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Global COVID-19 Radio Event Set for June 6–7

ARRL Stations bearing call signs that promote the “stay-at-home” message and the value of social distancing and isolation have sprung up during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some 150,000 messages of support shared around the world. An on-air gathering over the June 6 – 7 weekend will offer a further opportunity for stay-at-home stations and radio …

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Venerable AO-7 Satellite Continues to Deliver

ARRL The nearly 46-year-old AO-7 amateur satellite made a remarkable contact possible on May 4 between Diego Feil, LW2DAF, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (GF05rk), and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA, in Cape Town, South Africa (JF95fx). The contact spanned 4,329 miles across the South Atlantic, with both stations aiming at only 2 or 3 degrees above the …

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Two New Chinese Ham Satellites Expected to Launch in September

ARRL Two new Chinese amateur radio satellites are expected to launch on September 15. CAS-7A and CAS-7C follow in the wake of numerous amateur radio satellites put into space by CAMSAT. CAS-7A, a 27 kilogram microsat, will carry several transponders, including a 15-meter-to-10-meter (H/T) linear transponder, and a 2-meter-to-70-centimeter (H/U) linear transponder. CAS-7A also will …

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First Transatlantic Contact on 70 Centimeters Reported

ARRL History appears to have been made on April 7, when an operator at D4VHF in Cape Verde off the African Coast and Burt Demarcq, FG8OJ, on Guadeloupe in the Caribbean completed a contact on 70 cm using FT8 — a distance of 3,867 kilometers (2,398 miles). This would mark the first transatlantic contact on …

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Hamvention QSO Party Set for Saturday, May 16

ARRL The Hamvention QSO Party, a sort of virtual Dayton Hamvention®, will take place on the HF bands on May 16, which would be the Saturday of the now-canceled event. Let’s celebrate the many years we have all had at the Great Gathering we call Hamvention. Tim Duffy, K3LR, and Michael Kalter, W8CI Full article

New TQSL Version 2.5.2 Provides Better LoTW Rover Support, Other Improvements

ARRL The latest version of TrustedQSL (TQSL), version 2.5.2, offers improved Logbook of The World (LoTW) support for operations from several locations, as well as the ability to detect uploads that contain incorrect location data. The primary new feature in TQSL 2.5.2 allows logging programs, in conjunction with TQSL, to avoid incorrect contact uploads, while …

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Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

ARRL The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all …

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FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

ARRL In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based …

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Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancelation of 2020 Show

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency. Full article

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