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  • VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition Anticipates Being on the Air on Sunday, February 23
    on February 21, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    The VP8PJ DXpedition to South Orkney Islands now anticipates being on the air sometime on Sunday, February 23, a couple of days behind the projected schedule. “The process of assembling the camp continues,” the DXpedition team reported on February 21. “[G]oing well, but will continue throughout today and tomorrow.” And in a follow-up report, “The ice has cleared enough to get the equipment asho...

  • The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available
    on February 21, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list. 

  • Emergency Communication Exercise Set in Northern Florida
    on February 21, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    On Sunday, March 1, dozens of amateur radio volunteers from several states will take part in a 3-hour exercise in the northern Florida city of Gainesville. The exercise is designed to test and evaluate skills, assets, and strategies for emergency communication, such as those that might be needed in the aftermath of a hurricane. The exercise is being organized by the North Florida Amateur Radio ...

  • France Authorizes Use of 60-Meter Band
    on February 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm
  • New World Distance Record Claimed on 122 GHz
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    A new world distance record of 139 kilometers (86.2 miles) is being claimed by radio amateurs in northern California. This tops the record of 114 kilometers set in 2005 by WA1ZMS and W4WWQ, according to the Distance Records on the ARRL website.The February 17, 2020, contact was between Mike Lavelle, K6ML, on Mount Vaca (CM88WJ75ON) at 835 meters (2,739.5 feet) above sea level, and Oliver Barret...

  • Mississippi ARESĀ® Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective Tornado Response
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in DeSoto County, Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb, AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSot...

  • The K7RA Solar Update
    on February 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    The most recent sunspot appearance was on February 1, nearly three weeks ago.Average daily solar flux over the past week declined just barely from 71.1 to 70.9.Average daily planetary A index changed from 8.3 to 7, and mid-latitude A index went from 6.7 to 5.1. Solar activity remains very low.Predicted solar flux is projected to remain very low, at 70 on February 20-27, and 71 on February 28 th...

  • WA9ZCO Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award
    on February 20, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    The winning article for the February 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “CW Combo Key” by Marc Alan Winzenried, WA9ZCO.The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today. 

  • ARISS Radio Telebridge Stalwart Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, SK
    on February 19, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    When the International Space Station (ISS) orbit is not favorable for a direct Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a particular school or location scheduled to speak with an astronaut, ARISS radio telebridge stations bridge the gap. Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, of Parklands, South Africa, one of the “regulars” during the earlier years of the ARISS program, died on F...

  • Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Swains Island W8S DXpedition
    on February 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    The W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in the Pacific, set to take place in mid-March, has been postponed until fall as a result of travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American Samoa, stemming from the recent coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Health allows non-residents to enter American Samoa only via Hawaii after a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Hawaii, and the DXpedition w...