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ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and American Red Cross volunteers joined forces in Texas under the ARRL/Red Cross memorandum of understanding in responding to the situation resulting from unseasonably frigid weather. Kevin McCoy, KF5FUZ, said the Red Cross formally requested an ARES activation in Texas to address the effects of the natural disaster, which included a lack of drinkin...

“Whirlwind Boom” Emergency Communications Exercise Set in Northern Florida

The amateur radio communications team of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has created a multi-site radio communications exercise dubbed “Whirlwind Boom,” designed to bring together volunteers and local agencies across northern Florida and throughout the southeastern US. The 2-hour drill is set for Friday, March 19. Invitations have gone out to Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups, ...

OM0ET Antennas
Manufacturers/Antennas/HF/Magnetic Loop
Maker of small and compact multiband QRP UltraLight Magnetic Loop Antennas and UnUn transformer for end-fed multiband antennas

ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, to Keynote QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Youth on the Air will Make Final Decision on Summer Camp in April

Software/Log Analysis
GridTracker listens to live traffic from WSJT-X or JTDX and displays it on a map. It can also load ADIF log files, load clublog, lotw, and other sources to diplay your logbook statistics and map your QSOs. GridTracker is a free application for windows Linux and MacOS.

Amateur Radio operators help fill earthquake donut holes
Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when other communication pathways are knocked out of commission

Kangaroo Island QSO status
Grant, VK5GR, reports: For those looking for electronic confirmation from the VK5KI activation on Kangaroo Island (OC-139), the LOTW records were uploaded today (Feb. 15th) nd the blackout period for ClubLog matching should be ending also

Capstan winch central to this all-band adjustable dipole antenna
The perfect antenna is the holy grail of amateur radio. But antenna tuning is a game of inches, and since the optimum length of an antenna depends on the frequency it’s used on, the mere act of spinning the dial means that every antenna design is a compromise. Or perhaps not, if you build this infinitely adjustable capstan-winch dipole antenna

ARISS contact is scheduled for students at Estes Park Elementary School, Estes Park, Colorado, USA
This will be a multipoint telebridge contact via amateur radio between students from the Estes Park Elementary School following Covid guidelines and Astronaut Shannon Walker, amateur radio call sign KD5DXB. Students will take turns asking their questions. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz

23cm band in the spotlight with regulators
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the meeting of the ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C) Feb 15-19 which discussed the amateur radio allocation at 1240-1300 MHz

W1RJA North East Weak Signal Group
Our group is the North East Weak Signal Group. We are an ARRL affiliated regional club dedicated to the interests of "weak signal" work on the bands 50 MHz -

VK6 Weekly News
Since 1946, the weekly NewsWest news is produced and presented from Perth in Western Australia. Heard across VK6 on the NewsWest linked repeater network, various news relays and available via download from

Analyze Contest Passing
Software/Log Analysis
Contest log checker to detect QSO band passes. The PASS program reads a Cabrillo log and reports the QSOs that were passed (moved) from one band to another. The program is not graphical and it is meant to be run at a DOS prompt or in a CMD window under Windows.

Ian, ZS6JSI, has been active recently as ZS6JSI/TY from Parakou about 400km north from capital city. He has been there since late January and is expected to be there for 6 months

Cocos Keeling Islands
Members of the Northern Corridor Radio Group will be active as VK9CE from Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) between March 16-23rd

Elon Musk: SpaceX will double Starlink's satellite internet speeds in 2021
CNET report that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter Monday that his company's satellite internet service, Starlink, will offer speeds close to 300 Mbps later in 2021. That's roughly twice as fast as currently advertised, and would represent a significant step forward for the service as it seeks to deliver high-speed internet to underserved regions across the globe

The UKEICC monthly one hour 80m CW Contest will be held on Wednesday next the 24th at 2000. EI5G and, for this contest at least, GM7V will be bonus stations

Become an amateur radio operator: Free online classes prepare people for upcoming FCC licensing exam
Amateur radio has been around for more than 100 years and, in this day of cell phones, computers and other high-tech devices, ham radio, as it is also known, continues to play an important role in the world of communication

Online exams boost ham radio numbers
The figures released cover the whole of 2020 for both in-person and Remotely Invigilated (RI) Online exams. Due to the pandemic in-person exams were only held during the first 10 weeks of the year and there weren't many of them


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