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2018 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

The 37th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will take place September 14-16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. Make reservations now for 3 days of learning and enjoyment.

The Digital Communications Conference schedule includes technical and introductory forums, demonstrations, a Saturday evening banquet, and an in-depth Sunday seminar.

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2018 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure Heading for Curacao

The 2018 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) destination this summer will be the PJ2T contest station site in Curacao. During the week of July 19-24, three young radio amateurs between 12 and 17, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (no license required), will make the trip. All travelers must have a valid passport and reside in the US.

“We are excited to announce that through th…

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US JOTA 2018 Patches to be Available this Summer

The patch design for the US Jamboree on the Air 2018 (JOTA) has been selected by the National Radio Scouting Committee. BSA Supply expects to have patches available this summer.

National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said it’s never too early to begin planning for JOTA, and quite a bit of information to help in planning is available, including JOTA Countdown, JOTA Station Planning, and JOTA…

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IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chair Jim Linton, VK3PC, SK

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, Jim Linton, VK3PC, of Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia, died on February 22 of thyroid cancer. For many years, Linton was a consistent and reliable source of news and information regarding Amateur Radio disaster response activities in IARU Region 3 and was a regular contributor to Southgate Amateur Rad…

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Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest Changes Location

The Brownsburg, Indiana, Hamfest sponsored by the Hendricks County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS) and scheduled for Saturday, February 24, has changed its location to Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Highway 36, Avon, Indiana. Set-up times remain the same.

The hamfest will be open to the public from 9 AM until 2 PM Central Time. Admission is $5, and parking is plentiful.

Talk-in is availab…

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Just in Case You Missed Z60A, More Z6 Operations are Just Ahead

Z68M, a one-person DXpedition by Mome Dimovski, Z32ZM, will be on the air February 22 to March 6, on 160 – 10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8, and JT65. Confirm contact using Club Log.

Also in March, Gab Barison, HB9TSW, who is in the Swiss Air Force will be in Pristina, Kosovo, March 29 to April 19 as part of a NATO mission, will be active as Z68BG in his spare time, as especially evenings and Sunday. He’ll be running 100 W to a ground plane, CW on 80 – 17. He uses LoTW.

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/just-in-case-you-missed-z60a-more-z6-operations-are-just-ahead

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amat…

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Postponed DXpedition to Disputed Spratlys Reset for March

An international Amateur Radio team that postponed a December 2017 DXpedition to the disputed Spratly Islands now plans to be on the air in early March from Layang Layang Island — also known as Swallow Reef — under Malaysian call sign 9M0W, with CW, SSB, and digital operation on 160 through 6 meters. The team, headed by Hrane Milosevic, YT1AD, had to change its plans because the resort on Layang Layang Island, from which the DXpedition will operate, was closed from December until February. In addition to its call sign, the 9M0W team has a landing permit from the Malaysian government. While the Royal Malaysian Navy maintains a presence on the reef, ownership of the Spratlys has been asserted by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines — in addition to Malaysia. The Spratlys are #56 on Club Log’s DXCC Most-Wanted List.

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/postponed-dxpedition-to-disputed-spratlys-reset-for-march

Louisiana Elects New Section Manager

ARRL members in Louisiana have elected John Mark Robertson, K5JMR, as Section Manager for the next 2-year term of office that starts on April 1. Robertson, of Bossier City, outpolled incumbent Section Manager Scott Wren, KD5DFL, 341 to 148 votes. Wren, of Pineville, has served as SM since April 2016. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, February 20. This was the on…

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Bouvet 3Y0Z Team Presents South African Club with Signed Banner

The 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team got a warm welcome back to terra firma on February 17 upon arrival at Cape Town, South Africa, following their return voyage from Bouvet Island.

The 3Y0Z DXpedition had to be called off due to adverse weather while the team was sailing within view of the subantarctic island, which is #2 on the Club Log DXCC Most-Wanted List. The team’s vessel Betanzos also suffered a…

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“Faces of the Florizel” Special Event will Commemorate Marine Tragedy

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) mark the 100th anniversary of the SS Florizel tragedy with a special event on February 23-24.

On February 23, 1918, the Florizel left St. John’s, Newfoundland on what was supposed to be a routine trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to New York City. Blizzard conditions and miscommunication between the bridge and the engine room caused the ves…

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“Awesome” Activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase

“On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. “The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers. Facebook and social media (Facebook, Twitter #ICG) are abuzz with chatter about the event, the excitement, the grids worked.”

Jahnke said the…

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TI7W TI5/N4YDU Costa Rica

Nathan, N4YDU is active as TI7W from Costa Rica, for the ARRL DX CW Contest 17 – 18 February 2018.

P40E Aruba

AA5B, AA7V, K9RS, N3DXX are active as P40E, from Aruba, SA-036, in the ARRL DX CW Contest, 17 to 18 Feb 2018.

T48K Cuba

CX7CO, SM0DRK, CO8KA and CO8ZZ are active from Cuba in the ARRL DX CW Contest, 17/18 February 2018 as T48K.

E2A Thailand

Champ, E21EIC is active from Thailand in the ARRL DX CW Contest, 17/18 Feb 2018 as E2A.

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issu…

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/ke4pt-and-w4rq-win-the-february-qst-cover-plaque-award

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-receives-byrd-antarctic-expedition-morse-key-historical-materials

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Presidents’ Day

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, February 19 — Presidents’ Day. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmission on February 19.

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-headquarters-will-be-closed-on-presidents-day

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