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The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:43:00 -0400

The Sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on March 6-20. Finally, one sunspot group appeared on March 21-23, with a sunspot number of 12 on all three days.

A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within those groups counts f...

ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:24:00 -0400

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century" editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial.

ARRL began producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available through ARRL social media platforms (Face...

The Doctor Will See You Now!
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:20:00 -0400

?Remote Antenna Tuners? is the topic of the latest 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, and the Doctor himself, J...

AM Rally on April 1-3 Weekend an Opportunity to Try a Vintage Mode
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:16:00 -0400

If you?re not familiar with full-carrier amplitude modulation (AM) or have never used it on the air, you?ll have a chance during the AM Rally during the April 1-2 weekend, on the bands between 160 and 10 meters (except 30, 17, and 12 meters) plus 6 meters.

Once the primary voice mode on the ham bands, AM eventually gave way to SSB, a form of AM. Yet AM has remained popular among dedicated radio ...

Mayors, Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, Salute Amateur Radio
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:12:00 -0400

Nevada mayors Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, John Lee of North Las Vegas, and Andy Hafen of Henderson have joined the Clark County Board of Commissioners in proclaiming March 26 to April 2 as ?NVCON Week,? recognizing the ARRL Nevada State Convention (NVCON), March 31-April 2.

The community leaders encouraged the citizens of their respective localities to pay tribute to the area?s Amateur Radio o...

NVIS Research Paper Available
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:40:00 -0400

A thorough and fully annotated discussion of Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) is available in the research paper, ?Radio Communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation: An Overview,? by Ben A. Witvliet, PE5B/5R8DS, and Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès.

First investigated in the 1920s, NVIS propagation was rediscovered during World War II as ?an essential means to establish communication...

Amateur Radio Links Search for Amelia Earhart?s Plane with ISS Crew, Classroom
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:31:00 -0400

One of the enduring mysteries of the 20th Century was the disappearance in 1937 of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her flight companion and navigator Fred Noonan, while she was attempting to circle the globe. It appeared that Earhart?s plane went down in the South Pacific, in the vicinity of Howland Island; her last-known radio transmission came from there. On February 18, a team from Nauticos...

Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 -0400

The University of Virginia (UVA) reports that some of its engineering students are among those at other Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard an International Space Station resupply vehicle for later deployment from the ISS. The UVA p...

ARRL Reiterates its Case for New Band at 5 MHz
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:29:00 -0400

In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. More than 5...

ARISS Deadline Looms to Accept Proposals to Host Contacts with Space Station Crew
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:51:00 -0400
ARRL Seeking Synergy with Maker Movement
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:35:00 -0400

ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts tradition, the Maker Movement gained its own magazine, Make, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker Movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own equipment rather than buyin...

Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:33:00 -0400

Radio amateurs in Cuba are scrutinizing and debating the details of new Amateur Radio regulations for the island nation. The Cuban Ministry of Communications adopted the new regulatory scheme on February 28. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) posted the new Amateur Radio Service regulations (in Spanish) as a PDF.

The detailed regulations governing hams in Cuba comprise 17 chapt...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:40:00 -0400

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society this summer. A formal presentation will be made at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Symposium, July 9-14, in San Diego, California.

The Distinguished Achievement Award cites Rohde?s outstanding career achievement in the field of antennas and propagation: ?For pioneering wo...

The Doctor Will See You Now!
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:26:00 -0400

?Remote Antenna Tuners? is the topic of the just-released 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, and the Doctor him...

Nevada ARES Team Honored
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:08:00 -0400

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