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Noted Contester Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, SK

Sat, 2017-04-08 10:26

A well-known contest signal has gone silent. Dr. Pat Sonnier, W5WMU, of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on April 6 after suffering an apparent heart attack. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. Sonnier had been licensed since the early 1950s.

A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Sonnier practiced family medicine in Lafayette. His always enviable signal from W5WMU...

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2016 ARRL DXCC Yearbook Now Available

Fri, 2017-04-07 13:59

The 2016 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading here. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2016 Annual List, as well as the 2016 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers.

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The K7RA Solar Update

Fri, 2017-04-07 10:35

Sunspot numbers and solar flux made a strong comeback over the past week, March 30 to April 5.

Average daily solar flux was 96.5 (compared to 77.9 the previous seven days, and 71.2 over the week before that, March 16-22).

Average daily sunspot number progressed from 3.4 to 29.7 to 65.9 over the same three weeks.

The latest daily forecast for Planetary A index and solar flux from NOAA and USAF (upd...

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

Thu, 2017-04-06 11:03

Speech Equalization, Compression, and Processing” is the topic of the current 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, WB8IM...

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ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, Heading Home

Thu, 2017-04-06 10:30

International Space Station Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and two cosmonauts, are preparing to return to Earth on April 10. NASA TV will cover their departure and return. Coming home with Kimbrough will be Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency.

The trio will undock the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft from the space station at 0800 UTC ...

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Revised Memorandum of Understanding between ARRL and FCC Still a Work in Progress

Thu, 2017-04-06 08:33

The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) has directed that work begin on finalizing the language of a revised memorandum of understanding between ARRL and the FCC regarding the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observer) program. The EC met on March 25 in Aurora, Colorado. The panel, which acts on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors between its regular meetings, heard an update on the Official Observer Pr...

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Free App Allows Blind Hams to Work PSK31

Wed, 2017-04-05 14:04
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Former Sacramento Valley Section Manager Ron Murdock, W6KJ, SK

Wed, 2017-04-05 14:00

Former ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager Ron Murdock, W6KJ, of Yuba City, California, died on April 1. An ARRL Life member, Murdock was 76. “Ron's passion for serving our amateur radio community was truly inspiring and he will be sorely missed,” said current Sacramento Valley SM Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD. Murdock was a US Air Force veteran, who flew 300 combat missions as a B52 radar naviga...

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Former Kansas Section Manager Orlan Cook, W0OYH, SK

Wed, 2017-04-05 13:59

Former Kansas Section Manager Orlan Cook, W0OYH, died on March 28. An ARRL Life Member, he was 85. Cook served for 5 years as Kansas SM, taking office by appointment in 1997 and serving until 2002. He was an ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) and Official Bulletin Station, and for the past decade or so, he served in an informal public information role as editor of the KAR (Kansas Amateur Radio) ...

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Former TAPR President Greg Jones, WD5IVD, SK

Tue, 2017-04-04 16:15

Past TAPR President Greg Jones, WD5IVD, of Denton, Texas, died on March 30. He was 54.

Jones was a professor in the Department of Learning Technologies within the College of Information at the University of North Texas, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas, and was the author of numerous scholarly arti...

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30th International Marconi Day Event Set for April 22

Tue, 2017-04-04 16:12

Dozens of official “award stations” have registered to take part in the 2017 International Marconi Day (IMD) event, this year being held on April 22, 0000-2359 UTC (starting on April 21 in US time zones). All contacts counting toward the Marconi Award must be made on HF with registered stations, but other participating stations do not need to be registered to claim awards. This year marks the 3...

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“Not Withstanding a Series of Obstacles,” Kids in French Guiana Speak with Space Station

Mon, 2017-04-03 20:20

It seemed nothing was going to stand in the way of nine youngsters and their two teachers from Trois Palétuviers (Three Mangroves) School in French Guiana, South America, and their chance to speak with Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, on the International Space Station via an Amateur Radio link. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was set for March 23.

“I love t...

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