• 2 The ARRL Letter for November 9, 2017

    From mark lewis@1:3634/12.73 to all on Fri Nov 10 03:51:16 2017
    Mother, Daughter Radio Amateurs Active from Nepal: Kalpana Kharel, 9N1MM, and her daughter Tejaswita (Tehu), 9N1DX, both are active radio amateurs from Nepal's capital of Kathmandu. Husband and father Satish is 9N1AA. Both women are reported operational on HF, mostly on RTTY and FT8. Kalpana Kharel is believed to be the first female Amateur Radio licensee from Nepal, and her daughter is the youngest ever to obtain a ham license there (an American, Jinny
    Beyer, 9N1RA, was active in the 1970s). Tehu Kharel, who attends Rato Bangala School in Patan, Nepal, said on her QRZ.com profile that she is working to improve her Morse code skills. "I was very keen to learn about ham radio since my childhood," she said there. "I always observed RTTY QSOs of my dad. So, I am
    more comfortable with digital modes." QSL cards for 9N1MM and 9N1DX are said to
    be in production. 9N1MM, now held by Kalpana Kharel, once was the famous call sign of Father Marshall Moran, the first radio amateur active in Nepal from the
    1950s until the early 1990s.

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    Getting It Right

    The article "CQ World Wide SSB Event Inaugurates Fall Contest Season," in the November 2 edition of The ARRL Letter, contained inaccurate information. The CQ
    World Wide SSB contest claimed score for K3LR was the top US high-power multi-multi score.

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    The K7RA Solar Update

    Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: No sunspots have been visible so far in November. The average daily sunspot number dropped from 17.7 last week to zero this week, November 2-8. The average daily solar flux declined from 75.4 to 70.8, while the average daily planetary A index went from 6.4 to 15.6, and average mid-latitude A index rose from 4.7 to 12.4.

    Predicted solar flux is 68 on November 9-11; 69, 70, and 72 on November 12-14; 73 on November 15-16; 75 on November 17-30; 72 on December 1; 71 on December 2-3; 70 on December 4-10; 71, 72, 73, 73, and 74 on December 11-15, and 75 on December 16-23.

    Predicted planetary A index is 38, 30, 26, and 12 on November 9-12; 5, 8, and 16 on November 13-15; 10 on November 16-17; 5 on November 18-19; 20 on November
    20-22; 5 on November 23-28; 10 on November 29-30; 5 on December 1-2; 10 and 27 on December 3-4; 30 on December 5-6; 28, 25, and 10 on December 7-9; 5 on December 10-11; 10 on December 12-14; 5 on December 15-16; 20 on December 17-19, and 5 on December 20-23.

    Sunspot numbers for November 2-8 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 73.6, 73.2, 72.1, 71.1, 69.4, 68.3, and 67.6, with a mean of 70.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 9, 4, 3, 2, 36, and 47, with a mean of 15.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 12, 7, 2, 1, 0, 26, and 39, with a mean of 12.4.

    Send me your reports and observations.

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    Just Ahead in Radiosport

    * November 11-12 -- WAE DX Contest (RTTY)
    * November 11-12 -- 10-10 International Fall Contest (Digital)
    * November 11-12 -- JIDX Phone Contest
    * November 11-12 -- OK/OM DX Contest (CW)
    * November 11-12 -- SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)
    * November 11-12 -- Kentucky QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
    * November 11-13 -- CQ-WE Contest (CW, phone, digital)
    * November 13 -- 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)
    * November 13 -- RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series (Data)
    * November 16 -- NAQCC CW Sprint

    See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile e-mail preferences.

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    Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

    * November 11 -- HamJam Convention, Alpharetta, Georgia
    * November 18-19 -- Indiana State Convention, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    * December 2 -- Arkansas DX Association's 50th Anniversary Convention,
    North Little Rock, Arkansas
    * December 8-9 -- West Central Florida Section Convention, Plant City,
    Florida
    * January 6 -- New York City-Long Island Section Convention, Brookville,
    New York
    * January 13 -- Georgia ARES Convention, Forsyth, Georgia
    * January 19-20 -- North Texas Section Convention, Forest Hill, Texas
    * January 20 -- GARS TECHFEST Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    * January 21-27 -- Quartzfest Convention, Quartzsite, Arizona
    * January 26-27 -- Delta Division Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Find conventions and hamfests in your area.

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