Tuesday, 27th September 2016

ARRL Acting as Catalyst in College Radio Club Revitalization Campaign

Rules Released for New ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest

The official rules for the new ARRL 222 MHz and Up Contest have been released. The contest will debut in August 2017. Participants will attempt to work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz bands, “using any allowable mode.” Competing stations will exchange six-character grid locators (“sub-grid”). Rovers report their grid locator at the time of each contact.

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Monday, 26th September 2016

ARRL to Host CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar

ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming webinar on Wednesday, October 19, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Thursday, October 20, in US time zones). This presentation will offer a brief overview of the free, open-source CHIRP software, which can be used to program most radios.

Attendees will learn: What CHIRP is, which radios are supported, how to get CHIRP, and how to troubleshoot CHIRP. Presenter James...

Retired Librarian Who Was Maine’s First Woman Radio Amateur Turns 108

Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of Deer Isle, Cousins was treated to a party complete with a cake decorated with images of local newspaper articles from 1908, the year she was born. The confection also bore an image of her 1...

Friday, 23rd September 2016

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Coping with the Solar Minimum” is the topic of the latest (September 22) 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, an...

Amateur Radio Credited with Helping Injured Cyclist

Members of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) in Alabama had a role in getting help for a Louisiana cyclist injured in a September 17 group ride in Madison County, Alabama.

A representative of the sponsoring Spring City Cycling Club told WHNT-19 News that a number of riders, including Brian Guerrero, fell as a motor vehicle was passing in the opposite direction. The club spokesperson said ...

“RF Seismograph” Improved to Better Reflect Band Activity

The Scanning RF Seismograph, a real-time HF propagation-monitoring tool developed by the MDSR Team and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, now can show both combined band noise and activity and just band activity. The RF Seismograph, which covers 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters, is a project of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC).

“We were able to extract signals from the noise and display the result...

The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers and solar flux were down over our reporting week, September 15-21.

Average daily sunspot number was 29.9, down from 50.1 during the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux went down from 88.9 to 83.4.

Geomagnetic indices were up a bit, with average daily planetary A index rising from 6.7 to 8.9, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.1 to 7.6. The predicted average pl...

Amateur Radio Volunteers on Call during Major Puerto Rico Power Outage

Thursday, 22nd September 2016

CWops Announces 2016 Award Recipients

Thursday, 22nd September 2016

Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay Set to Launch Pratham Satellite

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to Raise Rates

Although ARRL believes it’s important to maintain the long-standing tradition of the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service as a membership benefit, increased administration costs will require an increase in rates, in order to keep the Service available and viable.

“The Service has been a member benefit for decades,” an ARRL statement said. “Since its official formation in November 1976, tens of millions of ...

Momentum Building to Urge Senate Passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act

Past ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, SK

Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager Randy Stimson, KZ7T, died on September 10, after a period of declining health and inactivity. He was 82.

Stimson served as Oregon SM from 1987 until 1998. In 2003 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the SM post. He was elected to the post in 2004, and he served until 2006, making him Oregon’s longest-serving SM. Stimson was active for many years in Cycle Oreg...

Wednesday, 21st September 2016

AT&T’s New “AirGig” Not Your Father’s BPL

Recalling the earlier efforts of the FCC and telecommunications and utility interests to roll out “Broadband over Powerline” (BPL), the Amateur Radio community has been buzzing with questions about AT&T’s just-announced “AirGig” BPL plan to make broadband available via apparently similar technology. ARRL’s earlier anti-BPL campaign, and market forces, eventually led to the demise of the prior B...

Limor “Ladyada” Fried, AC2SN, Named Among 25 Most-Influential Women in Internet of Things Industry



The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.

Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on exp...

Limor “Ladayada” Fried, AC2SN, Named Among 25 Most-Influential Women in Internet of Things Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.

Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on exper...

World War II Resistance Member Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, SK

World War II Norwegian resistance activist Haakon Sørbye, LA8Y, of Trondheim, Norway, died on September 15, he was 96. In 1939, the year after World War II erupted in Europe, Sørbye, then an engineering student and young radio amateur, first enlisted as a telegrapher in the Norwegian military. After Norway surrendered to the Nazis, he joined the Norwegian resistance and became part of the “Skyl...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Prepped, Packed for Shock Testing

AMSAT Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, has posted a video of the final day of RadFxSat live testing, where the satellite gets one more time in the sun and on the air to gather power and temperature data. In the video, Buxton secures the solar panel covers, conducts a pre-flight initialization, and packs it up for shipping to California for shock testing September 22-30.

After th...

Tuesday, 20th September 2016

ARRL Announces Club Competition Eligibility Changes

Earlier this year, following a challenge that resulted in the realignment of several club scores in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, it became clear that the Club Competition rules were not being enforced as consistently as they should have been. In order to make sure club results are accurate and fair to all, the ARRL Contest Branch is renewing its effort to help clubs comply with the rules (See Sec...

Thursday, 15th September 2016

“Cows Over the World” DXpedition Tour on Hiatus

Tom, Callas, KC0W, and his all-CW Cows Over the World DXpeditions are on hold for the moment. “My proposed ‘Top 25 Most Wanted’ DXpeditions is not going to happen,” he said on his page. Sorry for getting anyone’s hopes up.”

Callas said he will remain in Fiji until he starts his T30COW operation from Western Kiribati, September 24-October 24. He has been issued 3D2KOW for a Fiji DXpeditio...

“Enigma Reloaded” Ham Radio Event Celebrates World War II Cipher Machine

Enigma Reloaded 2016, September 17 to October 1, will promote Amateur Radio and celebrate the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of World War II.

The annual event, now in its 3rd year, takes place in two stages. September 17-30, Amateur Radio stations registered as Activator stations will be on the air. On October 1, the event’s final day, Activator stations...

Former Radio Amateurs of Canada President Patrick Doherty, VE3PD, SK

Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed to Support Marine Corps Marathon

SKYWARN Youth on the Air Net Debuts

The SKYWARN Youth on the Air Net is on the air, encouraging young radio amateurs to get on the air and learn about the SKYWARN weather-spotting network and basic weather facts.

The SKYWARN Youth Net meets on most Southwest Missouri SKYWARN repeaters Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM CT and is open to all hams via EchoLink.

The net will first take check-ins from young hams aged 25 and younger. The net al...

Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives!

“The bill is passed without objection.” With those words, Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301 on a voice vote under a suspension of the rules. The focus of the campaign to enact the legislation into law now shifts to the US Senate. The House victory culminated many years of effort on ARRL’s part to...

Tuesday, 13th September 2016

N4TL Wins September QST Cover Plaque Award



The winning article for the September 2016 QST Cover Plaque award is “Arduino CW Trainer” by Tom Lewis, N4TL.

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 October issue today.


ARRL Honors Veteran Section Manager Upon Her Retirement

Retiring ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC, was honored on September 10 at the New England Division Convention in Boxboro, Massachusetts, for her many years of service. At the Convention’s ARRL Forum, New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, presented a plaque to Doane, who is believed to be the dean of the current roster of Section Managers by dint of her 25 years of...

Lunar-Orbiting Ham Radio Satellite Could Result from NASA Cube Quest Challenge

[UPDATED 2016-09-13 @ 1706 UTC] A NASA Cube Quest Challenge (CQC) team partnered with AMSAT-NA is among the five CQC teams to receive $20,000 each from the space agency as part of a competition that could lead to a lunar-orbiting Amateur Radio satellite. The Ragnarok Industries Nano-Satellite Company team, comprised of former NASA Goddard Space Flight Center PhD engineering interns, is designin...

Monday, 12th September 2016

ARDF Team USA Enjoys Success in Bulgaria with Seven Medals

Fifteen of the best on-foot hidden transmitter hunters in the US are back home after picking up seven medals in the 18th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships and World Cup events in Bulgaria. The competition got under way on August 30 with the 80 meter “classic” event of the ARDF World Cup, an optional competition for individuals that precedes the Championships. Eight Team...

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