Uh oh! No new Building?!

Wow! There’s just so much stuff to get caught up on!The last time I really looked at my ham radio news feed on the Feedly app, I remember seeing something about A new building that was supposed to be ready for Hamvention 2018. Now I read that it’s not even going to be ready for 2019. In 2017, I paid a lot of attention to what was going on in the hobby, this year I am just so out of the loop. I have spent the last few hours, off…

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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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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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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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DX News – February 1, 2018

DX Bulletin 6  ARLD006 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  February 1, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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. VIET NAM, 3W.  Chuck, W0DLE is QRV as 3W9DLE from Ho Chi Minh City until April 30.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being entries in the upcoming ARRL DX…

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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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Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List

DX Bulletin 4  ARLD004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 23, 2018 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD004 ARLD004 Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Will Expand DXCC List   The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World (https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm) . “The discussion during…

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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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