Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 310

Amateur Radio Weekly

NASA receives laser-beamed message from 10 million miles away
The laser can send data at 10 to 100 times the speed of traditional radio wave systems.

ARDC and ARRL announce $2.1 million for the next generation of Amateur Radio
Includes funding to support scholarships for Radio Amateurs, radio technology for classroom teachers, and Amateur Radio club grants.

WSPR beacon for Raspberry Pi Pico
The WSPR beacon provides the output signal on the GPIO pin of Raspberry Pi.

Host a website from your Xiegu X6100
Hosting a website to serve manuals and other useful applications.
The Modern Ham

Chatt Radio Ham Radio store
Chatt Radio offers both an online and brick and mortar storefront.
Chatt Radio

sBitx V2 Amateur transceiver mods for POTA use
A touchscreen radio with a huge screen and powered by a Raspberry Pi.

One year on
So what have I done in this time?

Edmonds Woodway Amateur Radio Club celebrates five years of connecting
With just a piece of wire for an antenna, you can be in contact with people all over the world.
My Edmonds News

The art of DX pileup busting
Listen, Listen, Listen

Happy 10th Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO-73)
Many stations around the world continue to upload the telemetry.
ICQ Podcast


ARISS 40th Anniversary Webinar with Richard Garriott
Discussing the first contact via Amateur Radio in Human Spaceflight.

Ham Radio contest secrets from N6MJ and KL9A
Dan Craig N6MJ and Chris Hurlbutt KL9A are phenoms in the Ham Radio contesting world.

Ordering A Pizza With A Baofeng
Out of cell range and wanting a Pizza.

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LHS Episode #525: Linux Show Player Deep Dive

Hello and welcome to Episode 525 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts take an in-depth look at the Linux Show Player application. The application is an audio and lighting cue manager for doing podcasts, live performances, concerts or what have you. It can control devices, set up macros, play audio, set lighting scenes and much more. All topics from installation to configuration and use are covered. Thanks for listening and have a great week.

73 de The LHS Crew

Russ Woodman, K5TUX, co-hosts the Linux in the Ham Shack podcast which is available for download in both MP3 and OGG audio format. Contact him at [email protected].

A couple of ATNO for me


 This past Sunday I was cruzing the bands for some POTA stations and on 10m I came across a pileup and stuck around to see what it was all about. It was 7Q6M in Malawi Africa calling "CQ UP". I flipped the Icom 7610 into split and Dual Watch (Dual Watch meaning turned on the independent sub receiver). There was a large gathering at the watering hole and I took some time to listen to see how 7Q6M was working the pileup. I dropped my call a few times and then I heard them come back to me and I was in the log. 

I then a few days later logged TO9W in St Martin, now they are pretty much local to me BUT they are an ATNO and it only took the first call to get them in the log. This coming weekend is the ARRL 10m contest and I will be up and running in that in the low-power CW category. Hey if you are an SSB aficionado you also can take advantage of the 10m DX. I found that last year the DX was on early mornings then after about noon hour it was North America.

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

Yaesu FTDX101 price drop!

There has been a sudden upping of the UK cashback offer on the Yaesu FTDX101D. Infact it has been doubled from the original cashback offer of £170 to £340!! Taking the price after cashback down to £2659.95.


This makes this quite an exceptional saving over the list price for a big base HF station rig.


Check out here for further detail: Yaesu FTDX101D

Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].

ICQ Podcast Episode 418 – SpyRadio And Parasets

In this episode, we join Martin Butler M1MRB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin Butler (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and the episode's feature is SpyRadio and Parasets.

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  • Ofcom Investigation Helps to Convict a Man of Causing Interference to Amateur Radio
  • Happy 10th Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO-73)
  • POTA, SOTA and JOTA; Skywarn in Knox County, TN
  • Fire Sweeps Through Nikola Tesla's Last Remaining Lab
  • Using Radiowaves To Diagnose Climate Issues
  • Hams Track Down Medicine in Short Supply for Critically Ill Child
  • NASA Launches Spot the Station App
  • YOTA Month 2023 has begun
  • SDRconnect Preview 2 released

Colin Butler, M6BOY, is the host of the ICQ Podcast, a weekly radio show about Amateur Radio. Contact him at [email protected].

The Art of DX Pileup Busting


Recently, I came across some questions another amateur radio operator posed to a group of CW enthusiasts. Since I have an interest in Morse code, I thought I would explore these questions:

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1. When chasing some particular CW DX station needed for my DXCC punch-list, what are some things(s) that one can do to improve one’s chances of snagging that DX contact amidst a congested pileup? Is it truly the luck of the draw or roll of the dice? Or are there some time tested methods, less than obvious, that the experienced CW DX chasers have used that seem to improve one’s chances of snagging the DX contact? Yes, I’m aware that there are many variables to consider. I’m just looking for some general suggestions to improve my odds of success based on the experience of others.

2. If, let’s say, a DX station appends “UP 1” or “QSX 2” to his CQ call or just “UP” appears in a DX cluster spot listing, what is considered an acceptable amount of “UP”? I’m amazed sometimes at the amount of “UP” that I hear. LOL. Does a hefty amount of “UP” actually improve one’s chances? What does the DX op expect?

3. After a DX station sends their callsign how long should one wait to reply with one’s callsign? I hear stations respond immediately. But sometimes I hear others wait just a “bit”, and then respond to DX. And sometimes when the DX station is responding to a chosen station, other callers are STILL calling the DX op. What do most DX operators expect with regard to the response of a reply? Immediate? One-Mississippi …?

4. I hear stations reply to DX with their callsign once. Others sometimes twice. If I send my callsign twice I run the risk that the DX station has already begun his reply back to me with my sig-report while I’m still in the midst of sending my 2nd callsign reply. So … I should send my call just once?

— end quote–

Great questions!  And, the answers translate over to working DX pileups on voice, too.

Waterfall with split operation displayed.

Here are some of my off-the-cuff remarks, based on my limited experience DXing since 1990:
(I am an avid DXer, with 8BDXCC, etc.)

1. Listen, Listen, Listen: The DX station typically does work split – the DX station on, say, 14.023 MHz, and the DX station is listening anywhere from 14.028 to 14.033 (up 5 to 10). You first, of course, need to listen to the DX station, but, also to hear the stations that are calling the DX station! The trick is to be able to hear some of the stations that are piling up on the DX, and to determine if the DX is working a station, then tunes up a little, or down a little, from the frequency on which the last caller was chosen.

Once you know this, you want to position your signal so that the DX operator tunes to or very near where you are transmitting your signal. If the DX station does not call you but continues in the same tuning direction, you reposition your transmit frequency (always in the pileup window) and try again. If you do not know where the DX station is listening next, and especially if you cannot HEAR the DX station, you are calling blind and are in for a long effort.

If you have a way to see the waterfall at and around the DX frequency, you can often see the general spread of “UP” where the callers congregate. When listening (and, let me tell you, listening is key) to the DX station, watch the waterfall for the responding caller (the station in the pile-up calling the DX), as sometimes it is very obvious who is answering the DX. Watch this exchange for a number of new callers – and get a sense of HOW the DX operator is moving through the pile-up. Anticipate where the DX might listen next. Choose that “next frequency in the pattern of movement” and use that as your calling frequency.

2. Timing your call: this takes a bit of effort. I typically listen to my chosen transmit frequency, trying to call never at the exact same time as others, on or near my calling frequency.

3. I always send my callsign TWICE… something like this:


There are some fine CW-oriented DXing books, PDFs, and websites that talk about this. For instance:

I hope this personal observation of mine about working a Morse code pileup is helpful in some way.

73 de NW7US


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Ham College 107

Ham College episode 107 is now available for download.

Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 45
E9C Practical wire antennas, folded dipoles, phased arrays, effects of ground near antennas.


George Thomas, W5JDX, is co-host of AmateurLogic.TV, an original amateur radio video program hosted by George Thomas (W5JDX), Tommy Martin (N5ZNO), Peter Berrett (VK3PB), and Emile Diodene (KE5QKR). Contact him at [email protected].

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