New ARRL Radio Lab Will Inspire Your Ham Shack!

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Introducing the brand new ARRL Radio Laboratory, W1HQ! Join Jherica Goodgame, KI5HTA, as she walks you through everything there is to know about this newest edition to ARRL Headquarters.

The ARRL Radio Lab is an innovative test space designed to reshape the way we imagine and build a ham radio shack. From a decluttered workspace and a digital user interface to be able to remote into the station from anywhere, W1HQ is a step toward the future of amateur radio. Produced by Alex Norstrom, KC1RMO

Antennas being used for W1HQ:

JK Antennas XR5-JK, Multiband Yagi for 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20 meters

Cushcraft A50-5S, 6-meter Yagi Verticals

•Guy wires: Phillystran 2 meters, 70 centimeters, 23 centimeters

•Rotator: M2 Antenna Systems OR2800 Series Azimuth Rotator


•Rohn 55G Series Guyed Tower, 40-feet

Equipment being used inside of W1HQ:

Elecraft K4 Transceiver FlexRadio

Flex-6400 Signature Series SDR Transceiver

FlexRadio Power Genius XL amplifier

Icom IC-9700 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

•Green Heron Engineering LLC Rotator Controller, RT-21

•Green Heron Engineering LLC Rotator Controller Az/El, RT-21azel

•Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit

December is YOTA Month!

The entire month of December is dedicated to YOTA!, Youth on the Air!

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From the ARRL: December is YOTA Month, celebrating and encouraging Youth On the Air. Amateur radio operators who are 25 years old and younger will be on the air as special event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times.

In the US, the call signs will once again be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Three new DXCC entities will be participating for the first time. Argentina will be active as LR1YOTA, Cuba as CO0YOTA, and Peru as OA0YOTA. Other countries may be added. Listen for these stations, as well as all call signs with YOTA suffixes.

Read more:

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ISS SSTV Dec 1-2 145.800 MHz FM !

Thanks to KG4WHO, Daniel, for this tidbit! 

The International Space Station will be broadcasting Slow Scan TV! [ SSTV ] on Wednesday December 1, Thursday December 2 on 145.800 MHz FM. 

On December 1, the broadcast will begin at 07:25 AM Eastern and continue until 1:45 PM Eastern. 

On December 2, the broadcast will begin at 07:00 AM Eastern and continue until 1:05 PM Eastern


For more details, please visit the AMSAT UK page:


FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

FCC’s 2019 R&O on RF Exposure Standards

UPDATE from Rich K3VAT:

In the last SVARC Zoom Meeting (4/15/2021) during the VP Report, I mentioned that: “The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted. For stations already in place, that evaluation must be completed by May 3, 2023.

Additionally, I mentioned that a large part of future SVARC Program Presentations would be centered around this very important topic because it affects every amateur using any kind of radio transmitter whatsoever.  I am currently watching the ARRL.ORG website for updates that will be passed along.  For the first presentation on May 6, 2021, I’ve chosen a 20-minute YouTube by Dave Casler, KE0OG.


Success With The 2020 Leonids Meteor Shower on 6 Meters

Success With The 2020 Leonids Meteor Shower on 6 Meters

A rather small, dedicated number of amateur radio operators tackle a unique method of point-to-point communication at VHF. This morning (November 17, 2020), I tried my hand refracting my 6 meter digital signal off the ionizing tails of incoming meteors hoping someone would hear me and respond to my CQ. This month features the Leonids meteor shower, reaching its peak early this morning. Although not the biggest or most spectacular of the many meteor showers that occur throughout the year, I (more…)