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Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Special Event Set for December 21 ? 27
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:22:00 -0600
Jordan?s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:23:00 -0600

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft?s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan?s late ...

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:04:00 -0600

Sweden?s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

Hamvention® Seeks 2019 Award Nominees
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:24:00 -0600
Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:21:00 -0600

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during ...

News from the ARRL Contest Branch
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:37:00 -0600

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF ContestPreliminary results for the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest also have been posted. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are du...

WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:30:00 -0600

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

?The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on De...

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:57:00 -0600
ARRL Bill Leonard Audio Reporting Award Presented in New York City
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:17:00 -0600

The 2017 ARRL Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting was presented in New York on December 6 to the producers and staff of the radio program ?The Takeaway.? The program, a joint production of Public Radio International (PRI), WGBH, and WNYC, aired a number of stories about Amateur Radio?s role in supporting disaster relief agencies in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Mar...

Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC?s Administrative Law Judge
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:49:00 -0600

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency?s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

?Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,? Pai said. ?The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our A...

ExseedSat Designated as VO-96
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:26:00 -0600

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT has designated the 1U ExseedSat CubeSat, launched on December 3 on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-96).

ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio amateurs, including Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE; George Phillips, VU2GT; Gurudatta Panda, VU3GDP; Sasi Bhushan, VU3ELR, and Nitin Muttin, VU3TYG. Initial telemet...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:39:00 -0600

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


The January Edition of Digital QST is Now Available!
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:10:00 -0600
The K7RA Solar Update
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:39:00 -0600

After nine days with no sunspots, sunspot group 2729 emerged on December 5. The sunspot number on that date was 16. Average daily solar flux for the week was 68.9, unchanged from last week. On Thursday, December 6 the appearance of 2729 continued, with a sunspot number of 17 and the sunspot area increasing from 30 to 50 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Average daily planetary A index rose from ...

ARRL 2018 Philip J. McGan Award Presented
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0600

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