QCWA Chapter 162 Christmas Party

On December 4th the QCWA Chapter 162 – Racine, Wisconsin celebrated their annual Christmas party at The Meadows Restaurant. Fun and fellowship along with a gift exchange are tradition for this group of 25 year plus radio operators.  Chartered in May of 1987 Chapter 162 serves members of the QCWA International who live in or near Southeast Wisconsin. Although we are based in Racine, we also have active members from Milwaukee and from Northern Illinois. […]

ARRL Vows Continued Pursuit of the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the 115th Congress

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and p…

Radio Amateurs Assisting in Wake of Indonesian Earthquake

Radio amateurs are providing emergency communication support during the response to a December 7 magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh Province. The death toll is reported at 100, with nearly 300 injured. The IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee’s Dani Hidayat, YB2TJV, reports that it took 2 hours for the ham radio group from the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization (ORARI), A…

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot number for the past week (December 1-7) was 40.9, up 10 points from the previous seven days at the end of November. Average solar flux changed hardly at all, moving from 82.6 to 82.2. Average daily planetary A index dropped from 13.6 to 4.9, and average mid-latitude A index from 10.3 to 3.4 The latest prediction from NOAA and the US Air Force shows solar flux at 75 on Decembe…