AmateurLogic 181: George & Mike’s Excellent Adventure
AmateurLogic.TV Episode 181 is now available for download.
George & Mike cover the premiere Hamfest of the season, Hamvention 2023. Visits with friends and vendors. Plus some great new finds you may not be aware of. Hamvention is always a fun, entertaining event and this year was no different.
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].
Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 287
HamClock: Keep track of much more than the time
HamClock is a kiosk-style application that provides real time space weather, radio propagation models, operating events and other information particularly useful to the Radio Amateur.
Open Headset Interconnect Standard
We have no such standards for the interface between the user and the radio. Is the microphone a dynamic, or electret? Is it balanced, pseudo balanced, or unbalanced?
$100k offered for solutions to deliberate QRM
The Northern California DX Foundation recognizes the negative aspect deliberate QRMers are having on our hobby.
Titanic: Amateur Radio heard SOS 3,000 miles away
Among the first to respond was an amateur radio operator some 3,000 miles away in south Wales.
Photos of 2023 Hamvention
Mike (VE3MKX) shares photos from the 2023 Hamvention.
FT8 Telegram bot
Maybe you do not want to spend time waiting for the magic red line to appear.
Arctic Circle Off Grid
An off-grid data communications field test above the Arctic Circle.
Fastest no tune 80 10 EFHW NVIS antenna
Chalk Line based Ham Radio Antenna.
Bucktail Outdoor Research
Receiving and decoding GreenCube CubeSat
Here we take a look at how to receive and decode GreenCube using an SDR receiver.
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CLE 292 Seek List
|List candidate AP-378 Mayne Island, BC...Can you hear it?|
Here is the remaining information needed for this weekend's CLE 292. Please give it a try, especially if you have not entered before. MF conditions have been very good this week.
Our 292nd CLE starts at 12:00 UTC this Friday (probably ‘today’ as you read this) and it ends at 12:00 UTC on Monday.
Big thanks to those of us who each chose 1, 2 or 3 ‘special’ NDBs for us all to try and log during the event. Several of you also gave interesting reasons why they are special – something for the Coordinators’ Comments afterwards!
That’s not a lot, so, for THIS CLE ONLY, everyone is invited, wherever they are, to make ONE OR TWO SEPARATE LOGS – one log made in the ‘normal’ way (e.g. listening from home) PLUS, if you wish, a separate log made vIa any kind of remote receiver (WebSDR, KIWI, etc.).
The Radio Countries are in Alphabetical sequence, with the European ones flagged in yellow:
There might be some discussion on the List about good remote receivers to choose.
(If you have kept the Results from previous CLEs, you might be able to see where users have made good results with their chosen remotes.)
Here are the Final Details again, sent before we had the finished seeklist:
This coming weekend's Coordinated Listening Event is a very special one!
For the first time, the NDBs that we shall be listening for have all been selected by NDB List members during this last week.
Nearly all the replies had the suggested maximum of three NDB choices, mostly fairly local ones that have a special significance for that listener.
There will be about 75 different NDBs in all for everyone to listen for (not just those who chose them!)
YES – that sounds difficult for many of us, with most of the chosen NDBs in Western Europe and Western USA/Canada.
BUT recognising that, Joachim and I have been busy in the last few days finding a way to increase the number of available NDBs for each of us to listen for.
So, for THIS CLE ONLY, we can invite listeners, wherever they are, to make one OR TWO SEPARATE LOGS – one log made in the ‘normal’ way (e.g. listening from home) PLUS, if you wish, a separate log made via any kind of remote receiver (WebSDR, KIWI, etc.).
e.g. North American listeners could make a log as usual, PLUS a second listening via the Enschede WebSDR (University of Twente) in Holland.
(That supports hundreds of simultaneous listeners and is good on the NDB frequencies).
Times: Start and end at midday local time at the receiver.
Targets: The Nominated NDBs ONLY The seeklist is to follow.
(the NDB nominations finish today at 16:00 UTC*)
(QRG: ALL NDB frequencies, 190 – 1740 kHz)
Send your final one CLE log, or 2 separate logs, to NDB List, preferably as plain text emails, not in an attachment, with CLE292 and FINAL at the start of their title.
Please show on EVERY LINE of your log(s):
# The full Date (or Day no.) e.g. '2023-05-26' (or just '26') and UTC (the day changes at 00:00 UTC)
# kHz (the beacon's nominal published frequency)
# The Call Ident.
Other optional details - Location, Distance, etc. - go LATER in the same line (or in footnotes).
Please make your log useful to old and new members alike by ALWAYS including the receiver’s location, its 6-character Locator if you know it, and brief details of the receiver and aerial(s).
We will send an 'Any More Logs?' email at about 20:00 UTC on Tuesday evening so you can check that your log(s) have been found OK.
To be included in the combined results, all logs must arrive on NDB List by 09:00 UTC on Wednesday 31st May at the very latest.
We hope to complete making the Combined Results within a few days.
Brian and Joachim
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].
CQ WW WPX CW contest!
This coming weekend is a long weekend for our American friends as well as it is the yearly running of the CQ WW WPX CW contest weekend. If you are into CW contesting this is one of the big ones to get involved in. As for me, I am hoping for a nice rainy weekend as this will keep me in the operating chair longer. Last year I used my EndFed antenna for this contest as I had the Hustler 4BTV but it was not as of yet installed.
Now I am curious to see how I do with the Hustler 4BTV compared to my EndFed antenna. I try to keep my CW contesting pencil sharp by taking part in the weekly 1-hour medium speed contests which max's out at 25 wpm and the CWops weekly CWT's which plain and simply just max's out! I also have daily practice with 2 contest simulation programs G4FON and Morse Runner.
CW is my thing and contesting is my thing, so for me this coming weekend I will be doing my thing.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].
ICQ Podcast Episode 403 – KISS Technology
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 in the episode's feature is KISS Technology.
We would like to thank our monthly and annual subscription donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit - http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate
- Congresswoman Lesko Reintroduces Bill to Replace Symbol Rate Limit with Bandwidth Limit
- Get Ready for Another ARRL Dues Increase
- Indian Amateurs Reunite Family after nearly 10 years
- ARRL Offers Assistance to Hams for RF Compliance
- RSGB supports International Women in Engineering Day
- Celebrating the Power of QRP
- ICQ Podcast Digital Group Granted GB23C
- RSGB team announced for YOTA Hungary
- ID-50E Dual-Band D-STAR Digital Handheld Radio
Colin Butler, M6BOY, is the host of the ICQ Podcast, a weekly radio show about Amateur Radio. Contact him at [email protected].
Skip Hamvention 2023, Go To ICU in Dayton
I had so many plans for my Hamvention 2023 visit on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2023. For example, I planned on many interviews including one with N3ZN, maker of great Morse code keys. I also needed to visit the Card Checker Service of the ARRL DXCC program. I had a handful of DX cards I was submitting toward DXCC credits.
But, I collapsed about 40 minutes after I got to the Hamvention, on Friday morning! I had just finished getting my DX QSL cards checked at the ARRL booth, then I collapsed. After only being at my first Hamvention for a brief 40-some minutes, I was taken by ambulance to an ER of a Xenia-area hospital. My blood pressure was difficult to measure at the initial moments of being at the emergency room — it was about 60 over 40, and I had NO radial pulse.
After a CT scan of heart and neck, and blood lab work, I was transported again by ambulance to a hospital near Dayton. There, I was admitted to that hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) around 5:30 PM on Friday.
I’m writing this on Saturday, from my hospital bed, as I’m still in ICU in Dayton. I hope to be discharged tomorrow (Sunday, 21 May 2023).
The working diagnosis is Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), caused by a combination of issues starting with my parathyroidectomy surgery, a few months back. I had three of my four parathyroid glands removed because they were completely tumorous. I wrote about that in my previous entry on this website.
Turns out my calcium levels were lower than they should be, causing problems throughout my body, but especially in my heart. Additionally, I was severally dehydrated due to two medications I had been taking because the VA doctors thought I should be on them. But, these meds were working against me. One of those I don’t even need, but the VA had me taking. That one is FUROSEMIDE. The other is LISINOPRIL. I don’t have high blood pressure, nor water retention.
At the ICU, I have stopped taking those meds. I’m on an IV, getting hydrated, and getting calcium supplements.
My kidney function is improving but I’m going to spend another night in ICU until they feel confident I’ve made full recovery. I hope to be discharged on Sunday, 21 May, 2023.
I hope all of you that were at this year’s Hamvention have enjoyed the fellowship of radio enthusiasts. Maybe I’ll meet many of you, next year! I will make videos of Hamvention 2024, if all goes well in a year’s time.
If you were at Hamvention 2023, share some highlights in the comments!
UPDATE: On Sunday, I was released from the ICU, and I am now home recuperating. Monday is a bit rough, so am not at work, yet. BP is normal, and I am on new medication for my heart so that I do not get dehydrated by the furosemide and lisinopril. Here’s hoping for next year’s Hamvention, which I hope to attend.
73 de NW7US
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June QST: SOTA, POTA and VHF Contest
My article that describes last year’s SOTA/POTA/VHF contest activation from Pikes Peak appears in the June issue of QST magazine. This VHF/UHF activation occurred on the Saturday of the ARRL June VHF Contest and qualified for Summits On The Air (W0C/FR-004 Pikes Peak) and Parks On The Air (K-4404 Pike National Forest). The article highlights the use of the North America Adventure Frequency of 146.58 MHz.
I made 80 radio contacts that day, on the 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, and 23cm bands. Not a great score for the VHF contest but quite nice for a VHF SOTA and POTA activation. My primary piece of equipment was the ICOM IC-705, which enabled all modes on the main VHF/UHF frequencies.
If you are an ARRL member, look for the article on Page 58 of the print edition of June QST or the online version. Not an ARRL member? Darn, you should fix that if you want to read articles published in QST.
If you are an ARRL member, please look at the article and consider voting for it in the QST Cover Plaque Award. Thanks!
73 Bob K0NR
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Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].