by AB7RG 2019-11-01DELMAR, N.Y. (NEWS10) -- Local amateur radio operators will be staked out at bridges and overpasses over the Thruway across the Capital Region this Halloween. The volunteers are trying to deter kids and young adults from throwing pumpkins into traffic. Several cars and trucks have been hit in the past, causing injuries and car wrecks.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31One of amateur radio's strongest supporters in the US House of Representatives, Oregon Republican Greg Walden, W7EQI -- the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee -- said this week that he will not seek another term in 2020. Walden, 62, who will have served for 22 years in the US House at the end of his current term, championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He went on to chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 115th Congress, and has served as the panel's ranking member since the Democratic Party gained control of the House.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31"A Halloween and Throwback Special with QST Senior Editor, Jen Glifort, KC1KNL," will be the focus of the new (October 17) episode of the So Now What? http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what podcast for amateur radio newcomers.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by IK2DUW, 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.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is under way in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. More than 3,500 delegates from 193 member-states around the world are attending the month-long gathering, sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which opened on Monday, October 28. WRC-19 delegates will discuss changes to the ITU Radio Regulations. Amateur radio issues are but a small part of the conference agenda. The ITU is characterizing the aim of the conference as forging pathways for future digital communications.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31Jeff Blaine, AC0C, had a bad capacitor in the 15-meter filter section of his 5B4AGN multiband band-pass filter, because as he puts it, "they have been treated terribly over the years." One way to damage a filter is to use power levels at the limit of the filter into a load that presents a high SWR -- especially a high duty cycle mode like RTTY. He didn't have the required small 14 pF capacitor, so he trimmed a piece of RG-58 to the required value - coaxial cable exhibits a certain amount of capacitance per unit length.
by AB7RG 2019-10-31The ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) weekends again loom large on the amateur radio contest horizon. The CW weekend is November 2 - 4 -- this weekend -- while the phone weekend is November 16 - 18. Both events begin on Saturday at 2100 UTC and conclude on Monday at 0259 UTC. An Operating Guide that relates some of the history and evolution of these North American contests is available. SS offers operating categories for every preference. The goal for many seasoned SS operators is to complete a "clean sweep" by working all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Sections. Some may just want to dabble. Others enjoy trying to make a clean sweep by working one station in each section. Most SS operators, though, simply try to run up the contact and multiplier counts, staying in the chair for the full 24 (out of 30) allowable hours.
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