Thursday, 30th June 2016

A New QST QuickStats Poll Has Been Posted

FCC’s OET Clarifies Emissions Compliance Testing for RF LED Lighting Devices

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has clarified that all RF LED lighting devices falling under Part 15 rules as “unintentional radiators” must meet conducted and radiated emissions limits set forth in those rules.

“Operation of Part 15 unintentional radiators is subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused,” the OET reminded, in a knowledge database paper re...

Wednesday, 29th June 2016

Special Event Stations to Mark Pope’s Visit to Poland

Several special event stations are poised to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Poland. The Pope will be in Poland July 27-31 to once again take part in World Youth Days in Kraków. This is Pope Francis’ first visit to Poland, where he will also make stops at the national shrine in Czestochowa to honor 1050 years of Christianity in Poland and pay respects to the victims of the former Auschwitz Na...

West Virginia ARES Units on Alert for Possible Activation in Wake of Flooding

All Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) districts and counties in West Virginia are on alert for possible activation in the aftermath of severe flooding, which has claimed at least 2 dozen lives, destroyed hundreds of homes, and damaged countless others. More than 30,000 were without electrical power at one point, but that number now is less than 8000. More rain has been forecast for the reg...

Tuesday, 28th June 2016

AMSAT Symposium 2016 Issues First Call for Papers

AMSAT has issued its first call for papers for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium, November 10-14. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community.

AMSAT requests a tentative paper or presentation title as soon as possible, but no later than September 15. Final versions are due by October 15 ...

ARRL to Sponsor 2016 Atlantic Season Hurricane Webinar

The ARRL will sponsor a 2016 Atlantic Season Hurricane Webinar on Thursday, July 21, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Friday, July 22, UTC). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2016 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to attend this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Canada Day Contest is Friday, July 1 (UTC)

Monday, 27th June 2016

Yaesu Musen Signs on as Prime Sponsor of WRTC 2018

Yaesu Musen has announced that it will support World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) in Germany as the event’s prime sponsor. Yaesu Director Masao Mori, JA1COW, and WRTC 2018 President Christian Janssen, DL1MGB, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 25 at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Yaesu, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, will donate all rotators ...

The 13 Colonies Special Event Gets Under Way on July 1

Fox-1C and Fox-1D Launch Window Shifted

AMSAT reports that the launch period for Fox-1C (Cliff) and Fox-1D has been moved. The new launch window will be between September 1 and November 30. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be integrated onto the Spaceflight SHERPA platform for its maiden flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching into a sun-synchronous orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D carry university experiments ...

Monday, 27th June 2016

Nepal Amateur Radio Earthquake Response Presentation Available

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has posted a presentation, “Challenges and Lessons Learned during Gorkha Earthquake of 2015,” which focuses on Amateur Radio’s role in the 2015 Nepal earthquake response. Sanjeeb Panday, 9N1SP, of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, spoke on June 2 in Santa Clara, California.

Panjay told the gathering that the Silicon Valley and the Kathmandu Valley share th...

VLF Transmissions, Amateur Radio Activity Set for Alexanderson Day on July 3

“Warning” Notices to ARRL E-Mail Users are Bogus

Some ARRL E-mail Forwarding Service (<call sign> users have reported receiving bogus notices with a subject line, “Warning!!! Code: WeBmAiLx2F5” or similar. These warning e-mails are phishing attempts and did not originate with ARRL. Recipients should ignore the warning and should not attempt to click on the link provided or to comply with its instructions.

The bogus warnings, which be...

Friday, 24th June 2016

The K7RA Solar Update

This weekend is ARRL Field Day. Good conditions are expected, but on Thursday prior to this weekend there were no sunspots visible. But the forecast is for a rising solar flux over the weekend with no geomagnetic upsets expected.

Last week changes in averages of daily sunspot numbers and solar flux were mixed, not illustrating any particular trend.

Average daily sunspot numbers went from 29.1 to ...

The European DX Foundation Marks 30th Anniversary

The European DX Foundation (EUDXF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Ham Radio 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 24-26. The EUDXF DX dinner is set for the evening of June 24 in nearby Tettnang.

The European DX convention will take place on Saturday, August 27, and the EUDXF DX Award will be presented during the convention banquet.

The EUDXF was active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest...

Handihams’ Sister Alverna O’Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, SK

Handiham stalwart Sister Alverna O’Laughlin, ex-WA0SGJ, of Rochester, Minnesota, died on May 30. She was 84. Sister Alverna joined the then-fledgling organization in its earliest days, when founder Ned Carman, W0ZSW, came up with the idea of sharing Amateur Radio with people who had disabilities.

“Ned enlisted the help of a group of local nuns, the Sisters of St Francis, on April 30, 1967,” reti...

Campaign Under Way to Save Lightship Planet, Home to GB2LBL

A campaign is under way in the UK to save the Lightship Planet from a one-way voyage to the scrap yard. The Planet is home to club station GB2LBL. According to John Hudson, M0CMW, GB2LBL was set up on board the Planet about 7 or 8 years ago, and a group of Marine Radio Museum Society (MRMS) volunteers operate the Amateur Radio station each week.

“We also enter the lighthouses and lightships year...

Balloting to Begin for AMSAT Board of Directors

Youth DX Adventure Team Headed to Saba in August

The 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) team is heading to Saba to the Caribbean station of Jeff Jolie, PJ6/NM1Y, who will host three teenaged Amateur Radio operators and their chaperones.

This year’s youth team includes Morgan Croucher, KD8ZLK; Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, and Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH. Escorting them will be Joe Binkley, KD8YPY; Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, and James Lea, WX4T...

Thursday, 23rd June 2016

India Launches Amateur Radio Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads. Satellites put into orbit include Swayam-1, a 1U CubeSat that carries a digital store-and-forward messaging system for use by the Amateur Radio community.

“We are eagerly waiting for your reception report of the CW beacon at 437.025 MHz. You can also get the decoded beacon ...

Monday, 20th June 2016

ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation, Support of NTS

The ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) will submit a motion to the ARRL Board of Directors expressing appreciation for the work and volunteer membership of the National Traffic System (NTS™). The PSC motion, submitted by ARRL Southeastern Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, during a recent PSC meeting, thanked NTS members, congratulated them for outstanding service, and assured them of an ongoi...

AB0VI Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the June 2016 QST Cover Plaque award is “Build This Counterpoise Tuner” by Bert Kolts, AB0VI.

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.


Amateur Radio Roundtable to Offer Field Day Webcast from Sites across the US

Tom Medlin, W5KUB, has announced that his Amateur Radio Roundtable will be webcasting live on Field Day weekend from the all-kids K1D Field Day site in Deland, Florida, and from selected FD sites across the US, and will take calls at its Memphis, Tennessee, studio. Medlin will webcast from K1D on Saturday, June 25, 2000 until 2200 UTC. Live video from various Field Day sites will follow for the...

Saturday, 18th June 2016

Trio of Radio Amateurs Returns to Earth from the ISS

Three radio amateurs who had been onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for a little more than 6 months landed safely back on Earth, touching down in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz transporter. Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, undocked from the space station early on July 18 (the evening of Friday, July 17, in US ti...

Friday, 17th June 2016

FCC Transitioning to New Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS)

The FCC will transition to its new Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) on Monday, June 20. This will be a “hard launch;” the legacy system will no longer be available after the transition. All documents in the legacy system will be accessible in the new system, and saved links (bookmarks or favorites) to documents and proceedings should not need to be adjusted. This modernization project is...

The K7RA Solar Update

That was a little scary seeing the daily sunspot number at zero for four days, June 3-6, but conditions seem to have recovered nicely.

Average daily sunspot number for this reporting week (June 9-15) was 29.1, up from 7.7 the previous week. The minimum non-zero sunspot number is 11, due to the way sunspots are counted. A sunspot number of 11 does not mean there are 11 sunspots. It means there is...

ARES Springs into Action to Assist in New Mexico Wildfire Emergency

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in New Mexico are responding to the Dog Head fire, which is affecting Torrance and Bernalillo counties, according to ARRL New Mexico Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Mader, K8TE. Mandatory evacuations have been under way in both counties. The fire has claimed 24 homes and 21 “other minor structures,” fire officials said. The cause of the fire...

FCC Technological Advisory Council Initiates Noise Floor Inquiry

“Scanning RF Seismograph” Monitors HF Propagation in Real Time

A “Scanning RF Seismograph,” a real-time HF propagation-monitoring tool developed by the MDSR Team and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC), has been established in Western Canada. The site is in Lynn Valley (CN89li), North Vancouver, British Columbia, at 500 feet ASL.

A Yaesu FT-950 transceiver connected to an omnidirectional multiband antenna monitors JT-65 frequ...

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