Friday, 27th February 2015

There’s a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and ...

International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8

Advance registration for those planning to attend the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, April 16-19, ends on April 8. An updated list of those already registered to attend is on the convention website!

The Visalia program includes DX University and Contest Academy sessions, ARRL, DX, and Contest forums, and a long list of DX and technical presentations, as well as an entire exh...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.

Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.

These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.

The latest NOAA/USAF so...

Thursday, 26th February 2015

US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

Alabama ARES Raises Alert Level in Face of Unaccustomed Winter Weather

A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, as the state confronts what the National Weather Service is calling “a historic winter storm” that is affecting areas along and north of Interstate 20. Snow accumulations of 6 inches or more already have been reported, and up to 1 foot or more of snow is expected in some counties. Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers have b...

ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

Wednesday, 25th February 2015

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life into “Orphaned” Shortwave Channel

Nominations Sought for 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award

Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year (YOTY) Award. To be considered, a nominee must have used Amateur Radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications.

Nominees must be no older than 19 and reside in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico. The individua...

Two New ARRL Section Managers Will Take Office on April 1

Wyoming and Kentucky will be getting new ARRL Section Managers on April 1, while incumbents in several other sections have been re-elected for new terms. Ballots in contested elections in the winter Section Manager election cycle were counted on February 24 at ARRL Headquarters; some candidates ran unopposed.

In Wyoming, challenger Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, of Cheyenne, will be the new Section Manage...

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

ARRL Partners with Liberty Mutual to Offer Home, Auto Insurance Discounts

The ARRL and Liberty Mutual Insurance have reached an agreement to provide League members with home and automobile insurance discounts. In the past this membership benefit was provided by MetLife. Under the affinity arrangement, a portion of each premium comes back to ARRL.

“Liberty Mutual is an undisputed group-insurance affinity leader with excellent rates,” said ARRL Membership Manager Diane ...

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

NASA Announces University CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

Astronaut-Ham John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, Named to Astronaut Hall of Fame

NASA astronaut and Amateur Radio operator John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, is among those to be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this spring. The others are Margaret Rhea Seddon, Steven Lindsey, and Kent Rominger. They will join previous honorees, including Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and John Young in a ceremony on May 30 at Kennedy Space Center. The 2015 inductees are the 14th class. All tol...

No One in the Shack as Station Logs 4200+ Contacts in ARRL DX CW Contest

The group of six operators operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the first completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort. The scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of Jack Hammett, K4VV, on Catoctin Ridge in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV’s operating positions were vacant over the ...

Saturday, 21st February 2015

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, Appointed as Virginia Section Manager

Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, has been appointed Virginia Section Manager. An ARRL Life Member from Richmond, Palsa succeeds Carl Clements, W4CAC, of Portsmouth, who has stepped down due to increased work commitments. Palsa’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will complete the current term of office, which continues until March 31, 2016.

ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Dave Patton,...

Friday, 20th February 2015

Spacewalks Will Interrupt ISS Amateur Radio SSTV, School Contact Schedules

Three spacewalks from the International Space Station this month and next will affect Amateur Radio activity from the ISS. ISS crew members Barry Wilmore, Terry Virts, and Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, will be working outside the ISS on February 21, February 25, and March 1. During these excursions, Amateur Radio gear on the ISS will be shut down for safety reasons.


The February 21 spacewalk ...

“Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll” Posted on GDXF Site

Anyone who likes Top 10 lists or even statistics will find something to appreciate in the “Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll,” compiled and posted by Jari Jussila, OH2BU, and Bernd Koch, DF3CB. At the very least, this resource will help to settle any arguments as to the accomplishments of any DXpedition that logged at least 30,000 contacts. The German DX Foundation (GDXF) is hosting the Honor Roll, w...

Australian Hams Respond Following Severe Weather

Amateur Radio volunteers with Australia’s Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association (CQARA) has initiated nets on HF and VHF in the wake of a tropical cyclone (hurricane). After making landfall, Cyclone Marcia caused major damage, ripping roofs from structures, downing trees, downing power lines, and damaging other infrastructure. According to Jim Linton VK3PC, the chairman of IARU Region 3’...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily solar flux and sunspot numbers were down for the second week in a row. Average daily sunspot numbers for January 29 to February 4 were 139, then down to 81.6 the next seven days, and now 54.6 during the February 12-18 (latest) reporting period. The three averages for daily solar flux over the same periods were 151.1, 144.1 and 121.4.

The latest prediction for solar flux is 120 on F...

Thursday, 19th February 2015

ARRL 2014 September VHF Contest Results Available

Complete results for the 2014 ARRL September VHF contest now are online, with a summary article by Jeff Klein, K1TEO. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, said that line scores are in a new format, courtesy of K9JK, and Log Checking Reports (LCRs) and results in the online searchable database are also available. Contact Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW, with any questions.

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Set for February 21-23

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that continuous slow-scan television transmissions are scheduled from Saturday, February 21, at about 1030 UTC until Monday February 23, at about 2130 UTC. The AMSAT-NA website has a pass prediction calculator.

“It is expected that 12 different photos will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM, using the SSTV mode PD180, with 3 minutes o...

Saturday, 14th February 2015

ARRL Warns Experimental Licensee to Avoid Interference to HF Ham Activity

The ARRL has asked a Massachusetts company that plans to conduct experimental transmissions over wide portions of the HF spectrum either to avoid Amateur Radio allocations or to announce the times and frequencies of their transmissions in advance. The FCC last fall granted MITRE Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts, a 2-year Part 5 Experimental License, WH2XCI, to operate 21 transmitters at 10...

Friday, 13th February 2015

Canada Funds Amateur Radio Disaster Assistance Project in Saint Lucia

The Government of Canada will provide more than $25,000 (CDN) to the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club to improve Amateur Radio coverage and communication in the small Caribbean island nation in the event of a disaster. The project will install two repeater systems including solar back-up power, train 90 radio operators, and increase coverage for all of Saint Lucia’s 18 districts.

“Rising sea level...

K1N Navassa Island DXpedition Announces “ATNO Days”

It’s All-Time New One (ATNO) Days on Navassa Island. During the last two full days of its operation, the K1N DXpedition team will offer special opportunities for stations that have not yet worked K1N on any band or mode.

“[ATNO] means that you have not yet worked K1N on any band or any mode,” Chief K1N Pilot Bob Schenck, N2OO, said today. “They will have the log at their fingertips, so please do...

The K7RA Solar Update


We saw solar indices drop this week. Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 139 to 81.6, while average daily solar flux went from 151.1 to 144.1.

Geomagnetic indices were more stable this week, with average daily planetary A index going from 14.7 to 8.4, and average mid-latitude A index declining from 9.4 to 6.6.

The two 7-day periods compared here are January 29 through February 4, and Febr...

Wednesday, 11th February 2015

World Radio Day, February 13, Will See Inauguration of Special 4U0ITU Call Sign

ITU International Amateur Radio Club station 4U1ITU in Geneva will mark World Radio Day on Friday, February 13. This event also marks the kickoff for the International Telecommunication Union 150th anniversary.

International Amateur Radio Union President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, will inaugurate special call sign 4U0ITU at 0900 UTC. He will be accompanied by ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao, other elec...

Another Round of International Space Station SSTV Activity Set for Late February

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced another round of Amateur Radio slow-scan television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station will take place later this month. Transmissions will be from RS0ISS.

The images transmitted will reprise the first series commemorating Russian space history, previously sent last December and again earlier in ...

Experimental Website Offers HF Band Conditions at a Glance

A fairly new experimental website,, offers radio amateurs and others interested in HF propagation a quick look at band conditions from the Continental United States. The site provides real-time conditions for 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters. The site developer is Biz Wichy, K5BIZ, who lives in Texas.

“This information is not based on any software predictions or any kind...

Word From Navassa: Turn Off Those Speech Processors! K1N Tops 100,000 Contacts

The pressure to work K1N on Navassa Island continues. The DXpedition has topped 100,000 contacts as it enters final few days, but demand seems insatiable. The pileups continue to be fierce with little letup, K1N team member Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, said in a February 10 media release. A day earlier, during a satellite telephone interview with Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, Johnson advised phone operators t...

Polish Radio Amateurs Receive 3D-Printed ARTSAT2: DESPATCH QSL Card

Michał Zawada, SQ5KTM, and a Polish team of radio amateurs who received signals from the ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (FO-81) spacecraft while it was more than 1.68 million miles from Earth have been rewarded with a QSL generated by a 3D printer. Zawada reported that the team heard FO-81 on December 9. One half of the “card” is a 3D depiction of the sculpture ARTSAT2 carried into deep space; the other hal...

Tuesday, 10th February 2015

The March Issue of Digital QST is Available Now!

March QST is our annual antenna issue and it is available now.

• Try an easy two-band HF ground plane antenna

• Create an effective HF apartment or condo antenna

• Build a dipole antenna that covers the entire 80 meter band

• Take a directional approach to boosting your 160 meter reception

… and much more.


 Enjoy Content You Won’t See in the Print Edition…

  • See a video overview of the bhi desktop spea...

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