N0AX Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:19

The winning article for the October 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “About Impedance Matching Circuits” by Ward Silver, NØAX.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue today.


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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:32

A new sunspot from old Cycle 24 appeared on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, then by Thursday was gone.

The sunspot number was 11 on both days, the minimum non-zero sunspot number.

Average daily solar flux rose only slightly from 67.3 to 67.6. Geomagnetic indices were higher. Average planetary A index rose from 5.4 to 14.4, and average mid-latitude A index increased from 4.6 to 11.

Predicted so...

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FCC Dismisses Three Petitions for Rule Making Filed by Radio Amateurs

ARRL News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 16:22

The FCC has dismissed petitions for rule making filed in 2018 by three radio amateurs. All of the petitions were put on public notice earlier this year and comments invited.

Edward C. Borghi, KB2E, of Farmington, New York, and Jeffrey Bail, NT1K, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, submitted very similar petitions seeking changes in how the FCC grants Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications....

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So Now What? Podcast

ARRL News - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 07:00
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Bidding in ARRL Online Auction Begins on October 17

ARRL News - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 15:21

More than 230 items will go on the block as bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC) for the 14th Annual ARRL Online Auction. The auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST. An auction preview opens on Monday, October 14.

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items, plu...

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IARU Administrative Council Steps Up Efforts to Combat Radio Spectrum Pollution

ARRL News - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:50

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) met on September 28 and 29 in Lima, Peru, to conduct a final review of IARU preparations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). The Council’s annual meeting took place just ahead of the triennial IARU Region 2 (IARU R2) General Assembly. Responsible for IARU p...

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IOTA DXpedition to Tonga (OC-049) Wraps on October 6

ARRL News - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:36

The A35JT Islands on the Air DXpedition to Tonga (OC-049) continues until October 6. The team reports that station setup took longer than anticipated, but once things got under way, activity was fairly brisk.

“[W]e finally have the three stations operational since Wednesday night local time,” the A35JT team said in a September 27 progress report. “So far we have seen success to Europe on 160-me...

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Australian Regulator Reinstates US Amateur Radio License Reciprocity

ARRL News - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 13:54

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) reports Australia’s communications regulator ACMA is reinstating the reciprocal arrangement for US Amateur Radio license holders.

“The reinstatement follows a period of suspension of reciprocity precipitated by a complainant objecting to the granting of [Australian] licenses,” a WIA statement read. “The WIA believes that irrespective of the motivations o...

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IARU Region 2 General Assembly Under Way in Peru

ARRL News - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 11:22

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) 20th General Assembly continues until October 2 in Lima, Peru. Radio Club Peruano (RCP) is hosting the gathering. Delegates will participate in meetings and in various working committees, and an Emergency Communications Workshop will take place on October 4.

The Lima conference will discuss the promotion and defense of Amateur...

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