First FT8 Roundup is a huge hit

12/13/2018

The first FT8 Roundup over the December 1 – 2 weekend attracted some 1,300 logs from those taking advantage of the ever-more-popular digital protocol. This, despite its having been announced on fairly short notice and with other contests such as the ARRL 160-Meter Contest under way on the same weekend. More than 400 logs were from US radio amateurs in the 48 contiguous states, plus the District of Columbia. Overall, some 131,200 contacts were recorded. Participants from 91 countries submitted logs, testifying to the fact that FT8 is not just an US phenomenon. Continue reading

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Maritime Mobile Service Network Operators Assist Vessel with Ill Crew Member

11/14/2018

Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9 for a crew member suffering chest pains on board the 48-foot sailing vessel Marie Elena, some 300 miles east of Bermuda. Continue reading

FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes

05/17/2018 from the ARRL

Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent FT8 digital protocol has made hams more enthusiastic about getting on the air. The mode has caught on so quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by Logbook of The World (LoTW) data, more than 2.3 million FT8 contacts were uploaded in 1 month — a net gain of 1.2 million contacts on all modes over the same month last year, ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, said. Over the same period, activity in some of the other modes has declined. Continue reading

W1AW Morse Code Practice Schedule

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As we move forward in 2018 to learn Morse Code or improve on our current skills, the ARRL offers ongoing code classes using content from the magazine. You get to learn the code and read about ham radio information. You learn twice!

Receiving morse code on a radio as opposed to a cellphone or tablet app allows one to use the radio controls for filtering, Noise Reduction, PBT and with noise crashes and sometimes interference. Its learning as you would when being on the radio.

Or I can send a cassette tape or vinyl record of the morse code lessons for the analog students.

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REMINDER: W1AW begins scheduled transmissions on 6 meters starting January 2, 2018

Just a reminder that beginning with the 9 AM EST (1400 UTC) fast code practice on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, W1AW will add 6 meters – specifically 50350 kHz – to its regular CW code practice, and CW, digital and phone bulletin transmission schedule. Continue reading

Logbook of the World to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

12/14/2017
Participants in CQ magazine’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program will soon be able to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, to apply for the WAZ award and its endorsements, both ARRL and CQ announced on December 14. Continue reading

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