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W1AW Centennial Operations Shift to Arizona and Ohio on March 12

March 10, 2014 - 9:52pm

The ARRL Centennial "W1AW WAS" operations that are taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on March 12 (the evening of March 11 in US time zones), from Idaho and Kentucky to Arizona (W1AW/7) and Ohio (W1AW/8). 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 all states solely by c...

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“April Fool’s” Tradition Continues in QST

March 10, 2014 - 6:24pm

Although April Fool’s Day is still a few weeks away, the April issue of QST is in the mail (and available now in digital form) with several pranks in store for readers.

“April Fool’s pranks are well-established traditions in the publishing world, and QST magazine is no exception,” said QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY. “The April Fool’s tradition in QST goes back decades. Search the old is...

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The April Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

March 8, 2014 - 7:15pm

The digital version of the April QST is now available to ARRL members. The digital magazine includes features not available in the printed QST, such as:

  • A video overview of the Wouxun KG-UV902P-A Dual Band FM transceiver
  • An audio sample of an H4FSK FEC transmission

Every issue of QST is filled with the news and features you need to enjoy Amateur Radio to the fullest. Find all this and more in the...

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The K7RA Solar Update

March 7, 2014 - 4:16pm

Average daily sunspot numbers were up for the recent reporting period (February 27 through March 5) and average daily solar flux decreased slightly, compared to the previous seven days. Average daily sunspot numbers increased nearly 29 points to 202.4, and average daily solar flux was off a little more than four points to 162.9.

The latest predictions for solar flux over the near term have stead...

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Michigan Ham Promoting Civilian Conservation Corps Special Event

March 7, 2014 - 3:07pm

Michigan radio amateur Dirk Esterline, KG8JK, is promoting participation in a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Special Event this summer to honor the contributions of the Depression-era government-sponsored work program, and he hopes to make it an annual event. The CCC came into being in the spring of 1933, during the first term of President Franklin Roosevelt, as one of several economic relie...

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2014 Preparedness Summit to Highlight Importance of Amateur Radio

March 7, 2014 - 3:00pm

The Preparedness Summit is the largest public health preparedness conference in the United States. The 2014 event will take place April 1-4 in Atlanta, with some 2000 preparedness professionals expected to attend the multidisciplinary event. This year, the Preparedness Summit is highlighting the importance of Amateur Radio, and special event station N4P will operate from the Exhibit Hall. N4P w...

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CQ Names New Advertising Manager as Publisher Shifts Gears

March 6, 2014 - 9:37pm

CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, has announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company’s advertising department, effective immediately. Chartock, who is not a ham, arrives “as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital ‘hybrid’ publication covering the entire communications hobby,” the CQ announcement said. As Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU...

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Hams’ Experimental VLF Signals Heard in the UK, Europe

March 6, 2014 - 7:48pm

In what’s believed to be a “first,” a very low frequency (VLF) signal from a ham radio experimenter in New York was heard across the Atlantic. Bob Raide, W2ZM, was transmitting on 29.499 kHz under a Part 5 Experimental license, WH2XBA/1. His very slow-speed (QRSS) CW signal was initially detected in the UK just before 0000 UTC on March 3 by Paul Nicholson, an SWL, and later by Mike Dennison, G3...

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FCC Cites New Jersey CB Shop for Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices

March 6, 2014 - 6:39pm

The FCC has issued a Citation to a New Jersey Citizens Band radio shop for marketing unauthorized RF devices to consumers, in violation of the Communications Act of 1934 and FCC Part 2 rules. The Citation to Thomas Wilson, doing business as Redman CB Stop, in Absecon, New Jersey, was issued March 5.

“Redman CB Stop should take immediate steps to discontinue the marketing of unauthorized radio fr...

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FCC Chairman Names New Acting Enforcement Bureau Chief

March 5, 2014 - 3:11pm

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he plans to appoint Travis LeBlanc as acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, overseeing complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues, such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy...

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RadioShack Announces 1100 Store Closings

March 4, 2014 - 6:34pm

Once a staple of electronics retailing and a ready source of small parts for ham radio homebrewers and electronics enthusiasts, RadioShack has fallen on tough times. In the wake of a substantial drop in holiday sales and a big fourth-quarter loss, the Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer has announced that it is closing 1100 of its outlets, leaving the chain with 4000 stores, including more than 90...

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“Ham Video” Set for Installation, Commissioning

March 4, 2014 - 4:28pm
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New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

March 3, 2014 - 11:36pm

This month’s QuickStats poll is all about QSLing! Check the QuickStats page and answer these questions . . .

How has the increasing popularity of electronic QSLing affected your use of paper QSLs?

Will you respond to a QSL request if it doesn’t include a self-addressed envelope and a stamp (or funds for return postage)?

Do you fill out your QSL cards by hand, or use a computer generated label?

Do y...

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W1AW Centennial Operations Shift States on Wednesday, March 5 (UTC)

March 3, 2014 - 4:27pm

The ARRL Centennial "W1AW WAS" operations that are taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on March 5 (the evening of March 4 in US time zones), from Kansas and Washington to Idaho (W1AW/7) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). W1AW/7 will be on the air during the 2014 Idaho QSO Party March 8. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and m...

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ARRL Board Requests Member Comments About Digital Modes

March 2, 2014 - 6:09pm

At the January 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, a resolution was passed which asked for member feedback and input pertaining to the increasing popularity of data modes. The information gathered by this investigation is to be used by the HF Band Planning Committee of the Board as a means to suggest ways to use our spectrum efficiently so that these data modes may “compatibly coexist with ea...

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