“Ham TV” System Used for First Time During ARISS Contact with UK School
The “Ham TV” digital Amateur Radio television system onboard the International Space Station was used for the first time ever this week for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact. UK and ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, inaugurated the system as he spoke on February 11 with students at a school in Rickmansworth, England. The DATV system in the Columbus module...
The K7RA Solar Update
All four of the indices we track rose over the past week, with average daily sunspot number rising from 50.6 to 86.6, average daily solar flux up from 105.4 to 117.4, average daily planetary A index increasing from 7.3 to 9.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index up from 5.6 to 6.4.
Predicted solar flux for the near term is 110 and 105 on February 12-13, 105 on February 14-16, 111, 100, 105 an...
Amateur Radio Parity Act Gets Favorable Subcommittee Report
On a voice vote, the US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has sent the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee with a favorable report for further consideration. The measure was among three bills the Subcommittee considered during a February 11 "markup" session. The Subcommittee is chaired by Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR).
ARRL Headquarters Closed for Presidents' Day
ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, February 15. In addition, there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice.
The March Edition of Digital QST is Now Available
The March Edition of Digital QST is now available at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/arrl/qst_201603/.
This is our annual antenna issue!
• Build a four-band VHF-UHF “contest” antenna
• Use a satellite TV dish to disguise a 2 meter antenna
• Try a 60-meter dipole antenna that also works on 15 meters
• Build a compact 3-band HF antenna
…and much more!
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