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MB1 SDR HF/6M/VHF Transceiver, Expert Electronics [ Hamvention ]

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 2:45pm

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Comet CAA-500 MK2 Antenna Analyzer Preview May 18, 2019 No comments

CAA-500MARKII SWR/Impedance Analyzer Highly accurate analog cross needles display SWR and impedance simultaneously. Full color TFT LCD display screen... Read more

RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention May 17, 2019 No comments

RigPi MFJ-1234 “Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and co... Read more

Palstar AT2KD Review & How to Use a Differential Antenna Tuner May 14, 2019 No comments

“Jarrad VK3BL reviews Palstar’s AT2KD and talks about the advantages of having a large, high powered tuner even if you only run barefoot.... Read more

IC-9700 Review and Smackdown vs the IC-910H May 13, 2019 No comments

George and Tommy from AmateurLogic review the IC-9100 with Ray Novak, N9JA from Icom. In this classic smackdown episode, the IC-9700 goes up against t... Read more

Antenna Dual-band V-UHF Quad Antennas May 08, 2019 No comments

Why choose the 6BS-270 antenna versus a traditional Yagui? · Elements of full wavelength, reaching maximum efficiency in TX / RX. · Optimized design.... Read more

Chameleon Emcomm IIIP Antenna – Antenna, Portable, 160M-10M May 06, 2019 No comments

CHAMELEON ANTENNA EMCOMM-III Portable HF Antenna is specially designed for short to long range portable and man-pack HF communications. The EMCOMM III... Read more

Camouflaged Ham Radio Antenna April 19, 2019 No comments

Model Frequency (MHz) Gain (dBi) Length Feedline   VT-14 144-148 2.6 36 in. 3 ft. RG-58   VT-22 222-225 2.6 25 in. 3 ft. RG-58   VT-44 440-450 2.6 16... Read more

VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award April 09, 2019 No comments

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA. Th... Read more

What’s In The Box? DX Commander All Band Vertical April 04, 2019 No comments

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Equipment TitanSDR – 9 kHz to 32 MHz frequency coverage January 25, 2015 No comments

    TitanSDR Multichannel HF Receiver Parallel Demodulation, Recording and Analysis of up to 40 HF Emissions Applications Homeland security... Read more

ES-4 Radio / Antenna Selector Switch between 3 radios and 5 antennas July 06, 2018 No comments

ES-4 COMES AS A CONTROL UNIT AND A BASE (SWITCHING) UNIT   THE BASE UNIT RECEIVES 12V POWER AND HAS ALL THE HEAVY COAXIAL CABLES CONNECTED TO IT. THER... Read more

RT-9000E SOFTWARE-DEFINED HF SSB/ISB RADIO November 24, 2015 No comments

The Sunair RT-9000E is a proven solution in communications applications requiring rugged, reliable, and flexible equipment. This next generation trans... Read more

IC-R8600 – Wideband Communications SDR Receiver September 05, 2018 No comments

The IC-R8600 is a super wideband communication receiver that covers the radio spectrum from 10 kHz to 3 GHz. It also has the capability to decode sele... Read more

Icom Launch Innovative IC-R8600 Wideband Communication Receiver October 10, 2017 No comments

The IC-R8600 is a new, advanced communication receiver with the capability of covering a huge range of radio spectrum from 10kHz to 3GHz as well as ha... Read more

 

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The new dual band DMR smartphone announced by RFinder is the E81

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 2:14pm

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Antenna 4 element 50MHz LFA-Q Yagi (4m) December 18, 2016 No comments

A 4 element Low Noise, High Gain Directional Loop array (LFA-Q) Quad Beam The G0KSC LFA-Q possess all of the design traits InnovAntennas have become w... Read more

Ham Radio Xmas Story – ALEXLOOP ! January 10, 2015 No comments

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Vehicular HF Antenna Base 1.8 – 54MHz December 13, 2014 No comments

The CHA HYBRID Base is designed to enhance the capabilities of the common HF radio application by allowing faster tuning operation across the HF bands... Read more

Hustler 6 Band Vertical HF Fixed Station 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, and 75 or 80 Meters July 12, 2015 No comments

  Bandwidth at it’s broadest!  VSWR 2:1 or better at band edges on 10-40 meters.  Up to 100 kHz. on 75/80 meters. Solid one inch fiberglass... Read more

Moonraker Ltd Whizz Loops 13-428 November 13, 2017 No comments

Moonraker Ltd Whizz Loops are compact QRP portable loops that are perfect for attaching directly to your ft-817 or other QRP transceiver. These nifty,... Read more

App - Mobile OpenHPSDR Radio – Android App December 08, 2014 No comments

  Check this new app on Google Play Software Defined Radio. Supports the following hardware: HPSDR Atlas based systems using Metis. HPSDR Hermes... Read more

Morse Machine – Android APP February 02, 2015 No comments

This program teaches you to receive Morse Machine code (CW). It starts with two letters and adds more when it sees that you are ready. This is the eas... Read more

Amateur Radio Ringtone from NASA February 25, 2015 No comments

Download NASA Sounds Here’s a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions. You can hear the roar of a space shuttl... Read more

6 Must Have Amateur Radio Apps! December 24, 2018 No comments

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AmsatDroidFree now open source January 30, 2018 No comments

AmsatDroidFree satellite tracking App for Android devices is now open source. This App predicts future passes for amateur radio satellites for a speci... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Digital Modes FT4 vs FT8 – A new mode, what’s the difference? May 01, 2019 No comments

The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1JT   Read more

New FT4 Mode with more 20K spots in few your hours realese April 29, 2019 No comments

    Source: LINK WSJTX 2.1.0RC5 Release! – The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting  The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1J... Read more

News Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA May 17, 2019 No comments

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages with... Read more

First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton May 16, 2019 No comments

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Bu... Read more

VHF The new dual band DMR smartphone announced by RFinder is the E81 May 18, 2019 No comments

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Introducing three new Yaesu FT3-DR – Hamvention May 17, 2019 No comments

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Kenwood booth talking to Don, W6GPS talking about the TS-890S

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 2:02pm

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); VHF New Microwave, UHF Distance Records Set on Same Day July 06, 2016 No comments

New distance records were set on 47 GHz and on 902 MHz on June 30 by stations at vastly separated points on the globe. On 47 GHz, US and Canadian oper... Read more

Like Father, Like Son: Michigan Ham Wraps Up Grid Master Award December 29, 2014 No comments

Satellite enthusiast Doug Papay, KD8CAO, of Zeeland, Michigan, has worked all 488 US grid squares via satellite and has been granted Grid Master Award... Read more

SAMCOM Mini Mobile Radio 218 November 10, 2015 No comments

SAMCOM Mini Mobile Radio 218 Key Specifications Frequency Range V:136.000MHz-174.000MHz V:220.000MHz-248.000MHz U:400.000MHz-470.000MHz System F3E(FM)... Read more

Cobra Electronics Announces 2015 Line of VHF Marine Radios In Time for Upcoming Boating Season May 06, 2015 No comments

  VHF Marine Radios CHICAGO, IL (May 6, 2015) — Cobra Electronics Corporation, the leading designer and marketer of award-winning marine, safety,... Read more

Equipment COMTEK ACB-4 Hybrid Four-Square Systems August 13, 2015 No comments

COMTEK ACB-4 Hybrid Four-Square Systems are phased array Relay Units and Control Consoles that are affordable, simple to install, and easy to use. A p... Read more

Yaesu Luxury dual element microphone M-100 announced! May 17, 2017 No comments

“Amateur radio transmitting voices on radio waves, direct more faithfully the direct sound more faithfully … …” Following the... Read more

Yaesu FTDX101D [ Preliminary Information ] August 24, 2018 No comments

Yaesu FTDX101D As you are aware there is the soon to be released Yaesu FTdx101D 100W SDR transceiver. I am also pleased to announce the big brother of... Read more

Ham Radio Go Box Design June 09, 2016 No comments

by Lee Drew “I’ve spent a lot of time over the years looking at the designs of ham radio go boxes amateur radio operators have created.  T... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); News Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA May 17, 2019 No comments

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages with... Read more

First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton May 16, 2019 No comments

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Bu... Read more

The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee May 16, 2019 No comments

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for... Read more

Arizona Homeowners Association and Hams Agree on Outdoor Antenna Guidelines May 15, 2019 No comments

The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor an... Read more

Antenna Dual-band V-UHF Quad Antennas May 08, 2019 No comments

Why choose the 6BS-270 antenna versus a traditional Yagui? · Elements of full wavelength, reaching maximum efficiency in TX / RX. · Optimized design.... Read more

Chameleon Emcomm IIIP Antenna – Antenna, Portable, 160M-10M May 06, 2019 No comments

CHAMELEON ANTENNA EMCOMM-III Portable HF Antenna is specially designed for short to long range portable and man-pack HF communications. The EMCOMM III... Read more

Camouflaged Ham Radio Antenna April 19, 2019 No comments

Model Frequency (MHz) Gain (dBi) Length Feedline   VT-14 144-148 2.6 36 in. 3 ft. RG-58   VT-22 222-225 2.6 25 in. 3 ft. RG-58   VT-44 440-450 2.6 16... Read more

VK5SFA Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award April 09, 2019 No comments

The winning article for the April 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A High-Power 160- and 80-Meter Transmitting Loop Antenna” by Steve Adler, VK5SFA. Th... Read more

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Comet CAA-500 MK2 Antenna Analyzer Preview

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 11:51am

CAA-500MARKII SWR/Impedance Analyzer Highly accurate analog cross needles display SWR and impedance simultaneously. Full color TFT LCD display screen provides graphic and numerical SWR along with total impedance with R and X values. Features: AUTO SWEEP MODE Automatically graphs the SWR on the LCD display.   Choose any one of the pre-set amateur band frequency ranges and press the sweep button…in about 30 seconds the SWR graph is completed. MANUAL SWEEP MODE Choose the band,  manually set the band-width you desire, then manually sweep the chosen frequency range. MULTIPLE MANUAL SWEEPS Should you want to make an adjustment to the antenna length, the position, height above ground, a gamma match adjustment, etc… you can overlay multiple manual sweep results in 5 different colors!  Instantly graph and see exactly what happened after each adjustment!  Range: 1.8 – 500MHz (including 222MHz band)
  • RF output level:  0dBm 1 mW
  • Measured SWR Range:  Analog meter 1.0 – 6.0:1 , LCD display 1.0 – 9.9:1
  • Impedance measurements: 12.5-300 ohms
  • Reactance range:  0 – 500 Ohms (absolute value) 1.8 -190MHz
  • Battery indicator and selectable Auto-Power-Off timer
  • Operates up to 9 hours continuous using six AA Alkaline or NiMH cells (not included) or use an external 8-16VDC 200ma power source (DC cable included)
  • Internal trickle charger option when using NiMH batteries
  • Size: 3.5 x 7.75 x 2.65 inches (overall)
  • Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz with alkaline batteries installed
  • Available from all major Ham Radio Dealers in the US
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Antenna Optibeam OB8-4M 8 Element 4 Band September 16, 2017 No comments

The OB8-4M is an extremely effective, compact and innovative Yagi for the classical four bands 40, 20, 15 and 10m. It is the first trapless Yagi for t... Read more

Stealth Antennas [ PodCast ] – Everything Ham Radio January 27, 2017 No comments

“Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about Stealth Antennas, we talk abou... Read more

IS THIS THE ULTIMATE 2M CONTEST ARRAY? December 16, 2016 No comments

2 x el G0KSC / InnovAntennas rigid quads with additional parasitic reflector. 16.64dBi/14.48dBd when placed 20′ (5m) above average ground with m... Read more

The InLogis/Pixel Active Magnetic Loop Antenna Now Available Exclusively at DX Engineering November 21, 2015 No comments

Amateur Radio operators have relied on the RF-PRO-1B Active Magnetic Loop Antenna for decades. Now, it is manufactured and sold exclusively by DX Engi... Read more

VHF Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Stations Encouraged to Register and File Post-Event Reports August 29, 2016 No comments

Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) officials are asking JOTA 2016 participants not only to register for this year’s event, but to follow up with a... Read more

New UHF ISS Digipeater! December 16, 2016 No comments

“Recently, the old VHF Ericsson handheld used for the digipeater on the ISS died and it was replaced with an equivalent UHF one. This is my firs... Read more

JUENTAI JT-K10A VHF/UHF 10 Watts October 14, 2015 No comments

JUENTAI JT-K10A    JUENTAI JT-K10AT Function: 01. Outpower: 10W 02. Adopting newest polymer Li-ion battery 03. Adopting imported PC material in case t... Read more

Icom IC-2730A vs IC-2720 March 25, 2015 No comments

Ray Novak and George Thomas compare the IC-2730A to it’s predecessor, the IC-2720.   Read more

Review Comet CAA-500 MK2 Antenna Analyzer Preview May 18, 2019 No comments

CAA-500MARKII SWR/Impedance Analyzer Highly accurate analog cross needles display SWR and impedance simultaneously. Full color TFT LCD display screen... Read more

RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention May 17, 2019 No comments

RigPi MFJ-1234 “Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and co... Read more

Palstar AT2KD Review & How to Use a Differential Antenna Tuner May 14, 2019 No comments

“Jarrad VK3BL reviews Palstar’s AT2KD and talks about the advantages of having a large, high powered tuner even if you only run barefoot.... Read more

IC-9700 Review and Smackdown vs the IC-910H May 13, 2019 No comments

George and Tommy from AmateurLogic review the IC-9100 with Ray Novak, N9JA from Icom. In this classic smackdown episode, the IC-9700 goes up against t... Read more

News Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA May 17, 2019 No comments

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages with... Read more

First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton May 16, 2019 No comments

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Bu... Read more

The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee May 16, 2019 No comments

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for... Read more

Arizona Homeowners Association and Hams Agree on Outdoor Antenna Guidelines May 15, 2019 No comments

The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor an... Read more

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Bird Sitehawk , Antenna/Cable Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 7:59am

“This is the Bird43 that everyone knows, ON STEROIDS! LOL… I had no idea Bird came to this, so I wanted to share it with you. Something that would replace an Anritsu Sitemaster.. In the palm of your hand. Dayton Hamvention 2019 has all these neat and amazing toys..”

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); News Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA May 17, 2019 No comments

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages with... Read more

First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton May 16, 2019 No comments

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Bu... Read more

The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee May 16, 2019 No comments

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for... Read more

Review RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention May 17, 2019 No comments

RigPi MFJ-1234 “Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and co... Read more

Palstar AT2KD Review & How to Use a Differential Antenna Tuner May 14, 2019 No comments

“Jarrad VK3BL reviews Palstar’s AT2KD and talks about the advantages of having a large, high powered tuner even if you only run barefoot.... Read more

IC-9700 Review and Smackdown vs the IC-910H May 13, 2019 No comments

George and Tommy from AmateurLogic review the IC-9100 with Ray Novak, N9JA from Icom. In this classic smackdown episode, the IC-9700 goes up against t... Read more

Yaesu FTM-400DR [ Review ] May 13, 2019 No comments

FTM-400XDR C4FM FDMA / FM 144/430 MHz DUAL BAND TRANSCEIVER The new FTM-400XDR includes an improved GPS receiver that employs the latest in GPS techno... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Antenna Elecraft XG3 RF Signal Source January 18, 2015 No comments

Photo Credit: Bill Hammond, AK5X The XG3 RF Signal Source  is a powerful programmable signal source that fits in the palm of your hand. Miniature RF s... Read more

Antenna DUO8 15-20 separate feed – Momobeam November 22, 2017 No comments

DUO 8 15-20 SF is a fullsize antenna for 14 MHz and 21 MHz. No traps or adapting systems where used to obtain fantastic performances and the best band... Read more

3D Printing – A Ham Radio dipole center with BNC and 1:1 balun February 26, 2018 No comments

Showing how easy and quick it is to design a custom center insulator for a dipole Here’s the 3D part if you want to print one for yourself.... Read more

MFJ-226 1-230 MHZ ANTENNA EXPECT TIMES GRAPHIC ANALYZER April 02, 2015 No comments

  MFJ VNA Antenna Analyzer covers 1 to 230 MHz, 1Hz resolution. •Frequency sweep plots: SWR, Impedance, Resistance, Reactance,Phase Angle, Comple... Read more

Equipment KX3 Low-rider Radio Stand December 16, 2015 No comments

Product Description KX3 Low-rider Radio Stand This lovely stand has been designed for KX3 owners who don’t have the Elecraft paddle and want a l... Read more

Ten-Tec PM1 QRP November 05, 2015 No comments

Description The MX1, AA1, VO1, and TX1 modules are wired into a band-switching 80-40 meter CW transceiver. Front panel controls: On-off, Transmit-Rece... Read more

LP-100A Digital Vector Wattmeter by N8LP May 26, 2015 No comments

LP-100A Digital Vector Wattmeter Everything you need for critical station monitoring, tuning and protection on one screen. No other meter has dual bar... Read more

OM4000 HF POWER AMPLIFIER – 4KW January 06, 2015 No comments

  GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE OM4000 HF POWER AMPLIFIER The linear amplifier OM4000 HF is designed for all short wave amateur bands from 1.8 till... Read more

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DX Engineering RT4500HD Heavy Duty Rotator

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 2:57pm

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are introducing the DX Engineering RT4500HD Heavy Duty Rotator pic.twitter.com/xxjFk0QW4D

— DX Engineering (@DXEngineering) May 17, 2019

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Digital Modes FT4 vs FT8 – A new mode, what’s the difference? May 01, 2019 No comments

The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1JT   Read more

New FT4 Mode with more 20K spots in few your hours realese April 29, 2019 No comments

    Source: LINK WSJTX 2.1.0RC5 Release! – The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting  The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1J... Read more

FT4 Video presentation by K1JT April 24, 2019 No comments

See More about New FT4 Here “At about 20 minutes into the presentation, Joe describes FT4 as being asynchronous, meaning that you can start tran... Read more

Review RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention May 17, 2019 No comments

RigPi MFJ-1234 “Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and co... Read more

Palstar AT2KD Review & How to Use a Differential Antenna Tuner May 14, 2019 No comments

“Jarrad VK3BL reviews Palstar’s AT2KD and talks about the advantages of having a large, high powered tuner even if you only run barefoot.... Read more

IC-9700 Review and Smackdown vs the IC-910H May 13, 2019 No comments

George and Tommy from AmateurLogic review the IC-9100 with Ray Novak, N9JA from Icom. In this classic smackdown episode, the IC-9700 goes up against t... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); VHF How To Program the Juentai JT-6188 / Zastone MP-300 Mobile Radio October 28, 2015 No comments

Ham Radio 2.0: Episode 20 As a follow up to Episode 5, this video shows you how to program a repeater channel into the radio and save it into the memo... Read more

Alinco DJ-MD5 Dual Band DMR HT Radio March 12, 2019 No comments

“Finally one of the “Big 4” manufacturers is making a DMR Radio for Amateur Use. Alinco has done a good job of taking a radio and ad... Read more

D4C / B VHF 144Mhz Beacon listen in Ireland ( EI ) May 21, 2015 No comments

      EI3KD and EI4DQ both spotted our 2m beacon from qth locator IO51 for a distance of almost 4200 km. At 15.11 Z of May 20th,2015 rs... Read more

Antenna NTE Low Temp Solder Wire Connections March 06, 2018 No comments

DX Engineering carries the NTE Low Temp Solder Wire Connectors. All you need is a heat gun to make solder connections between wires. Four sizes for wi... Read more

OB9-2WARC 9 Element Duoband Yagi December 16, 2014 No comments

  OB9-2WARC (new optimized version)   9 Element Duoband Yagi 17-12m       Bands   17 / 12 Gain (dbd)*   7,6 / 8,4 Gain (dbi)**   15,1 / 16,1 F/B... Read more

Long Range Wi-Fi Dish Antenna by AB9IL December 27, 2015 No comments

Long Range Wi-fi Dish Antenna THIS INEXPENSIVE WI-FI DISH ANTENNA OUTPERFORMS ALL OTHERS! Presented here is a project showing how to convert common sa... Read more

App - Mobile AmsatDroid FREE – APP October 05, 2015 No comments

This software predicts future passes for amateur radio satellites for a specified location and period of time. Basic features: – Calculate passe... Read more

Morse Decoder for Android Smartphones and Tablets December 13, 2014 No comments

Morse Decoder decodes Morse code characters through the built-in microphone of your Android device. Morse Decoder can be used by Ham Radio operators o... Read more

OpenHPSDR Radio – Android App December 08, 2014 No comments

  Check this new app on Google Play Software Defined Radio. Supports the following hardware: HPSDR Atlas based systems using Metis. HPSDR Hermes... Read more

MacLoggerDX HD for iPad December 12, 2014 No comments

MacLoggerDX HD is an Amateur Radio application that monitors the spots from your favourite DX Cluster for DXing, Contesting or casual rag-chewing. It... Read more

Koch Morse Trainer Pro – Android App January 12, 2015 No comments

  Take your morse code to the next level with Koch Morse Trainer Pro. The only trainer that supports prosigns (procedural signals) and non-english cha... Read more

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Radio Amateurs to Demonstrate Emergency Messaging Capabilities for Red Cross, FEMA

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 2:42pm

Just days ahead of the 2019 Hurricane Season, dozens of hams along the US East Coast will demonstrate Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations for officials of the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Thursday, May 23 event will take place in coordination with ARRL, during a joint meeting with Red Cross and FEMA officials in Baltimore. The demonstration will be a mock response to a simulated disaster scenario — a major hurricane with mass casualties striking the east coast. Amateur Radio operators at portable stations from New England to the Carolinas will deliver messages to W1AW, which will then coordinate and deliver the information to officials attending the joint FEMA-Red Cross meeting in Baltimore.

Messaging will be handled using digital modes, which can allow for the transmission of images as well as text, as a showcase for the full range of modern Amateur Radio technology. The American Red Cross will also have a NexGen Emergency Response Vehicle parked at W1AW in Connecticut as part of the training exercise, which will take place from 1330 to 1530 UTC.

ARRL and its members have a long history of working with emergency response agencies, such as the American Red Cross and FEMA, to provide or support communication in times of disaster for served agencies and partners. A principal served agency, the Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters.

Source:ARRL 

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KLG Keyer Features Full K1EL WinKeyer,including standalone mode Twenty 80-character message memories Iambic A/B, Ultimatic, and Bug modes Adjustable w... Read more

ColibriNANO USB SDR Receiver March 19, 2017 No comments

The New ColibriNano takes USB dongle SDR receivers to a new level. This is a direct sampling, high quality SDR receiver covering 100 kHz to 55 MHz wit... Read more

LNR LD-5 Transceiver December 11, 2014 No comments

      LNR LD-5 Transceiver Specifications: CW/SSB with VOX Control Speed-adjustable AGC in values 1 to 20  DSP Filtering Incl. (CW FROM 0 TO... Read more

INRAD RX7300- New receive antenna socket for IC 7300 February 21, 2017 No comments

RX7300 IHSG and Vibroplex/INRAD announce the release of a new accessory product for the Icom IC-7300 which provides a receive antenna socket on the re... Read more

Antenna How Strong are the DX Engineering End Insulators? February 19, 2015 No comments

  Over 6 years ago, DX Engineering introduced the patented (US Patent No. D534,905) serpentine style end insulators (DXE-UWA-END-KIT) which are c... Read more

Fixing a brand new Cushcraft A3S beam antenna December 15, 2018 No comments

Cushcraft A3S  Three Element Beam – 10, 15 & 20 Meters A3 World Ranger, our top selling tribander, has become the A3S with all stainless ste... Read more

SteppIR 2 Element Yagi – 2E with 30/40m loop element September 30, 2015 No comments

  2E Yagi Specs 2E 20m-6m 2E with 30/40m loop element Boom Length 57 in / 1.44 m 57 in / 1.44 m Boom 1.75 in / 4.45 cm 1.75 in / 4.45 cm Longest... Read more

A High Efficiency Extended Length Mobile Antenna May 08, 2016 No comments

By W5JGV I originally wanted an antenna that would not hit everything overhead while driving, since it was to be installed on a van. I came up with an... Read more

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Digital Modes FT4 vs FT8 – A new mode, what’s the difference? May 01, 2019 No comments

The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1JT   Read more

New FT4 Mode with more 20K spots in few your hours realese April 29, 2019 No comments

    Source: LINK WSJTX 2.1.0RC5 Release! – The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting  The FT4 Protocol for Digital Contesting by K1J... Read more

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SDRuno release V1.32 due out in the coming weeks

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:56am

“This weekend at Hamvention (Dayton, Ohio) Andy, Mike and Steve from SDRplay will be showing an early version of Diversity reception running in SDRuno with an RSPduo.

The RSPduo gives users the ability to implement receiver diversity as it contains two independent tuners that are phase and time synchronous. Depending upon the usage case and reception conditions, diversity can give substantial improvements in reception performance, particularly in a mobile multipath fading environment. There are many different types of diversity, but they all basically rely upon de-correlating the signal between two antennas. This de-correlation can be achieved through different polarisations or spatial separation.

It’s important to be aware, that the key to getting decent gains from diversity lies in having the correct antenna setup and if you get it wrong, you can actually make things worse! That said, in some circumstances,the improvements can also be dramatic.

Here’s a bit more about what’s going on. In a multipath fading environment, signal reflections can combine in anti-phase in a way that results in the signal being cancelled. This is called a deep fade. If we have two antennas that are separated by ¼ wavelength at the frequency of interest, the spatial separation can help ensure that whilst one antenna is in a deep fade, the other may not be. As a consequence, either by simply selecting the antenna with the best signal or by combining the two signals it is possible to make the receiver considerably more resilient to fading.

Similarly if you consider the same antenna setup but this time without multipath effects. You will end up with roughly the same level of signal power on each antenna. By adjusting the phase of one signal before combining the two paths, it is possible to ensure that the signals add in-phase and thus constructively giving a 6 dB increase in the signal power. However, the noise generated by each tuner is uncorrelated and so when the noise power is combined, the increase is only 3 dB. Therefore is it possible to see a net 3 dB improvement in the SNR as a result of combination of the two paths, which is equivalent to reducing the noise figure of a single receiver by 3 dB. If the amplitudes are not exactly equal , then as well as adjusting the phase, you would also adjust the amplitude of one path to ensure that they were equal before combination. This principle of trimming the gain and phase prior to combining the two paths to give the best possible SNR is called Maximum Ratio Combination (MRC) diversity.

It is important to understand that MRC diversity is not guaranteed to give better performance that what may be received from a signal antenna. For example, if one antenna is in a deep fade, combining the two signals will result in a degraded SNR when compared to simply selecting the antenna with the strongest signal. That is simply because, combining will not boost the signal power, but will boost the noise power. However, in a mobile multipath fading environment, MRC diversity will substantially improve receiver resilience to fading.

Under certain circumstances, the same principle can be used to cancel interference without substantially degrading the strength of the signal of interest. In this case the antenna positions are adjusted so that the interfering signal arrives at the two antennas with the same signal strength and in phase. If the signal of interest is arriving from a direction that is orthogonal to the source of interference, then the antennas will see the wanted signal of equal strength, but with a 90 degree phase shift. If the two paths are now subtracted (added with a 180 degree phase shift), then the interfering signal will cancel, but the de-correlated signal of interest will combine, thus resulting in a substantial improvement in the SNR.

One other useful application for such a setup is that given a known separation between two antennas, being able to measure the phase difference between the signal at each antenna, simple trigonometry allows for an estimation of the direction from which the signal has come. This approach is sometimes referred to as ‘time of arrival direction finding’. This technique will only work well with signals that are substantially free from multi-path.

The picture shown here shows the additional diversity controls which will be added to SDRuno.

We hope to release this diversity option for RSPduo owners in SDRuno release V1.32 due out in the coming weeks.”

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Elecraft K4 – Price list!

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:33am

Elecraft K4 

STANDARD FEATURES

Size:  4.5”H x 13.5”W, 10” D

Weight:  Approx. 10 lbs

Supply Voltage:  12-15 VDC

Current:  ~2 A RX, ~18-23 A TX

Frequency Range:  100 kHz – 54 MHz (VHF/UHF range to be determined*)

Stablility:  +/- 0.25 ppm (TCXO)

Modes: CW, SSB, AM, FM, Data

LCD:  7” color; touch & mouse control

Text modes: CW, PSK31/63, RTTY

KAT4 ATU:  10:1+ range; 3 ant. jacks

RX antenna sources:  Up to 5

A-to-D Converter(s): 16 bits
I/O:  USB-A x3, USB-B (two virtual com ports + audio), RS232 (DE9), Ethernet, HDMI. front/rear mic, front/rear phones, LINE in/out, speakers, PTT in, KEY out, paddle, key,  ACC,12 V out.

CW QSK:  Silent, PIN-diode switched

Other: RX/TX EQ, real-time clock,100% remote control including panadapter data, remote antenna switch control*, custom in-box software apps*

 

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RigPi RigPi MFJ-1234 Station Server, Remote Ham Radio @Hamvention

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 7:34am
RigPi MFJ-1234

“Our first look at the brand new RigPI Remote station server called the MFJ-1234. This little beauty allows you to connect and control almost any radio remotely with your iPhone, Android, iPad and PC/Laptop/Desktop. We go to talk with Howard the creator on Thursday before the start of HamVention 2019. GigaParts has an order now, ready to ship MFJ has units exclusively at Dayton Hamvention for this weekend.”

 

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Elecraft K4 – High Performance Direct Sampling SDR

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 2:27pm
Elecraft K4 OVERVIEW

A direct-sampling SDR you’ll love to use

Our new K4 harnesses the latest in signal processing while retaining the best aspects of the K3S and P3. The resulting user interface makes the technology transparent, allowing you to focus on working the world.

160-6 meter, all-mode coverage & dual RX

The K4 includes dual receive over 100 kHz to 54 MHz. Since it utilizes direct sampling, there’s no need for crystal filters in the K4 or K4D (see Models, back page). For extreme-signal environments, we offer a dual superhet module (standard in the K4HD).  An internal VHF/UHF module is also planned.

High-resolution mini-pan for each receiver

Our advanced fine-tuning aid, with its resampled bandwidth as narrow as +/- 1 kHz, is displayed separately from the main panadapter.  You can turn it on by tapping either receiver’s S-meter or by tapping on a signal of interest.

Simple operation and setup

The K4 features a large, full-color touch display, combined with a rich set of real controls. Per-VFO transmit metering makes split mode completely foolproof. Band-stacking switches and per-receiver controls are both intuitive and versatile, adapting to operating context.  Usage information on these and other features is just one tap away, thanks to our built-in help system. 

Rich I/O complement

The rear panel includes all the RF, analog and digital I/O you’ll need to complete your station.  All K-line accessories are supported, including amps,  ATUs, and our K-Pod station controller. The HDMI video output supports an external display with its own user-specified format.

Full remote control from multiple devices

The K4 can be 100% remote controlled, via Ethernet, from a second K4 as well as a PC, notebook, or tablet. Panadapter data is included on all remote displays. 

Modular hybrid architecture

The K4 adapts to your needs, with three models to choose from:

  • Basic K4 with wide-range dual receive
  • K4D with diversity receive
  • K4HD with a dual superhet module for exceptional dynamic range

You can upgrade or add options as desired, or as new technology becomes available.  This extensibility applies to software as well. The K4’s powerful, fast-starting CPU provides unlimited expansion opportunities.

Fast signal processing

The RF signal chain in the K4 incorporates parallel hardware processing of data streams, including a dedicated DSP subsystem. This, combined with silent, PIN-diode T/R switching, ensures fast CW break-in. Data and speech-processing delays are also minimized.

Standard DSP features include easy-to-adjust, per-mode RX/TX EQ; clean, punchy RF speech processing; full DVR capabilities; and several built-in data decode/encode modes. Direct-sampling technology results in an ultra-flat passband response for clean RX and TX audio. Since the signal chain is software-defined, the DSP can be field upgraded to add new algorithms and operating modes. 

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KAT4 ATU

The KAT4 ATU has a nominally 10:1 matching range. It includes 3 antenna jacks, any one of which can be selected as an input for one or both receivers. 

Internal VHF/UHF module  (future option)

An expansion slot is reserved for a high-performance VHF/UHF module, with output of approximately 15 W. This module will support all modes.

Kit version

A no-soldering kit version of the K4 is planned for later release. Builders will learn about advanced radio technology as they proceed. All modules are pre-aligned and tested.

MODELS

The K4 adapts to your needs, with three models to choose from.

 

Model K4 Model K4D Model K4HD Basic K4 transceiver provides 160-6 m, all-mode coverage; 100 W output; five receive RF sources; and wideband dual watch, allowing the main and sub receivers to be set for the same or different bands. Adds KDIV4 option, with a second set of band-pass filters and additional direct-sampling ADC module. This allows the two receivers to use different antennas – a requirement for diversity receive. Having two sets of band-pass filters also optimizes signal handling when the receivers are on different bands and/or antennas.   Includes all of the above, plus our dual superhet module, the KHDR4. Ideal for competitive field day, contesting, and DXpedition stations. Each superhet receive section includes two crystal filters: one SSB/data bandwidth, one CW bandwidth.  The superhet’s 8 MHz IF has excellent dynamic range, so additional crystal filters are not required.

STANDARD FEATURES

Size:  4.5”H x 13.5”W, 10” D

Weight:  Approx. 10 lbs

Supply Voltage:  12-15 VDC

Current:  ~2 A RX, ~18-23 A TX

Frequency Range:  100 kHz – 54 MHz (VHF/UHF range to be determined*)

Stablility:  +/- 0.25 ppm (TCXO)

Modes: CW, SSB, AM, FM, Data

LCD:  7” color; touch & mouse control

Text modes: CW, PSK31/63, RTTY

KAT4 ATU:  10:1+ range; 3 ant. jacks

RX antenna sources:  Up to 5

A-to-D Converter(s): 16 bits
I/O:  USB-A x3, USB-B (two virtual com ports + audio), RS232 (DE9), Ethernet, HDMI. front/rear mic, front/rear phones, LINE in/out, speakers, PTT in, KEY out, paddle, key,  ACC,12 V out.

CW QSK:  Silent, PIN-diode switched

Other: RX/TX EQ, real-time clock,100% remote control including panadapter data, remote antenna switch control*, custom in-box software apps*

 

 

 

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First Ham Satellite — OSCAR 1 — will Join AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Dayton

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:35am

A working prototype of OSCAR 1, Amateur Radio’s first satellite, will be on display at AMSAT’s Dayton Hamvention® booth. AMSAT’s exhibit will be in Building 1 (Maxim Hall) at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) was launched into orbit in 1961, at the dawn of the Space Age. Built by a group of California-based radio amateurs for about $60, OSCAR 1 was the first nongovernmental satellite. It transmitted a simple “HI” in CW for nearly 20 days and was heard in 28 different countries. W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, recently had to troubleshoot a problem with ARRL’s OSCAR 1 in preparation for its Dayton appearance in a special “OSCAR Park” display commemorating AMSAT’s 50th anniversary. He said it was a “rather humbling” experience.

“Apparently, OSCAR 1 was not transmitting properly,” Carcia said. “So, I took it back into the shop, changed the power cable, and checked the transmitter. I had to tweak it just a bit.” Carcia said the satellite now functions.

Only three OSCAR 1 satellites were made. One was launched into orbit, of course, while the Smithsonian Institution houses the other. “Assuming it doesn’t get bounced around too much en route, it will be transmitting a chirpy ‘HI’ on 145.224 MHz,” Carcia said. “The load is a 50 W resistor, so you can copy it about 50 feet or so away from the source.”

AMSAT will present Amateur Radio satellite operation demonstrations outside the main entrance of Maxim Hall, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, on all three days of Hamvention. “AMSAT will be demonstrating actual contacts with the operational amateur satellites,” AMSAT said in its weekly AMSAT News Service newsletter. “We especially want to invite youth to make a contact via an amateur satellite. All are invited to observe, participate and ask questions.”

AMSAT will hold its forum in Room 2 on Saturday, May 18, starting at 12:10 PM EDT. AMSAT Vice President of User Services Robert Bankston KE4AL, will moderate the session.

Source: ARRL

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“AA3B PRESENTATION ON PROPAGATION TOOLS: Bud Trench AA3B was the featured speaker on May 10th at the Fair Lawn Senior Center. His topic: “Using Propagation Tools for Contesting and DXing.” Bud Trench has made over 1.2 million QSOs since first being licensed in 1970. He has a passion for contesting. He was a WRTC competitor for the first time in 2018 and is on the DXCC Honor Roll. He holds the current World Record score for CQ WW CW in the Low Power Category. He is a member of the Frankford Radio Club, First Class CW Operators’ Club, CW Ops, Activity Group CW – DL, CWJF, Pa QSO Party Administration and ARRL. Bud earned a BSEE degree and Masters of Engineering Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and retired in 2016 after working for Lockheed Martin for over 38 years. He currently resides in Boyertown, PA where he has been building his contest station since 1987.”

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The FCC is Not Reinstating a Vanity Call Sign Fee

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:13am

An erroneous report this week suggested that the FCC planned to again impose an Amateur Radio vanity call sign application (regulatory) fee of $70 for the 10-year term. This incorrect conclusion resulted from an incomplete reading of the May 7 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year 2019.

Although the Schedule of Regulatory Fees does show a $7 annual fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs, a boldface heading in that section of the NPRM states, “REGULATORY FEES. This section is no longer is effect as it has been amended by RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018…” Section 9(e)(2) of RAY BAUM’S Act gives the Commission discretion to exempt a party from paying regulatory fees when the FCC determines that the cost of collection exceeds the amount collected. A new section 9(e)(1) incorporated the Amateur Radio vanity fee exemption from FCC rules into the statute.

The NPRM makes clear in several other places that regulatory fees no longer apply to Amateur Radio licenses. The FCC eliminated the regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs in 2015. 

Source:ARRL

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Yaesu FT-3DR C4FM/FM Dual Band Transceiver

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:23am
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Yaesu FT-3DR 5W C4FM/FM 144/430MHz Dual Band Digital Transceiver Reservation

The new FT3DR provides reliable 5W RF power output in compact design and light weight from factor – W2.44” x H3.94” x D1.28”/ 9.95oz (282g). Battery power-saving settings are available for each frequency band with TX output power level (5W/ 2.5W/ 1W/ 0.3W) individually selectable. Even in a compact body, the user can enjoy loud and clear C4FM voice quality from 700mW of audio power. Real Dual Band Operations (V+V, U+U, V+U, U+V) are available with two independent receivers, and the FT3DR supports simultaneous C4FM digital monitoring for both the A and B bands (C4FM/C4FM standby).

The new FT3DR is designed with a high-resolution 320 x 240 dot matrix full color TFT LCD display – which clearly highlights the frequency of the operational bands. Utilizing the Touch Sensitive Screen function of the display, three one- touch-panel keys at the bottom of the display are used for changing the mode, direct frequency entry and various setting from the function menu display with ease of use in mind. With its highly visible full color display, the new High-Resolution Band Scope function is available as one of the new advanced features which enables users to monitor up to 79 channels centered around the current VFO frequency in real time. Number of channels scanned is selectable from from19ch/ 39ch/ 79ch.

The features of the C4FM digital communication which are already popular in the market such as Automatic Mode Select (AMS), Digital Group ID (DG-ID) operation, and Smart Navigation function are available with the new FT3DR. The new FT3DR supports the WiRES-X Portable Digital Node Function as well. In the same way as some other current C4FM transceivers, users can easily set up a portable digital node with the new FT3DR and the optional SCU-39 cable kit and enjoy the WiRES-X internet communication.

CAM (Club Channel Activity Monitor) function is one of the new and advanced features of the FT3DR. Up to 10 groups with 5 channels per group each, of frequency used memory channels can be registered, and whist receiving on the current channel, the signal strength of this channel and past peaks of the other channels in the group can be displayed and monitored. With a single touch of a channel bar graph, it becomes the active operating channel and the FT3DR users may immediately start communicating with other club members on that channel.

A built-in Bluetooth unit is installed in the new FT3DR. Users can enjoy the Hands-Free Operation using the optional YAESU Bluetooth headset SSM-BT10 or a commercially available product. SSM-BT10 is equipped with the PTT button and supports the voice activated transmission (VOX) function.

Other remarkable features of the new FT3DR include:

  • Wide-range RX coverage with continuous reception from 0.5MHz – 999.99MHz (A Band)/ 108MHz – 580MHz (B Band)
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  • 2,200mAh High-Capacity Li-ion Battery Pack (SBR-14LI) as standard
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“The Sun gets crazy busy this week with multiple solar storms that are inbound to earth! We should feel the first of the direct hits sometime May 15 and storing should continue into May 16 and possibly through the 17th before things begin to calm down. All this rukus is due to regions 2740 and 2741 that have been firing non-sotp solar storms ever since before they even came into Earth view. Lucky for aurora photographers, they have already given us G1 and G3 level storms with aurora dipping down as far south as Wyoming and Colorado in the USA. Learn more about these regions, how they are boosting emergency and amateur radio propagation back into the marginal range, and why they could mess with your GPS reception this week!” 

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Amateur Radio Roundtable to Livestream 50 Hours of Dayton Hamvention®

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:43am

Amateur Radio Roundtable and host Tom Medlin, W5KUB, will be back at Dayton Hamvention to livestream the activity and action before, during, and after the May 17 – 19 event. Amateur Radio Roundtable’s show coverage will go live on Thursday, May 16 and continue through the weekend. “This is a big event and we have viewers in about 150 countries,” Medlin said. “Astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, will join us again for the 7th year as cohost. Join in the live chat room. More information is on the W5KUB Facebook group.

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Arizona Homeowners Association and Hams Agree on Outdoor Antenna Guidelines

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 6:37am

The Board of Directors of an antenna-restricted community in Arizona voted overwhelmingly in April to allow radio amateurs to erect certain outdoor antennas on their properties. Some 75 hams live in the 10,000-home Sun City Grand, a self-contained residential community for older adults. An article in the Grand Ham Newsletter by Gordon Bousman, NW7D, called it “a big win” and said the Sun City Grand community homeowners’ association (HOA) is believed to be the largest in the US to permit Amateur Radio antennas. The HOA board includes one radio amateur. The new antenna guidelines went into effect on May 9.

“The road to success took nearly a year of meetings, negotiations, and occasional setbacks driven by a team of dedicated amateurs who were persistent in reaching our goals,” Bousman said in his article. “While our initial discussion points focused on the possibility of passage of the [Amateur Radio] Parity Act, we later shifted our focus to the value that Amateur Radio operators can bring to the community in the event of an emergency or crisis.”

Bousman told ARRL the group “somewhat” modeled its antenna proposal after that of the Sun City Texas Ham Radio group in Georgetown, Texas, which permitted several years ago. “In our research, we learned that Sun City Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Sun City Henderson, Nevada, also allow certain Amateur Radio antennas,” he added. “There may be other communities with similar antenna permissions, but we did not uncover any in our research.”

The types of antennas permitted are modest. The list includes flagpole antennas that do not exceed 16 feet, verticals that do not rise more than 5 feet above the peak of a home, and wire antennas no higher than 5 feet above the roof peak. No traps in wire antennas are allowed and towers of any type remain prohibited.

“[These] antennas should provide amateurs very adequate capabilities to work long distances on the HF bands and to be able to adequately communicate across our community on the VHF/UHF bands — as well as being able to reach most repeaters in the Phoenix area valley including several emergency repeaters,” the newsletter article opined.

Radio amateurs will need to apply to the HOA’s Architectural Review Committee Standards Office to obtain approval and may only erect two outdoor antennas.

Bousman said more than a dozen antenna applications were submitted in the first week and other hams are working on designs. “We have encouraged all of our ham club members to get VHF/UHF antennas installed as soon as possible so that we can begin our [emergency communication] exercises,” he told ARRL.

The newsletter included technical information on various antenna configurations and resources on where to obtain commercial antennas that would meet the HOA requirements. As suggested reading, the newsletter recommended four ARRL antenna books, including The ARRL Antenna Book and Antennas for Small Spaces.

SOURCE:ARRL

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Kidsday 15 June 2019

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This year’s second Kidsday will be held on Saturday 15th of June. This event is especially created to promote Amateur Radio to youth. This is a moment where you can share your amateur radio hobby with your family, grandkids, friends, scouts or even to the general public. This day can be the first time for youth to experience a real radio QSO, hopefully they get interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator.

You could make use of this suggested exchange: Name, age, location and favourite colour. Be sure to work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”

Suggested frequencies IARU R1:
10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.080 to 7.120 MHz
80 Meters: 3.650 to 3.750 MHz

Other suggested frequencies by ARRL:
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

Source:IARU

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