The ARRL Letter for February 14, 2019


Welcome to an Amateur/Ham Radio News update from “Big Island ARRL News.”

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 15 February 2019, 0405 UTC, Post 870.


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Here are the main topics discussed in this issue of “The ARRL Letter”:

  • Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to Oversee Volunteer Monitors Development and Implementation
  • US Amateur Radio Population Grows Slightly in 2018
  • FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making
  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
  • US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct
  • WWV 100th Anniversary Special Event Operation in the Planning Stages
  • Es’hail-2 (QO-100) Opened for Amateur Radio Use
  • ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 – 17 Weekend
  • Microsoft Compatibility Official Steers Enterprise Users Away from Internet Explorer
  • In Brief…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
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  • In addition to “The ARRL Letter”, I’ve also included the current DX Bulletin from W1AW and HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.
  • Source:
  • Here is the complete text of the current DX Bulletin:
  • ARRL Web site

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    ZCZC AE07
    QST de W1AW
    DX Bulletin 7  ARLD007
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT  February 14, 2019
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLD007 DX news

    This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
    CO3JK, EA4NF, W1UE, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News,
    DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
    WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

    MONACO, 3A.  Philippe, EA4NF is QRV as 3A/EA4NF until February 18.
    Activity is on 20 meters, and mainly on various FM and SSB
    satellites.  QSL via LoTW.

    BURUNDI, 9U.  Shabu, M0KRI is QRV as 9U4RI until February 25.
    Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31.  QSL direct
    to home call.

    TAIWAN, BV.  Yosuke, JJ1DQR will be QRV as BW/JJ1DQR from Taipei,
    IOTA AS-020, until February 19.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL
    to home call.

    THE GAMBIA, C5.  Alan, G4DJX will be QRV as C5DX from February 16 to
    23 while here with a group of students.  Activity will be in his
    spare time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL direct to home

    CUBA, CO.  Members of the Group CW of Cuba will be QRV as CO9AAA
    from Pinar del Rio in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via

    CAPE VERDE, D4.  Philip, HB9HFD will be QRV as D44TAQ from Sao
    Vicente, IOTA AF-086, from February 17 to 22.  Activity will be on
    40 to 10 meters using various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

    CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Jorge, EA9LZ will be QRV as EF9Z from Ceuta
    during the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry.
    QSL via LoTW.

    HONDURAS, HR.  Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from
    Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, until February 26.  He will be active as
    HQ9X in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the upcoming CQ
    World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest.  Activity includes being on 160
    and 80 meters during his evening hours, as well as 60 meters.  QSL
    via KQ1F.

    OGASAWARA, JD1.  Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as JD1BOW from Chichijima, IOTA
    AS-031, until February 18, with a focus on the ARRL International DX
    CW contest.  QSL to home call.

    SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5.  Operators K4UEE, K5AC, NM1Y and WC4X are
    QRV as PJ6/home calls from Jolieville, Saba Island, IOTA NA-145,
    until February 18.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB,
    RTTY and possibly FT8.  They will be active as PJ6A in the ARRL
    International DX CW contest as a Multi Single/Low Power entry.  QSL
    to home calls, and PJ6A via N4NX.

    FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  A group of operators are QRV as PY0F
    until February 18.  Activity is mainly on the low bands using CW,
    SSB and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the ARRL International
    DX CW contest.  QSL direct to PY7RP.

    CENTRAL KIRIBATI, T31.  A group of operators will be QRV as T31EU
    from Kanton Island, IOTA OC-043, from February 16 to March 5.
    Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
    digital modes with three stations active.  QSL via DL2AWG.

    VIET NAM, XV.  Andy, DL3YM plans to be QRV as XV9YM from Ho Chi Minh
    City from February 16 to March 18.  Activity will be in his spare
    time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL to home call.

    NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  Jacky, ZL3CW will be QRV as ZM1A from Tauranga in
    the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry.  QSL to
    home call.

    SOUTH AFRICA, ZS.  Uli, DM5EE plans to be QRV as ZR2A from Port
    Elizabeth in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All
    Band entry.  QSL to home call.

    THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
    NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
    SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest,
    Feld Hell Sprint and the AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party will
    certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

    The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 18.

    The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
    scheduled for February 20.

    The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic CW Key Evening is scheduled for
    February 21.

    The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
    for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
    Canada’s parks and historic sites.

    Please see February 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
    Contest Web Sites for details.


    Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

    Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) has begun a new schedule of free Technician

    License classes on Hawaii Island.  The current class is underway at

    Hilo’s Aupuni Center.  The next Technician License class is set for

    14 March 2019 at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona. For more

    information, please contact Doug at

    The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs licensed Hawaii Island

    radio amateurs to provide communications support for the 17 March

    2019 Big Island International Marathon.  If you can help, please contact

    Sean Fendt (KH6FS) at 430-1884 or via email at

    Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations for his April 2019

    online CW class.  Alan says the class “is an on-line video chat meeting

    twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each…exact days and time

    could change depending on student availability…” For details and more

    information, please click this link:

    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.

    Aloha es 73 de

    Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

    Public Information Coordinator

    Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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