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10/09/2015 04:28 PM
Chesterfield Island TX3X DXpedition Hampered by High Winds, Rain Squalls

With just 3 more days to go until it shuts down, poor weather has been literally putting a damper on the Perseverance DX Group’s Chesterfield Island TX3X DXpedition. The team’s 12 operators have been having a time of it, dealing with high winds and rain squalls as well as crummy propagation. Chesterfield Island is #21 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted List.

“We know all too well the frustration some...

10/09/2015 03:38 PM
The November Edition of Digital QST is Now Available

10/09/2015 02:04 PM
Fox-1A is Now AO-85, Transponder Temporarily Active!

In what might have been record speed, AMSAT’s new Fox-1A satellite received its OSCAR designation on the day of its launch, and its FM transponder has been activated temporarily until 0000 UTC on October 10. AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, early today announced that Fox-1A is now AO-85, and the CubeSat has been dedicated to the individual who was at the helm of AMSAT’s CubeSa...

10/09/2015 10:53 AM
The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers and solar flux softened over the past week, with average daily sunspot numbers declining from 120.9 to just 37, and average daily solar flux down from 122.7 to 93.8. These numbers compare the October 1-7 activity against the previous seven days.

Average planetary A index was way up, from 5.1 to 24.3. The planetary A index reading of 77 on Wednesday was a big factor in the high av...

10/08/2015 06:44 PM
AMSAT Fox-1A CubeSat Launches from California

Right on schedule at 1249 UTC on October 8, the Atlas rocket carrying the AMSAT Fox-1A Amateur Radio CubeSat and 12 others lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) NROL-55 mission. Fox-1A carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder. Stations in Europe and Japan have reported copying telemetry from the 1U CubeSat. The first pass over the US ...

10/08/2015 03:13 PM
Now, “Clarity on Parity” — the Video!

10/07/2015 03:26 PM
ARRL President Congratulates Hurricane Watch Net on its 50th Anniversary

On behalf of the League, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has congratulated the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on the 50th anniversary of its founding by Jerry Murphy, K8YUW.


“Thanks to the efforts of the Net’s dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers across 5 decades, Amateur Radio has played a key role in helping protect the lives of a great many people in harm’s way,” President Craigie told HWN Ma...

10/07/2015 03:03 PM
The Alan G. Thorpe, K1TMW, Memorial Scholarship Fund Established

Through the generosity of Alan G. Thorpe, K1TMW (SK), and the Stratford [CT] Amateur Radio Club (SARC), the ARRL Foundation has established the Alan G. Thorpe, K1TMW, Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund will award $1000 each year to an Amateur Radio licensee enrolled in a 4 year undergraduate program. Thorpe, who died in 2011 at the age of 65, was a member and long-time president of the SARC.


10/07/2015 01:37 PM
New ARRL Handbook, Antenna Book Editions Now Shipping

The 2016 edition of The ARRL Handbook and 23rd edition of The ARRL Antenna Book are now shipping. While supplies last, you can get the hardcover editions at the softcover price. If there’s ever a time to complete your Amateur Radio bookshelf, this is the year. Filled with everything you need to stay immersed in the radio art, this dynamic duo is a must-have for hobbyists and technical professio...

10/06/2015 06:06 PM
ARRL Education & Technology Program Grant Application Deadline is November 1

November 1 is the deadline for schools to apply for 2016 ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) grants.

The ETP offers two types of grants. School Station Grants are awarded to schools providing a plan to use Amateur Radio as part of an enrichment program and/or as part of in-classroom learning. ETP Progress Grants offer modest support to teachers now using Amateur Radio as an instructional t...

10/06/2015 04:45 PM
New QST QuickStats Poll Posted

10/06/2015 02:52 PM
AMSAT’s Jerry Buxton, N0JY, to Serve on NASA TV Panel Prior to Fox-1A Launch

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, will be part of a NASA TV prelaunch panel on October 7 at 1800 UTC. The Fox-1A Amateur Radio FM transponder CubeSat will be among 13 CubeSats flying as secondary payloads on the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) NROL-55 mission, scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket at 1249 UTC on Thursday, October 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base ...

10/05/2015 07:24 PM
“DX Summit” in Rome to Pair with HV0A Vatican City Special Event

Francesco Valsecchi, IK0FVC; Martti Laine, OH2BH, and Giordano Giordani, IK0XFD, are organizing a “DX Summit” October 10-11 in Rome. During this event, HV0A will be active both days on several bands, as conditions permit.

The activity will include a dinner party on October 10, featuring a presentation by OH2BH that will highlight the challenges of making DXpedition traffic run smoothly. The over...

10/05/2015 07:09 PM
Two Danish CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Launched from ISS

[UPDATED: 2015-10-07 @ 1525 UTC] Two Danish CubeSats carrying payloads operating on Amateur Radio frequencies have been deployed from the International Space Station, but, so far, only one of the satellites has been heard. The CubeSats are AAUSat-5, which will send 9600 bps GMSK and CW on 437.425 MHz, and GomX-3, which transmits 9600 bps GMSK on 437.250 MHz. The satellites were released on Octo...

10/04/2015 04:24 PM
Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down, Reactivates as Joaquin Nears Bermuda

After standing down but remaining in “standby alert mode,” the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has reactivated as Hurricane Joaquin, now downgraded to a category 3 storm, poses a threat to Bermuda. Although the storm has not made landfall, but it has been causing heavy rainfall along the southeastern coast of the US, and a state of emergency has been declared in South Carolina. The storm has been bla...

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