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Evil Mad Scientist Labs releases their 2018 Valentines Cards

The unique and geeky valentines cards they produce have been released for 2018 and the theme this year’s set features parallel lines, friction, and activation energy.  Established in 2006 the unique and geeky blog has created these cards every year. 

Their blog is at: https://www.evilmadscientist.com/

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The ARRL International Grid Chase is well underway!

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, ARRL Contest Branch Manager
[as announced in December 2017 QST, page 92]

Join in on the ARRL's newest year-long operating event!

You may not know this, but your station is in a Maidenhead grid square. The entire world is divided into thousands of these 1° latitude × 2° longitude squares, each one with a unique designation. They're all part of a geographic location system adopted in the 1980s at a meeting of the VHF Working Group in Maidenhead, England. 

Unless you are a VHF enthusiast, this nugget of information may not mean much. But at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2018, the global Amateur Radio community came alive with the exchange of grid squares.

See full story at:  http://www.arrl.org/international-grid-chase-2018

For more information on grid squares see http://www.arrl.org/grid-squares




ARRL again calls for action on symbol rate limits

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) the ARRL have reiterated their call to eliminate the archaic symbol rate restriction on amateur radio data modes.

Introduced in 1980 the symbol rate restriction has crippled the development of innovative data modes in the United States and amateurs have been trying to get it scrapped for decades.


Read the full ARRL story at




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