Sunday, 26th February 2017

Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, SK

Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, of Hannibal, Missouri, died on February 25. He was 87. Although he had been suffering from cancer, Gordon had remained active on the air until his death.

Licensed in 1947, Gordon was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After separating from the service, he attended Purdue University, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics.

An ARRL Life Member, G...

Friday, 24th February 2017

New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia

Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia’s Section Manager starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office, which ends on September 30.

An ARRL Life Member, Ringer serves as an Assistant Sectio...

Two Amateur Radio CubeSats Carrying Transponders Set for Future NASA Launches

Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches.

AMSAT reports that the TJREVERB CubeSat, developed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder. The University of Washington-Seattle’s HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by st...

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24.

“The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm periods on 23 and 24 February.

Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coron...

HAARP Goes Classical During New Experimental Campaign

The March/April Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!

The March/April 2017 issue of QEX will be arriving at mailboxes soon. In this issue . . .

•    David M. Drumheller, K3WQ, explains how to model antennas made from angle stock, wires cages, tape measures and other unconventional conductors.

•    Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, shows how FDMA technology can be used for new sound card modes.

•    Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, use polar m...

Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Winter SWL Fest Set for March 2-4

The 30th annual North American Shortwave Association Winter SWL Fest will take place March 2-4 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes. Enthusiasts of everything from HF broadcasting, AM band broadcasting, VLF, scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are welcome.

Visit the Winter SWL Fest website...

Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We’ll be Back!

As its Amateur Radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 was poised to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, its developers, China’s Amateur Youth Space Program, said it will be mounting future missions. The 2U BY70-1 CubeSat was built by Beijing Bayi High School students.

“We hope more amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!” the students said in a February 17 statement on the...

Texas Club Distributes Copies of Ham Radio for Dummies to Schools, Libraries

The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club in Athens, Texas, has purchased and distributed copies of Ham Radio for Dummies by ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, to area schools and libraries. The book now is in its second edition.

Financed in part by a grant from LDG Electronics, the club determined to place a copy of the book in nearly every school and public library in the tri-county area aro...

Amateur Radio Balloon to be Part of K2BSA Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

A high-altitude Amateur Radio balloon, K2BSA-11, will be launched from the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude of 48,000 feet and will transmit on 144.390 MHz APRS. An onboard GPS/computer will shift APRS frequencies based on the balloon’s location around the globe.

Carrying out the July 20 launch from the Summit Bechtel Res...

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Orlando HamCation a Hit, Posts New Attendance Record

MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

Today’s Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD).

“Probably the most significant changes were the Navy’s decision to ‘sunset’ the Navy Marine Corps M...

Winter 2017 Edition of Radio Waves is Now Available!

Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced

Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent, outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1, while a second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and one candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run again. Ballots in contested races in the winter election cycle were counted and verified on February 21 at ARRL Headquarters.

In Ari...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

HF Loop Antennas” is the topic of the just-released episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself,...

Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed

A new scholarship has been endowed, honoring the memory of Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, the ARRL Foundation has announced. The scholarship will be funded through an initial $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

The Thompsons, who married in 1939, were both from eastern Polk County, Florida. Homer Thompson’s family was among the pioneers of the citrus industry in the ...

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

HAARP Signals Widely Copied, Experiments to Continue

Many listeners were able to copy signals from Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) early on February 20 (UTC). The facility has begun its first scientific research campaign since being taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, said the Twitter an...

Monday, 20th February 2017

ARISS Opens Window for Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew

Saturday, 18th February 2017

HAARP Experiments to Get Under Way on February 20 UTC, Reports Invited

On February 20 (UTC), Alaska’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will launch its first scientific research campaign since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, reports that he will be ready to go starting Monday, February 20, at 03...

Friday, 17th February 2017

ARRL Website, Store to be Offline

The ARRL website, the ARRL Store, and other functions will be offline during maintenance on Sunday, February 19, within the period from approximately 2 AM until 4 AM EST (0700 to 0900 UTC). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Alaska’s HAARP Facility Once Again Open for Business

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Gakona, Alaska, will soon undertake its first scientific research campaigns since the facility was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute 18 months ago. Among the investigators is UAF Researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who will be working under a National Science Foundation grant, “RAPID: Spatiotemp...

White Mountain Amateur Radio Club to Conduct Third Annual Mount Washington Test Session

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club will conduct its third annual “Backcountry VE Session” on February 18 at Harvard Cabin on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The cabin is at an altitude of 3,250 feet above sea level. Special event station W1M will be on the air from the cabin, built and maintained by the Harvard Mountaineering Club. Examiners are planning to administer tests between 12 and 1...

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Ready to Assist with California Evacuations

Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are ready to assist in the evacuation and sheltering of upward of 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest dam in the US. It impounds Lake Oroville, the second...

Monday, 13th February 2017

“Mysterious Foghorn” is Chinese Over-the-Horizon Burst Radar

Friday, 10th February 2017

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 31.6 to 21.3 last week, and average daily solar flux declined from 78.2 to 73.5. The sunspot number was zero on February 8, but recovered to 15 on February 9, with the appearance of one new sunspot group.

Average planetary A index went from 15.6 to 12.9, and average mid-latitude A index from 11.4 to 9.9.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 10-12, 78 o...

Visalia International DX Convention Top Band Dinner Set

The 2017 Top Band Dinner at the Visalia International DX Convention will be held on Friday, April 21, 6:30 PM, at the Marriott Hotel immediately adjacent to the Visalia Convention Center.

On the program: Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, “Bouvet Preview,” and Steve Lawrence, WB6RSE, “160 Meter DXCC the Hard Way.”

Details on registration, program, menu, and cost information are available are on The Visalia Top...

The March Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Antarctica on the Air!

KC4AAA at the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has been heard recently on 40 meters (SSB) at around 0650 UTC. QSL Manager Larry Skilton, K1IED, reports that QSL cards for recent activity (December 2016 through January 2017) should go out in March. KC4AAA plans to be on LoTW with logs from 2013 to the present. Skilton reports that KC4AAA was not on the air very often during 2016.

The KC4USV s...

New ISS Packet Distance Record Claimed

FCC Chairman: Enforcement Consent Decrees Must Get Okay from Full Commission

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