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The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:11:00 -0600

Average daily sunspot number dropped from 24 during the previous seven days, to 5.6 in the current reporting week, February 15-21. That average is so low because no sunspots have been seen since February 17, and no new sunspot regions were observed since February 4. Average daily solar flux dropped to 70.1 in the current period from 77.4 in the previous week.


Based on the latest 45-day predicti...

JOTA 2018 Patches to be Available this Summer
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:40:00 -0600

The patch design for the US Jamboree on the Air 2018 (JOTA) has been selected by the National Radio Scouting Committee. BSA Supply expects to have patches available this summer.

National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said it?s never too early to begin planning for JOTA, and quite a bit of information to help in planning is available, including JOTA Countdown, JOTA Station Planning, and JOTA...

Still Time to Sign Up for Dayton Contest University
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:12:00 -0600
IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chair Jim Linton, VK3PC, SK
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:04:00 -0600

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, Jim Linton, VK3PC, of Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia, died on February 22 of thyroid cancer.For many years, Linton was a consistent and reliable source of news and information regarding Amateur Radio disaster response activities in IARU Region 3 and was a regular contributor to Southgate Amateur Rad...

2018 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure Heading for Curacao
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:53:00 -0600

The 2018 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) destination this summer will be the PJ2T contest station site in Curacao. During the week of July 19-24, three young radio amateurs between 12 and 17, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (no license required), will make the trip. All travelers must have a valid passport and reside in the US.

?We are excited to announce that through th...

The Doctor Will See You Now!
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0600

?Vacuum Tubes? is the topic of the current (February 15) episode of the ?ARRL The Doctor is In? podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast?s popularity.

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 wh...

Just in Case You Missed Z60A, More Z6 Operations are Just Ahead
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:56:00 -0600
Bouvet 3Y0Z Team Presents South African Club with Signed Banner
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:52:00 -0600

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team got a warm welcome back to terra firma on February 17 upon arrival at Cape Town, South Africa, following their return voyage from Bouvet Island.

The 3Y0Z DXpedition had to be called off due to adverse weather while the team was sailing within view of the subantarctic island, which is #2 on the Club Log DXCC Most-Wanted List. The team?s vessel Betanzos also suffered a...

National Hurricane Conference in Late March to Include Amateur Radio Session
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:45:00 -0600
Louisiana Elects New Section Manager
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:49:00 -0600

ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the on...

Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest Changes Location
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:39:00 -0600

The Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) and scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has changed its location to Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Highway 36, Avon, Indiana. Set-up times remain the same.

The hamfest will be open to the public from 9 AM until 2 PM Central Time. Admission is $5, and parking is plentiful.

Talk-in is availab...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:05:00 -0600

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in ?The Amat...

Postponed DXpedition to Disputed Spratlys Reset for March
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:57:00 -0600
?Faces of the Florizel? Special Event will Commemorate Marine Tragedy
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:00 -0600

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) mark the 100th anniversary of the SS Florizel tragedy with a special event on February 23-24.

On February 23, 1918, the Florizel left St. John?s, Newfoundland on what was supposed to be a routine trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to New York City. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the ves...

?Awesome? Activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:43:00 -0600

?On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!? ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. ?The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers. Facebook and social media (Facebook, Twitter #ICG) are abuzz with chatter about the event, the excitement, the grids worked.?

Jahnke said the...


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