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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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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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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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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ETH097 – An Oopsy Causes A Big Scare!

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Tech Corner Hawaii’s recent ballistic missile scare    http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2017/07/ham-radio-license/   http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2018/02/contesting-killing-hobby/   Ham Radio 360 – All Good Things Must Come To An End   West Mountain Radio The Epic PWRgate is West Mountain Radio’s 3rd generation power gate product. It uses advanced technology to achieve a very low power loss and has maximum flexibility to charge modern batteries. Epic PWRgate is a 12 volt backup power system rated at 40 amperes continuous from either a Power Supply or…

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DX Bulletin 7 – February 8, 2018

DX Bulletin 7  ARLD007 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  February 8, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by 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. GEORGIA, 4L.  Furkan, TA7AOF and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as 4L/TA7AOF and 4L/TA7AZC, respectively, until February 12.  Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on various digital modes.  This includes being entries in the CQ World…

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Propagation Forecast – January 26, 2018

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 4  ARLP004 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  January 26, 2018 To all radio amateurs Low solar activity continued over the past reporting week (January 18-24) with zero sunspots visible after January 19. Average daily sunspot number changed from 7 over the previous seven days to 3.3 this week. Average daily solar flux was down slightly from 70.7 to 70. Geomagnetic indicators were also quiet. Predicted solar flux is 70 on January 26 through February 16, 68 on February 17, 69 on February 18-19, 68 on February…

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AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

01/18/2018 The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds. Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur Phillip. Akin to Independence Day in the US, on Australia Day many celebrate the country and its culture, flying the national flag and celebrating with fireworks. K5CLMhttp://www.everythinghamradio.com

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New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named

Special Bulletin 3  ARLX003 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 23, 2018 To all radio amateurs SB SPCL ARL ARLX003 ARLX003 New IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Named The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has named Dennis Stice, WI5V, of Oklahoma City, as the new HF Beacon Coordinator for the region. Former Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator Bill Hayes, WJ5O, stepped down on January 19, after 10 years in that position. IARU R2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, praised Hayes for his service. “During this period…

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