Maintenance takes SAQ off the air

There will be no Alexanderson Day over-the-air VLF transmission on 2 July 2017 from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station in Sweden. SAQ periodically schedules transmissions with the nearly century-old behemoth that operates on 17.2kHz from the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station. SAQ said the event was cancelled due to ongoing maintenance work at the site. […]
23-Jun-2017, 17:15:46 (

Asteroid named after radio amateur

The International Astronomical Union has named a celestial body after a radio amateur. Space physicist and radio amateur Asta Pellinen Wannberg, SM3UHV, is a professor at the Department of Physics at Umeå University. She has made a ground-breaking effort to use scattering radar when studying meteors that are activated when small particles penetrate the atmosphere. The […]
23-Jun-2017, 17:12:55 (

Can you help out with YOTA?

There’s just six weeks to go before the RSGB host the IARU Region 1 Youngsters on the Air activity week. Activities during the week will include Summits on the Air, ARDF, construction, and operating a special event station—amongst many other topics. We are still looking for volunteers from RSGB affiliated clubs to help with various […]
23-Jun-2017, 17:10:40 (

What would you ask an astronaut?

YOTA teams across the world have been invited to submit questions for the planned contact with the International Space Station during YOTA 2017. Linking with the theme of the amateur radio event, questions should focus on communications, which can include amateur radio, mobile phones, data links, satellites, etc. YOTA team members have been asked to […]
23-Jun-2017, 17:07:47 (

New exam standards committee chair

The RSGB is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Anthony Kent, G8PBH, as Chair of the RSGB Examinations Standards Committee. Tony obtained his call sign, G8PBH, in 1978 and has been active on the bands continuously since. His interests in that time have included home construction, mobile and portable operation and, most recently, DX […]
23-Jun-2017, 17:05:12 (

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

23-Jun-2017, 13:57:00 (

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

22-Jun-2017, 19:36:00 (

VK9AA – Christmas Island

REMINDER — Chae, HL1AHS informs that he will be active from Christmas Island as VK9AA between June 24 to July 1, 2017. QRV on 80-6m CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK 31. He will use a Yaesu FT-991A transceiver with Expert 1.3K amplifier. Antennas will be VDA and G5RV. QSL via home call direct, LoTW.
22-Jun-2017, 18:08:46 (

The FREE DX-World Weekly Bulletin #205

Here’s the latest FREE DX-World Weekly Bulletin brought to you by Bjorn, ON9CFG. 14 pages packed full of info! Download here.
22-Jun-2017, 15:30:32 (

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California’s distracted driving bill. He was a ...

22-Jun-2017, 15:20:00 (