Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 132

HDSDR beta 2.75 released
HDSDR hasn’t been updated since 2013, so it is good to see that the author is back in action.

Put that Amateur Radio license to use on 915 MHz
Faraday makes it very easy to transmit and receive digital data, with decent power and range.
Hack A Day

Learning Morse Code in 4 hours
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that teaches people Morse code within four hours using a series of vibrations felt near the ear.
Georgia Tech

National Geographic: Guide to Ham Radio
Can Ham radios really talk to space? And other answers.
National Geographic

Suspected terrorists believe HAARP controls minds
Two men collected dozens of weapons as part of a plan to attack the High Frequency Active Aural Research Facility or HAARP.

SainSonic APRS Tracker
1 watt APRS tracker with GPS, Bluetooth built-in.

KB6NU’s One-day Tech class videos
KB6NU has been sharing a series of videos from his One-day Tech class.

ISS APRS packet system switched to UHF
Crew member Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, has activated an ARISS UHF radio that had been in storage on the ISS, and it is now operational on 437.550 MHz.

An improved knob for the K2
Compared to tuning knobs on most commercial rigs, the one on the K2 has a rather sharp edge, the effects of which can become obvious if you tune a lot by resting one finger against it.

Do you have a prepared Ham Radio elevator pitch?
Don’t try to be all things to all people, stick with the aspects of ham radio you enjoy and have passion and expertise.
Ham Cram

All-Seeing Eye: Russia builds gigantic military radar in Arctic
The so-called “over the horizon” radar is a type of radar system, which is able to detect targets at very long ranges, typically hundreds and thousands of kilometers.
Sputnik News


Building an APRS Digipeater
The transceiver is a GM300, with a KAM plus TNC modulating it. If we didn’t happen to have a KAM+ on hand, I would have probably used an OT3m from Argent Data.
The Life of Kenneth

TYT MD-398 GPS Unboxing
This model is the GPS version. It also comes in a version without GPS. This is a pre-release model, however, it is identical to the Radioddity GD-55 model.
Ham Radio Review

W9BVX’s helium balloon vertical antenna
Watch now as he ticks another item off his ‘bucket list’.

Radio Review: QYT KT8900 Mini Dual Band Mobile
Programming repeaters into the QYT KT8900 Mini Dual Band Mobile

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