via the RSGB: High altitude balloon launches on 20th at 27th

hi-impact will be launching two high altitude balloon flights this month, on the 20th and 27th of June. Working alongside Altrincham Prep School and South Wirral High School, they plan to launch from Welshpool at 11am, subject to any operational changes, which will appear on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, @hiimpactconsult. Both flights are HABDuino […]

via the ARRL: Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation is Research Topic

An article by two well-known radio amateurs, “Tuning Electrically Short Antennas for Field Operation,” appeared in Microwave Journal. Authored by QEX Editor Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and award-winning researcher Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, the article points out that both Amateur Radio and military applications exist for 20-W battery-powered radios equipped with whip antennas. “In general, the whip antenna which makes the […]

via the ARRL: New Jersey Antique Radio Club Expands YouTube Offerings

The New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) has invited vintage radio and electronics collectors, restorers, and history buffs to check out its YouTube page, which offers more than 125 videos. The club has recorded presentations on restoration, test equipment, radio history, TVs, audio equipment, how vacuum tubes and other electronic components work, and visits to collectors’ […]

via the ARRL: USA Counties Award Announces New Custodian

Brian Bird, NX0X, of Duluth, Minnesota, has been named the new Custodian for CQ magazine’s USA Counties Award (USA-CA). The appointment was effective on June 1. Bird succeeds Ted Melinosky, K1BV, who served as USA-CA Custodian and CQ Awards Editor for 21 years. CQ said several updates to the USA-CA Award rules also will take effect on June 1. A […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Executive Committee Establishes Ad Hoc Committee on Communications

Meeting right after Dayton Hamvention® at the University of Dayton on May 20, the ARRL Board’s Executive Committee (EC) adopted a motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on Communications with ARRL Members. The panel would review ARRL communications with members and members’ perceptions to “consider areas needing enhancement, [and] ways in which such communications […]

via the ARRL: Over-the-Horizon Radars Continue to Plague Amateur Bands

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports a “new kind” of over-the-horizon (OTH) radar on 20 meters. The intruding signal, which appears to be emanating from the Far East, was monitored during May on 14.140 – 14.150 MHz. Another Chinese wideband OTH radar has been showing up on 15 meters, with a signal […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Satellites to Deploy from ISS

Three BIRDS-3 satellites with Amateur Radio payloads are scheduled to be deployed from the International Space Station on Monday, June 17. The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1. The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short messages […]

via the ARRL: Wireless Power Transmission Provokes Discussion in ITU-R Study Group

The emerging wireless power transmission (WPT) technology and associated applications came in for closer scrutiny during the May/June meeting of International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study Group 1 and its Working Parties. Participants wrapped up 7 days of sessions in Geneva on June 7, with International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Region 1 […]

via the ARRL: Registration Now Open for W9DXCC Convention and Banquet

The 67th annual W9DXCC Convention and Banquet will take place September 13 – 14 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, and registration is open for the convention, banquet, and hotel accommodations. The event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association. W9DXCC plans to offer Contest University and DX University on Friday. Saturday will […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Files Interim Report with FCC in “Symbol Rate” Proceeding

ARRL has filed an interim report with the FCC in order to report on its efforts to find common ground regarding issues surrounding the “symbol” or “baud” rate proceeding, FCC Docket WT 16-239 (the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WT 16-239, which stemmed from ARRL’s rulemaking petition RM-11708). ARRL highlighted that the public benefits from the […]

via the RSGB: Emergency Comms meeting at Friedrichshafen

IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for radio amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Friedrichshafen on Friday the 21st of June, starting at 12 noon. There will be talks on new technology, satellite use, drills, data networks and responding to a power grid failure. The working language for this meeting will be English. […]

via the ARRL: Orkney Islands DXpedition Announces Call Sign

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) team planning the 2020 DXpedition to Orkney Islands will use the call sign VP8/VP8DXU. The team reports that radio and antenna strategies are complete, and work is under way on detailed project plans. Elecraft will provide K3S transceivers as well as amplifiers and panadapters for the adventure. The team has […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Equipment Donated in Dominica

Dominica News Online reports that four handheld Amateur Radio transceivers have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), allowing DAPD members who have received Amateur Radio training to get on the air. Two Swedish members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) who had joined the DAPD handled the presentation. During an […]

via the ARRL: QRZ.com Institutes Password Security, Seller Verification Programs

In an effort to combat fraudsters and password phishers, the popular QRZ.com Amateur Radio website is offering the option of establishing two-factor authentication (2FA) for its registered users. The site’s founder and president, Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, explains that 2FA secures a user’s password on the site. “With 2FA, your actual password becomes nearly moot, and revealing […]