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AGB-Party Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1600Z-1700Z, Dec 21

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0200Z-0400Z, Dec 17

ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1800Z-2359Z, Dec 16

Feld Hell Sprint

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0000Z-2359Z, Dec 15

OK DX RTTY Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0000Z-2400Z, Dec 15

Padang DX Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1200Z, Dec 15 to 1159Z, Dec 16

Croatian CW Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1400Z, Dec 15 to 1400Z, Dec 16

UN DIGI Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1400Z-1559Z, Dec 14 and 1600Z-1759Z, Dec 14

Russian 160-Meter Contest

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
2000Z-2400Z, Dec 14


WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0130Z-0330Z, Dec 19

QRP Fox Hunt

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0200Z-0330Z, Dec 14

NCCC Sprint

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 14

Phone Fray

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0230Z-0300Z, Dec 19

CWops Mini-CWT Test

WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
1300Z-1400Z, Dec 19 and 1900Z-2000Z, Dec 19 and 0300Z-0400Z, Dec 20


WA7BNM - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 16:00
0145Z-0215Z, Dec 14

IEEE Microwave Society Recognizes Radio Amateurs

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:06

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) has announced its 2019 award recipients. The list includes several radio amateurs.

  • James C. Rautio, AJ3K, will receive the Microwave Career Award for a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity, and outstanding contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.
  • Wayne Shiroma, NH7PA, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of a distinguished record of service to the MTT-S and the microwave profession.
  • Amir Mortazawi, AC8YB, will receive the Distinguished Educator Award, for outstanding achievements as an educator, mentor, and role model of microwave engineers and engineering students.
  • Frederick “Fritz” Raab, W1FR, will receive the Pioneer Award in recognition of pioneering contributions to the theory, development, and practical use of high-efficiency power amplifiers. Raab was coordinator of the ARRL 500 kHz experiment (WD2XSH), which was instrumental in securing the new 630-meter band.

In addition, Rick Campbell, KK7B, was elected an IEEE fellow in 2019 for his work in extending wafer probing into the millimeter-wave range. He is well known for his publications, including Experimental Methods in RF Design (with co-authors Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, and Bob Larkin, W7PUA) and his contributions to ARRL publications, including QST. Awards will be presented during the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), June 2 – 7, 2019, in Boston. 


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The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Available

ARRL - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:09

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

Please note that the December 14th edition of Audio News will be our last for this year. Audio News will resume on January 4, 2019.



The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:33

Our recent reporting week (December 6-12) had sunspots on five of the seven days, with an average daily sunspot number of 9.7, up from 2.3 in the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 70.7. Geomagnetic indices were moderate, with average daily planetary A index rising from 7 to 8, and mid-latitude A index increasing from 4.9 to 6.4.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45...

Unboxing the New MFJ-2104 MFJ-2104 – Octopus Antenna

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 07:50

MFJ sent me their MFJ-2104 Octopus Antenna, a four-band dipole with screw-in elements for 75m (the voice portion of 80m), 40m, 20m, and 10m. This is built on a project in Dec 2007 QST by N1GY. The device uses any pairs of hamsticks on any band from 75 to 2m/440cm to create the four bands. It fits on a 1-inch mast. I’ll put it up and test it in a future video.

Octopus antenna hub turns your ham-sticks into four fully balanced dipoles in minutes!

Mix and match any four HF/VHF/UHF bands.

Example: screw in 80,40,20 meter hamsticks and a dual band 2M/440 MHz whip (two on each band) on opposite sides. Now you have an automatic bandswitching 5-band dipole! Rotate it for maximum signal and minimum QRM and noise with a small rotator like Hy-gain AR-500, $129.95.

Works at any height, low for local NVIS and high for DX. At a fixed height, (say 20-30 feet) use 80-Meters for NVIS and 20-Meters for low-angle DX.

Mounts on any mast up to 1-inch in diameter. Use a fiberglass pole on a tripod and you are on the air! Check out our MFJ-1919EX a perfect mount for the new Octopus Antenna.
Perfect fro casual portable operation, limited space, HOAs, field day, camping, and ARES during disasters.
Single coas feed, built-in balun.

Interaction between bands is minimized because the ends are spaced apart at a large angle.

You don`t need an antenna tuner if you carefully tune each dipole. An easier way is to just set each dipole approximately on frequency and use an antenna tuner to operate and widen the bandwidth. 

Hamsticks break down to four feet for easy storage.

Tough Octopus Hub
Eight 3/8-24 threaded connectors for hamsticks. Super stong fiberglass filled ABS base insulator. Your Octopus Hub will give you years of trouble-free service!
Based on Geoff Haines, N1GY, award-winning December 2007 QST article.

Super Octopus Deals
MFJ-2104, $249.95. Octopus hub with your choice of four (2 each) 250W Hamsticks. Saves $20! When submitting your order choose 4 of the hamsticks listed at the bottom of this page and write them in the notes before submitting your order.

MFJ-16XXT Hamsticks handle 250 Watts PEP. About 7 feet fully extended, 4 feet collapsed.

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IC-9700 new release!

QRZ Now - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 06:18

“We announced the release information of IC-9700 today.

IC-9700 is the RF DIRECT SAMPLING METHOD (144/430 Mhz Belt) with high rating in HF Transceiver IC-7610 / IC-7300, a real-time spectrum scope that can be grasp at a glance at the situation within the band, For the first time as a VHF / UHF Amateur Radio Machine, a waterfall display that can be confirmed in the time series. The 1200 Mhz Belt is also standard equipped.

Please visit the link below for the release date or the desired retail price and details.

For more information, please check:

◎Icom Inc. Releases IC-9700, Supreme VHF/UHF Base Station Amateur Transceiver, including the 1200 MHz Band 

Icom Inc. will begin selling the IC-9700, 144, 430, 1200 MHz all mode transceiver in January 2019 in Japan. Delivery times may vary, depending on the country or region.

Icom Inc. (Headquarters: Hirano, Osaka, Japan/President: Masataka Harima) will begin selling the IC-9700, 144, 430, 1200 MHz all mode transceiver in January 2019 in Japan. Delivery times may vary, depending on the country or region. 

The IC-9700 is the first VHF/UHF transceiver introducing the RF direct sampling system for the 144 and 430 MHz bands, a real-time spectrum scope and waterfall function. The RF direct sampling system has achieved a high evaluation in Icom’s IC-7610 and IC-7300 HF transceivers, and the spectrum scope and water fall function have been indispensable tools to increase QSO opportunities, without missing weak signals. The radio has various features, such as a built-in 1200 MHz band, 4.3 inch TFT color touch screen display, full duplex with Dualwatch on separate bands, Satellite mode, D-STAR DV (Digital Voice) /DD (Digital Data) modes and Terminal/Access point modes. In addition, a newly designed power amplifier and cooling system provides stable and high-efficiency operation, even when continuously transmitting for a long time.

The IC-9700 is the perfect side-by-side companion to the IC-7300 HF radio. They are the same size and have almost identical ergonomics. Using the IC-9700 and IC-7300 creates an ideal, compact radio station covering the HF, 144, 430 and 1200 MHz bands. The IC-9700 is the one and only VHF/UHF all mode transceiver that enables a variety of VHF/UHF operation, like DX, contests, satellite/EME and D-STAR.


  • RF direct sampling system (144 and 430 MHz bands)
  • Triband (144, 430 and built in 1200 MHz bands) and all modes, including AM and DV/DD
  • High-speed real-time spectrum scope and waterfall function
  • Large 4.3 inch TFT color touch screen display
  • Full duplex with Dualwatch on separate bands
  • Satellite operation friendly functions
  • D-STAR DV (Digital Voice) and DD (Digital Data) modes
  • Receives and demodulates two signals simultaneously in the D-STAR DV mode
  • Built-in gateway function application for Terminal/Access point modes
  • Newly designed power amplifier providing stable and high-efficiency operation

Item name 144 MHz + 430 MHz + 1200 MHz <SSB / CW / RTTY / AM / FM / DV / DD> 
50 W transceiver (for amateur radio) Model name IC-9700 Suggested retail price 188,000 yen + tax Release date Scheduled to be released in January 2019 Estimated number of units to sell 5,000 vehicles / year (domestic and overseas)

Icom Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka-shi Hirano Ward, president: Masataka Harima) will release the 144/430/1200 MHz all mode transceiver IC-9700 for amateur radio in January 2019.

The IC-9700 is an RF direct sampling method (144/430 MHz band) which has been highly evaluated by HF transceiver IC-7610 / IC-7300, real-time spectrum scope which can grasp the situation in the band at a glance, We adopted the waterfall indication that can be confirmed by the series for the first time as a VHF / UHF amateur radio. In addition, 1200 MHz band is standard equipment.

4.3 inch large TFT display corresponding to touch operation, simultaneous reception of two waves in different band / different modes, full duplex, dedicated satellite mode, DV (digital voice) / DD (digital data) mode of D – STAR ® , recent topic Terminal mode / access point mode etc, various functions are implemented. In addition, the newly designed power amplifier and cooling structure allow stable operation even when used for a long time.

Since the operation system and user interface inherit the equivalent of the IC – 7300, by aligning IC – 9700 and IC – 7300, it is possible to operate from HF to the 1200 MHz band in lineup. IC-9700 with innovative spec and sophisticated operability unique to V / UHF dedicated machine. DX, contest, satellite / EME communication, 1200MHz band, D-STAR ® , such as the world of V / UHF, broadly, is the industry’s one and only all mode transceiver commitment pulled to the VHF / UHF, which can be enjoyed deeply.

【Main features】

  • Adopted RF direct sampling method aged by HF machine (144/430 MHz band).
  • In addition to the 144/430 MHz band, 1200 MHz band is standard equipment as standard. It corresponds to all mode including AM, DV / DD.
  • V / UHF machine first, high-speed real-time spectrum scope & waterfall display realized.
  • Equipped with a 4.3-inch large TFT display compatible with touch operation.
  • Supports 2 wave simultaneous reception (different band / different mode), full duplex operation.
  • Satellite mode with easy operation is installed.
  • It corresponds to D-STAR ® DV (digital voice) and DD (digital data) mode.
  • It corresponds to simultaneous reception of two waves in DV mode.
  • Built-in gateway function equivalent to RS-MS 3 A / RS-MS 3 W Operation is unnecessary with no application required.
  • Newly designed power amplifier that realizes high efficiency, stable output, energy saving.

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