2018 State Of The Hobby Survey Results Posted!

The results are in!   About a month ago, I posted a blog post where I talked about a survey that was titled “2018 State of the Hobby Survey.” The author of the survey, did a survey last year, in 2017, and decided to do it again in 2018. In the survey that he did in 2017, he only had 688 people respond and take the survey. This year, in 2018, he had a whopping 2919 people answer his survey from all across the globe. This is an increase of…

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ARRL: How Can We Help?

Recently, I received this email from a reader: “Hi Dan, “Hope you’re doing well. I have a couple of questions about the ARRL. I’ve been reading your blog and other sources, and it’s clear that the ARRL is in a little trouble. I have to say, though, that as soon as the current administration in D.C. notices that some of their friends can make money off of amateur radio bandwidth, the whole amateur radio service is in very serious jeopardy. The only way I can think of to counter that…

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2018 State Of The Hobby Survery

How is the ham radio hobby doing? Is it thriving? Is it dieing? What is the State of the Hobby? That is a question that I’m sure all of yall have asked yourself at one time or another. Dustin Thomas, N8RMA, asked himself last year, this question and decided to see what others thought as well. Dustin is an analyst by trade, so he took the information that he wanted to gather, turned it into a survey, and made a really nice page displaying his findings. Last year, I stumbled…

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DX News – March 9, 2018

ZCZC AP10 QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 10 ARLP010 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA March 9, 2018 To all radio amateurs SB PROP ARL ARLP010 ARLP010 Propagation de K7RA Only one day (March 2) showed any sunspot activity over the past reporting week, with a daily sunspot number of 11 so average daily sunspot activity declined from 6 to 1.6. Average daily solar flux went from 68.3 to 67.6. No sunspots have been seen since March 2. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index dropping from…

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DX Bulletin 10 – March 1, 2018

QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 10  ARLD010 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  March 1, 2018 To all radio amateurs operators, This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by W3UR, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. SPRATLY ISLANDS.  A large group of operators will be QRV as 9M0W from Layang Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, from March 6 to 13. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW,…

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ARLP009 Propagation de K7RA – March 2, 2018

QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 9  ARLP009 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  March 2, 2018 To all radio amateurs We’ve seen many days with no sunspots over the past year, especially in more recent times. Periods with more than three days of blank Sun include January 4-11, 2017, March 6-20, 2017, May 9-15, 2017, June 9-12, July 18-24, October 8-14, October 16-20, November 1-13, November 19-24, December 1-5, December 13-19, December 28, 2017 through January 3, 2018, January 20-29, 2018, and February 18-25. Sunspots have been visible every…

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ARLB007 ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 7  ARLB007 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  March 1, 2018 To all radio operators ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in…

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ETH098 – A Non-Ham XYL’s View of Ham Radio

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! A Non-Ham XYL’s View of Ham Radio Back in August of 2016, in Episode 31, I talked with Allison Hollier, KG5BHY. In that episode we talked about what it was like to be a YL with a license. At the time the plan was to bring my wife on in the next episode to get a XYL’s view of being married to a ham when she wasn’t one. Plans changed and that didn’t happen until a year and a…

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Propagation Forecast Bulletin – February 23, 2018

QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 8  ARLP008 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  February 23, 2018 To all radio amateurs Average daily sunspot number dropped from 24 during the previous seven days, to 5.6 in the current reporting week, February 15-21. That average is so low because no sunspots have been seen since February 17, and no new sunspot regions were observed since February Average daily solar flux dropped to 70.1 in the current period from 77.4 in the previous week. Based on the latest 45-day prediction for solar…

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Propagation Forecast – February 16, 2018

  QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 7  ARLP007 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  February 16, 2018 To all radio amateurs   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 February 19-22,…

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