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KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition

April 14, 2014 - 5:44pm

Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and from the “Sprite” satellites.

“I’ll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive telemetry packets from KickSat as well as the first few who receive signals from the Sprites,” Manchester has announced. “The prizes will include souvenir Sprites, and CRS-3 and EL...

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FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder Will Be Active Each Weekend

April 14, 2014 - 5:02pm

The FUNcube/AO-73 Amateur Radio transponder will be active full time (with low-power beacon) on weekends. FUNcube’s controllers will switch to full-time transponder mode during the first suitable pass over the UK on Friday, typically between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. (If this is not possible, the switch will be made on the first suitable pass on Saturday, typically between 0930 and 1200 UTC. Controll...

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K4ZLE Wins April QST Cover Plaque Award

April 14, 2014 - 3:56pm

The winner of the April QST Cover Plaque award is Jay Slough, K4ZLE, for his article “A 10 Meter Moxon Antenna.”

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 May issue today.

 

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W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on April 16

April 14, 2014 - 12:06pm

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS“ operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, April 2 (the evening of April 1 in US time zones), from Massachusetts and Virginia to Mississippi (W1AW/5) and North Dakota (W1AW/0). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work al...

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Live Amateur Radio Digital TV Test Transmits Astronaut’s Image from the ISS

April 13, 2014 - 7:43pm

Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, served as the host for a successful final commissioning pass April 13 for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) “Ham Video” transmitter and camera. Operating as OR4ISS from the ISS Columbus module, Wakata transmitted digital video and audio, as ground stations in France and Italy tracked the station. The Earth stations received cl...

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No ARRL Audio News for April 18

April 12, 2014 - 12:31pm

There will be no ARRL Audio News this Friday, April 18, due to the fact that Headquarters will be closed for the Good Friday holiday. Audio News will resume April 25.

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ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss “Fatally Flawed” Petition for Rule Making Affecting 10 GHz

April 11, 2014 - 8:37pm

The ARRL has told the FCC that a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) from Mimosa Networks to permit unlicensed Part 15 wireless broadband services in the 10.0-10.5 GHz band is “fatally flawed” and should be dismissed. Mimosa filed the Petition in May 2013, and the FCC invited public comments last month. The Petition includes a band plan for 10.0 to 10.5 GHz that would cede Amateur Radio and Ama...

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ARRL Website, E-Mail, LoTW, Online Store Will Be Down Monday Evening, April 14!

April 11, 2014 - 3:39pm

Internet service at ARRL Headquarters will go dark on Monday, April 14, from around 5 PM ET (2100 UTC) until around 10 PM ET (0200 April 15) in order to complete necessary maintenance.

Services affected will include e-mail to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming e-mail will be queued), access to the ARRL website, reflector traffic to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming reflector mail wi...

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HAARP Facility in Danger of Being Dismantled

April 11, 2014 - 1:42pm

According to an April 9 report in Alaska Dispatch, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility near Gakona, Alaska, could be decommissioned and dismantled altogether, unless the US Air Force can find a new prime contractor to take over the sprawling, 35-acre facility. According to the report, the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks is hoping to pu...

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The K7RA Solar Update

April 11, 2014 - 1:26pm

Average daily solar flux weakened over the past seven days, and so did the outlook for the near term, at least until Thursday, April 10. Average daily solar flux declined from 149 to 142.2, while average daily sunspot numbers remained about the same, moving from 130.4 to 129.3

From the NOAA/USAF 45 day forecast, predicted solar flux is 140 on April 11-12, 145 on April 13-15, 150 on April 16-18, ...

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Crimea is Not a New DXCC Entity

April 10, 2014 - 4:43pm

The ARRL Awards Committee has evaluated the current situation in Crimea in light of the DXCC rules and has determined that Crimea is not a DXCC entity. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either entity do not involve Crimea.

DXCC Rule 4 reads: “Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both ...

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The 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention Changes Venue

April 9, 2014 - 8:33pm

Due to extenuating circumstances, the 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention, originally scheduled to be held July 11-13 in Laramie, Wyoming, will take place instead August 8-10 in conjunction with the Duke City Hamfest, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Laramie event has been cancelled.

Led by the same individuals who organized the 2011 Division Convention in Taos, the annual Duke City Hamf...

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Nobel Prize Winner Joe Taylor, K1JT, Helps Reopen Dutch Radio Telescope

April 9, 2014 - 11:39am

Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, was the guest of honor April 5, pushing the ceremonial button to reopen the restored 25 meter Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands. The dish will see some Amateur Radio use on 23 centimeters.

The CAMRAS Foundation manages the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, which had remained largely idle since 1997. Its owner is the Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRO...

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The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB is Sunday, April 20!

April 8, 2014 - 7:47pm

The ARRL Rookie Roundup returns to SSB on Sunday, April 20. The event gets underway at 1800 UTC and continues through 2359 UTC. In the Rookie Roundup, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class. Operators exchange the call sign of the station they’re working plus their own call sign, first name, tw...

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The Digital Edition of May QST is Now Available!

April 8, 2014 - 7:34pm

Go to this link and start reading: May 2014 QST

• Build an effective mobile antenna for 17 meters
• Add a flip-up mobile antenna rack to your truck or RV
• Try a portable coaxial dipole on your favorite band
• Go fishing for DX with a five-band portable antenna
• Special Dayton Hamvention® Advertising Section
… and much more.

Enjoy content you won’t see in the print edition, such as a video overview o...

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AMSAT-NA Names New Vice President of Engineering

April 8, 2014 - 7:16pm

The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors has tapped Jerry Buxton, N0JY, to be AMSAT's Vice President of Engineering. In a special AMSAT meeting held via GoToMeeting on April 1, the board unanimously approved the selection of Buxton, who lives in Granbury, Texas. He replaces Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, who died March 26.

“Given the significance of completing Fox-1 for delivery on time later this year, the Board...

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Eric Hall, K9GY/T6MO, Named Intrepid Spirit Award Winner

April 8, 2014 - 6:24pm

The Intrepid-DX Group has announced that DXer and DXpeditioner Eric Hall, K9GY/T6MO, is the recipient of its second annual Intrepid Spirit Award.

“This award is to recognize Eric’s outstanding efforts to activate Afghanistan during his tour of duty as a US Army reservist, making over 41,000 contacts,” the group’s award announcement said. “We acknowledge Eric’s pursuit of operating excellence and...

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Amateur Radio-Developed Software Assisting in Search for Missing Airliner

April 7, 2014 - 9:26pm

US Navy personnel helping to look for missing Malaysia Air Flight MH370 are using the signal-processing and analysis package Spectrum Laboratory by Wolf Buescher, DL4YHF, to analyze recently detected 37.5 kHz “pings” that may be from the missing plane’s “black box.” Some Spectrum Laboratory screen shots as seen aboard the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield were shown on TV. The US Navy pers...

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