Category: DX

via the ARRL: More Frequent Spotless Days Now, Can Signal Solar Activity in the Future, Top Contester Says

The sunspot numbers have not been good, and it does not seem they’ll be getting much better anytime soon. According to the April 6 “K7RA Solar Update,” only 2 days of the March 29 – April 4 reporting week saw sunspots, and that was at the bare minimum. No sunspots showed at all for the […]

via the ARRL: Aruba QSL Bureau Manager, WRTC 2006 Competitor Emily Thiel, P43E, SK

Emily Thiel, P43E, of Oranjestad, Aruba, died on April 12 after suffering an apparent stroke while hiking in Aruba National Park. She was 49. Thiel was a competitor at WRTC 2006 (held in Brazil), a member of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club, and she managed the Aruba QSL Bureau. Licensed in 1997, she attended various […]

via the ARRL: CW Enthusiast Joins VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition Team

CW enthusiast Ken Karr, NG2H, is joining the VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition, set to take place October 20 – November 3, 2018. Karr is an alumnus of the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition in 2016. First licensed in 1955, he credits Amateur Radio for launching his interests in science, engineering, and oceanography. Karr is retired from the […]

via the ARRL: Apparent First 2200-Meter Transatlantic Contact by US Radio Amateur Reported

In late March, Paul Kelley, N1BUG, of Milo, Maine, completed what may have been the first transatlantic 2200-meter contact by a US radio amateur under Amateur Radio rules. Signals in this part of the spectrum and lower previously have spanned the Atlantic in one direction, and Canadian radio amateurs have reported transatlantic contacts on the band […]

via the ARRL: Second Test of FT8 DXpedition Mode Set for April 7

The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode will take place on April 7, and all radio amateurs are invited to participate. WSJT-X Developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, advises anyone planning to take part to download the latest “release candidate” (beta) version of WSJT-X — now called version 1.9.0-rc3 — and to read the latest revision of the FT8 DXpedition Mode […]

via the RSGB: First individual amateurs in Tunisia

The first individually-licenced amateurs in Tunisia are now able to get on the air. Of the 10 people who passed the first exam, five were able to attend a special ceremony to receive their documents personally. President of the National Frequencies Agency, Ashraf Chaabane and the amateur radio committee president Mehdi Hmem spoke about the […]

via the ARRL: Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Chinese Over-the-Horizon Radar Appears on 40 Meters

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that one of China’s over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) installations has been causing interference in the Amateur Radio 7 MHz band. The IARUMS February newsletter reports on that intruder and others. Other top 5 intruders include a “single-letter beacon” transmitting either the letter “K” or the letter […]

via the ARRL: Z60A Activity to Mark Kosovo’s New DXCC Status Logs Nearly 100,000 Contacts

Before shutting down on March 12, Z60A in Kosovo had logged 98,450 contacts during its celebratory operations to hand out a new one to the madding crowd. The 30-day-long initial activation of the newest DXCC entity encountered 30,541 individual call signs in 174 DXCC entities. “Mission Goodwill Kosovo” expressed appreciation to the 28 operators from […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0Z Bouvet Island Team: We’ll Be Back

Now safely home in the wake of their ill-fated DXpedition attempt to Bouvet Island, the members of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team hope to try again to mount an operation from what’s been described as the most remote place on Earth. The subantarctic Bouvet — a Norwegian dependency — stands as the second most-wanted DXCC entity. “[W]e are […]

via the ARRL: Flight Delay Keeping 9M0W Team from Spratly

[UPDATED 2018-03-07 @ 1439] The DXpedition team’s departure has again been delayed by 1 day.] The 9M0W DXpedition team to Spratly Islands had expected to be on the air March 6, but now reports that its their flight to Spratly was delayed by 1 day. “We have confirmed our flight for tomorrow, March 7, at 5:45 AM and […]

via the ARRL: Saint Brandon Island 3B7A DXpedition Will Field Five Operating Positions

Plans appear to be on track for the upcoming 3B7A DXpedition to Saint Brandon Island, expected to kick off in early to mid-April. The DXpedition initially was planned for last fall. In a news release this week, the 3B7A team said the past year of preparations has been intense, and 700 kilograms of gear is […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I Bouvet DXpedition Invites 3Y0Z Team to Join Forces

The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition team this week publicly invited the members of the ill-fated 3Y0Z team to join forces as part of “rebooted preparations” for the venture, but 3Y0Z team co-leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, told ARRL that his group has other plans. Dates for the 3Y0I DXpedition, meanwhile, remain up in the air at this point, […]

First Tunisian individual ham radio licenses issued

Ashraf 3V8/KF5EYY reports on the IARU Region 1 site that Tunisia has started issuing individual amateur radio licenses After issuing the ministerial decree allowing for Tunisians to acquire their individual licenses in September, and after arranging for the first amateur radio exam on December 20th 2017, ANF (the Tunisian Regulator) has delivered last Friday the […]

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