CHOTA 2024, Anyone?

The Churches and Chapels on the Air coordinator, John Wresdall G3XYF, sent this notice out this morning:

Dear All,
thanks to all those who have let me know they are operating in CHOTA 2024
on 14 Sept . If you intend to put your church or chapel on the air please let me know. The latest list is periodically uploaded to the WACRAL site when Mike G0RBB can manage it.
John G3XYF

John’s email for this is: [email protected]. He is good on

Note: CHOTA 2024 is September 4, 2024. See other posts on this blog about CHOTA. The main site for this event is: My church group had a blast last year!

Frank Howell, K4FMH, is a regular contributor to and writes from Mississippi, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

Fun with the Sun…..


As ham radio operators no matter what mode you operate one major contributing factor regarding success or failure is the Sun. Propagation reports can be found on the internet, some with cool pictures and others with just lines of data. Things such as solar flares, coronal mass ejection (CME), solar wind and the list goes on. Being able to look at propagation data and interpret it is beneficial. An understanding can help us realize that not all solar flares, CME and high solar wind can mean poor conditions. I found a great site that goes through many areas that make up a propagation report. At some points yes it can get into too much detail but overall I found it to be very informative.
Understanding propagation can be very interesting and also can help you understand the data that is shown.
Here is the LINK to a site that gives great information about propagation.

Here are some propagation sites: 

Solar Ham 

Current ham radio conditions 


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

LHS Episode #547: Choppy Airwaves

Hello and welcome to the 547th installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts cover short topics including the return of Logbook of the World, gaming with FT-8, the RegreSSHion vulnerability that affects many systems, Nobara Linux 39, Linux running on Google Drive, the latest version of AllStar Link and much, much more. Thanks for listening and we hope you 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].

IARU contest results


My contest contacts

 This weekend was the IARU contest and you can participate in CW, SSB or both. As for me, it was CW only....surprise surprise. The solar weather can affect how radio operations in both a good way and a bad way. This weekend it was a bad way but that is ok as I tell myself the solar weather does not discriminate it treats all operators the same way. The advanced solar forecast prepared contesters for a rough ride but to add to it the Bz index, something we don't hear much about in Solar weather circles was deep in the negative direction. When you have poor solar weather and add in a -Bz index it just makes things worse. What it sounds like to a CW contester is one moment a signal is very decent and then gone and in most cases gone for some time. 

This is a challenge for contesters as when you hear a call sign, come back to them and get a report you generally have no luxury for repeats. If the anomaly happens mid-contact well you most likely cannot log the contact. I find during these conditions you have more stations contacting you more than once on the same band (called a DUPE). Because of the changing condition, you may think the station heard your exchange but they did not and may be asking you for a repeat and you can't hear them asking. So due to the poor conditions, they are not able to log your contact that you think was a solid contact. Whenever I have a station call me that has called me before and is in the log (DUPE) I  always work them again as you are not penalized for it. But there are a few that send "QSO BEFORE" and will not log the contact. 

Anyway, I digress....this year I was able to log more contacts (56) during very poor conditions compared to last year and better yet I almost doubled my score. Last year's score was 69,484 compared to 130,130 this year.  This contest starts on Saturday at 9 am local time and ends on Sunday at 9 am local time. I was up early on Sunday (5:15) to keep adding to the log. I am a morning person and up each day at 6 am so I was not too far off from my normal time.

The final results


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

AmateurLogic 195: Cheap Old Code

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 195 is now available for download.

George replaces a defective FT-857d display with an economical new option. Emile’s Cheap Old Code. Tommy shows how to get your GMRS license and visits the new GigaParts Superstore. Terry, 2E0IPK visits with his RigExpert AA-230 Zoom analyzer.


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].

ICQ Podcast Episode 434 – Ham Radio Friedrichshafen 2024

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 a report from Ed Durrant DD5LP from Ham Radio Friedrichshafen.

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  • Direct to Full syllabus v2.0
  • YOTA Camp Shack Named In Memory Of Bob Heil, K9EID (Sk)
  • Spacex Awarded Contract To De-Orbit ISS
  • NTS Performance Analysis Tool in Development
  • Hams Intervene In Youth-On-Youth Violence In India
  • ARRL Logbook of The World Returns to Service
  • RSGB British Science Week Challenge
  • MESAT1 Amateur Satellite in Orbit
  • HamSCI Makes Significant Impact at the NSF's Annual CEDAR Workshop

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

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 339

Amateur Radio Weekly

A century of service and signals
100-year-old Ham Radio enthusiast, teacher marks milestone.
The Mountaineer

Hams are resurrecting technical ideas from the past
DLARC and 21st century tech make this possible.

ARRL confirms ransomware gang stole data in cyberattack
The organization claims the data breach affected 150 employees.
Bleeping Computer

Amateur Radio club has changed my life
Amateur Radio has honestly changed my life, I’ve friends all over the world now.
BBC News

Quisk SDR software
Controls SoftRock, Hermes-Lite, and more.

FCC enforcement actions
How likely is it that the FCC would come after me if I violate the rules?

MARSgrams and memories
Enduring legacy of military auxiliary radio in connecting families.
Southeast Missourian

The next 90 day satellite decays
List of satellites reentering Earth’s atmosphere in the next 90 days.

Super long-range Wi-Fi works at a range of 1.8 miles
HaLow standard aces a real-world test despite high interference.
Tom’s Hardware



Just give AM a chance
Late Shift POTA on 40m AM.

Demo: New WSJT-X Super Fox/Hound mode
K8R in American Samoa is the first DXpedition to use the new Super Fox/Hound mode.

I just made contact with an airplane
How about doing it while riding your Bicycle?
Mr MuDs Ham Radio Radio Time

Does a fence antenna work?
How to turn your fence into a Ham Radio antenna.

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