Category: Special Event

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924. The event will be streamed live on the […]

Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Special Event Set for December 21 – 27

Several NASA Amateur Radio clubs will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 on December 21 – 27, concluding the year-long NASA on the Air activity, which celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary. The agency was created in 1958 through an act signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968, and splashed down 6 […]

via the ARRL: New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set

A new WSJT-X “release candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading from […]

via the ARRL: Correction: Practice Contest for ARRL RTTY Roundup Participants Planning to Use FT8

A 1-hour “practice contest” will be held next week on Thursday, October 25, 0200 – 0300 UTC (Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones). Use dial frequency 7.078 kHz, moving up in 2 kHz increments if interference is too great. The date was incorrect in this week’s edition of The ARRL Letter. To participate you […]

via the ARRL: SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission to Celebrate UN Day

An Alexanderson alternator transmission from Sweden’s Grimeton Radio Station, SAQ, will be part of UN Day festivities on October 24 at the World Heritage Site in Grimeton, Sweden. A “Peace Party” at the site will feature Irish folk music from the Swedish band Green Hill. The music style honors the first transatlantic telegraph cable between […]

via the ARRL: Philippine Organizations Join Forces for “Robust” JOTA-JOTI Presence

The National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) joined forces to prepare early for the 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the 22nd Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI), October 19 – 21. BSP Vice President for Luzon Vice Governor Nas Ona, DU1ON, and PARA […]

via the ARRL: Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Looking Forward to Successful 2018 Event

Some 450 sites in the US are among nearly 3,000 locations around the world that will host Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) stations over the October 19 – 21 weekend. “It looks [like it will] exceed last year’s registration number by next weekend,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said. […]

via the ARRL: “Get Your Park ON” Operating Event Set for October

What is hoped will be the first annual “Get Your Park ON” operating event will take place October 14 – 20, in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to Amateur Radio operators around the world and is sponsored by the national affiliates of World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF), which encourages radio […]

via the ARRL: Scouting’s 2018 Jamboree on the Air Set for October 19 – 21

Scouting organizations are still registering to participate in the 2018 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) over the October 19 – 21 weekend. With about 1 month to go, JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, told ARRL that registration is “probably on target” at this point. US registrations stood at 235 as of the end of last week. Right […]

via the ARRL: “Black Swan 18” Exercise to Test US Government/Amateur Radio Interoperability on 60 Meters

“Black Swan 18” is a communications exercise aiming to test how well responders, emergency management agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) activate, operate, and complete communication missions, specifically in terms of the volume, accuracy, and speed of radio traffic. The scenario for the October 4 – 10 Black Swan 18 will be a series of winter […]

via the ARRL: Global Learn Day on the Air Aims to Shrink World One Contact at a Time

Global Learn Day on the Air (GLDOTA) is an extension of Global Learn Day, which celebrates learning and encourages everyone to recognize the importance of education. GLDOTA will start at 0001 UTC on October 5 and continue through 2359 UTC on October 8. Individual radio amateurs and clubs are encouraged to exchange contacts with each […]

via the ARRL: Puerto Rico Amateurs Beefing Up Hurricane Preparedness

September 20 is the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastating arrival in Puerto Rico. Today, many amateurs there are better prepared for the next storm or other disaster that could disrupt conventional telecommunications. With this in mind, the ARRL Puerto Rico Section is hosting monthly meetings in various cities around the island commonwealth as part of […]

via the ARRL: Goonhilly 32-Meter Dish to be Active on Moonbounce on September 1 – 2

A team of moonbounce enthusiasts expect to activate the 32-meter antenna GHY-6 at Goonhilly, on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall (IO70jb) in the UK on September 1 – 2, operating as GB6GHY. The group, including G8GTZ, G8GKQ, and G4NNS, will be on the HB9Q logger while operational, which should be between 0800 and 1200 UTC, […]