SOURCED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARRL: ARRL Logbook of The World Harmonizes Designation of FST4 Protocol

The Logbook of The World (LoTW) Committee worked with WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, to coordinate the creation of FST4 among WSJT-X, the ADIF standard, and LoTW.

Currently, the FST4 is only supported in a newly released beta version of the WSJT-X.


The new beta released includes digital protocols particularly designed for communication on LF and MF bands, like the 2200 meters and 630 meters, and its developers say that during its first few months of testing, contacts have crossed intercontinental paths numerous times on those bands.

Both modes offer a range of options for T/R-sequence lengths and threshold decoding sensitivities extending well into the –40 dB range, developers said.

Captioned in the photo: Joe Turner Committee's Action to Avoid

The committee’s action was to avoid the sort of confusion that cropped up among LoTW users logging contacts in FT4 when that protocol was first included in WSJT-X. In the ca…

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The 15th Annual ARRL Auction is Open!

The 15th Annual ARRL Online Auction is now open for registration and bidding.

The 2020 ARRL Auction will be held October 15th - 22nd, 2020 and the early bird preview will start October 8th - 14th, 2020.  

SOURCE: ARRL Assortment

The 2020 ARRL Online Auction includes a large assortment of QST items, including an SPE Expert 1.5K-FA HF amplifier, an ACOM 120S 160 – 6 meter linear amplifier, a Yaesu FTDX101D HF + 6-meter transceiver, an Icom IC-9700 multimode VHF/UHF transceiver, and a RigExpert Stick 230 antenna and cable. There is also some vintage gear up for bid.

Books & Radios

The ARRL Online Auction also features a wide assortment of vintage books, including past editions of The ARRL Handbook, Radios for Everybody, CQ Ghost Ship, and the 1909 “Electricity” volume — in souvenir condition — from the How Does It Work Series.


The Auction is sponsored by GigaParts.

Bidders will also find a …

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FCC Orders Amateur Access to the 3.5 GHz Band

Despite continuous opposition from the ARRL and others, the FCC has ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3 – 3.5-GHz amateur radio secondary spectrum allocation.

This decision allows current amateur activity on the band to continue, exempting the amateur operations subject to a later decision. The FCC has proposed two deadlines for amateur operations to cease on the band.

The first would apply to the 3.4 – 3.5 GHz segment, the second to 3.3 – 3.4 GHz. The FCC will establish the dates once it reviews additional comments.

Remove the Amateur Allocation

“We adopt our proposal from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to remove the amateur allocation from the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz band,” the FCC said in its R&O. “[W]e adopt changes to our rules today that provide for the sunset of the secondary amateur allocation in the band, but allow continued use of the band for amateur operations, pending resolution of the issues raised in the Further Notice.” Read more

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HamCation & the ARRL Convention has been postponed until February 2022

ARRL and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) have announced that the ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® — who was supposed to host the convention — have been postponed until February 10 – 13, 2022.

Health and Safety

“The joint decision came after considering the national public health emergency including the health and safety of all participants, the uncertainty that continues to impact our organizations, and the reluctance to travel to, and attend, large events,” said ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. “We regret the disruption to the hard work already completed by so many volunteers preparing for the ARRL National Convention and HamCation.”

Creds to ARRL.Org A Difficult Decision

“While postponing was a difficult decision, our top priority is delivering a safe and successful HamCation experience for everyone, including our attendees, dedicated volunteers, exhibitors, and service partners,” said HamCation General Chairman Michael Cau…

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October 7th, 2020: Amateur Newsline Report

FCC Meeting

Hams have been waiting on the outcome of the FCC meeting that discussed whether to eliminate amateur radio access on the 3.4 GHz band. The ARRC has used the FFC to preserve hams secondary status on the 3.4 GHz band rather than proceed with the proposal to remove amateur activity. During a recent phone call with FCC staff, the ARRL took back the argument it had made earlier this year in formal comments filed with the commission. The ARRL has maintained that preserving secondary use by radio amateurs will have no negative impact on any primary licenses in the future.


Including those providing 5G services. The FCC was to meet on Wednesday, September 3oth on the matter. There was no indication on when that decision was to be made public. Stay tuned for further updates.

Hams & Hospitals

When it comes to planning for an emergency coverage, hams and hospitals go hand in hand. With the help of a local hospital, hams in Callum…

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