WSJT-X Version 1.9.0

The WSJT Development Group is pleased to announce a Release Candidate of WSJT-X Version 1.9.0. This is a second beta release, so it’s called v1.9.0-rc2. A first candidate release, v1.9.0-rc1, has already been tested in the field by a small test group. A General Availability (GA) release of v1.9.0 will be announced at a suitable time in the near future. After that time you should no longer use any -rc# candidate. Continue reading

Advertisements

I’m glad to see they were having fun with FT8 but…..

With Club log reporting that more then 1/2 of today’s contacts are made by FT8 (Feb 2018) I’m wondering how many out there understand this is a low power mode. As you can see by Randy’s latest video they don’t seem to follow the steps below, but their having fun and maybe that’s what it’s all about. Maybe I’m missing something, should you really crank it to 100 watts to make a contact?? Continue reading

BC clubs: Log deadline for BCQP 2018 is March 5, 2018

Hello,

This is a general reminder to clubs in BC about the log submission deadline for BCQP 2018. The deadline is March 5, 2018.

If anyone in your club participated in BCQP 2018 and intended to but has not yet submitted a log, please encourage him/her to send it in before March 5. Continue reading

New FT-818 Yaesu is not really a New QRP rig its the same rig with a new Battery

ve3ips

Yaesu has released their new update to the FT-817 after over 20 years and it’s a boring update and may not be a big success as hoped to be.

VERY DISAPPOINTING YAESU AND YOU ARE LETTING THE CHINESE EAT YOUR BOWL OF RAMEN NOODLES. 

Martin Lynch and Sons the largest UK stockist for Yaesu is accepting deposits for this $600 British pounds sterling ($1100 CAD)

The new FT-818 incorporates all the many basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

The FT-818 provides 6W of solid output power with external DC power source. The supplied Ni-MH battery pack (SBR-32MH) has been upgraded to now provide larger battery capacity – 9.6v/1900mAh. The FT-818 includes the build in TCXO-9 oscillator that gives the FT-818 fantastic frequency stability (+/-0.5ppm). 5Mhz band (WRC-15 frequency is also available on the new FT-818.

The FT-818 includes all the…

View original post 343 more words

GO BOX Out in the Field

ve3ips

Getting out in the field and practising radio operations is always a lot of fun. This time I had a car battery and a big SLA as I wanted to also run 100 watts using the NVIS antenna as well as a vertical.

I was ecstatic working the special event Indianapolis 500 station on 40m  on the first try.

The site was ideal for radio work until York Regional Police showed up.

Based on the garbage I found while erecting the antenna farm I am not surprised they dropped by to a radio check.

The officer did not understand that during the Emcomm exercise we had comms into the York Region Public Safety liaison teams.

Once I explained what I was doing he went onto his next task of the day and I jumped back into 2m simplex while keeping an mic on 40m.

73s

John VE3IPS/portable

The box weighs…

View original post 41 more words