Random DX Notes from All Over

The TL8TT Central African Republic DXpedition will continue until February 14, with operation on 160-10 meters, SSB, CW, and RTTY (20 meters only). A5A will be active February 10-17 from Bhutan by JH1AJT, E20NKB, and E21EIC on CW, SSB, and RTTY, 160 through 10 meters. QSL to Zorro, JH1AJT. ZC4A from Cyprus (UK Sovereign Base Area) is active until February 8 on SSB and CW, 80 through 10 meters…

ARRL Board of Directors Names Award Recipients

The ARRL Board named the winners of several awards when it met in Connecticut January 20-21. International Humanitarian Award Richard Darling, AH6G, and Barbara Darling, NH7FY, are the recipients of the 2016 International Humanitarian Award. The Board cited the couple’s support of past International Humanitarian Award winner John Bush, KH6DLK/V63JB, and their “significant material support” to his…

Oldest, Longest-Licensed US Ham, Educator Charles Hellman, W2RP, SK

Charles “Charlie” Hellman, W2RP, of Hastings on Hudson, New York, died on January 25. He was 106 and may have not only been the oldest surviving radio amateur in the US but, at 92 years, also may have been the longest licensed. By 8 days, Hellman outlived Harry Wolf, W6NKT, of Morro Bay, California, who had been considered the oldest US ham when he died on January 17, just a couple of weeks shy…

The K7RA Solar Update

Over the past reporting week (January 26 through February 1) average daily sunspot number declined 21.1 points to 31.6, compared to the previous seven days. Average daily planetary A index increased from 8 to 15.6, and average mid-latitude A index rose 5 points to 11.4. Predicted solar flux is 75 on February 3, 74 on February 4-5, 75 on February 6-10, 77 on February 11-12, then 78, 79 and 81 on F…