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Complete W1AW 2021 Field Day Bulletin Transmission Schedule

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 11:45

 

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5:00 PM

 

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7:00 PM

 

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6:00 PM

 

7:00 PM

 

8:00 PM

 

9:00 PM

 

0100

 

 

 

Phone

 

6:45 PM

 

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8:00 PM

 

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SAQ in Sweden to Conduct Annual Alexanderson Day Transmission

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:31

SAQ, the call sign of the vintage Alexanderson alternator transmitter in Grimeton, Sweden, will conduct its annual Alexanderson Day transmission on Sunday, July 4. The CW transmission will be on 17.2 kHz, CW. The Alexanderson Grimeton Association is planning for two broadcasts from the circa 1924 Alexanderson alternator.

Startup and tuning for the first SAQ transmission will take place at 0830 U...

CHESS CubeSats Will Not Carry Amateur Radio Payloads

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:26

It was announced in January that two CHESS CubeSats set for launch in 2022 would carry amateur radio linear transponders. The project sponsors announced on June 10, however, that neither CHESS satellite would include an amateur radio payload.

CHESS project management, citing funding constraints, had to move the project toward a purely scientific program using a commercial CubeSat platform, which...

ARRL Email Asking Life Members to Verify their Mailing Address is Legitimate

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:12

In an effort to keep member records up to date, ARRL emailed Life Members on June 16, asking them to verify their mailing address. Several recipients of the email have called asking if the email was legitimate and from ARRL.

Be assured that it is legitimate and was sent from ARRL.

Thank you to all those who responded. If you need to update your address information, call (860) 594-0200, email me...

MIR-SAT1 CubeSat Expected to Deploy from the ISS on June 22

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:07

MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite 1), the first amateur radio CubeSat from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, is expected to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on June 22.

MIR-SAT1 will carry an amateur radio V/U digipeater (a downlink of 436.925 MHz has been coordinated). MIR-SAT1 will collect images of the Republic of Mauritius and i...

K9JM to transmit CW and Digital Versions of 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 10:01

West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM will transmit the CW and digital versions of the 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin.

On Saturday, June 26, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT / 1430 UTC. On Saturday evening, the CW version will be transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT / 0030 UTC (Sunday, June 27 in US time zones).

On Sunday, June 27, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT / ...

FCC Closed for New Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 12:24

The FCC is closed today (Friday, June 18) in observance of the new Juneteenth federal holiday. Juneteenth, officially observed on June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the US. Amateur radio applications and exam sessions filed after Thursday, June 17, night will not be processed until Monday, June 21.

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 08:32

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity was lower this week, with the average daily sunspot number declining from 34.9 last week to 13.9 this week. This average was affected by the single day with no sunspots, Saturday, June 12.

Average daily solar flux dropped from 77.7 to 75.2. The Penticton observatory in British Columbia (the source for the 10.7-centimeter solar flux) did not report...

Family Comes First during Hurricane Preparation for Home and Station

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:50

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30, and two named storms have already shown up, although neither threatened the US. There’s still time to consider making sure you, your family, and your ham station are prepared. Remember, your family’s safety comes first.

Your first stop should be a visit to the National Weather Service (NWS) page for personal and fam...

Nominees for ARRL Director, Vice Director Solicited in Five Divisions

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:50

Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions will have the opportunity this year to choose a Director and Vice Director for 3-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022. ARRL is now seeking eligible nominees for these positions. These could include incumbents or new candidates. It takes 10 full members in a Division to nominate a candidate for either o...

Shop ARRL and Amazon Smile for Father’s Day

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 09:20

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20. Get Dad the perfect gift this year, while supporting his favorite hobby. If you’re browsing Amazon for electronics, sporting goods, ham radio gear, and more, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice.

With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL, to hel...

3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Cancelled

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 08:09

The Intrepid-DX Group announced over the weekend that it has cancelled its long-anticipated 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island. The DXpedition team had planned to travel to Bouvet via the RV Braveheart, owned by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ. Jolly has told the DXpedition that Braveheart is being sold and he’s cancelled its contract for the 3Y0J voyage.

“The global pandemic has impacted the expedition chart...

The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:36

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity has shown steady but modest increases over the past 3 weeks, with average daily sunspot weekly averages rising from 24.9 to 28 to 34.9. Oddly, average daily solar flux for the same 3 weeks was 77.8, 77.8, and 77.7, remarkably unchanged week after week.

Average daily planetary A index went from 6.1 last week to 5.9 in this week’s report, and midd...

IARU Attends ITU Wireless Power Transmission Sessions

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 09:18

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) represented the Amateur Service at a recent International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recent virtual meeting on the topic of wireless power transmission (WPT), attended by some 350 delegates. ITU Working Party 1A Working Group WG1A2 was of most relevance to IARU, covering the topic of WPT. The focus is on WPT’s impact on the radio spectrum.

IARU co...

Separate SATERN Nets Now Operational

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 09:13

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) launched a new SATERN International SSB Net on June 2 on 14.325 MHz. Net sessions will take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 AM Central Daylight Time, in cooperation with the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), which has used 14.325 MHz for many years during its own activations. Just down the band, another net sporting the same SATERN ...

WSJT-X version 2.4.0 Now Generally Available, Version 2.5.0 on the Horizon

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 08:42

WSJT-X version 2.4.0 now is available in general release. According to co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, WSJT-X version 2.4.0, includes a new digital mode, Q65. This protocol is designed for two-way contacts over especially difficult propagation paths, including ionospheric scatter, troposcatter, rain scatter, TEP, EME, and other types of fast-fading signals.

“On paths with Doppler spread more than...

ARDC Grant Will Support HAMNET Expansion in Europe

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:23

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a grant to support European expansion of HAMNET, a high-speed digital network that interconnects automated amateur radio stations using links in the 13-, 6-, and 3-centimeter bands, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) reports. This marks the first international grant from ARDC since it began awarding grants in 2019.

“Amateur radio is a ...