We’ll I’ve got sell you some ocean front property first.
“Our amateur radio club is pleased to be able to partner with the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum to honor our veterans, as well as the Slater itself,” said EGARA President Bryan Jackson, W2RBJ. “We hope our special event station will bring attention to the ship and the service the destroyer escorts provided [during World War II] to protect convoys from enemy submarines as they helped to safely transport critically needed troops and supplies across the Atlantic and the Pacific.”
Confirmed contacts may request a special event QSL card by sending a #10 self-addressed, stamped envelope to EGARA, 983 Sterling Ridge Drive, Rensselaer, New York 12144.
For more information about the USS Slater, visit USS Slater.
The East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association (EGARA) is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
ARRL Headquarters Closed Memorial Day
In recognition of Memorial Day, ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023. Many of the member services and information offered by ARRL are accessible on our website 24/7. Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday, and join us in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
ARRL Section Manager Spring Election Results
The results of two balloted Section Manager elections held this spring were determined when the ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
|John Bigley, N7UR, Section Manager of the ARRL Nevada Section.|
John Bigley, N7UR, incumbent Section Manager of the ARRL Nevada Section, was re-elected when he received 277 votes, and Jim Shepherd, W6US, of Sparks, received 177 votes. Bigley, of Las Vegas, has been serving as Section Manager since 2015 and has held other ARRL Field Organization and club leadership positions for more than 20 years. Bigley’s new 2-year term of office starts July 1.
Nancy Austin, KC1NEK, was elected as ARRL Rhode Island Section Manager when she received 129 votes, and incumbent Section Manager Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, received 127 votes.
|Nancy Austin, KC1NEK, Section Manager Elect of the ARRL Rhode Island Section.|
Austin, of Middletown, is the President of the Newport County Radio Club, and she will begin a 2-year term of office on July 1.
Beaudet, of Cumberland, has served as ARRL Rhode Island Section Manager for 21 years.
The following incumbent Section Managers were the only nominees in their respective Sections when the nomination period closed on March 10, and were declared re-elected. Their new 2-year terms of office begin July 1: Chris Van Winkle, AB3WG (Maryland-DC); Peter Stohrer, W1FEA (New Hampshire); Bob Buus, W2OD (Northern New Jersey); John Litz, NZ6Q (San Joaquin Valley); Pat Malan, N7PAT (Utah), and Dale Durham, W5WI (West Texas).
John Gendron, NJ4Z, Appointed South Carolina Section Manager
ARRL has named John Gendron, NJ4Z, as the South Carolina Section Manager. He will complete the term of Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, who passed away after a brief illness.
|John Gendron, NJ4Z, Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section.|
Gendron, an Amateur Extra-class operator, is President of the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS) and a member of the Swamp Fox Contest Group. In addition to being an avid contester and DX chaser, Gendron enjoys participating in Parks on the Air. He has earned numerous ARRL awards, including the Worked All States and Triple Play Worked All States awards, and is closing in on 5-Band DXCC.
Gendron also hosts a YouTube channel, called From the Hamshack. In 2022, he became the 55th recipient of the Vic Clark Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award, the Division’s highest honor.
Gendron is the CEO and an owner of a regional systems integration company based in South Carolina, and he earned a degree in electrical engineering from Youngstown State University in Ohio. He and his family reside in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Graduation Cap Decorated with Call Sign
It’s graduation season for high schools across the country.
|Cassie Whetstone, KI5DBQ, poses with her cap and diploma from Mangum High School. Photo courtesy of Cassie Whetstone, KI5DBQ.|
This rite of passage is often accompanied by the chance for graduates to decorate their caps for the festivities, and one teenage ham in Oklahoma chose to decorate hers with her call sign.
Cassie Whetstone, KI5DBQ, is a graduate in the Mangum High School class of 2023. She was also a part of the school’s Tiger Radio Club, KF5CRF, through which she earned her license. Her graduation cap was decorated with monarch butterflies and a bright floral design on each corner. Sparkly rhinestones lined the cap’s edges, and “73’s KI5DBQ CLEAR!” was printed down the center.
See a bigger photo of the cap and leave your well wishes for Cassie on the ARRL Facebook page.
Amateur Radio in the News
ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.
“Amateur radio operators help during Colorado storms” / FOX31, KDVR, (Colorado), May 18, 2023 — Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) Colorado.
“Pine State Amateur Radio Club to cover Bangor Memorial Day parade communications” / Bangor Daily News, (Maine), May 21, 2023 — The Pine State Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
“Maury County Amateur Radio Club to Participate in Field Day” / WLX & WDXE Radio, (Tennessee), May 23, 2023 — The Maury County Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
Share any amateur radio media hits you spot with us.
On the Air
With this year’s ARRL June VHF Contest fast approaching on the weekend of June 10, seasoned VHF operator Bob Witte, KØNR, joins the podcast to talk about how to prepare yourself and your station to join in the fun of this beginner-friendly event.
ARRL Audio News
Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week’s top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.
Marconi’s yacht will be on the air from June 10 – 11, 2023, with the special event call sign IY4ELE. For the past 9 years, the A.R.I. Fidenza (Italian Amateur Radio Association), has celebrated a technical and cultural event for the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation at Villa Griffone in Pontecchio Marconi, Bologna, Italy (Guglielmo Marconi’s birthplace). The purpose of the event is to highlight, at an international level, the historical value and meaning of Marconi’s yacht, Elettra, which was the moving laboratory of the great Italian scientist. Several important radiocommunications experiments were conducted on board the yacht by Marconi during the interwar period. Over the event weekend, amateur radio operators from around the world will have a chance to contact IY4ELE, which will be operated by A.R.I. Fidenza club members via a radio station located near the keel of the Elettra. For more information, visit www.arifidenza.it.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the schools and host organizations selected for the January – June 2024 window. Of the ARISS education proposals submitted during the recent proposal window, 11 have been accepted to move forward in the planning process for hosting a scheduled amateur radio contact with crew on the ISS. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of study and career possibilities. A complete list of the schools and hosts is available on the ARISS website. The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations. They are now at work completing an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS operations team, the selected schools and organizations will be scheduled, as their availability and flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities offered by NASA from January through June 2024.
Carl Gardenias, WU6D (SK), of Perris, California, passed away on May 9, 2023. He was 78 years old. Gardenias was elected Section Manager of the ARRL Orange Section in 2003 and retired in 2021. He held an Amateur Extra-class license and served as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, Field Instructor, and Field Examiner for ARRL Emergency Communications courses. He was a member and former President of the Southern California DX Club (SCDXC) in 1991, DXer of the Year in 2000, and Chairman/Cochairman of the International DX Convention for many years. Gardenias and his wife, Cathy, K6VC, had been traveling the United States. Most recently, they were serving as hosts at a KOA campground in Montana. Funeral arrangements are pending.
ARRL Headquarters has position openings for full-time careers. Available job opportunities include Development Associate, Digital RF Engineer, Marketing Operations Manager, Member Services Representative, and Senior Lab Engineer. Job descriptions and instructions for applying can be found at www.arrl.org/careers. ARRL is an equal opportunity employer.
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week’s ARRL Propagation Bulletin, ARLP021:
|Solar disk image taken May 25, 2023, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.|
Both the average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux increased this week. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 118.6 to 133.4, while average solar flux went from 143.2 to 161.2.
Geomagnetic indicators were more active. Average daily planetary A index went from 9.6 to 17.1, while average middle latitude A index rose from 9.6 to 14.4.
Predicted solar flux is 160 on May 25 – 26; 165 on May 27; 160 on May 28; 155 on May 29 – 30; 160 and 150 on May 31 and June 1; 155 on June 2 – 4; 160, 165, 160, 155, and 150 on June 5 – 9; 145 on June 10 – 11; 150 on June 12; 155 on June 13 – 14; 160 on June 15; 165 on June 16 – 17; 160, 155, and 150 on June 18 – 20; 155 on June 21 – 22, then 160, 165, and 160 on June 23 – 25.
Predicted planetary A index is 12, 15, 8, 5, and 8 on May 25 – 29; 5 on May 30 through June 1; 16, 8, 10, and 8 on June 2 – 5; 5 on June 6 – 15, then 12, 10, 5, 18, 22, 15, and 10 on June 16 – 22.
Check out a video of the beautiful auroras explained here:
Check out sunspot images at these links:
Sunspot numbers for May 18 through 24, 2023, were 121, 155, 138, 140, 97, 130, and 153, with a mean of 133.4. 10.7-centimeter flux was 150.6, 164.6, 169.6, 163.4, 161.5, 154.9, and 164.1, with a mean of 161.2. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 9, 35, 28, 21, 12, and 12, with a mean of 17.1. Middle latitude A index was 8, 10, 26, 19, 17, 11, and 10, with a mean of 14.4.
Send your tips, questions, or comments to k7ra@….
A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.
Share your reports and observations.
A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.
Just Ahead in Radiosport
- May 31 – June 6 –Wyoming W1AW/7
- May 31 – June 6 — Missouri W1AW/0
- June 7 – June 13 — Louisiana W1AW/5
- June 7 – June 13 — Alabama W1AW/4
- May 25 — RSGB 80m Club Champ (CW)
- May 26 — NCCC FT4 sprint (FT4)
- May 27 – 28 — CQ WW WPX Contest (CW)
- June 1 — NRAU 10m Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
- June 1 — SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)
- June 2 – 4 — PODXS 070 Club 3 Day Weekend Contest (digital)
- June 2 — HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest (CW)
- June 3 – 4 — ARRL Int’l Digital Contest (digital, no RTTY)
Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.
Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions
- June 2 – 4 | SEA-PAC, hosting the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, Seaside, Oregon.
- June 4 | BreezeShooters Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, Prospect, Pennsylvania
- June 17 | Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Convention, hosting the ARRL Tennessee State Convention, Knoxville, Tennessee
- June 23 – 25 | HAM RADIO, Friedrichshafen, Germany
- July 8 | SVARC Summer Hamfest Minot, hosting the ARRL North Dakota Section Convention, Minot, North Dakota
- July 15 | SEARC Tailgate Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Dakota Section Convention, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- July 29 | CVARC 2023 Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Pennsylvania State Convention, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
- July 29 | ARRL West Virginia State Convention and Ham Fest, Sutton, West Virginia
Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.
Have News for ARRL?
ARRL — Your One-Stop Resource for
Amateur Radio News and Information
- Join or Renew Today! Eligible US-based members can elect to receive QST or On the Air magazine in print when they join ARRL or when they renew their membership. All members can access digital editions of all four ARRL magazines: QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ.
- Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday.
- The ARRL Letter is available in an accessible format, posted weekly to the Blind-hams Groups.io email group. The group is dedicated to discussions about amateur radio as it concerns blind hams, plus related topics including ham radio use of adaptive technology.
- NCJ — National Contest Journal. Published bimonthly, features articles by top contesters, letters, hints, statistics, scores, NA Sprint, and QSO parties.
- QEX — A Forum for Communications Experimenters. Published bimonthly, features technical articles, construction projects, columns, and other items of interest to radio amateurs and communications professionals.
Free of charge to ARRL members…
- Subscribe to the ARES Letter (monthly public service and emergency communications news), the ARRL Contest Update (biweekly contest newsletter), Division and Section news alerts, and much more!
- Find ARRL on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!
for your information:
for your info:
ARLD021 DX news
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 21 ARLD021
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 25, 2023
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD021
ARLD021 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
HA7VK, OZ2I, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from
QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to
BAHAMAS, C6. Sergei, KN4NTX is QRV as C6AWA from Bimini, IOTA
NA-048, until May 28. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. This
includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL
direct to home call.
HUNGARY, HA. Sanyi, HA7VK will be QRV as HG23TISZA as a Single
Op/All Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.
QSL via LoTW.
SVALBARD, JW. Rafal, SQ9CNN is QRV as JW/SQ9CNN from Spitsbergen
Island, IOTA EU-026, until May 29. He will be active as JW5E on
either 20 or 15 meters during the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL
to home call and JW5E via OH6VDA.
MONGOLIA, JT. Dima, RA9USU will be QRV as JT5DX in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest. QSL direct.
HAWAII, KH6. A group of operators will be QRV as NH6T during the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.
AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Oliver, W6NV and Lloyd, KH6LC plan to be QRV
as KH8W as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.
After the contest, they may be active as home calls/KH8. QSL via
ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD is QRV as P40W until May 30. Activity is in
his spare time on 30, 17, and 12 meters. This includes activity in
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.
CURACAO, PJ2. Jim, WI9WI and Annette, KA9DOC are QRV as PJ2/home
calls until May 29. Activity is on the HF bands, and possibly 6
meters, using CW and RTTY. Look for Jim to be QRV as PJ2T as a
Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL
direct to home calls, and PJ2T direct to W3HNK.
ICELAND, TF. Chris, DL1MGB is QRV as TF/DL1MGB until May 29.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters and includes being an entry in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON is QRV as V47JA from St.
Kitts, IOTA NA-104, until June 7. Activity is on the HF bands and 6
meters using SSB and FT8. QSL direct to home call.
MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Bob, N7XR is QRV as V7/N7XR from Kwajalein,
IOTA OC-028, and is here until the end of June. Activity is in his
spare time on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via
MONTSERRAT, VP2M. George, K2DM is QRV as VP2MDM until May 29.
Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters using SSB and FT8. This
includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL
TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. John, K4BAI is QRV as VP5/K4BAI from
Providenciales, IOTA NA-002, until May 30. Activity is on the HF
bands. He and others will be QRV as VP5M in the CQ World Wide WPX
CW contest. QSL to home call, and VP5M direct to K4QPL.
VIET NAM, XV. Tom, DL7BO is QRV as XV9K near Phan Thiet. Activity
is on 6 meters using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL to home call.
MYANMAR, XZ. Akio, JE2QIZ is QRV as XZ2B from Yangon until the end
of September. Activity is on 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters using CW.
QSL via JE3SIF.
REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA, Z3. Henning, OZ2I is QRV as Z38EE from
Tetovo until May 30. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW.
This includes being active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL
to home call.
KOSOVO, Z6. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as Z68XX from Gjilan until May 29.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an
entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba. Activity is
in his spare time on 40 to 6 meters, and possibly 80 and 60 meters,
using SSB and FT8. QSL via OM3JW.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC FT4
Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint and K1USN Slow Speed CW
Test will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The QCX CW Challenge, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC Memorial,
Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT,
CWops Test, Mini-Test 40 and Mini-Test 80 are on tap for May 29 to
Please see May QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web
sites for details.