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Louisiana Elects New Section Manager

1 hour 43 min ago

ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the on...

Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest Changes Location

3 hours 53 min ago

The Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) and scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has changed its location to Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Highway 36, Avon, Indiana. Setup times remain the same. The hamfest will be open to the public from 9 AM until 2 PM Central Time.

Admission is $5, and parking is plentiful. Talk-in is availab...

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

4 hours 27 min ago

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amat...

“Faces of the Florizel” Special Event will Commemorate Marine Tragedy

8 hours 37 min ago

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) mark the 100th anniversary of the SS Florizel tragedy with a special event on February 23-24.

On February 23, 1918, the Florizel left St. John’s, Newfoundland on what was supposed to be a routine trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to New York City. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the ves...

“Awesome” Activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase

8 hours 49 min ago

“On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. “The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers. Facebook and social media (Facebook, Twitter #ICG) are abuzz with chatter about the event, the excitement, the grids worked.”

Jahnke said the...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:56

Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3.

 

Predicted solar flux is 71, 70 and 69 on February 16-18, 68 on Februa...

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:30

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. 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 March issu...

W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:36

W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

A staff of four control opera...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:00

“Vacuum Tubes” is the topic of the new (February 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn! More than a half-million downloads since its debut in April 2016 attest to the podcast’s popularity.

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 wherev...

Great Club Log Hardware Shuffle Complete

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:25

Club Log author Michael Wells, G7VJR,announced on February 13 that he has completed the “Great Hardware Shuffle” for the online service. The free, web-based tool can produce DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log-search services, and most-wanted lists.

“In recent months, I have been working through a checklist to do a big, once-every-5-years kind of upgrade for Club Log’s hardware,” Wells sai...

Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this Fall

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:41

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. A team of 15 operators will be on the island for up to 14 d...

Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down the Most-Wanted List a Few Notches

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:08

What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log’s DXCC Most Wanted list as of February 14, the Republic of Kosovo now is in the #8 position after rocket...

Nominations Now Open for CQ Amateur Radio, Contest, and DX Halls of Fame

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:37

Nominations will be accepted until March 1 for membership in the CQ Amateur Radio, DX, and CQ Contest halls of fame. The DX and Contest halls of fame recognize radio amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and contesting, respectively. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made major contributions to Amateur Radio generally, and radio amateurs who have made maj...

Key Hamvention Hand Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, SK

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:23

A key member of the Hamvention team, Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, of Centerville, Ohio, died on February 11. An ARRL member, Miller was 77.

“Jerry was in charge of producing the programs for Hamvention as well as the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) monthly newsletter [RF Carrier],” Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. “He was a longtime board member of DARA and a driving force ...

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