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05/27/2018 10:45 AM
West Central Florida Section ARES Keeping Close Eye on Alberto

ARRL West Central Florida Section ARES® has gone to a Level 3 activation (standby) at 1800 EDT due to the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings for the coastal areas of WCF Section counties and for all of Pinellas County, which is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and Old Tampa Bay.

“At this time our respective ARES groups are in stand-by mode, but we have not received any requests for ...


05/26/2018 03:34 PM
Montana ARES Group Activated in Advance of Anticipated Flooding

05/25/2018 12:45 PM
QST Honored with E.T. Krenkel Medal for Outstanding Global Contributions to Amateur Radio

The Russian National Academy of Researches and Discoveries has honored QST with an E.T. Krenkel Medal for “outstanding global contributions to Amateur Radio.”

The award’s namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet “drifting station,” North...


05/25/2018 08:26 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week.

According to Spaceweather.com, in 2018 56% of days so far have been spotless.

Currently sunspot group 2710 and 2711 are active (2711 is growing), and 2712 is ab...


05/25/2018 08:05 AM
ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Monday, May 28

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. Headquarters will re-open on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


05/24/2018 01:47 PM
The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is the topic of the new (May 24) 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 Do...


05/23/2018 01:35 PM
ARRL White Paper Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes

ARRL has released a “white paper” that provides some context to explain proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By Laws that the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for full Board passage at its April 21 meeting. Study continues of the so-called “Code of Conduct” for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of ...


05/23/2018 10:01 AM
Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese Satellites to Include HF

China’s Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will have HF capability.

CAS-5A is a 6U CubeSat. It will an HF/HF (21/29 MHz) mode linear transponder; an HF/UHF (21/435 MHz) mode linear transponder; ...


05/23/2018 09:00 AM
New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections

Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition during the spring election cycle.

In Indiana, James “Jimmy” Merry, KC9RPX, of Ellettsville, was declared elected in a very clos...


05/21/2018 10:42 AM
Post-Launch Signals Received as Amateur Radio Heads to Moon

05/21/2018 09:24 AM
ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ, SK

ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years, starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including Advertising). She m...


05/20/2018 07:19 PM
Hamvention 2018 - Sunday Roundup

Hamvention 2018 is history. It was a rain-plagued event . . . until today. On Sunday, the Sun burst forth and the bargain hunters flocked to the Xenia Fairgrounds. A number of exhibitors commented that it was the largest Hamvention Sunday attendance that they had seen in a long time.

This Hamvention may also be remembered for the number of new products that debuted at the show. In addition to th...


05/19/2018 09:01 PM
CQ Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

CQ Magazine has announced the 2018 inductees to its Amateur Radio, DX, and Contest halls of fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame added 11 new members for 2018, bringing to 321 the total number of inductees since its establishment in 2001. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio as well as radio amateurs who have made signif...


05/19/2018 07:24 PM
Hamvention 2018 - Saturday Roundup

As with most Dayton Hamventions, Saturday was the big day. The crowds were large with streams of people moving from building to building. The rain showers persisted, accompanied by an afternoon thunderstorm, but the wet episodes were relatively brief. Most attendees had come prepared with everything from umbrellas to rain ponchos.

Hamvention’s attempts to mitigate last year’s mud issues in the f...


05/18/2018 07:44 PM
Hamvention 2018 - Friday Roundup

Friday was damp at the Dayton Hamvention, but the rain showers did little to deter the crowds. In fact, many seemed to even prefer overcast conditions to the alternative: sun and heat.

Perhaps as a consequence of the rain, the indoor exhibit areas were packed. At times the crowds revived memories of Hamvention at Hara Arena when movement was next to impossible with human traffic jams in the aisl...