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Hamvention Setting Space Aside to Spotlight Emergency Communication Vehicles

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:59

In keeping with its theme, “Serving the Community,” Hamvention® 2018 is offering an opportunity for Amateur Radio groups to display the communication vehicles they use to serve their communities. A special area has been set aside at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for emergency communication trailers, vans, trucks, and other vehicles. Hamvention organizers are hoping that emergenc...

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Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, Tapped as Next National Hurricane Center Director

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:31

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has named Kenneth Graham, WX4KEG, to head the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Preparations at the NHC continue ahead of the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Graham will pick up the reins from Deputy/Acting Director Ed Rappaport on April 1.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be selected to work alongside the tal...

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National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop Livestreamed, Recorded

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:14

[UPDATED 2018-03-27@1533 UTC] Technical problems have developed with the live feed. Efforts are under way to restore it. The sessions will be archived for later viewing.

Amateur Radio is again represented at the 2018 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. As it has been in past years, the conference theme is to improve hurricane preparedness. The National Hurricane Conference Amateur...

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ARRL Headquarters Will be Closed on Friday, March 30

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:00

 ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions and no ARRL Audio News on that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, April 2, at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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Two Radio Amateurs Now on International Space Station

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 11:58

With the addition of three new crew members, the International Space Station (ISS) now has a full complement of six. Astronauts Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, and Drew Feustel, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev headed into space on March 21 aboard a Soyuz MS-08 vehicle, launched from Kazakhstan.

The new ISS residents were welcomed on March 23 as part of the Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaple...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:36

At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24-25. “Expect the geomagnetic activity to increase to mostly Active levels with isolated periods of Minor to Major Storm levels due to a high speed solar wind stream associated with a negative polarity coronal hole becoming geo-effective”.

In last week’s report ARLP011 t...

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Hospital Ship Crew Members Get Amateur Radio Training at Sea

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:52

On February 21, US Army civilian contractor Tim Millea, AJ7UU, and MARS Volunteer Doug Smith, W7KF, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy from San Diego to Hawaii to begin its deployment for “Pacific Partnership 2018” (PP18), a humanitarian assistance exercise that will include several Pacific stops. Their mission during the first leg of the voyage was to conduct Technician and General Amate...

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LoTW May Be Unavailable for Brief Periods on March 26

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:38

Scheduled maintenance for Logbook of The World (LoTW) will take place on Monday, March 26, 1300 to 1500 UTC, in order to perform system upgrades. During that window, users are advised that the LoTW system may be unavailable for short periods. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 07:04

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the latest (March 15) 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 himsel...

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