The K7RA Solar Update

Over the past reporting week (December 15-21) solar activity was little changed from the previous seven days, although on two days (December 16-17) there were no sunspots. Average daily sunspot numbers declined two points from 13 to 11, and average daily solar flux bumped up one point to 73.2.   Average planetary A index changed from 13.3 to 7.9, and average mid-latitude A index from 9 to 5.7.   Th…

National Parks on the Air Contact Tally Tops 1 Million!

Participants in the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program have completed more than 1 million contacts! Activators operating from National Park Service units across the US and Chasers around the world pushed the contact tally over its goal this week. ARRL sponsored NPOTA to help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial. “National Parks on the Air has become one of the most po…

German Radio Amateurs Gain Access to 60 Meter Band

On December 21, Amateur Radio operators in Germany gained access to the band 5.351.5 to 5.366.5 MHz with 15 W EIRP, and a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz. Access applies to Class A licensees. Amateur Radio is secondary on 60 meters in all countries where it is available to Amateur Radio. The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) called users’ attention to the IARU Region 1 band plan for 60 meters, wh…

Christmas Eve SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set

The Alexander Association has announced that it plans to have Alexanderson alternator transmitter SAQ on the air for its traditional Christmas Eve transmission. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator will transmit on 17.2 kHz on the morning of Christmas Eve, December 24, starting with transmitter tune-up at around 0730 UTC. The message transmission will take place at 0800 UTC. “Since the plant is ol…