Sunday, 24th July 2016

Amateur Radio Alive and Well in Turkey

Contrary to erroneous reports making the rounds on various Internet sites, no Amateur Radio licenses were suspended or revoked in Turkey in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

“There is no ham radio license revoked in Turkey, and ham radio operators are operating normally,” said Aziz Sasa, TA1E, the president of Turkey’s International Amateur Radio Union member society TRAC. “The reports on ham...

Friday, 22nd July 2016

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center Acquires “Creed Machine” from Georgia Radio Amateur

Editorial: Radiosport vs. Pokémon GO™

Though it has only been 2 weeks since Pokémon GO™ was introduced, it is already a social phenomenon. The augmented-reality video game, developed by Niantic for your smartphone, has received praise for luring gamers outside of their homes and into the streets to play. Maybe you count yourself among the players. Or maybe you are feeling a little left out because you are not playing the game, or h...

The K7RA Solar Update

All solar indices rose over the past week, and geomagnetic indicators were lower.

Average daily solar flux rose from the previous seven days at 52.6 to 58.1, and average daily sunspot numbers rose from 91.6 to 103.6.

Average daily planetary A index went from 15.7 to 10.6 and average daily mid-latitude A index changed from 14.1 to 11.1.

The latest (Thursday night) predictions for solar flux show 10...

Thursday, 21st July 2016

New European Table of Frequency Allocations Released

A new edition of the European Table of Frequency Allocations in the range 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz has been released. The table is maintained by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Working Group Frequency Management.

Information collected in the European Common Allocation (ECA) table is intended to reflect the main usage of spectrum within CEPT countries. A...

Statistics from Germany Show Decline in Amateur Radio Numbers

License statistics and exam information provided by Gerrit Herzig, DH8GHH, show that Amateur Radio numbers in Germany have been declining since peaking 2002. Herzig presented the statistics at Ham Radio 2016, during the fifth International Youth Meeting.

The ham radio population in Germany topped out in 2002 at about 80,000 licensees. In 2015, the number had dropped to 67,349.

To combat the decli...

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Appointed Central Division Vice Director

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Central Division Vice Director. He succeeds Kermit Carlson, W9XA, who became the Division’s Director upon the resignation of Dick Isely, W9GIG, on July 16. Luetzelschwab said he plans to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to Central Division members.

“It is an honor to serve and ...

Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Future FAA Rules Could Affect Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support Structures

Yet-to-be-developed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules stemming from the recent passage in Congress of H.R. 636, the FAA Reauthorization Act, could pose additional marking requirements for a small number of Amateur Radio towers. The bill instructs the FAA to enact rules similar to state-level statutes now in place that are aimed at improving aircraft safety in the vicinity of meteorolo...

Amateur 47 GHz Allocation Avoids 5G Juggernaut in the US for Now, Worldwide Defense Continues

There’s good news regarding the future of Amateur Radio’s primary allocation at 47 GHz in the US. Still a test bed for point-to-point propagation experimentation by dedicated enthusiasts, the 47-47.2 GHz band is among those under consideration at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19) to accommodate so-called 5G wireless broadband devices. Early this year, some FCC commis...

Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Two Young Radio Amateurs are First Americans to Take Part in YOTA Camp

Two young ARRL members are among the more than 100 attending the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) camp in the Austrian mountains this week. Sterling Coffey, N0SSC, of St Louis, Missouri, and Sam Rose, KC2LRC, of Syracuse, New York, are the first two Americans to take part in the week-long YOTA camp. Participants not only enjoy a variety of Amateur Radio activities, they hone their electronics and c...

Tuesday, 19th July 2016

ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down

Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League’s Board of Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois.

“I’m 77 years old, and I still have pretty good health, despite my slow recovery from a shingles attack that hit me l...

Monday, 18th July 2016

Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen Attracts a Bumper Crowd

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, to Keynote W9DXCC DX Convention Banquet

The 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, in Schaumburg, Illinois. ARRL’s new CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will be the Saturday evening banquet speaker. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the W9DXCC DX Convention is an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty convention.

Contest University and DX University programs will be presen...

Sunday, 17th July 2016

“Triumvirate” to Oversee CQ World Wide DX Contest

CQ World Wide DX Contest Director Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, has announced that he, Scott Robbins, W4PA, and Bob Naumann, W5OV, will serve as CQ WW DX Contest co-directors.

“We will all share the various tasks of ‘director,’ and we all will provide backup or contingency coverage for each other for most, if not all, aspects of CQ WW Committee leadership,” Zwiebel explained. “We are all equals.”

Robbins a...

Friday, 15th July 2016

Sixth Youngsters On The Air Will Feature Contact with the ISS

Thailand to be Active on 6 Meters during CQ WW VHF

Thailand radio amateurs will be permitted to operate on 6 meters from 1701 UTC on July 16 until 1659 UTC on July 18, when the CQ World Wide VHF Contest takes place. Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) granted the permission, in response to a request from the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand. In 2014, the NBTC authorized Amateur Radio operation in principle...

The K7RA Solar Update

Thursday, 14th July 2016

Sporadic E Provides Some Excitement on 2 Meters

July 12 brought exciting times to VHF enthusiasts, when strong E skip propagation and a maximum usable frequency (MUF) approaching 200 MHz opened things up on 2 meters. Often a good indicator of favorable propagation above 6 meters is changing conditions on the FM broadcast band.

Signals of distant FM stations overtaking those of the local stations can be a useful indicator that favorable propag...

Club to Mount One-Time Activation of Motor Island for US Islands Awards Program

The Radio Association of Western New York (RAWNY) will undertake a one-time activation of Motor Island in the Niagara River on August 6 for the US Islands Awards Program, using the club’s W2PE call sign.

“This small island, also known as Pirate Island, is under the protection of the New York Department of Conservation and has never been activated by any Amateur Radio activity,” said RAWNY Secret...

IARU Suspends Amateur Radio Association of Bahrain

Authorities in Bahrain have notified the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) that the Amateur Radio Association of Bahrain (ARAB) is not authorized to represent Bahrain radio amateurs internationally. At the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meeting held in May, Chariman Don Beattie, G3BJ, said he had told Bahrain authorities that initial recognition of ARAB as an IARU member society was b...

Tuesday, 12th July 2016

Attendance at Dayton Hamvention® Tops 25,000 for Second Year in a Row

Given the level of enthusiasm at the 2016 running of Dayton Hamvention® in mid-May, attendance may have seemed up, but for all intents and purposes, it held steady at 25,364 visitors, event officials report. That figure was down only slightly from the 25,621 attendees reported for 2015, but above the 25,000 mark for the second year in a row. For those keeping track, in 2014 the official count w...

Monday, 11th July 2016

House Energy and Commerce Committee Action on Amateur Radio Parity Act Reset for July 12

The full House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) and four other bills has been rescheduled for July 12. Originally set for June 23, the session was postponed after the committee, with most members absent, convened on June 22 for about 10 minutes to hear opening statements. If necessary, the markup session will continue into the next day.

The panel, ...

CQ Contest Hall of Famer, WRTC Competitor, DXer Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, SK

Well-known contester and World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitor, official, and supporter Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, of Hirzenhain, Germany, died on July 5. He was 77 and had been a radio amateur since 1958.

Skudlarek was a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame as well as a founding member of the Rhein-Ruhr DX Association and active member for more than 50 years, serving at various ti...

Shop AmazonSmile on Prime Day, July 12, and Amazon Will Donate to ARRL

Amazon's second annual Prime Day is Tuesday, July 12. It will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. As you browse the great deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choosing the ARRL as your charity of choice.

With every qualifying purchase you make through Amazon...

Sunday, 10th July 2016

IARU Volunteers Recognized at Friedrichshafen

Two veteran International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) volunteers were honored at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in late June.

Christian Verholt, OZ8CY, the former Chair of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Working Group and former EMC Advisor to the IARU International Secretariat, was presented with the IARU President’s Diamond Award by IARU President Tim Ellam, VE...

Saturday, 9th July 2016

New ISS Crew Increment with Two Radio Amateurs Arrives on Station

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos officially joined their Expedition 48 International Space Station (ISS) crew members on July 9 at 0626 UTC, when the hatches opened between their Soyuz MS-01 and the space station. There now are four radio amateurs onboard the ISS.


Friday, 8th July 2016

The August Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Solar Car Challenge W1N Traveling Special Event Operation Set

Special event station W1N will travel from the Texas Motor Speedway to Minneapolis between July 15 and July 24 to highlight the 2016 Solar Car Challenge®. Several teams include students and adult advisors who are radio amateurs who wanted to operate a special event station during the Solar Car Challenge.

Activity will be limited on July 15-16 but will ramp up July 16-24, 0500 to 2359 UTC.

W1N wil...

Philippines Ham Emergency Radio Operations Network Bracing for Effects of Super Typhoon

According to information received from International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 (IARU-R3), the Philippine Amateur Radio Association’s Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network activated on July 7 at 2145 UTC, as fears arose that super typhoon Nepartak could amplify the effects of the southwest monsoon. Heavy rains in some areas caused schools to preemptively cancel classes.

HERO operator D...

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The recent zero-sunspot period of June 23 through July 4 ended with the appearance of a single sunspot group (2560) on Tuesday, July 5. Sunspot numbers were 23, 11, and 25, respectively, on July 5-7.

Compared to the previous week, the average daily sunspot number rose from zero to 4.9. Average daily solar flux declined from 75.6 to 73.1, while the average planet...

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