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'Awesome' Activity for The 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
"On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!" ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. "The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers.

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful earlier this month in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa on their way back home. According to the latest ClubLog DXCC Most-Wanted List, Bouvet is the second most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.

ARRL Announces Mobile DXCC Operating Award:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
This week, ARRL announced a Mobile DXCC Operating Award, available to radio amateurs who have contacted at least 100 DXCC entities from a working vehicle, with antennas and power source capable of operating while in motion. ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, advised those pursuing the award to put safety first.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
"Vacuum Tubes" is the topic of the new (February 8) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down The Most-Wanted List a Few Notches:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo's 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log's DXCC Most-Wanted List as of February 14, the Republic of Kosovo now is in the number eight position after rocketing into the number one slot when it became a DXCC entity on January 21. The number two and number three slots are held by Bouvet Island and Crozet Island, respectively, while North Korea is back at number one.

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne and Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd's 1928 - 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost "Little America," the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Radio Amateur Named as Next President of Harvard University:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1FZQ, of Brookline, Massachusetts, has been selected to become the 29th president of Harvard University, the home of W1AF. Selected from among a field of some 700 candidates, Bacow will take office on July 1, succeeding Drew Faust.

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts In Radio Wireless Patch:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones.

Nominations Now Open for CQ Amateur Radio, Contest, and DX Halls of Fame:
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
Nominations will be accepted until March 1 for membership in the CQ Amateur Radio, DX, and CQ Contest halls of fame. The DX and Contest halls of fame recognize radio amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and contesting, respectively. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made major contributions to Amateur Radio generally, and radio amateurs who have made major contributions to society at large.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on February 15, 2018
In Brief...

Ham Talk Live #102 -- Recognizing Youth:
by D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG) on February 14, 2018
Thursday (2/15) at 9 PM Eastern (0200Z), Don Wilbanks, AE5DW will be back, and we will be talking about all kinds of ways our young hams are being recognized... scholarships, awards, and of course the big one... the Bill Pasternak Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Be sure to listen in as Don and I run down great things for great young hams! Don is standing beside himself he's so excited to be back on Ham Talk Live!

Solar Storm on Track for Earth After Solar Flares Erupt on Sun, NASA Warns:
by on February 14, 2018
A solar storm could have an impact on Earth Thursday morning. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite showed a coronal mass ejection on the sun between Sunday night and Monday morning. This solar flare is forecast to send a solar storm towards Earth, and according to computer models, the storm could impact around 8 a.m. Thursday morning. A solar flare, classified as a long-duration C1.5 has warranted a G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic storm watch for Feb. 15, 2018.

Storm Spotters Brave Elements to Get a First Look at Severe Weather:
by on February 14, 2018
Ham radio group aids emergency management efforts in Jasper County: Tornado sirens might send most Iowans scrambling for their basements, but they send Chuck Wagoner out to his pickup truck. Wagoner, along with his colleagues in Newton’s ham radio club, the Amateur Radio Association of Newton have been assisting emergency management personnel in Jasper County for years, heading out to track and monitor deadly storms. In April, the association will sponsor a free class designed to teach residents more about storm spotting, and how to recognize dangerous weather events. “It just gives you a good idea of what to look for in a storm and not be terrified, because it may not be as bad as it seems,” Wagoner said. For almost 40 years, the ham radio club has been working hand in hand with officials in Jasper County to help monitor dangerous storms. Members of the club communicate via ham radio, a form of amateur radio that has more two million active users around the globe. While Wagoner acknowledged ham radio is primarily a hobby, he said it also functions as an important emergency messaging service. When severe weather threatens Jasper County members of the club head to observe the storm, acting as the “eyes and ears” of the National Weather Service. “It’s a hobby, but it’s also nationally recognized as an emergency service,” Wagoner said. “When there’s some kind of a disaster we’re ready to set up at a moment’s notice.”

Skywarn Recognition Day:
by on February 14, 2018
SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Tumbling Spacesuit Another Bizarre Object In Space:
by on February 14, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you thought Starman driving the Tesla was bizarre, take a look at SuitSat tumbling in orbit around Earth. It didn't end well. SpaceX takes top prize for strange satellites with the Tesla Roadster flying across space, but another unusual sight was an old spacesuite tossed off the International Space Station by Russian astronauts in 2006. The idea was to make it into a useful satellite by equipping a radio transmitter inside along with sensors to measure temperature and battery power. It worked and ham radio operators could tune in and hear an automated data recording as SuiteSat passed overhead.

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