Fox-1A Satellite Mated to Launcher for Liftoff This Fall
AMSAT has reported that its Fox-1A CubeSat has been “mated” to the Centaur rocket in preparation for launch this fall from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. The CubeSat completed its Mission Readiness Review at Cal Poly in February. AMSAT said Fox-1A will go aloft as part of the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program, which offers free launches to educational entities ...
The K7RA Solar Update
At 0132 UTC on July 30 the Australian Space Forecast Center issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning, saying a high speed solar wind from a recurring coronal hole is expected to raise geomagnetic activity levels to minor storms on July 31 and August 1. They predict quiet to minor storm levels on July 31 and minor storm declining to unsettled conditions on August 1.
Solar activity currently remai...
ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2
The focus will be on the bands 222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+ frequencies from line-of-sight to several hundred miles. William Hepburn’s Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecast website is an excellent re...
Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September
The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General ...
The Yasme Foundation Announces Grants
The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation has announced the recipients of grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of Amateur Radio. Grants will go to the organizing committee of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2018), which will take place in Germany; the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), for the purchase of equipment necessary to establish a node at th...
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