(This a a bit of a long read, but it opens up a lot of questions where this hobby is going these days. Comments are open on this – what’s your opinion?)
A Pioneering Background
I was musing recently on the wonderful history of Amateur Radio, from the early pioneers with spark transmitters and the race to get the first signals across the Atlantic, up to the Microwave enthusiasts who developed the way forward for space communications and satellite technology (and, whisper this, mobile phone technology!) Continue reading →
First let’s start with the following chain of events.
On January 31st, at 0600z, the team announced that they have arrived at Bouvet! There was fog and freezing rain that greeted them. Later that day, at 1500z, Ralph, K0IR, reported: Bouvet Island came into view at about 0600 UTC today. Continue reading →
Until now there has been only anecdotal evidence that FT8, introduced in 2017, had been adopted by many on our bands. The weak signal text mode has certainly taken over from the previous JT65, which had been favoured. Continue reading →
‘Ham’ radio volunteers in Vancouver would provide emergency communications in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster Imagine there has just been a strong earthquake. You are desperate to contact your family to make sure they are safe. You reach for your cell phone, but are greeted with a busy signal. That’s exactly […]
For Joe Craig, VO1NA, in Torbay, Newfoundland, things have been pretty exciting lately on VLF (very low frequency). He’s among the early MF, LF, and VLF experimenters in North America — active even before Canada allocated Amateur Radio bands in that part of the spectrum. He believes he accomplished a “first” for a Canadian radio amateur on October 22, when his very VLF, very QRP signal on 8.27 kHz (that would be the 36-kilometer band) was copied in the UK. Continue reading →
May 16 update to JT65 HF HB9HQX is now ready for download. If you haven’t tried this different mode you should give it a try. It’s like watching paint to dry but once you tried it your hooked. With the bands not in good shape this is one mode that still can get through in when others can’t.
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 →
I discovered a relatively new mode last week. It’s called SIM 31. It’s an extension of PSK but I kinda look at as a cross between PSK and JT65. With Sim31 and its preselected macros you can set it to auto pilot and let it do its thing. It will answer a CQ call do two rounds and sign off. There’s also a manual key where you can start typing just like in PSK. You also don’t need to worry about language barriers as you select which language you wish to use and translations are done for you. The software is free and the setup is rather painless. Continue reading →