LOTW has issued a new ADIF file and included in it is the new FT8 mode along with a few others. I used TQSL yesterday and uploaded all my FT8 contacts with success. Your good to go if you have been saving them for LOTW to get up to speed. eQSL and QRZ.com have been accepting for awhile now.
As many of you know CHR has had many posts about young people and are they still interested in Amateur Radio. While looking for posts to put on the website I came across this interesting piece. Albeit the story dates back some seven years this post is about a girl and amateur Radio. Although her interest is in satellite communication this article is almost a primer for any new ham and what you need to get up and running. Continue reading →
When I was more involved in the club scene a few years ago and we were doing courses the question seemed to always come up “How do we get more younger people involved in this great hobby.” Continue reading →
As I said in my last newsletter the Ahuago UHF transceiver is about the size of my thumb and it does work at that size? At our CHR monthly coffee gathering we put it through its paces from inside Tims at Nordel Crossing. Besides being inside, there were power lines just outside from where we were sitting. From Scott Road and Nordel Way we raised the Surrey UHF repeater and made a contact. The report we received was 5×5 full quieting. Considering the size of the radio I was pleasantly surprised with the incoming audio quality.
The radio has 16 available channels all being programmed from a PC. There is no screen so you either better have a good memory for channel allocations or have them written on a piece of paper which probably will be bigger then the radio.
It comes with a charger, charger cable, a set of earbuds which I didn’t try, a lanyard, and a set of instructions if you want to call it that. You will need to buy a programming cable if you don’t already have one but it looks pretty standard from ones used in other gizmos. It’s a 2.5 watt output.
Is this Radio for everyone. Certainly not, it’s for the ham who would like a novelty radio that works to show off to others and have some fun with. On the flip side it could be kept in a glove compartment for a future qso. Another purpose I thought if you were setting up a ham swap meet or some other event with other hams it less bulky to carry around while setting up then with a handheld.
I guess the name Rum Log was what caught my attention. Was the creator of the software naming it after his favorite drink? I then realized that was his call DL3RUM and he had named his MAC logging software after his call. Continue reading →
Well if nothing else the title caught your attention. I need some help/advice. I have been running for months now WSJT 65 software on my Mac computer into my USB Signalink without issue. Yesterday it was running OK and it suddenly stopped on the outgoing transmission. Receive is fine. I’ve checked the preference settings and there OK. I’ve even reinstalled the software and that didn’t make a difference. FLdigi still works, so I figure the issue is in the software.
Any suggestions or advice greatly appreciated. The comment suggestion is open.
Well maybe New is not the word, but redesign might be a better way of describing my Butternut Vertical antenna. Can’t wait to see if it gives me better performance. Hi Hi! Just happened to glance out the window last night as I was going to bed and Mother Nature decided she was going to redesign everything about the antenna. Sure don’t remember having a bend in it after the coil. Oh, well repairs in the spring.