Monthly Archives: July 2017


07/29/2017 The man known as the “Father of Competitive Radio” in the former Soviet Union, Boris Stepanov, RU3AX (ex-UW3AX), of Moscow, Russia, died on July 28, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. A prolific writer, Stepanov was the deputy editor of Radio magazine. He also attended International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 conferences as a member of Central Radio Club and SRR delegations. Stepanov’s obituary credits him with developing the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) format, and he was one of the judges at the first WRTC in 1990 in the Seattle area. A graduate of the Moscow Institute […]

“Father of Competitive Radio” in USSR Boris Stepanov, RU3AX, SK


07/28/2017 All the indicators we track at the bottom of this bulletin fell last week. Because there were no sunspots in six of the seven days (July 20-26) last week, average daily sunspot number dropped from 26.6 to 1.7. Average daily solar flux declined from 85.9 to 69.7. Average daily planetary A index declined from 13 to 11.9, while the mid-latitude A index went the opposite direction, from 10.9 to 12.9. The latest predicted solar flux (as of July 27) shows 68 on July 28-29, 72 and 76 on July 30-31, 80 on August 1-3, 82 on August 4-11, 80 […]

The K7RA Solar Update


07/26/2017 ARRL’s new 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest will debut on August 5 at 1800 UTC and continue until the next day. This 24-hour contest offers a wide range of entry categories, from FM, CW, and SSB to digital modes. The object is to work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz bands, using any allowable mode. A station in a specific grid locator may be contacted from the same location only once on each band, regardless of mode. Contacts on higher frequencies earn more points, so expect plenty of activity from locations that […]

New 222 MHz and Up Contest Debuts August 5-6 Weekend



07/26/2017 The aging Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system on 145.825 MHz appears to have stopped functioning altogether, after experiencing some recent problems, and restoring it to operation could take months. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said the packet system, located in the Columbus module, started to act up late last week, sending only a beacon. “The ARISS team requested a power recycle by the crew, and with that power recycle, the packet system appears to have stopped functioning completely,” Bauer said in a news release. “Note that this unit has been on orbit for […]

ARISS Reports ISS Packet System is Down


07/25/2017 Following the meeting last weekend of the ARRL Board of Directors, ARRL announces the release of its 2016 Annual Report. This year’s report departs from past reports in that it focuses on the people who make up ARRL and the larger Amateur Radio community. More than 140 call signs appear in the report, and more than 80 of these call signs belong not to ARRL Headquarters staff or Board members, but rather, to ARRL members. In his letter, CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, writes about “…the people of ARRL: the Board, the staff, the membership, the various volunteers arrayed across […]

ARRL Publishes its 2016 Annual Report


07/25/2017 Nearly 1,500 Boy Scouts so far have visited K2BSA during the 2017 Boy Scout National Jamboree, taking place at the 11,400-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event winds up this week. With 47 states confirmed and 125 Radio merit badges awarded thus far, the 42 volunteers at the flagship Jamboree Amateur Radio station are confident they’ll work all US states by the time they sign off on July 27 at 2000 UTC. Eight separate stations are on the air from the Jamboree as K2BSA. On July 24, Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, and […]

K2BSA Nearing WAS from Boy Scout National Jamboree



07/24/2017 Tuesday, July 25, is the deadline for submitting your ARRL Field Day results. The Logs Received page shows all submissions sent via the Field Day web app. Submissions made only via the [email protected] e-mail account or sent by mail, will appear on the list after the submission deadline, once manual entry and processing have been completed for hard copy entries. The e-mail address is not automated; it’s just an e-mail drop for required documentation and photos. After all submissions have been tallied, ARRL will publish an updated list and announce it on our website. Then, if you believe there […]

Tuesday, July 25, is the Last Day to Submit Field Day Results


07/24/2017 CQ has announced updates to its rules for the CQ World Wide SSB and CW contests, effective this fall, and said complete rules will be published soon. The changes clarify the definition of multioperator, single transmitter (MS); spell out club definitions and residency requirements; restrict ITU Region 1 stations transmitting frequencies on 40 and 160 meters; address audio recording requirements, and impose greater penalties for so-called “rubber clocking.” 1. Multi-Single Definition The word “transmitter” has been revised to “station/signal,” with reference made to the FAQ section. CQ said this change “further clarifies the definition of MS, as already provided […]

CQ Announces Rule Changes for 2017 CQ World Wide SSB and CW Events


07/21/2017 ISS Ham Radio Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, has assembled an array and quick description of images being sent from the ISS on SSTV. The ARISS SSTV Gallery contains received images. Keep up with ARISS SSTV progress by visiting the SSTV mission blog and the Frequently Asked Questions page. The ARISS SSTV page also lets you submit SSTV reception reports. ARISS says it may not be able to display every image because of quality or duplication, but they remain important for engineering analysis purposes. As part of its 20th anniversary, ARISS transmitted SSTV images from the ISS in mid-July. The […]

ARISS Posts Descriptions of SSTV Images Transmitted from ISS



07/19/2017 A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the felony question,” as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants’ responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be […]

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”