DX News – January 18, 2018

DX Bulletin 3  ARLD003 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 18, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. LIBYA, 5A.  Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters from 1900 to 2200z.  QSL to home call. MALAWI, 7Q.  John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW.  Activity of late has been on 40 and 20 meters using SSB.  His…

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ETH095 – Winter Field Day, The ARRL Board and More…

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we have Ian Kahn back with us as a hopefully at least semi-regular co-host.  NOTE: There is a little behind the scenes part after the closing music on this episode. My wife asked if I would keep her in the episode, so how could I say no… 🙂 Tech Corner Winter Field Day Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to…

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Fox-1D Amateur Radio CubeSat Launches Successfully, Now Designated as AO-92

Space Bulletin 002  ARLS002 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT  January 16, 2018 To all radio amateurs Right on schedule at 0359 UTC on January 12, the solid-fueled first stage and ground-lit strap-on boosters of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) ignited and hurtled AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1D CubeSat along with 30 other satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 mission toward a sun-synchronous orbit. Less than 18 minutes later, the primary payload, a Cartosat-2 series imaging satellite for the Indian government, separated from the launcher’s fourth stage, followed by other…

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DX Update – January 11, 2018

  DX Bulletin 2  ARLD002 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 11, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. SOMALIA, 6O.  Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as 6O6O until January 16.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO. MALAWI, 7Q.  John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW.  Activity…

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2018-2022 Technician Class Question Pool Released

Has it already been four years? You might be asking what I am talking about, I am talking about the question pool for the Technician Class License. Every four years, the National Conference or Volunteer Examiner Coordinators(NCVEC) release changes to the question pools. This year is the Technician, next year will be the General and Extra will be the next year, then a break for a year and back to the Technician class. This allows for the questions to stay up to date with current things that are going on…

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FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60

  QST de W1AW Special Bulletin 1  ARLX001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 9, 2018 To all radio amateurs Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed. FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other…

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Propagation Update – January 5, 2018

QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 1  ARLP001 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  January 5, 2018 To all radio amateurs No sunspots appeared from December 27, 2017 until January 4, 2018. As Solar Cycle 24 declines to a minimum over the next two years we should see longer and more numerous periods of no sunspots. On January 4 the daily sunspot number was 13, indicating 3 sunspots in one sunspot group, although Spaceweather.com reported no sunspots on that day. The sunspot number for that day was reported by NOAA…

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Changes, or Maybe Resolutions, For 2018?

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! In the last episode of my podcast I talked about some of the things that I wanted to do in the new year, my personal and blogging resolutions, and asked you what y’all had planned on doing as well. I got a couple responses from different people that I was going to read in the episode for this week. Unfortunately the week before Christmas, I started to get sick. The day after Christmas, I had to work and ended up having…

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DX News – January 4, 2018

  DX Bulletin 1  ARLD001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 4, 2018 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD001 ARLD001 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA4NC, K1ZZ, WB2TJO, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. FIJI, 3D2.  Jim, WB2TJO is QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, IOTA OC-016, until March 13.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some digital modes. …

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Call Sign Change Petition…

Hey everybody! This post was suppose to go out on Dec 2, 2017, but something happened and it did not publish, so I thought I would post it now. Last month, I was reading some of the news on the ARRL website and came across an article that talked about a petition that a Thomas Alessi, K1TA, filed back in May and how the FCC has dismissed it. Below is that article: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules 11/28/2017 The FCC has dismissed a rule making…

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