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Baofeng UV-9R TP 18-watt Power Testing | UV9R Plus HT

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:17

Baofeng UV-9R TP 18-watt HT Ham Radio Unboxing and power testing – let’s see if this 18-watt HT does what it is advertised to do!

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Antenna THE COKE LOOP Antenna by PY1AHD January 10, 2015 No comments

  “The Coke Loop is a Small Magnetic Loop Antenna tuned by a trombone-style variable capacitor made with standard soda cans.  In Brazil we... Read more

The AMSAT SA 2 m / 70 cm dual-band Yagi antenna is now available December 30, 2018 No comments

The   antenna has a 50-ohm designed driver.  The Yagi has a unique element called a ‘Open Sleeve’ which is a director very close to the driven element... Read more

The QuirkyQRP SlinkTenna Review October 02, 2019 No comments

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Remote Antenna Switches DXE-RR8B-HP April 09, 2015 No comments

    Remote Antenna Switch, 8 Port, 5kW Key-Down, Each RR8B-HP Remote Antenna Switches are RF antenna switches with excellent performance on... Read more

Log Periodic Dipole Array 13 element 10MHz – 54MHz High Performance LPD January 08, 2018 No comments

Log Periodic Dipole A Super Wide Band, High Performance Log Periodic Dipole Array – 10MHz to 54MHz inclusive All InnovAntennas LPDA’s are design... Read more

Review Power Line Noise and Bat Detector – MFJ 5008 November 09, 2016 No comments

HF and VHF operation can be affected by noise on the bands which makes it hard to hear the weaker stations and adds to your fatigue. Many times the no... Read more

FT8, Scope Kit , Pi Zero W : AmateurLogic 107 August 13, 2017 No comments

Peter operates the new FT8 Digital Mode from Joe Taylor. Tommy builds the DSO138 Scope Kit. George discusses the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Wayne build an A... Read more

Beta Testing of MFJ-1234 RigPi Station Server December 18, 2018 No comments

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Xiegu G90 – Review January 20, 2020 No comments

G90 is a portable 20W HF amateur radio transceiver with an SDR architecture with built-in auto antenna tuner. The display unit and the radio can be se... Read more

Yaesu FTDX101D With Bubba, Consumer Review December 12, 2019 No comments

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The M-1 Reference Microphone is the ultimate, high-quality, innovative desktop microphone, dedicated to the most discriminating Ham Radio Operators. I... Read more

The Classic Astatic D-104 Microphone October 27, 2020 No comments

Let’s take a quick look at the classic Astatic D-104 microphone! Read more

Wireless Bluetooth mic for Yaesu mobile radios FT-7900R/100DR etc August 10, 2020 No comments

Yaesu mobile Yaesu Mobile Radio Please check our new bluetooth speaker mic VGC BMH-68, it’s a very perfect replacement for the MH-48 serial wire... Read more

Uniden SDS100 – Coming Soon March 19, 2018 No comments

Uniden creates another first with the SDS100 True I/Q Scanner, the first scanner to incorporate Software Defined Radio technology to provide incredibl... Read more

Mobile Communications Center – Go Box by KI6AIX April 15, 2015 No comments

  Designed and built by Dennis, KI6AIX. This Mobile Comm Center features VHF and UHF two-way radios, a scanner, internal battery or power supply.... Read more

News Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact March 02, 2021 No comments

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) c... Read more

John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award March 02, 2021 No comments

The winning article for the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque award is “Create Your Own 1:1 Coax Choke Balun,” by John Portune, W6NBC. The... Read more

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short February 25, 2021 No comments

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned  by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to... Read more

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes” February 25, 2021 No comments

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via ... Read more

Mystery Box! ARRL Expo At Home Surprise Pack February 25, 2021 No comments

The ARRL offered surprise boxes as part of their ‘Expo at Home’ for the 2021 Orlando Hamcation. I ordered a mystery apparel pack and a mys... Read more

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Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:11

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) crew member is set for March 3. The Moldova Peace Corps (MPC) is the hosting organization, and 90 students (aged 10 – 18) from a consortium of educational institutions, rural schools, and libraries from nine Moldovan villages will participate.

MPC promotes economic and civic development with a particular focus on developing local resources in rural and suburban communities. Another focus of MPC is to provide youth in Moldovan villages with access to STEM opportunities and build capacity among local teachers/librarians to implement STEM activities in their curricula.

During the multipoint telebridge contact, students will take turns asking questions of astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG. ARISS team member David Payne, NA7V, in Oregon will serve as the relay amateur radio station.

In support of this contact, the MPC partnered with the staff at the Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies within the Technical University of Moldova (UTM), the US Peace Corps Volunteer Coordinator, and the participating schools and libraries. The contact will be livestreamed via the MPC and UTM Facebook pages. 

SOURCE:ARRL

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Antenna JK402-PICCOLO 2 Elements on 40M / 18 Foot Boom April 10, 2017 No comments

The JK402P (Piccolo) is a 18Ft boom 2 element 40m Yagi that has excellent gain and F/R.  The elements are loaded Capacitively & Inductively which... Read more

Force 12 FPA-20-OCF Vertical running through 8 to 6 meters June 05, 2016 No comments

Does your neighborhood forbid antennas but allow flagpoles? Is tearing up your lawn to lay 64 radials not an option? Or maybe you just want a high-per... Read more

Small Garden Vertical HF Antenna Installation October 08, 2020 No comments

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INAC AX-330 – HF Antenna September 22, 2015 No comments

HF Antenna AX-330, is an antenna that covers the spectrum of HF of 3.4 Mhz. 30.5 MHz continuously. Two loops tuned remotely by two servo motors, fed s... Read more

The Air Jupiter End Fed Co-Linear Antenna February 29, 2020 No comments

launching today The Air Jupiter End Fed Co-Linear Antenna! Here’s a video, 150watts, VSWR 1:3:1, Details to Follow 73’s Tom #HamRadio #SOTA #AvGee... Read more


Review Baofeng UV-5R Extreme Test! – Fire , Water , Freezer October 16, 2015 No comments

Baofeng UV-5R Hello all! K5CLC here to share a really crazy and extreme field test I did on my year old Baofeng UV5R, to test its merit under the most... Read more

Yaesu FT DX3000 Review [ Video ] May 19, 2015 No comments

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More Antenna questions and Coax – Ham College 25 January 31, 2017 No comments

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Elecraft KX2 VS. Xiegu X5105 QRP Radio Showdown! June 29, 2019 No comments

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Comparison: Elecraft KX3 and ICOM IC-7300 August 18, 2017 No comments

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Equipment OFF-GRID HAM RADIO: Simple Emergency Communication When the Grid Goes Down December 01, 2014 No comments

Check great article about Emergency Communication from Robert Richardson  :     Read more

Astron Has A New Power Supply, SS-50M-AP First Look February 10, 2020 No comments

“This is their brand new, up and coming line of switching mode power supplies. Very quick video. But it is the only one in the world on display... Read more

Radiosport RS55SL SuperLight Travel Headset October 11, 2018 No comments

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UNIDEN UBCD3600XLT DIGITAL SCANNER RECEIVER 25-1300MHz January 31, 2017 No comments

UNIDEN UBCD3600XLT FEATURES, FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS: • Favorites Scan – Allows you to organize your Systems into Favorites Lists. The scanner wi... Read more

ACOM ATU04AT- REMOTE AUTOMATIC ANTENNA TUNER AND SWITCH September 27, 2017 No comments

Remote matching of antennas – less losses in the feed line. Designed for installation in a shack, under a shed, or in open (see mounting kit opt... Read more


News Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact March 02, 2021 No comments

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) c... Read more

John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award March 02, 2021 No comments

The winning article for the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque award is “Create Your Own 1:1 Coax Choke Balun,” by John Portune, W6NBC. The... Read more

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short February 25, 2021 No comments

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned  by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to... Read more

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes” February 25, 2021 No comments

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via ... Read more

Mystery Box! ARRL Expo At Home Surprise Pack February 25, 2021 No comments

The ARRL offered surprise boxes as part of their ‘Expo at Home’ for the 2021 Orlando Hamcation. I ordered a mystery apparel pack and a mys... Read more

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John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 12:02

The winning article for the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque award is “Create Your Own 1:1 Coax Choke Balun,” by John Portune, W6NBC.

The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article today!

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Antenna 3-Element 3-Band Mini-Beam from ZX-Yagi February 01, 2015 No comments

3-Element 3-Band Mini-Beam from ZX-Yagi Better have a small one than none…. Compact built and light-weight 3-band antenna for 10, 15 and 20m. Ab... Read more

Inflatable Air Antennas Available from 8th January 2020 December 26, 2019 No comments

Ham AIR Antenna A professionally made, robust, fully portable & waterproof inflatable antenna, for Ham Bands, A 144-148Mhz Version, , Perfect for... Read more

Homemade 4M (70MHz) Delta Loop Antenna June 10, 2020 No comments

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DxGlider52: Ultimate DX-Contest Tribander 18 elements ~ 52ft boom November 24, 2014 No comments

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SmartSDR for iOS v3.06.02 Now Available October 21, 2019 No comments

FlexRadio Systems announces the release of SmartSDR for iOS v3.06.02 is now available for download or update from the Apple App Store. This App requir... Read more


Review Turn a Cheap Ham Radio Into An APRS & WinLink Transceiver December 08, 2020 No comments

“Today we take a look at the Mobilinkd TNC3. The TNC3 uses the KISS protocol to feed packet data to your phone or computer over bluetooth. Its a... Read more

Bury 100ft of wire 10in deep in 10 minutes without any mess March 13, 2017 No comments

The greatest tool any underground utility contractor could own. Bury wire and conduit faster and easier without the mess.     Read more

Yaesu FTM-400DR [ Review ] May 13, 2019 No comments

FTM-400XDR C4FM FDMA / FM 144/430 MHz DUAL BAND TRANSCEIVER The new FTM-400XDR includes an improved GPS receiver that employs the latest in GPS techno... Read more

Icom IC-7851 Transceiver – ARRL Review – QST October 11, 2016 No comments

Contesters and DXers are always looking for that competitive edge to magically pull out the weak signal that is either the rare country or multiplier... Read more

Vintage Tech: The Simpson 260 VOM Volt-Ohm-Milliammeter family December 11, 2020 No comments

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Equipment IC-9700 Firmware Update April 03, 2020 No comments

Download Type Firmware Model name IC-9700 Version Version 1.23 Update 2020/04/03 Major changes Changes from Version 1.21 Changed the screen drawing se... Read more

Maestro Control Console for the FLEX-6000 May 15, 2015 No comments

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Icom IC-7300 – PRE-RELEASE INFORMATION November 20, 2015 No comments

High quality real-time spectrum scope Now, a serious spectrum scope is NOT a “privilege” of high-grade models. The high-resolution real-ti... Read more

Radio Direction Finder DF2020T December 12, 2014 No comments

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Hilberling HPA-8000B-54 Power Amplifier May 08, 2017 No comments

HPA-8000B-54 1kW Out Linear Amplifier 1.8 … 54 MHz Amateur Radio Bands 160 / 80 / 40 / 30 / 20 17 / 15 / 12 / 10 / 6 m All-Mode AM / FM / SSB /... Read more


News Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact March 02, 2021 No comments

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) c... Read more

John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award March 02, 2021 No comments

The winning article for the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque award is “Create Your Own 1:1 Coax Choke Balun,” by John Portune, W6NBC. The... Read more

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short February 25, 2021 No comments

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned  by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to... Read more

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes” February 25, 2021 No comments

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via ... Read more

Mystery Box! ARRL Expo At Home Surprise Pack February 25, 2021 No comments

The ARRL offered surprise boxes as part of their ‘Expo at Home’ for the 2021 Orlando Hamcation. I ordered a mystery apparel pack and a mys... Read more

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$760 Ham Radio Shack From Aliexpress?

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 07:29

$760 Ham Radio Shack From Aliexpress?

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Antenna New InnovAntennas Quads November 20, 2017 No comments

NEW FOR 2018! Following on from our successful LFA-Q compact quads, we are adding a more traditional looking quad to our range which boasts two of the... Read more

Portable TW Antenna May 24, 2019 No comments

“Preserving and building upon the legacy of this premier portable HF antenna line, DX Engineering is now the manufacturer of TW Antennas!* DX En... Read more

Transmission Line Calculator by AA3RL September 11, 2015 No comments

Introduction: There are a variety of programs available to the Radio Amateur that will calculate virtually every transmission line parameter that one... Read more

How To Build A V Dipole For Receiving Weather Satellites June 01, 2020 No comments

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The Cycle Buster – New HF Dual Antenna M2 ! May 04, 2016 No comments

The 40-20M-3-5 is a coil loaded 40 meter 3 element Yagi interlaced with a 20M 5 element Yagi. This antenna is the perfect package to bust the sun spot... Read more


Review RigExpert AA-230 Antenna Analyzer Unboxing and Initial August 09, 2019 No comments

The RigExpert AA-230 Zoom analyzer is designed for measuring SWR (standing wave ratio), return loss, cable loss, as well as other parameters of cable... Read more

Review of the Commradio CR-1A July 23, 2016 No comments

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Luiton LT-898UV Ultra Portable Go Box Kit – Ham Radio Q & A November 11, 2016 No comments

“You may have seen my previous video in which I reviewed the Luiton (Leixen) LT-898UV 10 watt mobile radio. In this episode I build an ultra por... Read more

New All-band SSB/CW Micro BITX Now Available January 04, 2018 No comments

“HFSignals.com now offers the uBITX (micro BITX) HF radio, an all-band QRP rig that operates both sideband and CW, for the truly remarkable pric... Read more

Retevis RT82 DMR Dual Band Handheld Radio – Review February 12, 2018 No comments

Description  RT82 is a dual band DMR radio  Frequency band:136-174 & 400-480MHz  10000 Contacts  IP67 Waterproof  Use Time-Division Multiple-Acces... Read more


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Equipment IC-9700 – Direct Sampling Brought to the VHF/UHF World October 11, 2018 No comments

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mAT-705 Tuner Introduction December 09, 2020 No comments

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LDG RT-100 Remote Tuner May 11, 2016 No comments

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Station Master DeLuxe – microHam December 16, 2014 No comments

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New Hy-gain AR-500 May 09, 2018 No comments

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News Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact March 02, 2021 No comments

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) c... Read more

John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award March 02, 2021 No comments

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ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short February 25, 2021 No comments

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned  by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to... Read more

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes” February 25, 2021 No comments

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Mystery Box! ARRL Expo At Home Surprise Pack February 25, 2021 No comments

The ARRL offered surprise boxes as part of their ‘Expo at Home’ for the 2021 Orlando Hamcation. I ordered a mystery apparel pack and a mys... Read more

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ACOM – Manufacturers Showcase

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 07:20

ACOM team to discuss the latest amplifier technology. Tune in and ask the team questions.

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Antenna ACOM HF Log-periodic antennas January 06, 2015 No comments

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RF transistor handles 1.5kW 1.8 to 500 MHz August 25, 2016 No comments

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Equipment TEN-TEC RX-340 Commercial Monitor Receiver March 20, 2015 No comments

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SPE Expert 1.5K-FA Linear Amplifier July 05, 2017 No comments

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Uniden BC125AT Power Package June 18, 2015 No comments

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News Moldova Peace Corps to Sponsor March 3 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact March 02, 2021 No comments

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between youngsters and youth in Moldova and an International Space Station (ISS) c... Read more

John Portune, W6NBC, Wins the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award March 02, 2021 No comments

The winning article for the February 2021 QST Cover Plaque award is “Create Your Own 1:1 Coax Choke Balun,” by John Portune, W6NBC. The... Read more

ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short February 25, 2021 No comments

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned  by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to... Read more

Amateur Radio Helping to Fill Earthquake Report “Donut Holes” February 25, 2021 No comments

An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via ... Read more

Mystery Box! ARRL Expo At Home Surprise Pack February 25, 2021 No comments

The ARRL offered surprise boxes as part of their ‘Expo at Home’ for the 2021 Orlando Hamcation. I ordered a mystery apparel pack and a mys... Read more

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ARRL Interview Explains Background of Ham Radio in Space Film Short

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 12:48

Josh Tanner, the Australian filmmaker who produced the thriller Decommissioned 

by Perception Pictures, has explained how he came up with the idea to develop the movie short. In the approximately 6-minute film, a SuitSat returns in the future to haunt International Space Station commander “Diaz,” played by Joey Vieira, who spots SuitSat, the surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit-turned-amateur-radio-satellite several years ago by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

An exclusive ARRL video interview 

premiering on Saturday, February 27, brings together Tanner, who directed the sci-fi horror film about an eerie ham-radio-in-space reencounter, and ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. In the interview, conducted by ARRL volunteer Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of the popular YouTube channel Ham Radio Crash Course, Tanner described the uniquely creative and technical aspects of the filmmaking involved in Decommissioned and its connection with the real-life SuitSat-1. 

“My wife Jade, who is also a co-writer of this short film, and I are really both really both obsessed with space, and we discovered SuitSat on Wikipedia,” Tanner said in the interview. “It was an initial sort of two-pronged reaction. One, this is genius. It’s amazing that they did this; I’d never heard this before. And the second one was, this is kinda creepy…that they had what looks like a stranded, dead astronaut floating around the earth…and there were voices of children being transmitted from it.”

SuitSat-1 transmitted a voice message, “This is SuitSat-1 RS0RS!” in several languages, plus telemetry and a slow-scan TV image on an 8-minute cycle as it orbited Earth.

Tanner said a lot of the films he produces “take pieces of history that are rather quite odd or interesting that maybe a lot of people don’t know about.”

Bauer described the background of the 2006 SuitSat project, which involved ARISS’s relationship with Sergey Samburov, RV3DR. Samburov was “the initial brainchild” behind the SuitSat-1 concept, and ARISS ran with it, Bauer recounted.

“We had 3 weeks to pull it all together and get it ready for launch,” Bauer said, and that included getting safety approvals. SuitSat-1 operated for about 2 weeks, and a contest of sorts evolved to guess when it would burn up in the atmosphere, which wasn’t until about 6 months later. A SuitSat-2 was launched from the ISS several years later.

Tanner said the Decommissioned script was written about 3 years ago, but creating the realistic atmosphere and sets involved a number of complexities, which was “very expensive,” he revealed. A big push toward using video game engine technology in feature-film development made it possible. Decommissioned was produced using a game engine called Unreal Engine, which also was used to produce the feature film The Mandalorian.

Grab your popcorn and avoid a spoiler. ARRL recommends viewing the short film before watching the 45-minute interview. The interview premiers on ARRL’s YouTube channel, Saturday, February 27, at 1600 UTC.

ARRL reminds interested schools and educational organizations in the US that the latest window to submit proposals to host scheduled ham radio contacts with an ISS crew member opened on February 15. Contacts would be scheduled January 1 – June 30, 2022. Proposals are due to ARISS by 0759 UTC on April 1. 

In the US, ARRL is a partner in the ARISS program, along with AMSAT, NASA, and the ISS National Lab which has kept amateur radio on the air from the International Space Station for 20 years.

SOURCE:ARRL

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Antenna Yagi Ultrabeam 6-10-12-15-17-20-30 and 40M UB640 – VL1-3 September 15, 2015 No comments

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BIG SIGNAL 2BS-5B – 5 band antenna November 02, 2019 No comments

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Antenna Design and Measurement Software June 22, 2020 No comments

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Knot for Coax Strain Relief August 30, 2019 No comments

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An article describing how radio amateurs can help fill the information “donut hole” by providing post-earthquake “did you feel it” (DYFI) reports via Winlink HF radio email appeared on February 22 in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) magazine Eos. As the article points out, “Ham radio networks gear up to provide real-time, on-the-ground information about earthquake shaking and damage when other communication pathways are knocked out of commission.” Authors of the article were David J. Wald of the US Geological Survey (USGS), Vincent Quitoriano, and Oliver Dully, K6OLI.

As the article explains, DYFI uses a questionnaire to gather individuals’ experiences and observations, and USGS uses the information to evaluate the shaking intensity at that person’s location. DYFI has been in operation since 1999 in the US and 15 years around the world, during which the USGS has gathered more than 5 million individual DYFI intensity reports.

The article notes that a potential problem is that “public access to it may be compromised as a result of strong earthquake shaking,” with affected individuals experiencing power and communication outages or may be distracted by more immediate priorities.

“USGS and other global seismic network operators have witnessed report ‘donut holes’ in areas of strong shaking due to loss of internet communication,” the article said, “most recently during the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that hit near Salt Lake City in March 2020.” The article suggested that “alternative pathways” of communication are needed to “gather important ground-truth shaking data with minimal delay.” And this is where amateur radio groups come into play.

“We now expect to sample the donut hole with the help of amateur radio groups worldwide,” the article’s authors said. “These groups, which already provide emergency communications capabilities to government agencies, hospitals, and other critical users during emergencies and disasters, can mobilize a significant number of licensed radio operators after a strong earthquake, especially near large population centers, ensuring a baseline level of macroseismic intensity reporting, even in heavily affected areas.”

As the article explains, USGS has partnered with Winlink, a radio email platform with more than 28,000 users worldwide, and with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) members. “In June 2020, Winlink experts adapted the USGS DYFI questionnaire to their software platform, and this version is now available to all licensed amateur radio operators.”

This means that during a major earthquake, Winlink users can send their responses via radio to far-away receiving stations if they’ve lost internet service. “These unaffected, out-of-area stations, or gateways, can then forward data via the internet to USGS for immediate analysis,” the article said.

SOURCE:ARRL

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Thu, 02/25/2021 - 07:23

The amateur radio communications team of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has created a multi-site radio communications exercise dubbed “Whirlwind Boom,” designed to bring together volunteers and local agencies across northern Florida and throughout the southeastern US. The 2-hour drill is set for Friday, March 19. Invitations have gone out to Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups, county-level emergency managers, state communications experts, and federal SHARES HF radio program volunteers, and volunteers taking part in the 2021 Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on-site training the following day.

The exercise scenario involved tornadoes coupled with the terrorist bombing of the telephone system, and large numbers of displaced residents seeking shelter. Only radio remains. During the exercise, volunteers will practice transmitting formal reports about the utility, water, and safety situations in their counties (Incident Action Plan). Many participants will communicate across hundreds of miles using portable radio gear powered by car batteries or small generators. Simulated outbound survivor messages to friends and family will also be sent by radio. Participating groups will receive secret messages advising them of unexpected handicaps that mimic what might happen during an actual disaster — complicating their tasks.

Core capabilities are mass care services and operational communications. Exercise objectives include antenna deployment, emergency power usage, communications planning, voice communication, establishment of a command net, preparing and handling formal status reports, tactical communications, survivor message handling, data communication, handling resource requests, efficient response times, promoting interoperability, and volunteer management.

These exercises are structured in accordance with Department of Homeland Security training guidelines. For more information, contact Gordon Gibby, KX4Z

SOURCE:ARRL

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ARES and Red Cross Cooperate to Assist Storm-Affected Residents in Texas

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 07:18

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and American Red Cross volunteers joined forces in Texas under the ARRL/Red Cross memorandum of understanding in responding to the situation resulting from unseasonably frigid weather. Kevin McCoy, KF5FUZ, said the Red Cross formally requested an ARES activation in Texas to address the effects of the natural disaster, which included a lack of drinking water, power outages, fuel shortages, and frozen plumbing, among others. Red Cross in Central Texas supported more than 60 warming shelters at the request of governmental agencies.

“We made a special effort to use Winlink email over radio to get reports of infrastructure problems and unmet needs [and to] communicate information about warming centers,” McCoy said. “I would say that Winlink operators attending local nets and passing on information was the most valuable contribution in this unusual and unprecedented disaster. We had literally hundreds of Winlink operators across Texas who were trained and ready. Some of these teams, especially in counties that are still suffering, may be active with other served agencies.”

Several teams deployed to support emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Bexar, Brazos, Kerr, Travis, and Williamson counties, he said. “Some of these ARES organizations were also serving the needs of the National Weather Service and local government — as was the case in Williamson County,” McCoy added.

“Our effort in the start of the activity was to focus on folks with medical needs who required power, and to get those folks to safety,” McCoy said. “Reports from operators were passed to Disaster Program Managers and Disaster Action Teams and to Red Cross Disaster Mental Health personnel for evaluation. Government partners and citizens provided transportation and Red Cross provided hotel rooms in areas with reliable power to keep these citizens safe while following COVID protocols.”

An early report from Texas Hill Country concerned infrastructure failures in public service communication towers, which affected 911 calls in Mason County. This was followed by loss of cell towers in nearby counties. “Those early reports really gave us an idea of what we were in for, and that was the beginning of power failure escalation in Texas,” McCoy said.

Power outages have now dropped from some 4 million customers to some 100,000, indicating the start of recovery operations, with damage assessment already under way.

On February 20, Red Cross made a formal stand-down request to Texas ARES sections from the Central and South Texas Red Cross Region. “Transportation, communication, and internet had restored sufficiently to allow for that change of status,” McCoy said. “We made a call out to the 83 counties that we serve, and did not receive any requests. We did let all Winlink operators know that we would still monitor the tactical addresses until the disaster recovery was over. We have had some infrastructure and condition reports after we sent the stand-down.”

McCoy said some ARRL Section Managers and local Emergency Coordinators were strongly encouraging their teams to engage in their communities as their radio responsibilities decrease. He cited SEC Greg Evans, K5GTX, as “an excellent example” of an SEC who has been keeping his team both well informed and well armed with “how ARES/ARRL operators can help best through the phases of this unprecedented event.”

Key issues remaining include the prolonged power outage and the freezing weather that left Texas with damaged water infrastructure. “Things are improving rapidly,” McCoy said on February 22, “but coupled with the loss of transportation and people being without water for days, we have a huge need for points of distribution for water inventories and additional water flowing into the state.”

“We have a lot of work to do,” said McCoy, who called it, “a very frustrating environment for organizations that want to help.”

“We all are getting a lesson in the cascading failures resulting from cold and power outages. Government, business, and non-governmental organizations are all cooperating to help.”

SOURCE:ARRL

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ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, to Keynote QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:35

ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, will keynote the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo March 13 – 14 weekend. Minster’s talk — part of an 80+ speaker lineup — will begin at 2000 UTC (3 PM EST) on March 13. His appearance will highlight ARRL’s featured role at the Expo, which also will include “Ask The ARRL Lab.” ARRL is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.

Minster, who assumed the ARRL Headquarters leadership position last September, has launched major projects and assembled teams to foster innovation and individual skill development in radio technology and communications. In his keynote, Minster will share his enthusiasm for advancing amateur radio and highlight current ARRL initiatives to engage and inspire the current generation of hams. His presentation topics will include:

  • ARRL’s digital transformation, which promises to bring new value to ARRL members. An all-in digital approach will improve the way members access and engage with content, programs, and systems.
  • The ARRL Learning Center, a hub for members to discover the many facets of amateur radio and develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • Increasing video content, opening opportunities for amateur radio content creators and member-volunteers to learn, stay informed, and keep connected.
  • Improving training and tools to engage radio clubs, emergency communication volunteers, and students.

The ARRL Expo booth will feature “Ask the ARRL Lab,” where Lab staffers will answer questions live. Attendees can come into the booth lounge (featuring the Expo’s latest virtual meet-up and video technology), sit down at a virtual table, and ask ARRL Lab technical wizards for tips about projects or suggestions to address various station installations and problems. Attendees can also learn about Product Review equipment testing by the Lab, see a presentation on how the Lab can help hams with RFI problems, and tour W1AW — the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station — virtually. ARRL booth staff will also point attendees to helpful resources from across membership benefits, services, and programs.

Representing the ARRL Lab will be Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI; Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM; Senior Laboratory Engineer Zack Lau, W1VT; RFI Engineer Paul Cianciolo, W1VLF, and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. Between all of them, they have over 100 years of experience at ARRL Headquarters,

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Chairman Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, also announced four live group kit-building workshops. Workshop instructors will guide participants through building a variety of kits, which will be available for purchase and delivered prior to the Expo so attendees can build them at home. Attendees unable to participate during the live sessions can order and build kits by watching the workshop videos during the on-demand period that follows the Expo through April 12.

Workshop kits prices range from $15 to $30. Early-bird discount tickets and links to purchase kits can be found at the QSO Today Expo website. These workshops will include:

  • Building the NS-40 QRP Transmitter, a 14-component, 5 W transmitter for 7.030 MHz (with instructors David Cripe, NM0S, and Virginia Smith, NV5F).
  • The Learn-to-Solder Workshop will introduce the basic tools and techniques of building electronic kits. Participants will build a 20-meter transmitter kit (with instructors Rex Harper, W1REX, and Stephen Houser, N1SH).
  • Building the Cric-Key, a simple CW keyer with paddle, suitable for home and field use (with instructor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB).
  • The Mini-Sudden Receiver, a pocket-and-mint-tin friendly direct-conversion 20-meter receiver (with instructors Rex Harper, W1REX, and Stephen Houser, N1SH).    

SOURCE:ARRL

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23cm band in the spotlight with regulators

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:30

During the week 15 – 19 February, the preparatory work for WRC-23 agenda item 9.1b continued in ITU‑R Working Party 4C (WP4C). The WRC agenda item has initiated technical studies on coexistence between the radio navigation satellite service (RNSS) and the amateur services in the 23cm band. As usual, the IARU participated in the meeting and delivered key information on amateur activities in this important microwave band. This information is vital to ensure the amateur services are realistically represented in the studies as they move forward. 

It remains vital that national amateur communities present their views on the importance of this band to their national regulators in a consolidated and consistent manner. 

To assist with this the IARU-R1 is developing supporting material that member societies can refer to when addressing the topic with their national regulator.

The work on this topic will continue throughout the year and beyond both in ITU‑R and in the regional telecommunications organisations and the IARU is committed to ensure every organisation understands the amateur position on this important microwave band.

ITU‑R WP4C Meeting Report here

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SmartSDR for iOS v3.9.12 Now Available

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:59

Marcus, DL8MRE announces that release of SmartSDR for iOS v3.9.12 is now available for download or update from the Apple App Store.

SmartSDR is a full featured radio client that enables your iPad or iPhone to operate your FlexRadio device. It is fully compatible to SmartSDR v1, v2 (including SmartLink) and v3 (including MultiFlex and SmartControl).

Please note: This App requires a FlexRadio Systems® Series-6000 Software Defined Radio (SDR) Device.  However, the App also contains a FlexRadio Simulator (Demo Mode) so you can try this App even without owning a FlexRadio. PLEASE NOTE: The Demo Mode audio is by far not as good as when connecting the App to a real FlexRadio. That quality is identical to SmartSDR for Windows.

FACTS AND FEATURES:

SmartSDR offers almost all features of SmartSDR for Windows such as:

  • New: now supports FT8 and FT4 (iPad and iPhone Max, Firmware 3 required)
  • Creation, maintenance of Slices, TNFs, Filters
  • Unlimited number of Slices, Panadapters (limited only by radio model)
  • CWX support including Sidetone and live send mode
  • Software Paddle or Straight-Key support
  • Maintain all Radio, Slice and Panadapter settings
  • Support for Memories
  • Profiles integration (TX, Microphone and Global)
  • Audio settings supported including equalizers
  • Support for TX Settings like Power including all Tuning features
  • Transverter support
  • SmartLink remote access
  • MultiFlex support
  • SmartControl support
  • HomeKit support to control radio, antenna switches etc. remotely
  • Siri shortcut support

For HomeKit, you can use any Power Plug or Switch that are HomeKit compatible.

In addition to SmartSDR for Windows, this App offers these features:

  • Band limits and Band maps and modes will be displayed inside the Pan adapter (In-App Purchase)
  • DX Cluster support which displays spots directly inside the Pan adapter (In-App Purchase)
  • Graphical tuning knob for easy and exact frequency selection.
  • Various additional minor bells and whistles such as easy TNF maintenance,
  • direct Bandwidth selection, Split Mode, instant Memory creation and more.
  • Device logging and device parameter monitoring (e.g. PA Temperature etc.)
  • Logbook integration with ADIF Im- and Export (In-App Purchase)
  • Support for two Bluetooth and USB Controllers (In-App Purchase)
  • Voice Macro recording and playback

There are just a few limitations compared to SmartSDR for Windows which are:

  • Only one Panadapter visible at the same time.
  • Diversity is not implemented.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A FlexRadio Systems® FLEX-6000 series radio
  • An Apple device such as an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch which needs to run at least iOS 11
  • A newer iPad (Air 2 or newer) or iPhone (7 or better) is recommended

NETWORK REQUIREMENTS:

To run this App at your home, nothing else but a regular WiFi connection is needed that can access your FLEX-6000. You can immediately start using the App. For Remote operation via SmartLink a Version 2 License is required for your Radio.

The App supports Splitscreen Multitasking on the newer iPads so you can run SmartSDR in split mode parallel to your browser, Email software or any other App. It is also optimized for the new iPad Pro models.

SUPPORTED SDR HARDWARE:

  • FLEX-6300
  • FLEX-6400
  • FLEX-6400M
  • FLEX-6500
  • FLEX-6600
  • FLEX-6600M
  • FLEX-6700

Find out more here: http://go-to.me/smartsdr

Read the Manual: http://go-to.me/smartsdr-manual

Version 3.9.12 update includes the following changes and fixes:

  • Wrong FT8 CQ behavior has been fixed
  • The following new MIDI Commands have been added:
    • APF, VOX, Direct Slice and Band selection, Frequency Up/Down, Cancel CWX
    • Log QSO Window
    • TX Antenna LEDs
  • Compatibility issue with older Firmware fixed
  • Several additional minor and cosmetic changes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartsdr-official-flexradio/id1089157289?mt=8

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A direct hit! The #solarstorm our #Sun launched is confirmed to be Earth-directed! NASA prediction models show impact early February 23. Because Earth’s shield is already rattled due to the recent fast #solar wind, we could be in for great #aurora views, deep into mid-latitudes! pic.twitter.com/X5WVkBd9aY

— Dr. Tamitha Skov (@TamithaSkov) February 21, 2021

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Mon, 02/22/2021 - 09:06

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  • [Small Size But All-Purpose] Unlike other FM/AM/NOAA radios, the RW3 is a Bluetooth speaker with a retro orange look. Other features include an alarm clock, hand crank for emergency power and flashlight.
  • [Never Run out of Power] The RW3 offers a 2000mAh battery capacity with an expected 24 hours of battery life to keep you going through the day. You can recharge the radio by using the solar panel, hand crank or micro-USB cable.
  • [Compact Bluetooth Speaker] The built-in speaker creates well-defined tones. The Bluetooth 5.0 works seamlessly with your phone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. The RW3 allows plugging in a USB drive, TF card, and AUX cable for music playback with easy controls (pause/previous/next button).
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  • [AM/FM/NOAA Weather Broadcast] Whether you’re looking to relax with some music or stay informed with the latest weather and news, the RW3 is perfect for everyday use at home, in the outdoors or when the unexpected happens. Be prepared and stay safe for natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms.

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Sun, 02/21/2021 - 09:34

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