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WA9ZCO Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award

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The winning article for the February 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “CW Combo Key” by Marc Alan Winzenried, WA9ZCO.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today.

 

ARISS Radio Telebridge Stalwart Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, SK

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When the International Space Station (ISS) orbit is not favorable for a direct Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a particular school or location scheduled to speak with an astronaut, ARISS radio telebridge stations bridge the gap. Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, of Parklands, South Africa, one of the “regulars” during the earlier years of the ARISS program, died on F...

Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Swains Island W8S DXpedition

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The W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in the Pacific, set to take place in mid-March, has been postponed until fall as a result of travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American Samoa, stemming from the recent coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Health allows non-residents to enter American Samoa only via Hawaii after a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Hawaii, and the DXpedition w...

VP8PJ South Orkney Team En Route to Signy Island

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The MV Braveheart is at sea again, this time transporting the VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition team to Signy Island. Track the vessel’s progress on the VP8PJ website. The Perseverance DX Group is sponsoring the DXpedition. Team members have been operating as ZL1NA/mm during their voyage, generating heavy pileups.

VP8PJ is expected to commence operation on February 21 and continue until March 5. Ope...

Yasme Foundation Announces Grants and Excellence Awards

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The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors announced several grants when it met in Orlando, Florida, on February 9. Financial support will go to:

 

  • The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA) for VHF equipment.

     

  • The SU8WRC/SU8X demonstration station at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 in Egypt.

     

  • The Youth on the Air and HamSCI exhibits at Dayton Hamvention 2020.

     

  • Contest University at ...

UK 5 MHz Beacon Shutting Down

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The 5 MHz (60-meter) GB3WES beacon in Westmorland, England (IO84qn), on 5.290 MHz will close down on March 11, 2020, when its Notice of Variation (NoV) expires. The beacon began service on October 30, 2004. At the time, it was one of a chain of three UK 5 MHz propagation research beacons; the others were GB3RAL in Oxfordshire, already shut down, and GB3ORK in Orkney, which will be the sole rema...

AMSAT Declares End of Mission for Pioneer AO-85 CubeSat

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AMSAT reports that the pioneering AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85) CubeSat, also known as Fox-1A, has gone silent.

“Having not been heard throughout the most recent period of full illumination, it is reasonable to believe the batteries have deteriorated to the point of no longer being able to power the transmitter,” AMSAT said this week. “Should some future event cause a cell to open, it is possible the s...

ARI-Varese festeggia i novizi

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Sabato 22 febbraio in Prefettura a Varese saranno consegnate le patenti di radioamatore a una decina di nuovi Soci dell'ARI (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani) che le hanno conseguite superando a Milano l'ultima sessione degli esami ministeriali previsti. Nell'occasione verrà conferito anche uno speciale riconoscimento all'ingegner Pietro Gervasini di Varese (nominativo i2GEK), grande esperto della materia, che da decenni tiene i corsi nella Sede ARI di largo Gigli per preparare i candidati alla prova, fornendo loro una preziosa conoscenza di fondo dei fenomeni radioelettrici, delle norme legislative che regolano le radiocomunicazioni e il servizio di radioamatore, nonché di tutte le regole operative di base che un radioamatore deve conoscere. Le nuove patenti radioamatoriali verranno consegnate dal prefetto di Varese Enrico Ricci, nel corso di una cerimonia in programma con inizio alle ore 12, cui parteciperà anche il neo-Presidente della Sezione varesina dell'ARI, Anchise Frascoli, per lunghi anni a fianco dello storico Presidente uscente, Giovanni Romeo, che mantiene l'incarico (affidatogli nel 1985 dall'allora Ministro Giuseppe Zamberletti) di Responsabile Nazionale della rete di Radiocomunicazioni di Emergenza con cui periodicamente vengono collegate tutte le Prefetture italiane. Atteso anche per l'occasione il Vice-Presidente dell'ARI Nazionale Gabriele Villa, Direttore di "Radio Rivista", Organo Ufficiale dell'Associazione.

ARI Varese
Giovanni Romeo

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

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Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

The K7RA Solar Update

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There were no sunspots over this reporting week, February 6-12. Average daily solar flux declined over one point to 71.1. Average planetary A index increased from 6.7 to 8.3.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 70 on February 14-21, 73 on February 22, 74 on February 23-29, 72 on March 1-3, 71 on March 4-11, 72 on March 12-18, 73 on March 19-20, 74 on March 21-27, and 72 on March 28-29.

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Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, is RAC Amateur of the Year for 2019

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The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Board of Directors has named Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the recipient of the 2019 RAC Amateur of the Year Award. The award recognizes “his tireless efforts to promote amateur radio in his home province of Manitoba, throughout Canada and internationally,” RAC said.

Rubenfeld is a founding member of Radiosport Manitoba (RSM). He was also a d...

ARRL Podcasts Schedule

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The second episode of ARRL’s On the Air podcast is now available. The topics focus on building the ground plane antenna featured in the first issue of On the Air magazine, a discussion of open-wire feed lines, and an interview with a relatively new public service volunteer. New On the Air podcast episodes are available monthly.

 

The first episode of the new Eclectic Tech podcast also is now avai...

Successful 47 GHz Amateur Radio Moonbounce Test Reported

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Mitsuo Kasai, JA1WQF, successfully decoded a 47 GHz signal bounced off the moon on February 10 by Al Ward, W5LUA. More tests are planned. Ward posted news of the achievement on the Moon-Net email reflector. “These were one-way tests, with only me transmitting,” he said in his post.

“I started out by sending single tones to Mitsuo, which he copied well, and then sent several sequences of calls an...

New ARRL Repeater Directory Now Shipping

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The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

 

Repeater systems are listed by ...

New ARRL Repeater Director Now Shipping

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The 2020 ARRL Repeater Directory® is now shipping. It includes “crowdsourced” listings contributed by users, repeater owners, and volunteer frequency coordinators. This means more listings that are and updated more often. With 21,000 listings, it’s the most complete printed directory of on-the-air repeaters, covering repeater systems throughout the US and Canada.

Repeater systems are listed by s...

“WOW Signal” Documentary Now Available Online

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Retired Ohio State University Professor Robert Dixon, W8ERD, says a documentary about the 1977 discovery of a signal from the cosmos detected by the Ohio State University Radio Telescope is now available from at least one internet video site and was to become available from Amazon and Google Play. The so-called “WOW signal” is regarded as the best candidate for a signal originating from extrate...

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