARU Administrative Council Resolution Seeks to Rein in Electromagnetic Interference

Mar, 21/10/2014 - 02:13
pThe Internatiospannal Amateur Radio Union (strongIARU/strong) Administrative Council has called upon International Telecommunication Union (strongITU/strong) signatory nations to take steps to ensure that the operation of “electrical apparatus or installations of any kind, including power and telecommunication distribution networks,” does not cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. /spanThe Council adopted a reso.../p

4M Moon Orbiter Carrying Ham Radio Payload to Launch on October 23

Lun, 20/10/2014 - 23:48
pThe Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) stronglunar flyby experiment/strong, which will carry an Amateur Radio payload, is set to launch from China, attached to the final stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch will take place within a narrow window on October 23, with lunar flyby to occur, nominally, on October 28. Integration of the LX0OHB-4M Amateur Radio payload was completed on October 12. D.../p

Radio Amateurs Play a Role in Separate Storm Responses

Lun, 20/10/2014 - 21:28
pAmateur Radio volunteers activated on opposite ends of the US late last week and over the weekend as separate hurricanes struck Bermuda and Hawaii. Both regions were prepared and fared well with no deaths, serious injuries, or major property damage reported./pp/ppstrongHurricane Gonzalo/strong/ppHurricane Gonzalo, the stronger of the two storms, was a Category 3 hurricane when it made a near-direct hit on Bermuda on.../p

W1AW Centennial Operations are West Virginia and Nevada Bound

Lun, 20/10/2014 - 20:34
pThe ARRL Centennial strongW1AW/strong portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Alabama and Michigan. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 22 (the evening of October 21 in US time zones), to West Virginia (W1AW/8) and Nevada (W1AW/7). W1AW/KH0 also will be active until October 21 from Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. So far during 2014, W.../p

The K7RA Solar Update

Vie, 17/10/2014 - 23:22
p/pp/ppSolar activity declined this week, with average daily sunspot numbers going from 98 last week to 55.1 in the week ending Wednesday, October 15. Average daily solar flux went from 131.9 to /br /Average planetary A index rose from 6.4 to 10.4. The most unsettled geomagnetic day was Tuesday, October 14, when the planetary A index was 18, and the planetary K index reached 5 for 9 hours overnight. .../p

CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

Vie, 17/10/2014 - 22:48
piCQ/i has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any iCQ/i-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. iCQ/i Magazine said that “aspanfter considerable deliberation,/span” it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “spanuntil such time as the political situation .../span/p