Monthly Archives: October 2017

10/27/2017 For Joe Craig, VO1NA, in Torbay, Newfoundland, things have been pretty exciting lately on VLF (very low frequency). He’s among the early MF, LF, and VLF experimenters in North America — active even before Canada allocated Amateur Radio bands in that part of the spectrum. He believes he accomplished a “first” for a Canadian radio amateur on October 22, when his very VLF, very QRP signal on 8.27 kHz (that would be the 36-kilometer band) was copied in the UK. “After much effort on both sides of the pond, SWL Paul Nicholson in Todmorden finally copied a three-letter message,” […]

Tiny LF Signal Makes the Hop from Newfoundland to the UK

10/27/2017 Any CW operator worth his or her salt will tell you that CW is the mode that gets through when all others fall short of the mark. CW certainly did the job for Chet Hogue, N3BK, who handled dozens of messages for residents of Florida’s Lower Keys in the days following Hurricane Irma in September. “A message from a Big Pine Key man to his girlfriend, who evacuated with their young daughter and was waiting to hear how he weathered the storm, was one of about 80 sent out over the airwaves by ham radio enthusiast Chet Hogue in […]

CW Gets the Message Through in Wake of Hurricane Irma

10/27/2017 For many, ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) is the premier ARRL fall operating event, with the lure of a “Clean Sweep” being the ultimate goal. The challenge of SS — or “Sweeps” — is to work as many stations in as many of the 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections as possible within the 24 available hours. The number of sections worked is a score multiplier. Be the first in your neighborhood to work all 83 and qualify for a “Clean Sweep” mug! SS takes place on separate November weekends. The CW weekend is November 4-6, and […]

Aiming for a “Clean Sweep” is Big Part of ARRL November Sweepstakes Appeal

10/27/2017 CWops has announced the recipients of its 2017 awards for advancing the art of CW. The Boy Scouts of America was recognized for its programs over the years that have advanced the art of communicating with Morse code. “Many radio amateurs can trace their interest in CW to have begun with achievement programs and activities in the Boy Scouts,” the CWops announcement said. Roger Cooke, G3LDI, was recognized for his many years of successful efforts in advancing the art of CW as the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) GB2CW coordinator, as well as for his on-the-air code practice, […]

CWops Announces Awards for Advancing the Art of CW

10/27/2017 Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) manager Connie Marshall, K5CM, promised something “a little different” for the fall FMT, which begins on November 3 at 0200 UTC. Instead of measuring a single frequency, this test will measure a pair of frequencies — a “two-tone” test. Although the two frequencies will not jump back and forth at the rate of an actual FSK signal, participants will measure both signals and the shift between them. The test will be conducted on 80 and 40 meters. Following the call up, the test signals will begin on the announced frequency. This is the lower of […]

November 2017 Frequency Measuring Test Set

10/26/2017 “QRP” is the topic of the new (October 26) 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” […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!

10/25/2017 A new scholarship is available to radio amateurs. The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Memorial Scholarship, administered by the ARRL Foundation, commemorates NEAR-Fest team members who have become Silent Keys, and is intended to provide funding toward the educational expenses of a currently licensed Amateur Radio operator who is pursuing a post-secondary education. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, reside in the ARRL New England Division (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts), and have held an Amateur Radio license for at least 1 year prior to the date of application. Preference will be given […]

ARRL Foundation Announces the New England Amateur Radio Festival Memorial Scholarship

10/25/2017 The Citizen Tribune newspaper in Tennessee recently reported that a newly re-opened RadioShack store in Jefferson City has partnered with the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC) to offer licensing classes. Manager Reed Freers also created a new addition to the store, which he has described as the “Makers’ Space,” the newspaper said. This open area of the store will be home to classes in such subjects as soldering, using drones, setting up a Facebook page, and configuring and using a smartphone. “These types of programs were dropped by RadioShack years ago,” Freers told the newspaper. “Now we have the opportunity to […]

Tennessee RadioShack Re-Opens, Partners with Local Ham Radio Club

10/24/2017 BBC Director General Lord Tony Hall of Birkenhead on October 18 opened the new London BBC Radio Group’s G8BBC Amateur Radio “premises” (“shack” in the US) at Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC. The shack is in a small room tucked in the roof of Broadcasting House. On opening day, Lord Hall used G8BBC to send greetings to GB2RN on HMS Belfast which is moored on the Thames River. The G8BBC call sign originally was held by the Ariel Radio Group BBC Club, under BBC engineering. The new group of radio amateurs and SWLs at the BBC are […]

New BBC Amateur Radio Station G8BBC Officially Opened

10/24/2017 The 12th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction is on, with more than 250 items up for bid this year. The list includes QST Product Review gear — already ARRL Lab tested — as well as vintage books, previously owned gear, and one-of-a-kinds. The ARRL Lab team also has contributed four of the very popular “mystery boxes.”   Some of the premier Product Review items up for bid include the FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6500 SDR transceiver and updated SmartSDR software for Windows, Elecraft KX2 HF QRP transceiver, Kenwood TH-D74A analog and D-STAR VHF/UHF transceiver, and the Yaesu FT-891 HF and 6-meter transceiver. […]

Bidding is Now Open for the 12th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction!