The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers and solar flux made a strong comeback over the past week, March 30 to April 5. Average daily solar flux was 96.5 (compared to 77.9 the previous seven days, and 71.2 over the week before that, March 16-22). Average daily sunspot number progressed from 3.4 to 29.7 to 65.9 over the same three weeks. The latest daily forecast for Planetary A index and solar flux from NOAA and USAF (upd…

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Speech Equalization, Compression, and Processing” is the topic of the current episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn! Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IM…

ISS Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, Heading Home

International Space Station Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and two cosmonauts, are preparing to return to Earth on April 10. NASA TV will cover their departure and return. Coming home with Kimbrough will be Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. The trio will undock the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft from the space station at 0800 UTC …

Revised Memorandum of Understanding between ARRL and FCC Still a Work in Progress

The ARRL Executive Committee (EC) has directed that work begin on finalizing the language of a revised memorandum of understanding between ARRL and the FCC regarding the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observer) program. The EC met on March 25 in Aurora, Colorado. The panel, which acts on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors between its regular meetings, heard an update on the Official Observer Pr…