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  1. Several countries recently have proposed or instituted changes or announced developments with respect to Amateur Radio regulation. 

    • In China, according to the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that radio amateurs will gain access to a 60-meter band starting on July 1. The latest edition of PRC Radio Frequency Division...
  2. In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) will celebrate with the FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge. During the entire month, FOC members from around the world will be active on CW, using special call signs, many of them containing the number “80” or having an “FOC” suffix.

    Points will be awarded for working these special call signs. The challenge is being run as a leader board on Club L...

  3. Frank Tarkington, W3KLQ, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on April 19. He was 102. A California native and World War II Navy radioman, Tarkington went on to enjoy a long career with Radio Corporation of America (RCA). In 1948, he installed the first television set in the White House so that President Harry Truman could witness the opening of Congress that January. Following his retirement, Tark...

  4. Members of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Incorporated (DARCI) held a second field-day-style emergency preparedness, awareness, and recruiting exercise on April 21. Radio amateurs on the Caribbean island are continuing the process of taking on a larger role in emergency preparedness and response for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins June 1. Dominica suffered severe damage from Hurric...

  5. At 0631 UTC on April 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

    “Earth is currently under the influence of a high-speed stream from a negative polarity equatorial coronal hole. Geomagnetic activity at Quiet to Active levels is expected and at times may reach up to Minor Storm levels if there are notable southward Bz periods.

    INCREASED GEOMAGNETIC ACTIVITY EX...

  6. The winning article for the April 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “An Ultra Simple 2-Meter Antenna" by John Portune, W6NBC.The QSTCover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on theQST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.

  7. Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.” The event will be held during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Russia’s IARU member-society SRR is encouraging Amateur Radio organizations to field World-Cup-related call signs, preferably with “FIFA” (or “FWC” for finalist countries) a...

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    European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will visit the International Space Station for the second time in early June. HisHorizons” mission is aimed at evoking exploration of the universe, looking far beyond Earth and broadening knowledge. His first mission was called “Blue Dot.”

    A citizen of Germany, Gerst will launch on June 6 from Kazakhstan with US astronaut Serena Auñón-C...

  9. “Microphones” is the topic of the current (April 12) 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, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself,...

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