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Frequency Measuring Test Set for April 6 UTC

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:02

The April Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) will take place on Friday, April 6, 0100 until 0225 UTC (the evening of Thursday, April 5 in US time zones). The format for the April FMT is a single-frequency exercise with one transmitting station in eastern Oklahoma, K5CM. Measure the key-down transmitted frequency and report your results.

Submit your results by April 9 at 0300 UTC, at which time the r...

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ARRL Public Relations Committee Gets New Leadership, Updated Mission and Goals

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:23

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is undergoing some changes under the leadership of new committee chair Steve “Sid” Caesar, NH7C, with ARRL Board Liaison and Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur. An ARRL Life Member who has served on the PR Committee for about 3 years, Caesar succeeds Scott Westerman, W9WSW, as chair.

The mission and g...

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New ARRL CEO Comes Aboard Facing Challenges and Change

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:58

ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization with an overarching goal of promoting the League’s mission, “To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.” Shelley has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the limelight, so he’s a bit of an unknown ...

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More than 30,000 New Ham Licensees and 7,000 Amateur Radio Exam Sessions in 2017

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:46

For the fourth year in a row, more than 30,000 new licensees joined the Amateur Radio ranks, and the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) conducted more than 7,000 Amateur Radio exam sessions, serving some 35,350 candidates for a new or upgraded license. At the end of December 2017, the US Amateur Radio population stood at 748,136. At nearly 378,000, Technician licensees represented the la...

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The 2017 DXCC Yearbook is Now Available

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:52

The 2017 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2017 Annual List, as well as the 2017 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on the air contacts with 100 countries. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll.

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FCC Launches New Honors Engineering Program

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:46

The FCC has announced a new Honors Engineer Program to recruit current students and recent engineering school graduates to the FCC and into the forefront of the technology and communications fields.

“The digital revolution is rapidly transforming virtually every aspect of American life,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  “And it’s changing the FCC’s work, too. Many of the issues we confront today are...

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Radio Club of America Announces New Endowment

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:02

The Radio Club of America (RCA) has announced a new endowment, the Howard (VE2AED) and Micheline (KM6FOH) Rosen Fund, which will be dedicated solely to support RCA operations, the announcement said. The Rosens are long-time RCA members.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to support this club of very special members,” said Howard Rosen. “RCA is a hidden gem!”

According to RCA President Tim Duffy, K3LR, ...

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KA6W Wins the QST Cover Plaque for the March Issue

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:21

The winning article for the March 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “A Delta Loop for 160 Meters” by Ted Algren, KA6W. 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 April issue today.


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LoTW Support for CQ Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award Goes Live

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:00

ARRL and CQ magazine have announced the launch, effective immediately, of Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) Award program. The goal of the project, under way since last year, has been to create the proper technical support system to enable radio amateurs to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit, and that has been accomplished, CQ and ARRL said in a joint sta...

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FCC Seizes Equipment from Pirate Broadcasters in Boston

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:43

The FCC reports that it seized transmission equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26. According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster that identified as “Big City” on various FM channels from Dorchester, Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate “B87.7 FM,” which operated on 87.7 FM from Dorchester. Both unlicensed stations had been iss...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:30

We saw no sunspots during this reporting week, March 22-28. The previous week had sunspots on only three days, with an average of 5.6.

Average daily solar flux receded from 69.3 to 68.2. Average daily planetary A index dropped from 14.4 to 10.6, and average mid-latitude A index declined from 11.3 to 8.9.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on March 30 to April 15, 69 on April 16, 68 on April 17-29, 69 on ...

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ARRL Headquarters Closed on Friday, March 30, no ARRL Letter this Week

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:37

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. The ARRL Letter is on hiatus this week, and no ARRL Audio News will be released on Friday.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 2, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will return next week.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable...

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Malawi 7Q7EI DXpedition Team Taking Advantage of New FT8 “DXpedition Mode”

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:15

The 7Q7EI DXpedition in Malawi is using the new FT8 “DXpedition Mode,” which is still in beta, but some of those attempting to work 7Q7EI on that mode are not using the correct version of the FT8 software (part of WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc3) released on March 18. The 7Q7EI operation concludes on April 2.

“It is working well, and things are okay on [7Q7EI’s] side, apart from a large amount of peopl...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:34

“Receive Filters” is the topic for the new (March 29) 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...

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