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American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources



The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.



 



Nobel Laurate Joe Taylor, K1JT, W1AW/KP4, to Attend ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:42:00 -0500

Nobel Laureate and Amateur Radio software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, will be an honored guest January 27-29 at the 5th annual ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention in Hatillo. Taylor was the 2016 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year.

Special event station W1AW/KP4 will be on the air as part of the festivities.

Admission is free. The event is organized by the Caribbean Amateur Radio Group and the P...




Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:43:00 -0500

Several CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were placed into orbit on January 16 from the International Space Station (ISS). Six CubeSats delivered to the ISS in December were deployed from the Kibo airlock using the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD).

Satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads included ITF-2, Waseda-Sat-3, AOBA-Velox-3, and TuPOD (including Tancredo-1). Univ...




Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles Emerson, N4OKL, SK

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:41:00 -0500

Huntsville Hamfest Association President Charles “Charlie” Emerson, N4OKL, of Huntsville, Alabama, died on January 14. An ARRL member, he was 71.

“Charlie had come to be the face and voice of Huntsville Hamfest,” said a statement issued by the Huntsville Hamfest Board of Directors. “Huntsville Hamfest was Charlie's pride and joy, and he never missed an opportunity to promote the show or ham radi...










Hamvention Ready to Deal with Anticipated Traffic Flow at New Venue

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Hamvention® is ready to deal with the anticipated heavy traffic flow when the event opens on May 19 at its new location, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Mike Kalter, W8CI, said the all-volunteer Hamvention organizers have turned to professionals to address this aspect of the event. Kalter, who is treasurer of the sponsoring Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), ...




VHF Propagation Guru, DXer Patrick J. Dyer, WA5IYX, SK

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:35:00 -0500

VHF DXer and propagation expert Pat Dyer, WA5IYX, of San Antonio, Texas, has died. Licensed in 1963 and an ARRL member, he was 69.

“Pat contributed greatly to our understanding of sporadic E propagation, through both his professional research the Office of Telecommunications in Boulder, Colorado, and later through his personal observations,” Les Rayburn, N1LF, said in a post to the VHF Contestin...







RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Moved to Late August

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:13:00 -0500

AMSAT reports that the launch date for RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has been moved to August 29, 2017. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System JPSS-1 mission.

RadFxSat features the Fox-1 style Amateur Radio FM U/V repeater, with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellit...




Sweden’s SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Station Reports “Successful” Christmas Transmission

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:09:00 -0500

The old Alexanderson alternator SAQ at World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station in Sweden was heard by more than 400 listeners on December 24, 2016, setting a new record.

SAQ traditionally broadcasts at Christmas with the 1920s-era electro-mechanical transmitter that operates on 17.2 kHz. SAQ has released a report that summarizes the success and a map that shows the locations of those who heard SAQ...




Southeastern VHF Society Issues Call for Papers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:38:00 -0500

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHS) has issued a call for papers and presentations (PDF attached below) for delivery at its convention, April 28-29, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Papers and presentations are solicited on both technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF, and microwave “weak-signal” Amateur Radio.

Suggested topic areas include transmitters, receivers, transverters, RF power ampl...




ARRL Reintroduces a Popular Classic — Experimental Methods in RF Design

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:11:00 -0500

ARRL has reintroduced the popular title Experimental Methods in RF Design as a classic reprint edition. Immerse yourself in the communications experience. Build equipment while understanding basic concepts and circuits.

“This is a...classic, extremely good text on designing circuits for the ham,” ARRL Life Member Bob De Varney, W1ICW, a professional radio communication technician and avid experi...




Maxim Memorial Station W1AW Receives Equipment Donations from Heil Sound, Radiohaus/America

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:03:00 -0500

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW has received equipment donations from Heil Sound and Radiohaus/America.

Heil Sound recently gave W1AW a Gold Grill PR781G Studio Microphone, a PR40 Gold microphone, a couple of PRO7-DY headsets (pink and red), a PS Elite 6 PRO-SET Elite headset with HC6 element, three FS-3 single footswitches, two “Topless” mic booms, and replacement PRO-SET Plus cords and PS3 cables....




Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration QSO Party Set for February, March

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:25:00 -0500

Radio amateurs in Nebraska will celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary during the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration Week QSO Party, starting on Saturday, February 25, and continuing until Sunday, March 6. That time period includes the actual anniversary date, March 1. Nebraska amateurs may operate from their own stations or as part of Nebraska historical site activations, appending “/NE...




The February Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:55:00 -0500