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DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #20:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on May 18, 2017
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by K2DM, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL to Leverage Social Media for Hamvention Coverage:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
ARRL will be taking to social media from Hamvention, when the show begins on May 19 from its new venue, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The ARRL Hamvention team will be posting updates, observations, and videos, and may even stream live video via Facebook Live.

Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Carpool, If Possible:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
Hamvention organizers have advised those driving to Hamvention 2017 at its new location -- the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio -- to take along a 2-meter radio and be ready to use it. Gary Mullins, K8UW -- chair of the Talk-In Committee for Hamvention 2017 -- anticipates that the new venue will generate a need for more information by those who have never been to the fairgrounds. Factor that in with the weather outlook for Xenia over Hamvention weekend: Rain and possible thunderstorms on all 3 days.

Maritime Mobile Service Net Relays Distress; Crew, Passengers, Vessel Safe:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
The Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) recently served as a critical communication link after the sport fishing vessel Free Spirit put out a "mayday" distress call on VHF marine channel 16 after running into trouble in Mexican waters. Brian Stipak, KF7QCX -- skipper of the sailing vessel Ubiquity -- heard the May 13 mayday, which advised that the Free Spirit was sinking quickly with four people on board and that all were abandoning ship. Unable to raise coastal stations on his vessel's VHF radio, Stipak went to the MMSN's 14.300 MHz frequency. Despite marginal band conditions, he was able to relay a position report to net control station Ken Porter, AC0ML, who had assistance from fellow NCS Scott Roberts, KK4ECR.

Mike Foale, KB5UAC, Ellen Ochoa, Ex-KB5TZZ, Join Astronaut Hall of Fame:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
Two NASA astronauts, both with one-of-a-kind career credits, will be honored on May 19 when they are inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website at 17:00 UTC. Honorees will include Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ -- the first Hispanic woman to go into space and the current director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston -- and former astronaut Michael Foale, KB5UAC. Mir. Bob Cabana, a 2008 hall of famer and current director of Kennedy Space Center, will speak at the induction ceremony about the distinguished careers of the two honorees.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
"Optimizing Receiver Performance" is the topic of the current episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Youngsters On the Air (YOTA) to Take Place In the UK:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
The seventh Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place August 5-12 at Gilwell Park in England, the UK Scouting Headquarters. Upward of 100 young radio amateurs younger than 26 from around the world will gather for YOTA UK 2017 to participate in Amateur Radio programs and workshops as well as cross-cultural exchanges and social interaction. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will serve as the host of the summer conference.

Hamvention and ARISS Teaming Up Again:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
For the second year, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will work with Hamvention to support ARISS. Two ARISS Challenge Coins will be given away in a special drawing held just prior to the big prize drawings on Hamvention's final day, May 21. ARISS has donated two of the coins, positioned side by side in a display that shows off each of the coin's sides, to be given away. The commemorative coin is the premium received by donors who give $100 or more to ARISS.

Missing Issues of Morsum Magnificat Now Available for Free Download:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
All copies of the English-language version of Morsum Magnificat, the Morse Magazine, are now available for free download from the website of Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO. This includes the 89 issues published from 1986 to 2004. Mike Feher, N4FS, was able to provide the missing editions, which Randy Cole, KN6W, scanned for viewing. The 89 issues of Morsum Magnificat contain more than 4,000 printed pages, covering all aspects of Morse telegraphy.

Nominations Open for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
It's time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election. Four directors' terms expire this year -- Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Bob McGwier, N4HY. In addition, up to two alternates may be elected for 1-year terms.

Telecommunications Ministry In India Halts Online Transceiver Sales:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of wireless equipment could pose a national security threat. Their warning followed reports of "highly suspicious" 2-meter transmissions along the Bengal-Bangladesh border.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
In Brief...

Glenn Baxter, Ex-K1MAN, SK; Engaged In Protracted Enforcement Battle:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, of Belgrade, Maine, died on May 5. He was 75. In 2014, Baxter ultimately lost his battle to retain his Amateur Extra class license when the FCC dismissed his long-standing renewal application, citing an unpaid $10,000 forfeiture stemming from violations over a period extending back several years.

Updated ARRL 'US Amateur Radio Bands' Charts Now Available:
by The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
ARRL has revised and updated its "US Amateur Radio Bands" charts, and these are now available for download. These are PDF documents, available in color or grayscale presentations. The revised allocations charts reflect the new 630- and 2,200-meter bands, but also emphasize that these bands are not yet available for Amateur Radio use.


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