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USA Counties Award Announces New Custodian

ARRL News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:48

Brian Bird, NX0X, of Duluth, Minnesota, has been named the new Custodian for CQ magazine’s USA Counties Award (USA-CA). The appointment was effective on June 1. Bird succeeds Ted Melinosky, K1BV, who served as USA-CA Custodian and CQ Awards Editor for 21 years. CQ said several updates to the USA-CA Award rules also will take effect on June 1. A county hunter since the 1990s, Bird earned the USA...

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Orkney Islands DXpedition Announces Call Sign

ARRL News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:44

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) team planning the 2020 DXpedition to Orkney Islands will use the call sign VP8/VP8DXU. The team reports that radio and antenna strategies are complete, and work is under way on detailed project plans. Elecraft will provide K3S transceivers as well as amplifiers and panadapters for the adventure.

The team has scheduled a “Tent Weekend” in July to check out the th...

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New Jersey Antique Radio Club Expands YouTube Offerings

ARRL News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:47

The New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) has invited vintage radio and electronics collectors, restorers, and history buffs to check out its YouTube page, which offers more than 125 videos. The club has recorded presentations on restoration, test equipment, radio history, TVs, audio equipment, how vacuum tubes and other electronic components work, and visits to collectors’ homes. The site also...

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W3HX Wins the June QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 08:37

The winning article for the June 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “HF Magnetic Loop for 80 Through 20 Meters” by John Chappell, W3HX.

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 July issue today.

 

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Ham Radio Equipment Donated in Dominica

ARRL News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:26

Dominica News Online reports that four handheld Amateur Radio transceivers have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), allowing DAPD members who have received Amateur Radio training to get on the air. Two Swedish members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) who had joined the DAPD handled the presentation. During an interview with DBS Radio, DAP...

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Support ARRL as You Shop Amazon Smile for Father’s Day

ARRL News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:14

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice. With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Amazon has a ...

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N1MM Logger+ Announces a New Website

ARRL News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:01

Popular Amateur Radio contest logging software N1MM Logger+ has a new website. Changes include fewer pages, better search capability and bug/issue-tracking visibility and reporting, and a comprehensive, easier-to-use listing of all supported contests. The N1MM Logger+ online manual now consists of 31 web pages, reduced from the previous website’s 104. An expanded menu eases navigation to the de...

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Wireless Power Transmission Provokes Discussion in ITU-R Study Group

ARRL News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 09:53

The emerging wireless power transmission (WPT) technology and associated applications came in for closer scrutiny during the May/June meeting of International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 1 and its Working Parties. Participants wrapped up 7 days of sessions in Geneva on June 7, with International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Region 1 President ...

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The July issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

ARRL News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:24
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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:41

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:23

According to Spaceweather.com, as of June 5 there have been no sunspots for 17 days in a row. Average daily solar flux went to 69.5 this reporting week (May 30 through June 5) from 67.4 in the previous seven days. Average daily planetary A index declined from 7.3 to 5.6, while mid-latitude A index went from 8.1 to 5.

Last week I mentioned that sunspots should return soon, based on the predicted ...

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New FT4 Beta Release “Leaps and Bounds” Better than Earlier Iterations

ARRL News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:44
User reports have been favorable in the wake of the release of another new beta version of the FT4 protocol by the WSJT-X Developoment Group this week. WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7, which is now available for testing, is not compatible with any previous FT4 releases. A short mock contest session to wring out the contesting features of FT4 took place on June 4.

“Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s ...

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AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal

ARRL News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:40

AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been awarded Russia’s E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious honor bestowed on individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio. A longtime supporter of Amateur Radio in space and of international cooperation, Spier has also served AMSAT as Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Educational Relations...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 07:00
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Saturday, June 15, is Kids Day

ARRL News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 15:37

The next Kids Day is Saturday, June 15. That’s the day to get youngsters on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio has to offer. Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, June 15 at 1800 UTC and concludes at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: first name, age, location, and favorite color. Af...

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New Beta Version of FT4 Now Available, Mock Contest Session Just Ahead

ARRL News - Sun, 06/02/2019 - 17:47


[UPDATED 2019-06-03 @ 1915 UTC] The WSJT-X Development Group has released yet another new beta version of the FT4 protocol now available for testing in WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7. The FT4 included in this “release candidate 7” version is not compatible with any previous release. Over the weekend, the developers had made WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc6 available for downloading and testing but “because of a serious bug,...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL News - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:19

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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