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Friday, June 29, 2018

The ARRL Letter, June 28, 2018

The ARRL Letter
June 28, 2018

Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

[Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.]

  • “Baker is Brutal!” KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Reports upon Arrival
  • Attendance Holds Steady at Hamvention 2018
  • ARRL Field Day 2018 Participants Have Fun Despite Dicey HF Conditions
  • The Doctor Will See You Now!
  • World Radiosport Team Championship 2018: The Other Ham Radio Event of the Summer
  • 13 Colonies Special Event to Mark 10th Anniversary this Year
  • In Brief…
  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

The ARRL Letter Will Not Be Published on July 5. Because of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no edition of The ARRL Letter on Thursday, July 5, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 6. The next edition of The ARRL Letter will be published on Thursday, July 12, and ARRL Audio News will resume on Friday, July 13. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

“Baker is Brutal!” KH1/KH7Z DXpedition Team Reports upon Arrival

“Baker is brutal!” That was the initial assessment from the Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition team, which arrived at the uninhabited South Pacific atoll on June 26 at local sunrise, following a 4-day sea voyage. The KH1/KH7Z team started up early on June 27, initially with four stations on the air, with additional stations and modes, including FT8, joining the fray by June 28.

“Island conditions are extremely hot and difficult. Long work periods in the sun are challenging,” a June 27 DXpedition news update reported. The team reported that the landing “was not too bad, but the island is an oven,” with the temperature well above 100 °F by mid-morning. Despite challenging tides, the crew of the Nai’a was able to offload all tents, generators, and emergency supplies. After the initial landing team left “totally exhausted,” a fresh crew arrived to put up the tents for sleeping and move radios, antennas, and generators to the storage and operating tents.

“They say it never rains on Baker,” the DXpedition noted in its June 28 update. “At midnight, giant squalls came through, knocking out one of our three antennas that we worked so hard to get up. We worked through the morning and [now] have 6 stations available.”

The KH1/KH7Z frequency plan is on the DXpedition website. DXpedition operators generally will operate split. Do not call on the DX station’s transmitting frequency.

FT8 “DXpedition Mode” operation is planned. Stations should have WSJT-X version 1.9.1 installed and be in “Hound” mode (check the appropriate box under the “Advanced” tab in the WSJT-X File/Settings menu). More information on DXpedition Mode is available from the WSJT-X Development Team.

Plans call for the DXpedition to be “very active” on 60 meters. Logs will be uploaded to Club Log.

For his June 28 Ham Talk Live! internet radio program, Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, has arranged for a satellite telephone contact with the Baker Island DXpeditionteam and will take callers via Skype or telephone. He’ll also take live questions via Twitter (@HamTalkLive) or, in advance, by email. Ham Talk Live! streams Thursdays at 9 PM EDT (0100 UTC on Fridays in North American Time Zones).

Attendance Holds Steady at Hamvention 2018

Hamvention® marked another successful year in 2018, General Chair Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, told ARRL this week. At 28,417 visitors, Hamvention recorded its third-largest attendance ever in its second year at its still-new location in Xenia, Ohio.

“We had a slight decline in attendance, but we think people were waiting to hear about the upgrades we made, and some upgrades did not happen until the very last

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