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VO2AC – Labrador (Zone 2)

Chris VE3FU / VO2AC, Frank VO1HP and Dave VE9CB / VO2AAA will be active in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest from the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, on the South coast of the rare Labrador (LB) multiplier. Point Amour is located in the South East part …

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HC2JKT – Puná Island, SA-034

UPDATE – Jon mentions he has now received his license and callsign. Look for HC2JKT during January 10-30, 2020. QRV on 40-6m, SSB only. QSL via EA1VE. NOVEMBER 24, 2019 – Jon EA1VE informs that he be active from Puná Island SA-034 as HC2/EA1VE in January 2020. Dates to be announced. …

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CAMSAT CAS-6 Amateur Radio Satellite Launched Successfully

12/21/2019 CAMSAT has announced that the CAMSAT CAS-6 amateur radio payload launched successfully on December 20, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1 technology test satellite. “The satellite is currently in orbital testing,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL on December 20. “The amateur radio payload is expected to be operational in about …

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Roanoke Division Director Interviews Oldest US Radio Amateur

12/21/2019 Roanoke Division Director Bud Hippisley, W2RU, interviewed 108-year-old Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina — the oldest known radio amateur in the US — about his experiences in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II. An articulate and animated Kayhart recounted his deployment to the …

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Christmas Carols to be Broadcast on HF from Antarctica

12/21/2019 A program of Christmas carols will be broadcast from Antarctica on Christmas Eve. The transmissions on 7995 kHz USB will begin on December 23 at 2300 UTC, coordinated by McMurdo Communications Operations (MacOps) — known as “The Voice of Antarctica.” Each year, the station’s residents celebrate the holiday by singing …

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The K7RA Solar Update

12/20/2019 Still no sunspots, and it’s been the same for 37 consecutive days. Geomagnetic conditions remained quiet, until “a minor stream of solar wind” (according to Spaceweather.com) hit us on December 18. This drove the planetary A index to 13 from the low single digit values earlier in the week. …

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China to Launch CAMSAT CAS-6 Satellite on December 20

12/19/2019 The CAMSAT CAS-6 amateur radio payload is set for launch on Friday, December 20, at 0321 UTC from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1 technology test satellite, using a CZ-4B launch vehicle. The primary launch payload is the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite CBERS-4A. The microsatellite, to …

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Over-the-Horizon Radars Causing Widespread Interference on 40 Meters

12/19/2019 Over-the-horizon (OTH) radars continue to plague various amateur radio bands. Those operating on exclusive ham radio allocations have been complaining for years, but military systems have a blanket waiver to use amateur radio frequencies. The latest edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports that …

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The Doctor Will See You Now!

12/19/2019 The Doctor will open the mailbag for the last time in the final (December 19) episode ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. “Best of The Doctor is In” episodes will be released every other week until a new podcast, “Eclectic Tech,” debuts in February. Sponsored by DX Engineering, ARRL …

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