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  • Spring Radio Club of America QSO Party is Saturday, May 8

    The semiannual Radio Club of America (RCA) QSO Party takes place on May 8. “Band conditions are still not their best but we still expect plenty of QSOs,” RCA Executive Vice President Chip Cohen, W1YW, said. “Come join the fun and contact other club hams and the club’s station, W2RCA. All are welcome.” The QSO party is open to RCA members and non-members and is SSB only. Activity begins at 1800 ...

  • Very High Speed Club Special Event is Active During May

    Special event call sign OZ60VHSC will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Very High Speed Club (VHSC) on May 1, 1961. Leading the group at its founding were PA0LXL, DL1XA, and DJ4KW, who sought operators who could copy at 40 WPM solid for at least 30 minutes, encouraging CW traffic in general and QRQ (high-speed) traffic in particular. Members sponsor new membership candidat...

  • Members of the Potomac Valley Radio Club to Activate NSS for Armed Forces Day
  • Intrepid-DX Group Adds a Second Physician to Bouvet Island DXpedition Team

    “Bouvet is like the Mount Everest of DXCC entities,” 3Y0J DXpedition co-leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said. “It is among the most challenging entities to activate due to significant transportation costs and personal sacrifices required by the team to make the 42-day round trip. Fortunately, Bouvet is not our first mountain.”Ewing reports that Mike Crownover, AB5EB, a veteran emergency room physicia...

  • Nationwide Spring Drill Set for May 8, World Red Cross Day

    The Red Cross Emergency Communication Training Group is holding its nationwide Spring Drill on World Red Cross Day, Saturday, May 8, 2021. Individuals are invited to participate. Last year, more than 1,000 participated in the initial spring drill.The bar has been raised to Winlink proficiency for this year’s drill. Red Cross forms are integrated as templates in Winlink Express, and hams using W...

  • Russian Robinson Club Announces Activation of Rare IOTA Islands in the Aleutians

    The Russian Robinson Club (RRC) has resumed its plans to activate rare Kiska Island (IOTA NA-070) and Adak Island (IOTA NA-039) in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain in July for Islands on the Air (IOTA) enthusiasts. Plans to activate these islands in 2020 were called off because of COVID-19 concerns. The uninhabited Kiska Island (52.06° N, 177.57° E) lies in the North Pacific’s treacherous Bering...

  • ARRL Executive Committee to Meet May 3 in Virtual Session

    The ARRL Executive Committee will meet in virtual session on Monday, May 3. Topics on the agenda include FCC Counsel’s report and FCC matters; Volunteer Monitor Program report, and Legislative Advocacy Committee report. The agenda has been posted on the ARRL website. 

  • North American QSO Parties to Recognize Young Contester Entries

    To encourage young radiosport participants, National Contest Journal (NCJ) will recognize their entries in the North American QSO Party (NAQP), starting with the August 2021 NAQP CW and NAQP SSB events. Following the lead of Youth on the Air (YOTA) in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU), operators 25 years old and younger will be highlighted in the results.The NAQP log upload app ...

  • ARRL Executive Committee Nominates Joel Harrison, W5ZN, to be Next IARU Secretary

    At its April 5 meeting via Zoom, the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) nominated past ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, to become the next Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The incumbent Secretary, David Sumner, K1ZZ, has announced his intention to step down on July 1. ARRL International Affairs Vice President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, explained that ARRL, as IARU Secretariat,...

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