K1JT, K9AN, and G4WJS Win the October QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the October 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is “Work the World with WSJT-X, Part 1” by Joe Taylor, K1JT; Steve Franke, K9AN, and Bill Somerville, G4WJS. The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article…

The K7RA Solar Update

At 0326 UTC on October 12 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning. ”The high-speed streams associated with a recurrent positive polarity Northern hemisphere coronal hole are expected to persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience Minor Storm conditions on 13 October. “Increased…

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Ama…

Ham Radio Bridging the Gap in Wildfire-Stricken California

More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or destroyed cellular telephone and Internet infrastructure in some areas, and Amateur Radio has been filling helping to fill the communication gap. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media on October 10 that damage to cell towers and fiber optic telephone phone and computer lines had left officials relying on Amateur…