Monthly Archives: August 2017


08/31/2017 “Antenna Analyzers” is the topic of the latest (August 31) 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 […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!


08/30/2017 ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, September 4. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on Labor Day days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday! Source link

ARRL Headquarters is Closed for Labor Day


08/29/2017 In an August 29 interview with Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, news-talk radio station WGMD, ARRL South Texas Section Public Information Officer Mike Urich, KA5CVH, described the situation in Harris County, Texas, as the flood emergency continues there. Urich also took time to explain how the public service that Amateur Radio is able to provide during emergencies and disasters. Urich noted that Harris County and the Houston area are some distance from where Hurricane Harvey came ashore, but said the rain bands the storm generated extended over a considerable area. “The rain just kept coming and coming and coming,” he told […]

ARRL Public Information Officer Describes the Situation in Harris County, Texas



08/29/2017 The cross-band FM voice repeater aboard the International Space Station has not officially been activated for general amateur use, although some stations have reported successful contacts. The system is being used in an effort to detect telemetry from three recently deployed CubeSats. Russian ISS crew members last week released three satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads — TOMSK TPU-120 (RS04S), with FM voice announcements on 437.025 MHz; Tanusha-SWSU-1 (RS-6S) with FM voice announcements and AX.25 9,600 bps packet on 437.050 MHz, and Tanusha-SWSU-2 (RS-7S) with FM voice announcements and on AX.25 9,600 bps packet on 437.050 MHz. They set up […]

ARISS Cross-Band Repeater Not Available for General Communication


08/28/2017 As Tropical Storm Harvey heads southeastward, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) team members are being advised that the impact to the region’s communications infrastructure has been relatively minimal so far, considering the strength of the storm and the magnitude of the flooding. South Texas ARES remains on standby as the response phase continues and sheltering becomes a growing need.   ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, told ARRL today (August 28) that the disaster will be in the response phase for several days, although needs may change later in the response phase or when it transitions to […]

Texas Flood Zone ARES Volunteers Advised to Stay Home, Family Safety Comes First


08/25/2017 [UPDATE: [email protected] UTC] Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and is weakening. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) reports the storm made landfall around 0300 UTC on the middle Texas coast, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, with maximum sustained winds of 130 MPH, moving to the northwest at 7 mph. Harvey is the first major hurricane to make US landfall since Wilma in 2005. The HWN remains activated. The National Hurricane Center said, “Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 30 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches over the middle […]

Amateur Radio Preparations Continue for Category 4 Hurricane Harvey; Flooding Most Significant Fear



08/24/2017 ARRL members will choose between two candidates for the Vice Director’s seat in the Atlantic Division, now headed by Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, who qualified for re-election. Running for Atlantic Division Vice Director are Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Lloyd Roach, K3QNT, of Bedford, Pennsylvania. Hollingsworth served as FCC special counsel overseeing Amateur Radio enforcement. There’s also a two-way race to fill the Dakota Division Director’s chair being vacated by Kent Olson, KA0LDG, who has decided not to run for another term. Running to succeed Olson are Matt Holden, K0BBC, of Bloomington, Minnesota — the current Vice […]

Director, Vice Director Elections Set in Three ARRL Divisions


08/24/2017 “S-Units” is the topic of the current (August 17) latest 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 […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!


08/23/2017 Hawaii is not just a US state, but a separate DXCC entity and at some distance from the continental US. This ups the challenge quotient for participants in the Hawaii QSO Party, set for August 26-28. The rules have been slightly revised to be more in line with those of other state QSO parties. The event starts at 0400 UTC on August 26 and runs through 0359 UTC on August 28 — a total of 48 hours. Hawaiian stations work anyone, anywhere, on any mode. Hawaii has just five counties, and the multiplier list has been expanded into regions […]

Hawaii QSO Party, Grid Madness Events Just Ahead



08/23/2017 The main weekend for the 2017 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is only a little more than a month away — Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The primary League-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES® and other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response. “Every local ARES team and/or ARRL Section will come up with their own scenarios and work with served agencies and partner organizations during the SET,” said ARRL Field Organization Team Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, who pointed out that not all SETs will take place on the […]

ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Fall Classic Just Ahead