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Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
Over the past week, on Monday, October 21, 10.7 cm solar flux sunk to possibly the lowest level in recorded history. Solar flux was 64, which is even lower than the 64.4 value recorded way back on July 2, 1954 at the start of Solar Cycle 19, by far the biggest solar cycle ever recorded. I understand that solar flux dipped to 64.2 in 1906. The average solar flux this past week was lower than the perhaps all-time lowest weekly average reported in this bulletin (66) back in ARLP035 in August:

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #42:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB2REM, W3UR, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

New Antenna Concept Uses Saltwater and Plastic Instead of Metal Conductor:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
ARRL's Committee on Communication with ARRL Members has opened new online forums where all radio amateurs -- ARRL members and non-members alike -- can discuss issues and topics in two-way conversation with ARRL leadership. The new groups are aimed at enhancing communication among ARRL leadership, staff, members, and prospective members, in a manner that enables timely updates and collegial discussion.

IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, Offers Ham Radio Perspective On WRC-19:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
Writing in a special World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19 https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/conferences/wrc/2019/Pages/default.aspx) edition of ITU News Magazine https://www.itu.int/en/itunews/Documents/2019/2019-05/2019_ITUNews05-en.pdf, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU http://www.iaru.org/) Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, offers an overview of conference agenda items and issues pertaining to amateur radio in his article, "Views of the International Amateur Radio Union on WRC-19 Agenda Items." WRC-19 gets under way on October 28 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and continues until November 22.

CQ, CQ, CQ, This is Troop 17 Calling:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
Boy Scouts of Troop 17 camped this past beautiful weekend at Summit Lake State Park where they participated in the international Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) event. Saturday, the Scouts made several contacts using the ham (amateur) radio stations belonging to Scoutmaster Jason Knasinski (KD9BGS) and Troop Treasurer Josh White (KD9LVX).

Just Ahead In Radiosport:

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

The Doctor Will See You Now!

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
"Beverage Antennas" is the topic of the new (October 24) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In http://www.arrl.org/doctor podcast. Listen...and learn!

Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition Proving Popular; Injured Operator Evacuated

by AB7RG  2019-10-25
At mid-week, the Pitcairn Island VP6R http://www.pitcairndx.com DXpedition reported some 35,000 contacts in the log, including what team leader Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, called "a lot of activity" on 12 and 10 meters. VP6R also has been taking advantage of FT8 digital protocol, operating in fox/hound (F/H) mode. The team arrived at the South Pacific island on October 17 and at the home of Andy Christian, where the DXpedition's equipment had been shipped well in advance.