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PJ2/ON4ANN - Curacao Erik, ON4ANN will be active from Curacao as PJ2/ON4ANN during October 27 to November 2, 2019. QRV on HF bands. QSL via H/c.

How to win with HF mobile NVIS Let's look at W4GO/M's instate 80m QSO counts vs the distance between stations for 2018 and 2019… Out of the over 1800 QSOs reflected in both graphs above, over 1700 were with fixed stations… many reportedly with horizontal, NVIS friendly, low dipoles.

VP2MSW - Montserrat Steve, K3SW will be active from Montserrat as VP2MSW during October 22-27, 2019. Participation in the CQWW SSB contest. Outwith contest QRV on CW. QSL preferred via LoTW.

T88KZ - Palau Jery, HL5BHH will be active holiday-style as T88KZ from Palau during October 21-24, 2019. QRV mostly SSB, possibly FT8. QSL via LoTW only, no paper QSLs.

West Ham star Robert Snodgrass has Liverpool fans in stitches with FIFA comment West Ham star Robert Snodgrass made a hilarious claim about Scotland teammate and Liverpool star Andy Robertson while playing FIFA 20. The midfielder has struggled to break into the Hammers side this season, with only four appearances. But Snodgrass is part of the national side taking on San Marino today.

CE9/SQ1SGB - Halley VI Base, Antarctica Home DX Arctic / Antarctic CE9/SQ1SGB - Halley VI Base, Antarctica From mid-December 2019 to mid-February 2020, look for Seba SQ1SGB to be active from the Halley VI Base, Antarctica as CE9/SQ1SGB. QRV on 40 and 20m SSB and Digi depending on propagation.

Ham radio enthusiasts gather for Hamfest - Dozens of ham radio hobbyists gathered at the 4H fairgrounds in Wood County this morning for the Parkersburg Area Hamfest. The Wood County Emergency Communications group oversaw the flea market-like event, which garnered around 150 vendors and visitors throughout the day.

Homebrew Hero 2019 Announced The Homebrew Heroes Award Program announced its first annual recipient, Hans Summers, Call Sign G0UPL. The recipient is the very popular proprietor of QRP Labs and maker of numerous homebrew style projects in amateur radio. He's been producing them for over a decade now.

Sidelined by headphones. Our new hobby roomThis weekend in Canada is a long weekend as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Today Julie and I agreed to take a break from getting our new place looking how we like it and have a hobby day. For me it's amateur radio and for Julie it's quilt…

FW/M0JHQ - Wallis & Futuna Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be active from Wallis Island as FW/M0JHQ during November 23-27, 2019. QRV on 160-10m, CW and FT8. QSL via LoTW / Direct to JA0JHQ.

QSL preview - 8Q7GB Thanks to Gil, IZ2DLV for sending the preview. He was active from Nika Island, Maldives as 8Q7GB in August 2019.

YJ8RN - Emae Island, OC-111 Earlier today, Rod YJ8RN was active briefly from Emae Island OC-111 using FT8. This is a rare IOTA. Length of activity is unknown, but Grant VK5GR informs that Rod may have had to go there for work: "He is the regional electrician around Efate and the Shepard Islands are not that far north of his home QTH".

QSL preview - A35JT Thanks to Grant, VK5GR for the preview. A35JT took place during September 23rd - October 7th 2019. More here.

TI5/W1USN & TI5/AA1M - Costa Rica Mike, W1USN and Bob, AA1M will be QRV from Atenas, Costa Rica as TI5/homecall from February 20 to March 4, 2020. They will be operating CW, SSB, some digital modes and hope to catch a few of the FM satellites. All QSLing will be thru LoTW, Bureau and/or direct.

5W0FY & 5W0GK - Samoa Look for Lee, VK3GK and Chris, VK3FY to be active from Samoa as 5W0GK and 5W0FY in the Oceania DX CW Contest this weekend.

5T2KW & 5T5PA - Mauritania Johannes 5T5PA and Evert 5T2KW inform DX-World that they will be active in October 2019 from a special location in Mauritania from the evening of the 19th until the morning of the 26th. Their main focus is on Low Bands. Johannes will be mostly active on SSB and some FT8.

ARRL Reps Meet with Congressional Reps Members of the ARRL Ad Hoc Legislative Advisory Committee met in September with several members of Congress to "reacquaint the lawmakers w…

YOTA Summer Camp Prompts Mini-Camps Around Europe Europe's Youngsters On The Air summer camp program brings together young hams from many countries each year – the 2019 camp in Bulgar…

Call the Sheriff… On 2 Meters! Greene County, Ohio, Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS with Hamvention officials Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT and Michael Kalter, W8CI.

4U1UN Making Progress Toward Return to Air 4U1UN's SteppIR vertical on the roof of United Nations headquarters in New York City. Members of the Un…

AMPRNet Owner Makes Donation to ARISS Next Generation Radio System If you were active in packet radio and the internet back in the 1980s and '90s, you may recall that "AMPRNet" internet addresses - starting with 44 - were available for amateur radio-related uses.

VP2MDT - Montserrat Duane, WV2B will be active from Montserrat as VP2MDT during January 9-15, 2020. QRV on HF bands, CW/SSB; holiday-style. QSL via H/c.

VP8/VP8DXU - South Orkney Islands We are pleased to announce that ON5UR QSL Printing has joined our list of corporate sponsors. Max is a full service QSL printer that produces high quality QSL cards in many formats, including monochrome, full color, folded / single cards at competitive pricing.

IC-9700 's new firmware has been released. This makes it possible to send, receive and show pictures by the IC-9700 itself.   Pictures stored on your smartphone or other device can be sent through the IC-9700. Using the ST-4001A/W picture utility software, you can.

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