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The K7RA Solar Update


Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux is 75 on June 23-28, 74 on June 29 through July 4, 75 on July 5-7, 77 on July 8-9, 74 on July 10-14, 75 on July 15-17, then 74, 72 and 74 on July 18-20, 70 on July 21-23, 74 on July 24-31, 75 on August 1-3 and 77 on August 4-5.

Predicted planetary A index is 12 on Jun 23-24, then 10 and 8 on June 25-26, 5 on June 27 through July 12, then 20 and 12 on July 13-14, 10 on July 15-16, 5 on July 17-18, 8 on July 19, 12 on July 20-21, then 10 and 8 on July 22-23, then 5 on July 24 through August 6.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period June 23-July 18, 2017 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on June 27, July 4-5
Mostly quiet on June 28-29, July 1, 3, 7, 17
Quiet to unsettled June 26, July 2, 6, 12, 18
Quiet to active on June 25, 30, July 9-11, 15
Active to disturbed on June (23-24,) July (8,) 13-14, 16

Continue reading The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar


The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the current season from the Canadian Hurricane Centre; Amateur Radio station WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center: Who We Are and What We Do; ARRL Media and Public Relations; the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN); the VoIP Hurricane Net, Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) and ARRL coordination and interface.

Webinar registration is free and open to all, but this session should be of particular interest to radio amateurs in hurricane-prone areas. The webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U.

The Doctor Will See You Now!


“Generators” is the topic of the new (June 22) 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, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

Computer Logging Specifically for ARRL Field Day


ARRL Field Day
is upon us! If you’re still in the dark about how to use the logging software that your club or group will employ this weekend, these videos may help. For those logging with the popular N3FJP Amateur Radio Software, developer Scott Davis, N3FJP has posted an 11-minute Quick Start video that should be sufficient to get you going.

If your group is using N1MM Logger+, then check out the 26-minute video by Doug Reece, AK4AO, of his Vienna Wireless Society presentation, in which he focuses on using this free contest software specifically for a Field Day Operation. The Vienna Wireless Society also has posted an instructive PDF prepared by AK4AO.

FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.

“This agency has a critical role to play in enforcing the law to protect consumers and support competition in the communications marketplace,” Pai said “Our Enforcement Bureau has been getting back on track in recent months, and I am confident in Rosemary’s ability to continue this progress.”

Pai also praised Carowitz’s work as acting chief. “Michael’s steady hand at the helm of this important Bureau has helped us stay on task in protecting consumers and enforcing the law,” he said.

The Enforcement Bureau is charged with enforcing the Communications Act, FCC rules, and various licensing terms and conditions. It also investigates instances of possible unlawful conduct involving the regulated RF spectrum.

TS Cindy Update 21 June 2017


BULLETIN

Tropical Storm Cindy Intermediate Advisory Number 9A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032017
700 PM CDT Wed Jun 21 2017
…HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES TO AFFECT THE NORTHERN GULF COAST…
…THESE RAINS COULD PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING…

SUMMARY OF 700 PM CDT…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…28.3N 93.3W
ABOUT 125 MI…200 KM S OF LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA
ABOUT 115 MI…185 KM SE OF GALVESTON TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…992 MB…29.29 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

Continue reading TS Cindy Update 21 June 2017

W1AW Announces Field Day Bulletin Schedule


Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters has announced its Field Day 2017 bulletin schedule. The Maritime Radio Historical Society station K6KPH will transmit the W1AW Field Day 2017 bulletin for the benefit of West Coast stations.

Friday, June 23

Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC
CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sat)
Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145
CW 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 0300

Saturday, June 24

Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC
CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sun)
Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145

Sunday, June 25

Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC
CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
Digital 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1600

K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule

Saturday, June 24

Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC
CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1403
CW 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 0030 (June 25 in US)
Digital 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 0130

Sunday, June 25

Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC
CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1430
Digital 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:30 AM 1630

W1AW will operate on its regularly published frequencies.

CW: 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675, and 147.555 MHz.

Digital: 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095, 28.095, and 147.555 MHz.

Phone: 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390, 28.590, and 147.555 MHz.

W1AW will transmit the Field Day bulletin using 45.45-baud Baudot (RTTY), PSK31 in BPSK mode, and MFSK16 in that order.

The W1AW EchoLink conference server W1AWBDCT will also carry the W1AW Field Day bulletin in real time during the transmissions.

K6KPH will transmit on CW on these frequencies: 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz. K6KPH will transmit using RTTY, BPSK31, and MFSK16, in that order, on 7.095 and 14.095 MHz. The K6KPH schedule is accurate as of June 19, 2017.

Additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be posted.

Tropical Storm Cindy Predicted to Hit Texas


Tropical Storm Cindy Advisory Number   5
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032017
400 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017
…CINDY MEANDERING OVER THE CENTRAL GULF…
…HEAVY RAINFALL COULD PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING
ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST…

SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION

———————————————-

LOCATION…25.7N 90.6W
ABOUT 280 MI…450 KM S OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
ABOUT 360 MI…575 KM SE OF GALVESTON TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…STATIONARY
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB…29.50 INCHES Continue reading Tropical Storm Cindy Predicted to Hit Texas

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“The Mystery of Sporadic E” is the topic of the new (June 8) 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, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

Texas Governor Proclaims Amateur Radio Operator Week