A New License Class, Really?!

Do we really need a new license class? I am mean really! We use to have one: remember the Novice, Tech +, and Advanced class licenses? We got rid of those to help simplify things, now there is talks about adding a new one lower than Technician. My other question is, where did this idea come from in the first place. It is not that hard to pass a technician test! It is 25 questions that are relatively easy, all it takes is a little studying. Do they want it…

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Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP51 QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 51  ARLP051 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  December 16, 2016 To all radio amateurs   Average daily solar indices over the past week were lower than the previous seven days, with average daily sunspot number declining from 40.9 to 13, and average daily solar flux dropping 10 points from 82.2 to 72.2. Geomagnetic indicators were higher, with average daily planetary A index rising from 4.9 to 13.3, and mid-latitude A index from 3.4 to 9. Predicted solar flux is 72 on…

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DX News – December 15, 2016

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  QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 51  ARLD051 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  December 15, 2016 To all radio amateurs     This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. KENYA, 5Z.  Sila, AK0SK plans to be QRV as 5Z4/AK0SK from Taveta from December 22 to January 6, 2017.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL…

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ETH048 – Amateur Radio Emergency Services(ARES)

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Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be talking about the Amateur Radio Emergency Services(ARES), we talk about the Bridgeland Amateur Radio Club in Logan, UT in our amateur radio club spotlight, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and Hamfests for the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby! Tech Corner – Amateur Radio Emergency Services(ARES) What is ARES? ARES is an organization started by the ARRL that consists of licensed amateurs…

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USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to Host December 7 Special Event

12/06/2016 The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina, will host a special event on Wednesday, December 7, to mark the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. Operator Jack Jacobs, WD4OIN, reports that NI4BK will be on 20 meters on December 7, 1400-2100 UTC. The USS North Carolina (BB-55) was commissioned on April 9, 1941, a few months before the Pearl Harbor attack. During World War II, the North Carolina took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater, earning 15 battle stars. Two of the…

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ARLS011 Slow-Scan Television Transmissions Scheduled from ISS

From ARRL Headquarters   Newington, CT December 6, 2016 To all radio amateurs Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module. MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz…

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Propagation de K7RA – December 2, 2016

QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 49 ARLP049 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA December 2, 2016 To all radio amateurs   SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre. A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4 Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3 Dec or early 4 Dec. Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03 to 04 December 2016 GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY…

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DX News – December 1, 2016

QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 49 ARLD049 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT December 1, 2016 To all radio amateurs    This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. RODRIGUES ISLAND, 3B9. Olaf, G0CKV is QRV as 3B9HA and is active holiday style on the HF bands until December 12. He is also usually active on 160 and 80…

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Is There A Market For A $400 “Prepper” Radio?

A couple of days ago, a reader wrote: “I would like to know if it would be feasible to build a radio with the following features:  SSB operation (only SSB is required, CW would be an additional benefit) 20 – 50W of power Portable-friendly (lightweight, capable of operating at lower voltages from small portable batteries) Low receiver current drain Coverage of 40m and 80m bands. Very limited coverage is acceptable. Even channelized coverage of a few select frequencies would be acceptable. S-meter “It strikes me that there is a large…

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DX Bulletin November 23, 2016

From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT November 23, 2016 To all radio amateurs    This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by AJ9C, WB2TJO, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. FIJI, 3D2. Jim, WB2TJO will be QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island,IOTA OC-016, beginning from December 2016 to March 2017. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and some digital…

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