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CAMSAT CAS-6 Satellite Antenna Deployed, Transponder Activated

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:36

CAMSAT reports that the VHF-UHF antenna on the CAS-6 satellite, launched last December 20, has been deployed and its linear amateur radio transponder activated. CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that the CW beacon and GMSK telemetry are not working properly at this time, with only carriers being transmitted.

“We will try to diagnose and then determine whether the CW and telemetry data stream tr...

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ARRL Seeks Vintage DX Logs for Archive

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:33

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions or logs from stations and operators active from more rare locations from the 1950s through the 1980s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DX Log Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve, and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditio...

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WSJT-X Update Released

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:21

The digital modes suite WSJT-X version 2.2.2 has been released. The update is a bug-fix release. The primary change is to incorporate the new Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Prince Edward Island (PE) Section PE into the FT8/FT4/MSK144 contest mode for ARRL Field Day. Operators planning to be on the air for Field Day should upgrade to this version to enable accurate logging.

Another change: the FT...

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ARRL Foundation Awards Grant to ORI

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:39

The ARRL Foundation has awarded $3,000 to the Open Research Institute (ORI). The grant will be applied to Phase 1 of the Digital Multiplex Transponder research and development program. ORI is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to open-source research and development in amateur radio. This grant will allow hardware prototypes for broadband microwave digital satellite payloads to proceed mor...

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Vanuatu Special Event will Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Independence

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:21

Forty years ago, on July 30, 1980, the Republic of Vanuatu gained its independence. France and the UK claimed parts of the archipelago, and in 1906, they agreed on a framework for jointly managing it as the New Hebrides. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence, all three members of the Vanuatu Amateur Radio Society (VARS) will operate special event station YJ40IND during the mont...

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Rescued Radio Amateur Says, “Ham Radio Saved My Life”

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:47

ARRL member Alden Sumner Jones IV, KC1JWR, of Bennington, Vermont, is thankful for amateur radio, after he suffered a medical incident and lost consciousness on June 15 while hiking with others along a remote section of the Long Trail, not far from his home. An EMT from Appalachian Mountain Rescue (AMR), who was hiking nearby, saw Jones pass out but was unable to connect with 911 via his cell p...

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Yasme Foundation Announces Grant to Establish Reverse Beacon Network Nodes In Africa

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:42

The Yasme Foundation has announced a supporting grant to establish Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes in Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The project will be carried out by youth members of Amateurs Radio Algeriens and the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens radio clubs. Build-out of these nodes will increase RBN presence in Africa for both the amateur and scientific communities. The RBN is a ...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:00

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 July/August Issue of Digital QEX is Now Available!

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 12:18
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Dayton Hamvention Announces New Chair and Assistant Chair for 2021 Show

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 09:20

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has appointed Rick Allnutt, WS8G, as the General Chair for Dayton Hamvention® 2021, heading a team of some 750 volunteers. An ARRL Life Member and a ham since 1982, Allnutt, who served as Assistant General Chair with outgoing General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, has been a Hamvention volunteer for the past decade.

“Hamvention is very important in my exper...

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THe K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 05:58

We just experienced a nearly two-week period of sunspots appearing every day.

It’s been quite some time since we’ve witnessed a continuous string of sunspot activity such as what we’ve experienced over the past two weeks. Back on January 24 through February 1, 2020 were nine consecutive days with sunspot activity, but to find any longer period of sunspot appearances requires a look back to May 3...

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Kids Day in the Age of COVID-19

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 13:38
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Amateur Radio Discussed at CEPT Meeting

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 13:03
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WB8VGE Wins the June QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 08:44

Mike Bryce's article “"Battery Sizing for Portable Operation" offered valuable information, not only for the upcoming ARRL Field Day, but for portable operating generally. Thanks to Mike’s advice, readers will be able to avoid unpleasant surprises!

QST Cover Plaque Awards are given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue. You choose the winners by casting your vote onl...

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Visalia DX Convention to be Two Virtual Events in 2021

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 14:28

It will be a Virtual Visalia in 2021. Organizers announced this week that the newly renamed International DX and Contesting Convention (IDXCC) in Visalia, California, will span two weekends next April, providing a “choice of two Vs.” Each will be a “unique 3-day event” without duplication. Registration will begin early next year. The former International DX Convention was canceled in March due ...

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