ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, SK

ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, of Dallas, Texas, died on November 1. He was 73. His death followed a period of ill health. Haynie was elected as the 13th President of ARRL on January 21, 2000, succeeding Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV). “Jim was a remarkable individual who made a huge personal commitment to Amateur Radio and the ARRL,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “He had …

Papers Solicited for 2017 Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference

Organizers for the 2017 Eastern VHF/UHF Microwave Conference have issued a first call for papers. The event will take place April 21-23, 2017, at Baymont Inn in Manchester, Connecticut. Papers on all VHF-and-up activities are invited, from operating, contesting, and propagation to antennas, amplifiers, low-noise preamps, homebrewing, microwaves, moonbounce, Arduinos, and more. Photos of projects …

Maybe a Solar Minimum Can Be Too Deep for 160 Meters

Propagation observer Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, recently offered some “deep thoughts” on the Top Band Reflector. As he explained, while less geomagnetic field activity heading into winter bodes favorable 160-meter propagation, more galactic cosmic rays entering our atmosphere could become a factor. “The Sun’s magnetic field is weakening, probably to the lowest levels in our lifetimes,” Luetzelsch…