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Virginia Engineering Students Tackle Satellite, Ground Station Projects

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 -0400

The University of Virginia (UVA) reports that some of its engineering students are among those at other Commonwealth schools working on Amateur Radio satellites and matching ground stations to track them and collect data. UVA said its student-built satellite is set to go into space late next year aboard an International Space Station resupply vehicle for later deployment from the ISS. The UVA p...

ARRL Reiterates its Case for New Band at 5 MHz

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:29:00 -0400

In comments filed on March 20 with the FCC on its own January Petition for Rule Making (RM-11785), ARRL reiterated its case for a contiguous secondary 15-kHz wide 60-meter band of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz in addition to the four existing discrete 60-meter channels that fall outside the requested band, with a permitted power level of 100 W EIRP and retention of current operating rules. More than 5...

ARRL Seeking Synergy with Maker Movement

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:35:00 -0400

ARRL is reaching out to members of the Maker Movement to explore avenues of cooperation and collaboration, and perhaps to recruit some new radio amateurs. Considered an extension of the arts and crafts tradition, the Maker Movement gained its own magazine, Make, in 2005. The philosophy of the Maker Movement is reminiscent of an era when radio amateurs built their own equipment rather than buyin...

Cuba Institutes New Amateur Radio Regulations

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:33:00 -0400

Radio amateurs in Cuba are scrutinizing and debating the details of new Amateur Radio regulations for the island nation. The Cuban Ministry of Communications adopted the new regulatory scheme on February 28. International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) posted the new Amateur Radio Service regulations (in Spanish) as a PDF.

The detailed regulations governing hams in Cuba comprise 17 chapt...

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:40:00 -0400

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society this summer. A formal presentation will be made at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Symposium, July 9-14, in San Diego, California.

The Distinguished Achievement Award cites Rohde’s outstanding career achievement in the field of antennas and propagation: “For pioneering wo...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:26:00 -0400

Remote Antenna Tuners” is the topic of the just-released 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 him...

Nevada ARES Team Honored

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:08:00 -0400

Amateur Radio has a Place at the Table for Engineering Day 2017 on Maui

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:43:00 -0400

Jim Andrews, KH6HTV, and Alan Maenchen, AD6E (aka KH6TU), staffed an Amateur Radio exhibit on February 26 for Engineering Day 2017 at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Maui.

The main attention-getter was an operating display of Andrews’ 70-centimeter high-definition Amateur Radio digital TV system. Andrews and Maenchen also had a 100 W HF radio on the table as an introduction to discuss Amateur Radi...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:01:00 -0400

There haven’t been sunspots since March 3, other than March 5, when one sunspot appeared for only one day. Also, solar flux values have recently dipped below 70, for the first time since the other side of this solar cycle.

Solar flux appears at 70 over the past week:

But this is an approximation. Resolved to 0.10, you can see that it is dipping lower: h...

The Daily DX Marks its 20th Anniversary

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:33:00 -0400

The Daily DX, an e-mail, subscription-only newsletter edited by Bernie McClenny, W3UR, is celebrating its 20th anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. The e-mail newsletter covers DX, Islands on the Air (IOTA), and contesting news from around the globe.

“It was 20 years ago today that 100 beta testers received the first issue of The Daily DX,” McClenny said in the March 17 edition. Of his 65 charter s...

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet this Month in Denver

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:12:00 -0400

The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) will meet on March 25 in Denver, Colorado, to tackle a wide-ranging agenda. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session.

The EC will hear a report on FCC and regulatory items. This includes a review of enforcement issues and concerns, as well as a status update on FCC-related items and filings and on open items that have not received any FCC actio...

Girl Scouts and Guides "Thinking Day on the Air" Generates Enthusiasm for Ham Radio

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:03:00 -0400

Skip Youngberg, K1NKR; Bill Machia, WM3N, and Dudley Allen, KD0NMD, were among those sponsoring World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides’ “Thinking Day on the Air” (TDOTA) events in February that enjoyed enthusiastic participation. “Thinking Day,” officially February 22, commemorates the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout and Guide movements, as well as that ...

Maritime Radio Day Event Set for April

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:13:00 -0400

Motorola Solutions Sues Hytera Communications, Alleging Patent, Trade Secrets Theft

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:22:00 -0400

Motorola Solutions has filed complaints in federal court (US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), alleging that Hytera Communications’ digital mobile radio (DMR) products employ techniques and systems that infringe on Motorola Solutions’ patents and trade secrets. Already known for its Land Mobile Radio Service products, Hytera entered the Amateur Radio DMR market last year. M...