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Lunar-Orbiting Ham Radio Satellite Could Result from NASA Cube Quest Challenge

Mon, 2016-09-12 20:07

A NASA Cube Quest Challenge (CQC) team partnered with AMSAT-NA is among the five CQC teams to receive $20,000 each from the space agency as part of a competition that could lead to a lunar-orbiting Amateur Radio satellite. The Ragnarok Industries Nano-Satellite Company team, comprised of former NASA Goddard Space Flight Center PhD engineering interns, is designing the 6-unit (6U) Heimdallr Cube...

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Radio Club of America Announces 2016 Award Recipients and Fellows

Mon, 2016-09-12 15:53

Several radio amateurs were among the 2016 Radio Club of America (RCAaward recipients and Fellows. Winners will be honored at RCA’s 107th Banquet & Awards Presentation on November 18 in New York City. The awards spotlight outstanding achievements in the field of wireless communication. The 2016 award winners are:

Armstrong Medal: Morgan E. O’Brien for outstanding achievement and lasting contri...

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ARDF Team USA Enjoys Success in Bulgaria with Seven Medals

Mon, 2016-09-12 15:38

Fifteen of the best on-foot hidden transmitter hunters in the US are back home after picking up seven medals in the 18th World Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Championships and World Cup events in Bulgaria. The competition got under way on August 30 with the 80 meter “classic” event of the ARDF World Cup, an optional competition for individuals that precedes the Championships. Eight Team...

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RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Now Set for March 2017

Mon, 2016-09-12 11:57

AMSAT has announced that the launch of RadFxSat/Fox-1B has been rescheduled for March 16, 2017. RadFxSat will ride as one of the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV secondary payloads aboard the NASA Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket from Vandenberg AFB in California.

The RadFxSat mission is a partnership with Vande...

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US House to Act on Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill, H.R. 1301

Sun, 2016-09-11 10:04

The US House of Representatives will consider the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, under a suspension of the rules on Monday, September 12. A suspension of the rules is a legislative procedure used to quickly pass non-controversial bills. 

Speaking at the New England Division Convention on September 10 in Massachusetts, ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, expressed confidence that the bill would...

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 2016-09-09 11:04

Compared to the last reporting week, this week (September 1-7) average daily sunspot numbers were down, solar flux increased, and geomagnetic indices were much more active.

Average daily sunspot number declined from 60.1 to 46.4, while average solar flux went from 87.9 to 95.1. Average planetary A index increased from 8 to 26.6, while average mid-latitude A index rose from 6.9 to 18.1.

The daily ...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 2016-09-08 10:40

“Coaxial Connectors” is the topic of the September 8 episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself,...

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“Frequency Crunch” is ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Sunday Seminar Topic

Wed, 2016-09-07 13:45

“Spectrum (It’s the frequency crunch for real)” will be the Sunday Seminar topic at the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) September 16-18 in St Petersburg, Florida. Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, and Bob McGwier, N4HY, will moderate the tutorial.

“The Amateur Radio spectrum above 450 MHz is facing serious threats. The demand for useful spectrum is large and growing,” an abstract for t...

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ISS Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, Breaks Time-on-Station Record

Wed, 2016-09-07 11:15

NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, and two of his space station crewmates have returned safely to Earth, following Williams’ US record-breaking mission aboard the ISS. Williams, Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin landed in a Soyuz TMA-20M transporter early today in Kazakhstan. Now with four space missions to his credit, W...

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Mexican Emergency Communication Net Activates for Newton

Wed, 2016-09-07 10:50

The FMRE (Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores) Emergency Communication Net activated as Hurricane Newton, now a tropical storm, approached the Baja California peninsula. The storm now is weakening as it passes over the Mexican state of Sonora. The net has asked the cooperation of the Amateur Radio community in keeping both 7.060 and 7.130 MHz clear for any emergency traffic.

As of 1200 ...

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Gold! NPOTA Activation Set from Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Tue, 2016-09-06 12:32

[UPDATED 2016-09-07 @ 2314 UTC] Mark Bowers, VY1MAB, from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, will activate the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (HP21), for the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program. A storm has forced postponement of his trip until Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. The NPOTA unit has been only lightly activated this year, so it remains “a rare one.”

VY1MAB/KL7 w...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Failure Prompts Postponement of Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D Integration

Tue, 2016-09-06 11:57

As a consequence of the September 1 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle during a “static fire” test, AMSAT has announced that the planned integration of Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D on the maiden voyage of the Spaceflight SHERPA platform would be postponed. AMSAT said the impact of the incident on the launch date is unknown at this time, however. Fox-1C and Fox-1D are scheduled to launch abo...

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