06/19/2017 The winning article for the June 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “AREDN — A High-Speed Data Network” by Andre Hansen, K6AH. 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 July issue today.   Source link

K6AH Wins the June 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award

06/15/2017 Recent sporadic-E propagation openings on 6 meters and elsewhere have pointed up the need for a digital mode having faster turnaround time than currently available software versions offer. A recent WSJT-X reflector discussion allowed that, while the slow ’JT modes like JT65 and JT9 have excellent sensitivity, their 1-minute long transmissions may not permit completion of a contact when evanescent signals pop up and quickly disappear under certain E-skip conditions. MSK144 and the fast JT9 submodes allow much shorter transmissions, but they do not offer the multi-decode capability that JT65 users find so effective. Iain MacDonnell, N6ML, was among […]

Quicker-Turnaround Digital Modes in Experimental Stage for WSJT-X Suite

06/15/2017 In a low-key announcement on June 13, President Donald Trump indicated that he planned to nominate former FCC Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the open Democratic slot on the FCC. Rosenworcel served on the Commission from 2012 to 2016, leaving at the end of last year after the US Senate was unable to extend her term before time ran out on that session of Congress. Rosenworcel has been a vocal supporter of net neutrality and supported rules drafted by then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that would treat Internet providers more like utilities. The FCC’s new Republican Chairman, Ajit Pai, […]

President to Name Jessica Rosenworcel for New FCC Term

06/14/2017 Hundreds of Amateur Radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40 meters from the Canada C3 expedition. The expedition, which got under way on June 1 and will continue until October 28, is part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Canada C3 vessel Polar Prince is sailing from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It’s currently in Cornwall, Ontario, before proceeding to Montreal for the final stop on the first of 15 planned legs of its journey. The 220-foot long Polar Prince, a former Canadian Coast Guard vessel, is a […]

Hundreds of Stations Report Hearing WSPR Signal from Canada C3 Expedition

06/14/2017 Kids Day is Sunday, June 18. Sponsored by the Boring (OR) Amateur Radio Club, Kids Day is the perfect way to introduce a young person to the magic of Amateur Radio. Open your doors, have some hot dogs or pizza, and let the youngsters find out what Amateur Radio is all about — perhaps stations they hear or work on a map or coloring in a map of states worked. Or, help them build something, such as a simple kit. The event kicks off at 1800 UTC and runs through 2400 UTC. Operate as much or as little as […]

Kids Day is Sunday, June 18

06/14/2017 An Amateur Radio net has been activated in the aftermath of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake early this morning (June 14) some 10 kilometers from Malacatán. According to information relayed by Dani Ardon, TG9AMD, of the Radio Amateurs Club of Guatemala (CRAG), “At the moment, neither major damage nor reports of any victims have been reported.” Ardon said the net has been monitoring 7.090 MHz as well as the 146.88 MHz CRAG Network frequency. Stations in Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras are reported to be ready to provide any needed assistance. The US Geological Survey (USGS) points out that […]

Amateur Radio Net Activated in Wake of Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake in Guatemala

06/14/2017 The 17th Annual ARRL Donor Recognition Reception took place on May 18 at America’s Packard Museum in Dayton. Guests included ARRL’s most generous supporters, including Maxim Society and Legacy Circle members. QST Contributing Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, was the keynote speaker, and Maxim Society members received special recognition. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, welcomed guests. Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Treasurer, Mike Kalter, W8CI, presented the club’s 2017 pledge payment to members of the ARRL Second Century Campaign (SCC) committee who were present that evening. DARA has made a $100,000 commitment to support […]

ARRL Donors Feted at Dayton Reception

06/13/2017 ARRL Field Day — the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio — is almost here, and official gear and supplies are still available from ARRL. Shirts, hats, pins, patches, stickers, and coffee mugs are a great way to acknowledge — and commemorate — your participation in this annual event. Two t-shirt color options are available for 2017 — red and white. Order one or both! Encourage family, friends, and fellow hams to take part in ARRL Field Day with recruitment posters and attractive “Get on the Air” (GOTA) pins for newcomers. All items are available while supplies […]

Just 11 Days until ARRL Field Day!

06/09/2017 The big event this week was multiple sporadic-E linkups on 6 meters yesterday (June 8). The average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15.6 to 19.3. This was largely due to the fact that there was one zero-sunspot day last week, and no days with zero sunspots this week. The average daily A index, planetary and mid-latitude were both 5.6 this week. Last week they were 13.3 and 10.6. Predicted solar flux is 72 on June 9-10, 75 on June 11-13, 72 on June 14-15, 78 on June 16-26, 80 on June 27 to July 1, 78 on […]

The K7RA Solar Update