Monthly Archives: April 2017


04/26/2017 The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests on Saturday, May 13 to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD). Armed Forces Day is May 20, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event will take place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention.  Complete information, including military stations, modes, and frequencies, is available on the US Army MARS website. The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two-way communication between radio amateurs and military stations (authorized under §97.111 of the Amateur Service […]

Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13


04/24/2017 NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes. This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejection (CME) impact on April 22. Conditions on HF are no better than fair, with conditions on the higher bands (17 through 10 meters) deemed poor. A G1 warning had been in effect until 1500 […]

Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect


04/20/2017 From the International DX Convention in Visalia California comes word that DXer and Tromelin 2014 team leader Sebastien “Seb” Poulenard, F5UFX, is the recipient of the Intrepid Spirit Award, sponsored by the Intrepid-DX Group. “This award is to recognize Sebastien’s outstanding efforts to activate Juan de Nova Island as FT4JA and Tromelin Island as FT4TA,” said Intrepid-DX Group Founder and Vice President Paul Ewing, N6PSE. “Sebastien and his teams are largely responsible for fulfilling the need for these rare and difficult entities. We recognize Sebastien’s unselfish acts to activate these challenging and much needed entities on behalf of a […]

Sebastien Poulenard, F5UFX, is Recipient of Intrepid Spirit Award



04/20/2017 For the past 24 years, members of India’s West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) have helped to reunite lost or injured individuals, many of them pilgrims attending the Ganga Sagar Mela festival each January. The Ganga Sagar fair and pilgrimage, held on Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges Delta on the Bay of Bengal, attracts a huge number of people, and the club typically fields a special event station for the occasion. But each year, a number of visitors simply lose their way. This year, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the region once again reached out to […]

Ham Radio Club in India Reunites Lost, Injured Pilgrims and Travelers with Families


04/20/2017 The 45th annual RARSfest on April 15 — sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society — hosted the 2017 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention. The convention was held indoors at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who represented the League at the event, said a youth-operated special event station was among the activities aimed to appeal to younger attendees. In a presentation highlighting some ARRL Second Century activities, Inderbitzen noted the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative, intended to bolster activity at college and university ham radio clubs.  Emphasizing some of the goals of […]

RARSfest Hosts 2017 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention


04/19/2017 The winning article for the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “DIY Remote Radio Now” by Jim Millner, WB2REM, and Gene Hinkle, K5PA. 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 May issue today.   Source link

WB2REM and K5PA Win the April 2017 QST Cover Plaque Award



04/19/2017 The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program gained some valuable visibility at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national conference, March 27-April 2, in Los Angeles. ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, represented ARISS and ARRL at the annual gathering. The ARISS Team shared a booth with a few other educational programs under the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Space Station Explorers umbrella. CASIS is an important sponsor of the ARISS program and the sole manager of the ISS US National Laboratory. An estimated 4,000 educators visited the CASIS booth, learning […]

ARISS Gains Visibility at National Science Teachers Association Conference


04/19/2017 “Grounding” is the topic of the current 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, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to [email protected], and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast. Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!


04/18/2017 With US Astronaut and ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, now back on Earth, two more radio amateurs will head into space this week from Kazakhstan to join the ISS crew members that Kimbrough and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko left behind on the ISS. The three touched down safely in Kazakhstan on April 10 after spending 173 days on board the orbiting laboratory. “Our crew landed safely in Kazakhstan!” Kimbrough tweeted shortly after arriving in Kazakhstan. “We are looking forward to time with family and friends.” During his time on the orbital complex, Kimbrough participated […]

Ham Astronauts Swap Places on International Space Station



04/18/2017 Nominations for the 2017 Bill Pasternak/Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) will be accepted until May 31. Candidates for the award must be 18 or younger and reside in the US (or its possessions) or Canada. Nominees must hold a valid Amateur Radio license issued by the US or Canada. A candidate needs to have accomplished something outstanding as an Amateur Radio operator, whether by recruiting new hams, engaging in a community service project, or helping to benefit Amateur Radio in other ways. The award presentation will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August 19, […]

Nominations are Open for the 2017 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year