Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net was Activated for Tropical Storm Harvey

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) activated this week on 3.815 MHz for Tropical Storm Harvey, located in the Eastern Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is advising interests in the Caribbean Sea and adjacent land areas of eastern Central America and northern South America to monitor the storm’s progress.

“The storm has gone over Barbados,” an August 18 post from...

19-Aug-2017, 15:01:00 (

Canada Proposes Implementing a 60-Meter Band While Retaining Discrete Channels

An Industry Canada (IC) regulatory consultation (proceeding) aimed at implementing the changes from the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) could lead to the allocation of a 60-meter band in Canada in addition to the five discrete channels that are congruent with those in the US. IC is seeking comments on this and other revisions that take WRC-15 into account.

“The consultation is...

19-Aug-2017, 14:56:00 (

Yakutia Islands Trophy

Following on from the earlier announced Chukotka Islands award DX TROPHY AWARDS GROUP now announces a new a trophy: “Yakutia islands“. Given for QSO/SWL report with 3-bronze / 6-silver / 9-gold various islands (IOTA groups) – by types of modulation: CW, SSB or MIX. Confirmation: scans of QSL cards or screenshots LoTW/Club Log. Plaque cost: $ 45 […]
19-Aug-2017, 14:45:51 (

Internet Access to ARRL Headquarters to be Disrupted on August 22

Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be disrupted for up to 6 hours on Tuesday, August 22 (0400-1000 UTC). Affected systems include, but are not necessarily limited to e-mail, bulk mail, reflectors, Logbook of The World (LoTW), DXCC, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL Development page.

The outage is necessary for AT&T maintenance, and ARRL has no cont...

18-Aug-2017, 16:02:00 (

The K7RA Solar Update

Several readers pointed out those averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

And average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current...

18-Aug-2017, 15:54:00 (

HD8M – Galapagos Islands

NEWS UPDATE — The 7163 Group is pleased to announce the ‘Protect the Galapagos Islands Wildlife’ DXpediton to Isabela Island (SA-004). We will be on Isabela Island from September 14-21st and plan to operate 160-6 meters on SSB, CW and Digital Modes (Primarily FT8). Operators include WB2REM, KG0YL, HC5DX, N1MWJ and WY1G. QSL is via […]
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Anomalous call signs issued

Ofcom has informed the RSGB that a small number of two-letter suffix call signs have been issued in error recently. These short-form call signs are anomalous and stem from an IT problem, which Ofcom is addressing. We understand that although these call signs are not invalid, per se, licensees who have been issued with one […]
18-Aug-2017, 15:18:10 (

Listen to ICQ podcast YOTA special

There is a special ICQ podcast about YOTA 2017—it is well worth a listen. Among other things you’ll hear interviews with some of the young people who took part, sharing their infectious enthusiasm for amateur radio. If you worked the special event station GB17YOTA then you may be eligible for an award. Finally, for a […]
18-Aug-2017, 15:15:00 (

Solar eclipse QSO party on Monday

On Monday a solar total eclipse will sweep across the USA and many radio experiments will be conducted, taking advantage of the expected anomalous propagation conditions. The August RadCom described the solar eclipse QSO party that will take place from 1400 to 2200UTC on Monday, 21 August 2017. Activity will be on several bands from […]
18-Aug-2017, 15:09:16 (

National Hamfest 2017

The National Hamfest is coming ever closer. This year’s event takes place on 29 and 30 September 2017 and is the UK’s largest exhibition and gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts. Among all the usual rally attractions like a big RSGB book stall, traders, flea market and bring-and-buy, the winners of the Club of the Year, […]
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