ARRL NEWS

Sunday, 20th May 2018

CQ Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

CQ Magazine has announced the 2018 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 11 new members for 2018, bringing to 321 the total number of inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio as well as radio amateurs who have made signif...

Hamvention 2018 - Saturday Roundup

As with most Dayton Hamventions, Saturday was the big day. The crowds were large with streams of people moving from building to building. The rain showers persisted, accompanied by an afternoon thunderstorm, but the wet episodes were relatively brief. Most attendees had come prepared with everything from umbrellas to rain ponchos.


Hamvention’s attempts to mitigate last year’s mud issues in the f...

Saturday, 19th May 2018

Hamvention 2018 - Friday Roundup

Friday was damp at the Dayton Hamvention, but the rain showers did little to deter the crowds. In fact, many seemed to even prefer overcast conditions to the alternative: sun and heat.

Perhaps as a consequence of the rain, the indoor exhibit areas were packed. At times the crowds revived memories of Hamvention at Hara Arena when movement was next to impossible with human traffic jams in the aisl...

Hamvention 2018: ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding with SATERN, Promotes Partnerships at Forum

ARRL and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) today renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations that spells out how they will work together in disaster and emergency responses. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, signed the MoU on behalf of ARRL on Hamvention’s opening day in Xenia, Ohio. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, represented...

Friday, 18th May 2018

The K7RA Solar Update

FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes

Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent FT8 digital protocol has made hams more enthusiastic about getting on the air. The mode has caught on so quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by Logbook of The World (LoTW) data, more than 2.3 million FT8 contacts were uploaded ...

Thursday, 17th May 2018

ARISS Kicking Off 2018 Fundraising Effort at Hamvention

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station team (ARISS) team and Hamvention® will be working together again this year, as ARISS kicks off its 2018 fundraising campaign. That will include a special drawing on the last day of Hamvention to award an ARISS Challenge Coin display, valued at $200.

“We are happy to be able to make the ARISS Challenge Coin display a very special part of Sunday...

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Research Results Published in Geophysical Research Letters

The first science results from the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) last August 21 have been published in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters. In the paper, “Modeling Amateur Radio Soundings of the Ionospheric Response to the 2017 Great American Eclipse,” Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, and team present Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) observations of the SEQP and compare t...

Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Honored by Lawmakers on “el Día del Radioaficionado”

The Amateur Radio community of Puerto Rico was honored by the island’s House of Representatives on May 8 in San Juan as part of the celebration of el Día del Radioaficionado (Radio Amateur Day), observed each year on the second Tuesday of May. The office of Representative Nestor Alonso-Vega, WP4BL, prepared a resolution. ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, was among those on ha...

Radio Contact Planned Between Cape Cod and Newfoundland During Marconi Daughter’s Visit

During the planned visit of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, to Cape Cod National Seashore on May 31, she has been invited to take part in a scheduled contact between KM1CC on the Cape and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) club in St John’s Newfoundland. SONRA will use VO1AA.

“Chris Hillier, VO1IDX, will serve as the net controller, so a few ...

Thursday, 17th May 2018

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“RF Loss” is the topic of the current (May 10) 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, Joel ...

Hamvention® to Use AM Information Radio Station to Communicate with Inbound Traffic

To avoid a repeat of the first-day traffic tangles of its 2017 debut in Xenia, Ohio, Hamvention® 2018 will utilize a low-power Information Radio Station on 1620 kHz AM to get out the word on traffic, parking, and event details to visitors as they approach the city. The town is bracing to host an influx of some 25,000 Amateur Radio operators, exhibitors, and the curious, nearly doubling Xenia’s ...

Wednesday, 16th May 2018

National Hurricane Center’s WX4NHC will be On the Air for Annual Station Test

“Extra, Extra! Hear All about Hamvention!

ARRL to Show Off Ham Radio at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018

Tuesday, 15th May 2018

Cuba’s “Operation Meteor” will Involve Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio will have a role in Cuba’s soon-to-be-launched “Operation Meteor,” aimed at aiding the island nation in preparing for natural disasters. Among the new strategies under review for implementation are civilian first-aid training; assist and rescue missions; damage control, and large-scale needs assessment. The nationwide initiative aims to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, es...

Maritime Radio Historical Society’s Museum Station K6KPH is Back

Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) Amateur Radio station K6KPH in is back on the air after a brief hiatus, although still at a minimal level at this point. K6KPH, intended as a tribute to KPH, the “wireless giant of the Pacific,” relays the W1AW Field Day Bulletin, and W1AW Morse code practice qualifying runs for West Coast amateurs.

“Not all the K6KPH frequencies were back on at first, as...

John Dorr, K1AR, Named CQ World Wide DX Contest Director

Former CQ magazine Contesting Editor, CQ Contest Hall of Famer, and longtime CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee member John Dorr, K1AR, has been appointed as director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. He succeeds Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who had been CQ WW Director for the past 2 years and has stepped down for personal reasons.

A ham since 1969, Dorr has been a member of the CQ WW Contest Committee si...

“Scouts BSA” Program Change Expected to Enhance Ham Radio Opportunities for Young Women

Boy Scouts of America’s Radio Scouting Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, says that, although the program name for ages 11 to 17 will change to “Scouts BSA” and begin admitting girls starting on February 1, 2019, the organization’s name remains the same.

“Perhaps the big difference is that girls will now be eligible to earn the Radio merit badge as part of their Scouting program,” Wilson told ARRL. “...

Monday, 14th May 2018

JK Antennas Donates New Multiband Yagi to W1HQ ARRL Club Station

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Spokane DX Association Co-Founder, Honor Roll DXer Daniel Hearn, N5AR, SK

One of the three founders of the Spokane DX Association, Dan Hearn, N5AR (ex-W5LHP), of Deer Park, Washington, died on April 27. An ARRL member, he was 92. According to Steve Sala, K7AWB, Hearn “had the highest tower in Spokane County.” An Oklahoma native, Hearn was a #1 Honor Roll DXer, with 377 all-time entities confirmed. Hearn served in the US Army during World War II, later earning a BS in...

Sweden’s New Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, SM4HCF, Visits Pentagon

Sweden’s Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, SM4HCF, visited Washington, DC, this week on the invitation of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. A radio amateur since 1975, Hultqvist had previously served as chairman of the Defense Committee in Sweden’s parliament before become Minister of Defense in 2014. Professionally, he is a journalist and reporter. Secretary Mattis welcomed Hultqvist and F...

The June Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Third Public Test of FT8 DXpediton Mode Deemed a Success

The third public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode on May 5 is being called a success. The goal of the exercise was to simulate a rare DXpedition pileup on FT8 by having many stations (“Hounds”) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo DXpedition station (“Fox”).

“A number participants and would-be participants reported that propagation was spotty, at best,” said Joe Taylor, K1JT, on behalf of t...

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

ARRL Asks FCC to Protect Amateur Radio Millimeter-Wave Bands

ARRL has asked the FCC to avoid authorizing developmental technologies in two Amateur Radio bands above 95 GHz that some radio amateurs may not be unaware of. The ARRL commented on May 2 in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM&O) in ET Docket 18-21, released in February. The so-called “Spectrum Horizons” proceeding seeks to make the bands above 95 GHz “more readily acces...

May 8 is Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico

May 8 is Amateur Radio Day (Día del Radioaficionado) in Puerto Rico. In his proclamation, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares cited the Amateur Radio response in Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, which provided emergency communication on behalf of the American Red Cross as part of the federal government response, and efforts to restore electrical ...

Support ARRL When Shopping for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, 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. Make Mom smile, get her somethi...

RSGB Hosting Launch of UK New National Health Service Amateur Radio Station

Monday, 7th May 2018

ARRL Foundation Announces New Endowed Scholarship

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. The ARRL Foundation will administer the scholarship, endowed through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, of Portland, Oregon. The scholarship is intended to provide funding toward the educational expenses of an Amateur Radio licensee residing in the A...

ARRL Announces 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

The 2017 QST Antenna Design Competition was such a success that ARRL is doing it again this year, with a special twist. The 2018 competition challenge is to design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications. Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules. Even designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in ...

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