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VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Reported “Progressing Well”

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 08:23

[UPDATED on 10/22/2018 @ 1707 UTC] “Signals on this end are loud,” was the assessment as the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition got under way over the weekend. “Pileups have been deep, energetic and generally well behaved. Thank you.” So far, the main priority has been setting up the CW camp and more antennas.

“Over the next 2 to 3 days, we’ll complete the antenna work, including 30, 80, and 160,” a T...

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Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, Resigns as Rocky Mountain Division Director

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 20:00

In a letter to ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, on Friday, October 19th, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, resigned as Director of the Rocky Mountain Division due to time constraints and competing duties with work and family. As such, the Secretary of the Corporation has declared the position vacant.

In accordance with Article 7 of the Articles of Association, Vice Director Jeff Ryan, K0RM, will assume th...

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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:56

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:42

Solar activity increased last week. Compared to the previous seven days, average daily sunspot number increased from 1.6 to 12.6, while average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 71. After six days with sunspots making a re-appearance (October 12-17), there were no sunspots on Thursday, October 18.

Sunspot area was listed at zero on October 15-17, which means that the area was less than 10 milli...

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WRTC 2018 QSL Cards on Order; No Return Cards Wanted

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:38

World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC 2018) chair Christian Janssen, DL1MGB, says QSL cards for contacts with the competing Y8-prefix stations now are on order at the printer’s.

“It is not always easy to keep up the pace after such a big event like the WRTC 2018,” Janssen said. “But, we are moving forward.” WRTC 2018 will not automatically send QSL cards, but everyone who wants a paper Q...

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ARRL Northern Florida Section Seeks Volunteers to Deploy to Hurricane Zone

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:10

Northern Florida ARES is seeking volunteers to deploy for up to a week to areas of the state devastated by Hurricane Michael. Serious communication issues remain in the Florida Panhandle in the storm’s wake, with the telecommunications infrastructure ravaged and storm victims unable to communicate with family members outside the region. The Florida State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is hop...

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Norwegian Radio Amateur Being Prevented from Leaving Chad

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:46

A saga that has reached the diplomatic and foreign ministry level is playing out in Africa’s Republic of Chad, where Norwegian radio amateur Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, had only operated as TT8KO for about 1 day before security police shut down his station on October 10. He’d logged 2,150 contacts, already uploaded to Club Log, and all antennas except a 160-meter vertical had been installed. At the...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00

“Winterizing Your Station” is the topic of the new (October 11) 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 Doct...

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New Islands on the Air Groups Announced

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:24

Islands on the Air (IOTA) General Manager Roger Balister, G3KMA, has announced the first tranche of six new IOTA groups. Release of the new groups comes in the wake of an August solicitation for possible new groups. The new groups cover a Swedish/Finnish joint sovereignty island and groups in North America, Asia, and Oceania. All new groups have provisional numbers, which means they will need t...

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SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission to Celebrate UN Day

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:43

An Alexanderson alternator transmission from Sweden’s Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will be part of UN Day festivities on October 24 at the World Heritage Site in Grimeton, Sweden.

A “Peace Party” at the site will feature Irish folk music from the Swedish band Green Hill. The music style honors the first transatlantic telegraph cable between Ireland and Newfoundland, which opened for telegram tra...

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VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Team Under Way aboard the Braveheart

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:02

After 18 months of intensive planning, the 14-member international VP6D team now is en route on the long voyage to Ducie Island from Mangareva, French Polynesia, aboard the MV Braveheart. The team rendezvoused in Tahiti before flying to Mangareva and set sail on October 16. The DXpedition is scheduled to begin on October 20 and continue until November 3. VP6D will use DXA to post contacts on a ...

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ARRL Website Security Software Update Could Affect Certain LoTW ADIF Downloads

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:44

The ARRL website updated its security software on October 15 in order to meet standards required to continue accepting credit cards for internet purchases. ARRL Information Technology Department Manager Mike Keane, K1MK, said that the upgrade should not affect the vast majority of members, beyond a guarantee of better security on the website. It’s possible that those using old browsers or runni...

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FT8 to be Permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 06:41

[UPDATED 2018-10-19 @ 1550 UTC] The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is part of the WSJT-X software suite. The RTTY Roundup takes place January 5 - 6, 2019. A "Practice Contest" has been set for Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones. Details are below.

“Even though digital modes ot...

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