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LOTW Now Accepting FT8

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.

Gord – VE7FKY

A Novelty UHF Radio that works

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.

For more details checkout Fleetwood Digital Products

Calling All Mac Computer Wizards Out There – Help!

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.

Gord

VE7FKY/VA7GJ

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VE7QCS and Whisper Mode

Fellow DX’ers, I thought you might be interested in this.

I’ve been running multiband WSPR for the last few days and notice that the best DX consistently opens between 2-4 am local time on 40m. Below are the spots for my station over 10,000km ranked by greatest distance. All but one of them are on 40m and in this time range. Continue reading