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The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges to Conform with WRC-15 Global Allocation

ARRL News - 10 min 56 sec ago

Telecommunication regulators in The Netherlands have scaled back considerably the liberal 60-meter privileges announced for radio amateurs in that country just days after the conclusion of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Since December 2015, amateurs in The Netherlands have had access to a 100-kHz wide amateur band at 5 MHz, with a maximum power of 100 W.

Article 4.4 of the IT...

Explore NOAA's updated Data in the Classroom website

NOAA News Releases - 14 hours 58 min ago
With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists.

Talks on Possible 4U1UN Reactivation Continue

ARRL News - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:49

United Nations Headquarters Amateur Radio club station 4U1UN representatives are still in talks with the UN Department of Public Information with an eye toward permanently reactivating the station. Although within the geographical confines of New York City, 4U1UN qualifies as a separate DXCC entity.

“Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to plead our case to the new administration as well. Keep yo...

Ham-Astronauts Engaging in Series of Spacewalks; Two Heading Home Soon

ARRL News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:03

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, will take one more spacewalk on March 30 before he heads back to Earth in a Soyuz MS-02 vehicle on April 10, joined by crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko. The spacewalks are aimed at preparing the station for the future arrival of US commercial crew spacecraft and upgrading station hardware.

On March 2...

AMSAT Reschedules Fox Series Launches

ARRL News - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:50

AMSAT has announced that the launches of its Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D CubeSats have been rebooked from a single launch to separate launches. Both satellites initially were set to go into space on the Spaceflight Formosat-5/Sherpa mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 (Sherpa is launched as a rideshare program for small, low-budget satellites). Fox-1Cliff will launch on Spaceflight’s SSO-A dedicated rid...

Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm In Progress, G2 Warning Extended

ARRL News - Mon, 2017-03-27 22:00

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports a moderate (G2) level geomagnetic storm is in progress. The G2 threshold was reached on March 27 at 1948 UTC.

SWPC forecasters have extended the G2 Geomagnetic Storm Warning until March 28 at 0300 UTC, as coronal hole high-speed stream effects continue to influence Earth. A large, Earth-facing canyon-shaped hole in the Sun's atmosphere is spe...

UK Museum Wants to Hear from Those Who Remember Sputnik Launch

ARRL News - Mon, 2017-03-27 15:54

As part of an effort to tell the story of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) 60 years ago, a Cambridge, England, museum wants to hear from anyone who remembers the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. Many radio amateurs and shortwave listeners (SWLs) of the era were among those thrilled to receive the satellite’s 20 MHz beacon.

The Scott Polar Research Institute Polar Mu...

OZ7IGY 40 MHz Beacon Shifts to Next Generation Beacons Platform

ARRL News - Mon, 2017-03-27 15:33

The 40 MHz OZ7IGY beacon was migrated to the Next Generation Beacons platform on March 25. The beacon was activated during a 60th anniversary event for OZ7IGY, making it the oldest ham radio beacon still on the air. The beacon was inaugurated at the start of the International Geophysical Year (IGY). The nominal frequency is 40.071 MHz. The beacon’s output power is 20 W into an omnidirectional h...

NOAA research ship returns to Charleston home port after worldwide deployment

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2017-03-26 23:00
NOAA’s largest oceanographic research vessel, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, returned to its Charleston, S.C., home port Saturday after a 1,347-day deployment – the longest of any NOAA ship ever.

World Meteorological Organization retires storm names Matthew and Otto

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2017-03-26 23:00
You’ve heard the last of Matthew and Otto – at least as Atlantic storm names.

NOAA seeks new members for hydrographic advisory panel

NOAA News Releases - Sun, 2017-03-26 23:00
NOAA is seeking new members for its Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on the agency’s hydrographic programs, products and technology.

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-03-24 12:43

The Sun just finished an extended period (16 days) of zero sunspots. There were none on March 4, one visible on March 5, then none on March 6-20. Finally, one sunspot group appeared on March 21-23, with a sunspot number of 12 on all three days.

A sunspot number of 12 does not mean there were 12 sunspots. Every group of sunspots counts as 10 points, and every sunspot within those groups counts f...

ARRL "60-Second Century" Videos Preview QST Editorials

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-03-24 12:24

ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, is now supplementing each of his QST "Second Century" editorials with a "60-Second Century" video. These videos offer a glimpse of the content in each month's QST editorial.

ARRL began producing "60-Second Century" with the March QST editorial, and each video is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel, as well as made available through ARRL social media platforms (Face...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-03-24 12:20

Remote Antenna Tuners” is the topic of the latest 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, J...

AM Rally on April 1-3 Weekend an Opportunity to Try a Vintage Mode

ARRL News - Fri, 2017-03-24 12:16

If you’re not familiar with full-carrier amplitude modulation (AM) or have never used it on the air, you’ll have a chance during the AM Rally during the April 1-2 weekend, on the bands between 160 and 10 meters (except 30, 17, and 12 meters) plus 6 meters.

Once the primary voice mode on the ham bands, AM eventually gave way to SSB, a form of AM. Yet AM has remained popular among dedicated radio ...

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