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ARRL Seeks Nominations for 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard Award

ARRL News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:09

ARRL is seeking nominations for the prestigious Bill Leonard Award. Created as a tribute to the late CBS News President Bill Leonard, W2SKE, an avid radio amateur and advocate for the service. Each year, the award honors three professional journalists whose outstanding media coverage highlights the enjoyment, importance, and public service value of Amateur Radio. Awards are given for audio, vis...

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ARRL Headquarters Closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24

ARRL News - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:00

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. W1AW bulletin and code practice transmissions and editions of The ARRL Letter or ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM EST on Monday, November 27. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

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Michigan Section Manager Appointment Begins on January 1

ARRL News - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:35

Jim Kvochick, K8JK, of Brighton, Michigan, has been appointed as Michigan Section Manager for the first half of next year. His appointment will begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue through June 30. Kvochick was appointed by ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, in consultation with ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and outgoing Michigan Section Manager Larry ...

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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

AMSAT news - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:09

The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The Delta II carrying RadFxSat launches (Source: NASA)

Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic “Fox Tail” of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 12:34 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy. Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.

A view of RadFxSat, now AO-91’s, first received signal at 12:12 UTC via ZR6AIC’s WebSDR.

After confirmation of signal reception, OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, sent an email to the AMSAT Board of Directors designating the satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91). Bill’s email stated:

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was launched successfully at 09:47 UTC today November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has been received by several amateur stations.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), a 1U CubeSat, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt package is intended to measure the effects of radiation on electronic components, including demonstration of an on-orbit platform for space qualification of components as well as to validate and improve computer models for predicting radiation tolerance of semiconductors.

AMSAT constructed the remainder of the satellite including the spaceframe, on-board computer and power system. The amateur radio package is similar to that currently on orbit on AO-85 with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using the FoxTelem software.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 satellite. RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is one of five CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

Since RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 91 or AO-91. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S. and around the world in wishing AO-91 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete. Please continue to submit telemetry to assist the Engineering team in completing the commissioning process.

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Ballots Counted in 2017 Director, Vice Director Elections

ARRL News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:00

 

 

The votes are in, and the ballots have been tallied at ARRL Headquarters in contested Director and Vice Director elections.

In a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director’s chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, the Division’s members have elected Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota. Holden, the current Vice Director, received 698 votes, while Dean Summers, N0ND, of Dicki...

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:59

Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.

In this week’s bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from 0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8 to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Predicted solar flux ...

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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18; More Foxes are on the Way!

ARRL News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:02

The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, “due to a ra...

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2017 RCA Technical Symposium on Friday, November 17, will be Streamed Live

ARRL News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:16

The 2017 Radio Club of America (RCA) Technical Symposium will be streamed live on Friday, November, 17, starting at 1300 UTC and concluding at 2130 UTC, compliments of Icom America. Flash Player is required. Videos will be made available on the RCA website. RCA has posted the complete schedule.

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DXpedition to Macao Set for March 2018

ARRL News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:02

A DXpedition to Macao (XX9) is planned for March 9-17, 2018. Team members will include Bom, XX9LT; Leo, PP1CZ; Junior, PR7AB; Claudio, PY2MC; Alex, PY2SEX; Alex, PY2WAS; Miguel, PY3MM; Fernando, PY4BZ; Herminio, PY5HSD; Beto, PY6RT, and Jim, PY7XC.

The call sign to be used has not yet been issued.

The team anticipates operation on 80 through 10 meters, with 160 a possibility as “a non-priority ba...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:00

“NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave” is the topic of the current (November 9) 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 smart...

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2017-11-16 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Nov 16, 2017
Time: 5:49 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 70°
Approach: 45° above NNW
Departure: 28° above ESE

2017-11-17 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Friday Nov 17, 2017
Time: 4:59 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 21°
Approach: 21° above E
Departure: 18° above E

2017-11-17 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Friday Nov 17, 2017
Time: 6:32 AM
Duration: 4 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 14° above W
Departure: 10° above S

2017-11-18 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Nov 18, 2017
Time: 5:42 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 39°
Approach: 39° above S
Departure: 11° above SSE

2017-11-19 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Nov 19, 2017
Time: 4:52 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above SE

2017-11-20 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Monday Nov 20, 2017
Time: 5:35 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 11°
Approach: 11° above S
Departure: 11° above S

2017-11-25 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Nov 25, 2017
Time: 7:24 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 10° above SW
Departure: 16° above SW

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