Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta, N1CC, SK

James “Jim” LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September 20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General Manager from March until December 2012.

First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after high school and then […]

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: The past week was a good one for HF propagation. Average daily sunspot numbers doubled from the previous week, rising from 13.6 to 27, while average daily solar flux rose from 72.6 to 84.3. Average daily geomagnetic numbers were lower, with average planetary A index declining from 21.1 to […]

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential to interfere with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review […]

JOTA 2017 Organizers Urge Scout Stations to Register Now

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA/JOTI) event takes place over the October 20 – 22 weekend, and organizers are urging Scout stations planning to participate to register now. The world JOTA-JOTI Team has activated its online sign-up system. This year’s event will be the 60th Jamboree on the Air.

“Our number one […]

Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio, Picked up by Media

[This updates a report posted earlier.] In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria’s passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he’d gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted […]

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“How High is High Enough” (a discussion of antenna height) is the topic of the current (September 7) 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 — […]

W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters will not transmit bulletins or code practice this evening. The station will not be staffed overnight but plans to resume its normal schedule of transmissions on Thursday morning, September 21.

 

W1AW has not yet been reopened to visitors.

W1AW will continue monitoring active nets and 60 […]

Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

09/20/2017

The Caribbean Emergency Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the passage of Hurricane Maria and in the storm’s immediate wake on 7.188 and 3.815 MHz and is requesting a clear frequency. The CEWN is continuing to handle health-and-welfare traffic in and out of Dominica and is accepting inquiries via e-mail. […]

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

09/21/2017

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) SSB Net will be in extended monitoring mode through Friday.

“The latest storm […]

QST Announces 2017 Antenna Design Competition Winners

QST has announced the winners of its 2017 Antenna Design Competition. Following a solicitation for entries earlier this year. members submitted nearly 100 antenna designs in three categories: 160 Meters and Lower Frequencies, 80 Through 10 Meters, and 6 Meters and Higher Frequencies.

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes. The winning designs are also […]