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Two Amateur Radio CubeSats Carrying Transponders Set for Future NASA Launches

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:34:00 -0500

Two satellites with Amateur Radio transponder payloads have been selected for future NASA launches.

AMSAT reports that the TJREVERB CubeSat, developed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder. The University of Washington-Seattle’s HuskySat-1 has a 145/435 MHz SSB/CW transponder and was developed by st...




New Section Manager Appointed in West Virginia

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:23:00 -0500

Dan Ringer, K8WV, will become West Virginia’s Section Manager starting on March 1. He has been appointed to succeed Phillip Groves, N8SFO, who is stepping down for personal reasons after serving since July 2015. Ringer, an attorney who lives in Morgantown, will serve the remainder of the current term of office, which ends on September 30.

An ARRL Life Member, Ringer serves as an Assistant Sectio...




The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:04:00 -0500

At 0124 UTC on February 22 Australian Space Weather Services issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for February 22-24.

“The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity to active levels from 22 to 24 February with the possibility of minor storm periods on 23 and 24 February.

Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coron...




The March/April Issue of QEX is Hot Off the Press!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:27:00 -0500

The March/April 2017 issue of QEX will be arriving at mailboxes soon. In this issue . . .

•    David M. Drumheller, K3WQ, explains how to model antennas made from angle stock, wires cages, tape measures and other unconventional conductors.

•    Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, shows how FDMA technology can be used for new sound card modes.

•    Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP, use polar m...







Amateur Radio Balloon to be Part of K2BSA Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:25:00 -0500

A high-altitude Amateur Radio balloon, K2BSA-11, will be launched from the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude of 48,000 feet and will transmit on 144.390 MHz APRS. An onboard GPS/computer will shift APRS frequencies based on the balloon’s location around the globe.

Carrying out the July 20 launch from the Summit Bechtel Res...




Texas Club Distributes Copies of Ham Radio for Dummies to Schools, Libraries

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:19:00 -0500

The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club in Athens, Texas, has purchased and distributed copies of Ham Radio for Dummies by ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, to area schools and libraries. The book now is in its second edition.

Financed in part by a grant from LDG Electronics, the club determined to place a copy of the book in nearly every school and public library in the tri-county area aro...




Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We’ll be Back!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:14:00 -0500

As its Amateur Radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 was poised to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, its developers, China’s Amateur Youth Space Program, said it will be mounting future missions. The 2U BY70-1 CubeSat was built by Beijing Bayi High School students.

“We hope more amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near future!” the students said in a February 17 statement on the...




Winter SWL Fest Set for March 2-4

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:59:00 -0500

The 30th annual North American Shortwave Association Winter SWL Fest will take place March 2-4 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes. Enthusiasts of everything from HF broadcasting, AM band broadcasting, VLF, scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are welcome.

Visit the Winter SWL Fest website...







MARS Refocuses Its Mission, Encrypts Data Nets

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:32:00 -0500

Today’s Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program has changed markedly from what it was just a few years ago. So says US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, who contends that MARS must adapt in order to remain relevant and useful to its sponsor, the US Department of Defense (DOD).

“Probably the most significant changes were the Navy’s decision to ‘sunset’ the Navy Marine Corps M...




Winter Cycle Section Manager Election Results Announced

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:47:00 -0500

Four candidates for Section Manager (SM), including one incumbent, outpolled challengers to win 2-year terms beginning on April 1, while a second incumbent was defeated in a run for a new term, and one candidate ran unopposed to succeed an incumbent who did not run again. Ballots in contested races in the winter election cycle were counted and verified on February 21 at ARRL Headquarters.

In Ari...







The Doctor Will See You Now!

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:36:00 -0500

HF Loop Antennas” 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 himself,...




Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, Memorial Scholarship Endowed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:39:00 -0500

A new scholarship has been endowed, honoring the memory of Homer V. Thompson, W4CWV, and Annette P. Thompson, W4LKM, the ARRL Foundation has announced. The scholarship will be funded through an initial $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

The Thompsons, who married in 1939, were both from eastern Polk County, Florida. Homer Thompson’s family was among the pioneers of the citrus industry in the ...