QSO Today – Frank Brickle – AB2KT Frank Brickle, AB2KT, took a professional path to music composition at Princeton. He combined his musical composition skills with his technical knowledge of computer programming and background in amateur radio to develop the first software defined radio (SDR) software used first by the US government and later by private industry
Strong geomagnetic storm
Surprising forecasters, a strong and unexpected G3-class geomagnetic storm is underway during the early hours of today, August 26th
Big sunspot alert
For most of 2018, the solar disk has been blank without a trace of even the smallest sunspot. This weekend something different is happening
W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet
The W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet in suburban Chicago is just a few weeks away – Sept. 14-15th – but there’s still time to register and secure discounted hotel rates to enjoy the program and win a shot at a prize kitty that’s grown to more than 12,000 USDs thanks to our generous donors
Orfordness 648 kHz
Two articles by radio amateurs Dave Porter G4OYX, Chris Pettitt G0EYO and Alan Beech G1BXG describe the Radio Caroline antenna system and the history of 648 kHz at Orfordness in Suffolk
A green comet approaches Earth
Beautiful green comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is approaching Earth for a 58 million km close encounter in early September, when it is expected to approach naked-eye visibility
Austria ÖVSV: Amateur Radio only “toy”! ??
The Austrian national Society ÖVSV has responded robustly to a press release put out on August 17, 2018 by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
Propagation de K7RA
There is a chance of a glancing blow from a slow moving coronal mass ejection (CME) that may arrive over the next 24 hours resulting in periods of Active to Minor Storm conditions
Proposed WWV cuts ignored by Congress
In February, NIST proposed drastic cuts to its FY2019 budget, including shutdown of time-and-frequency stations WWV, WWVB and WWVH. This has raised concerns on social media, echoed by the ARRL
VKS-737 Radio Network – Codan Envoy raffle
The Australian National Four Wheel Drive Radio Network, otherwise known as the VKS-737 Radio Network is in the middle of yet another Codan Envoy Raffle, with tickets available until the draw on Friday 14th September
News for Friday 24 August
Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not a bad Wednesday but the rest of the week was poor. Most popular DX: 5E5AM (Morocco), YB73RI/8 (Indonesia), 5B4AMX (Cyprus), TX5T (Austral Islands, Tubuai) and OJ0C (Market Reef)
Foundations of Amateur Radio #168 How to start your own net … In the past I’ve talked about a weekly net I run, called F-troop. It’s intended to be a place where new and returning amateurs find their feet, have a chat, test their gear, meet new friends, ask questions and sometimes get answers
USCGC Courier/VOA alumni install new exhibit at VOA Museum
While many Americans were driving big-finned cars and enjoying the prosperity of the 50s, the citizens of Rhodes, Greece were still digging themselves out of rubble remaining from their location as a Nazi stronghold during World War II
What will you do if WWVB goes silent?
Buried on page 25 of the 2019 budget proposal for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there’s a short entry that has caused plenty of debate and even a fair deal of anger among those in the amateur radio scene
DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands
Although Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane is pulling away slowly from the State of Hawaii, it has left heavy showers, flooding, gusty winds, and property damage in its wake. Many roads on Hawaii Island have been damaged. Although highway maintenance crews have marked most dangerous areas with “cones”, there are a few areas where damage has been hidden by debris and mud. Drive carefully as you enjoy the last few hours of the Hawaii QSO Party. For updated information on storm-related highway damage, please check out this website: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/2018-hurricane-map.
For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly. Thanks for joining us today.