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ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, SK


ARRL Northwestern Division Assistant Director Phil Kane, K2ASP, of Beaverton, Oregon, died on November 24. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84.

An FCC engineer, Kane rose to the post of FCC San Francisco District Director and administered many ham radio and commercial license exams during his nearly 30 years there. He was a registered professional engineer in several jurisdictions.

Active as an Amateu...

Intrepid-DX Group Announces Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest Winners


On December 1, Intrepid-DX Group President Paul Ewing, N6PSE, announced the prize recipients of the second annual Youth “Dream Rig” Essay Contest. Ewing said all essays received “were all unique in thought and very well articulated.” Extra points were given for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, he said.

“Most of the essays gave unique perspectives on how to reach out and connect with t...

Senator Blumenthal Supports Amateur Radio at Senate Confirmation Hearing


Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) received an affirmative reply from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when he asked her to commit to providing his office “an update on the steps that the FCC is taking to support amateur radio operators.” The Senator posed the written question as part of Rosenworcel’s renomination hearing conducted by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.


ARRL Seeks News Editor


ARRL is seeking a ham with a professional journalism background to handle ARRL’s news function on a contract, remote basis. Candidates for ARRL News Editor should be plugged into the ham radio community, with a broad awareness of the major players (past and present) and the main issues (past, present, and potentially future) in the world of ham radio. Ideally, candidates will have professional ...

The K7RA Solar Update


Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity was up this week. Average daily sunspot number increased from 26.9 to 46.1, and average daily solar flux was up 10.8 points to 90.9. Geomagnetic indicators were a little higher. Average daily planetary A index increased from 7.9 to 8.7, and average daily middle latitude A index from 5.4 to 6.3.

I like looking for openings on 10 meters and continue...

Two 160-Meter Events in December Give Nod to 1921 Transatlantic Tests


160-meter operators can revel in two opportunities in December that promise to fill the airwaves with activity to test skills and stations on that band. The events take place a century after the Transatlantic Tests of the 1920s, which ushered in the dawn of international amateur radio communication.

The annual ARRL 160-Meter Contest begins at 2200 UTC on Friday, December 3, and ends at 1559 UTC ...

New Section Manager Appointed in Maine


Maine Section Manager Robert Gould, N1WJO, has resigned for personal reasons after serving since March 2020. ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, has appointed Phil Duggan, N1EP, of Milbridge as interim Section Manager to complete the current term, which ends on June 30, 2022.

Duggan is a retired US Navy electronics technician chief and active in emergency communications. He served pr...

YOTA Month Continues to Expand into the Americas


December is YOTA Month, celebrating and encouraging Youth On the Air. Amateur radio operators who are 25 years old and younger will be on the air as special event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times.

In the US, the call signs will once again be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Three ne...

ARISS-USA Announces New Senior Leadership


The US segment of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS-USA) has augmented its senior leadership team with five new members. In May 2020, ARISS-USA created a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization to enhance and expand ARISS initiatives in the US. ARISS says the new membership will support the variety of new functions and roles within ARISS-USA.

Martin “Marty” Schulman...

ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, SK


Retired QST Technical Editor Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, of Westport, Connecticut, died on November 25. An ARRL member, he was 79. Hallas retired in 2013 but remained active as a contributing editor, handling the popular “The Doctor is In” column in QST and the podcast of the same name. He had been a radio amateur since 1955.

“Joel was not only brilliant, he shared that brilliance with the ham radio c...

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Auguri. Per favore non sprechiamoli
Gabriele Villa, I2VGW

Auguri. Già, auguri. Per chi come me che, per lavoro maneggio, mescolo, e distillo parole e le metto per iscritto, quotidianamente, le difficoltà aumentano, credetemi. Mi spiego meglio: le parole scivolano via e scappano veloci quando si pronunciano e, peggio ancora, quando vengono scritte, verso le destinazioni più improbabili e più impensabili. Spesso arrivano persino al destinatario sbagliato e lanciano messaggi capovolti. Più frequentemente rischiano di venir sprecate, dette e redatte per convenienza, opportunità, retorica. Così, appunto, le difficoltà aumentano, se si fa un minimo di esame di coscienza, come, da qualche tempo, ammetto, io sto facendo per primo. Cominciando a pormi delle domande. Le ho usate, le sto usando in modo appropriato le parole che inanello? Hanno sempre rappresentato e continuano a rappresentare, puntualmente e sinceramente, il mio pensiero o sono state e, talvolta, lo sono ancora, falsate dall’emotività di un determinato momento?


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