08/16/2017 Another Luxembourg Effect experiment could take place at Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility during its September research campaign. Jeff Dumps, KL4IU — a self-described construction worker, electronics technician, and radio enthusiast — wants to purchase 12 minutes at the HAARP controls to carry out his investigation, which he’s hoping to fund with donations. Dumps told ARRL that if he doesn’t meet his funding goal, he’ll donate whatever money has been contributed to the Arctic Amateur Radio Club (KL7KC) and HAARP. “My experiment will attempt to answer some questions about how audio frequencies transfer between radio stations […]

Ham Hoping to Crowd-Fund Experimental Time at HAARP Facility

08/15/2017 Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2. Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9. Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through September 8. Predicted planetary A index is 5, 16, 26 and 20 on August 15-18, then 16, 14, 12, 10 and 6 on […]

The K7RA Solar Update

08/11/2017 Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software. “Tuning the poor 20-meter band month after month represents a major frustration nowadays,” said Martti Laine, OH2BH/OJ0BH. “Particularly on SSB, only the occasional DX signal breaks the sea of noise, consequently reducing activity levels even further.” Laine said […]

Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

08/09/2017 Atlantic Canada authorities called on Amateur Radio operators in parts of Nova Scotia on August 4, in the wake of a telephone service outage. According to CBC, Bell Aliant landline and cell services were down, starting at approximately 11:20 AM. Telus, Virgin, and Koodo users were also affected. Jeremy Fowler, VE1JHF, a member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, said he and other members of his group were put on standby to help the municipality cope with any communication problems. “[A] bunch of us pulled out our gear and were on the air, ready to go, cars loaded up,” […]

Radio Amateurs in Atlantic Canada Go on Standby During Telephone Outage

08/09/2017 The September edition of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. Click here to view the issue. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire devices. ● Read how Amateur Radio helped support the 2016 New York City Marathon. ● Discover how hams and the US military are training for blackouts and cyberattacks. ● Build a portable keyboard interface that you can take to the field for public service and other applications. ● Put your 43-foot vertical antenna on 80 and 160 meters. …and much more! Enjoy Content You […]

The September Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

08/07/2017 Fifteen US-eligible competitors took home first-place awards in the just-completed 17th USA National Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) in Harrison, Ohio. The competition ran from August 3 through 6 on the 4,345-acre Miami Whitewater Forest and other nearby wooded sites, and it attracted more than 80 fans of the sport — also known as foxtailing and radio-orienteering. This year’s USA Championships were combined with the 9th ARDF Championships of International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) — the Americas. The IARU establishes rules for ARDF competitions. The object is always to find as many of the […]

ARDF Enthusiasts Compete in USA National Championships

08/07/2017 The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is just a couple of weeks away! The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse. During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page. Systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. Participants’ logs […]

RSVP for the SEQP

08/07/2017 In an August 7 Public Notice, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announced formally that FCC Form 605, Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services, now will ask whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is “consistent with application forms for other Commission services.” The new FCC Form 605 must be used on and after September 7, 2017; the current Form 605 will become obsolete and no longer will be accepted. The change applies to both paper and electronic applications. […]

Applicants Must Use FCC Form 605 with “Felony Question,” Starting on September 7

08/07/2017 The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 is now in the US Senate (S. 1534). ARRL has developed and posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), “The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Setting the Record Straight,” to explain and to clarify what the passage of the legislation would accomplish — as well as what it would not.   “There has been so much misinformation floating around on forums, blogs, podcasts, etc. regarding the Amateur Radio Parity Act, that we realized a listing of facts as to what the bill is and what it does was long overdue,” said ARRL […]

ARRL Posts Amateur Radio Parity Act FAQ

08/04/2017 At 0549 UTC on August 3 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued this warning: “During UT days 4-5 August expect an increase in geomagnetic activity up to active to minor storm levels due to influence of the recurrent coronal hole. INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EXPECTED DUE TO CORONAL HOLE HIGH SPEED WIND STREAM FROM 04-05 AUGUST 2017. GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY FORECAST04 Aug:  Active05 Aug:  Active” Spaceweather.com issued this warning later on the same day: “GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: NOAA forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Aug. 4th when a solar wind stream is expected to […]

The K7RA Solar Update