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International Space Station Astronauts Calling “CQ Students”

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 2:34pm

The deadline is April 30 for US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an orbiting crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts would be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Each year, ARISS provides tens...

Results of the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW Now Available

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:43pm

The results of the 2017 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW are now posted on the ARRL website. Go to the Contest Results Articles page, and scroll down. Click on "2017 Contest Results" and then to “November Sweepstakes (CW).” The full results database is available.



New Book: Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur is Now Shipping!

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:06am

Increase your station’s receive performance with new book Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur by ARRL author Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ.


Although the fundamental characteristics of antennas apply to both transmission and reception, the requirements and priorities of receiving antennas can be vastly different from those of transmitting antennas. Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur focuses ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 8:20am

No sunspots were observed between March 2 and March 15. One sunspot made a brief appearance on March 2, after a blank sun on March 1. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 1.6 to zero this week, and average daily solar flux rose fractionally from 67.6 to 67.7. We’ll be watching the latest sunspot appearance to see if it is as fleeting as the March 2 sunspot.

Geomagnetic indicators rose sligh...

Deadline Approaching to Submit Nominations for Five ARRL Awards

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 6:26am

The deadline to submit nominations for these five ARRL awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio is just 2 weeks away. Nominations are also open for the League’s premier award to honor a young licensee.

  • The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature w...

Tennessee Middle School Students Will Send a CubeSat into Space

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:32am

NASA has informed Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that its “RamSat” 2U CubeSat proposal has been accepted for participation in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for a launch opportunity during 2019, 2020, or 2021. The Robertsville proposal was one of 21 satellites selected or prioritized for participation in the ninth CSLI selection. CSLI provides opportunities for sma...

ARRL Seeks EC-001 Mentors!

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:28am

Since the beginning of the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications training program, ARRL has relied on the work of mentors to help guide those interested in volunteering to serve their communities. Our mentors represent the best in Amateur Radio public service communications training and make a substantial difference in how students approach service to their communities and Amateur Radio. The m...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 6:02am

The Doctor opens the mailbag for the newest (March 15) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!


Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!


Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor hims...

Chinese Lunar-Orbit Amateur Radio Payload Could Launch this Spring

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:59am

China’s twin-launch Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon will place a pair of microsatellites in lunar orbit this spring “to test low-frequency radio astronomy and space-based interferometry.” The two satellites, unofficially called DSLWP-A1 and DSLWP-A2 (DSLWP = Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder), could launch this spring. The pair represent the first phase of the ...

V55V, Big Signal out of Namibia, to Go Silent

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:49am

Martin Walter, V51W, near Omaruru, Namibia, has spent the past 2 decades improving his station, which likely accounts for his V55V station’s increasingly better signal.

After trying all possible antenna systems, he is convinced that his wire rhombic antennas are the best choice. He uses three of them; two that are 160 meters on each leg to the US and Europe, and one with 80-meter legs, also aime...

Z60A Activity to Mark Kosovo’s New DXCC Status Logs Nearly 100,000 Contacts

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:43am

Before shutting down on March 12, Z60A in Kosovo had logged 98,450 contacts during its celebratory operations to hand out a new one to the madding crowd.

The 30-day-long initial activation of the newest DXCC entity encountered 30,541 individual call signs in 174 DXCC entities. “Mission Goodwill Kosovo” expressed appreciation to the 28 operators from various countries near and far who turned out ...

Past Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, SK

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:35am

Past ARRL Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, of Bunkie, Louisiana, died on March 8 after suffering a severe head injury in a fall. He was 84.

Molan had served as Louisiana SM from 2014 until 2016 and was a Louisiana Section Field Organization volunteer prior to that, having served as Assistant Section Manager, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinator, and...

The AmazonSmile Triple Donation Promotion Now Under Way

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 5:52am

Triple your impact! Until March 31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first AmazonSmile purchase.

Log into AmazonSmile, and with every qualifying purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL. This helps the League to extend its reach in public service, advocacy, education, technology, and membership. Support the Amateur Radio Service and ARRL shopping...

Digital QST App Update Coming by March 13

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 2:46pm

The digital QST apps on iOS and Android devices will be upgraded by Tuesday, March 13, to feature a new build from our digital publishing partner. This change only applies to mobile users who read digital QST on their smartphones or tablets through the app; web browser use will not be affected. The update will look different from the current app, but provide the same function to read and downlo...

Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar Appears on 40 Meters

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:56am

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that one of China’s over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) installations has been causing interference in the Amateur Radio 7 MHz band. The IARUMS February newsletter reports on that intruder and others.

Other top 5 intruders include a “single-letter beacon” transmitting either the letter “K” or the letter “T” on ...

Color the Bands Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 7:27am

Radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air during the St Patrick Award activity. The St Patrick Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16 and continue until 1200 UTC on March 18. (St Patrick’s Day is March 17.) Radio amateurs or SWLs are invited to take part. Awards will be in four categories: SPD Station Award (for registered stations); Fixed ...

South Texas SM Stepping Aside; New South Texas SM Appointed

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:45am

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Lee Cooper, W5LHC, has announced that he’ll step down at the end of March due to time constraints and the workload associated with his consulting business.

“This was not an easy decision to make but one I felt best for the future of our Section,” Cooper said in a message to South Texas Section members. “I have been the Section Manager for the South Texas section...

“Farewell Weekend from Z60A” Offering Yet Another Opportunity to Work Kosovo

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:28am

This weekend could offer the best opportunity to work Z60A in Kosovo, the newest DXCC entity and #15 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List.

“Since the original activity from Kosovo was much hampered by a high noise level at both locations, particularly on low bands, a team led by Pertti, OG2M; Miro, OM5RW; Rudy, OM3PC, and Driton, Z61DX, has put all its effort into hoisting full-size verticals f...