Propagation Update – January 19, 2018

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 3  ARLP003 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  January 19, 2018 To all radio amateurs It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0 sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only slightly. Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from 11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7. Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and any change is slight. Also, there…

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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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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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What The Heck Is The ARRL Board Thinking?

About a month ago, I received an email from the ARRL. Attached were minutes of a Special Board Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors (http://www.kb6nu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Minutes-of-Special-Board-Meeting-ARRL-Board-of-Directors-1.pdf) held by teleconference on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but after reading the minutes, I thought to myself, “What heck are these guys thinking?” What the minutes document is the censure of Dick Norton, N6AA, for “criticizing publicly the collective action of the Board of Directors adopting said Code of Conduct[sic] and drawing the Board’s collective decision…

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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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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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W1AW 2018 Winter Operating Schedule

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB001 ARLB001 W1AW 2018 Winter Operating Schedule ZCZC AG01 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 1  ARLB001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 2, 2018 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB001 ARLB001 W1AW 2018 Winter Operating Schedule Morning Schedule: 1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri 1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu Daily Visitor Operating Hours: 1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST) 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST) (Station closed…

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W1AW Begins Scheduled Transmissions on 6m Starting Jan 2, 2018

ZCZC AG27 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 27 ARLB027 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT December 29, 2017 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB027 ARLB027 REMINDER: W1AW begins scheduled transmissions on 6 meters starting January 2, 2018 Just a reminder that beginning with the 9 AM EST (1400 UTC) fast code practice on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, W1AW will add 6 meters – specifically 50350 kHz – to its regular CW code practice, and CW, digital and phone bulletin transmission schedule. In addition to providing regularly scheduled transmissions on 6…

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