Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 145

ARRL seeks opinions concerning possible new entry level license
An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016.

ISS SSTV active February 13th and 14th
The SSTV images will be transmitted as part of the MAI-75 Experiment on 145.800 MHz FM using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver located in the Russian ISS Service module.

The “Slick Six” 6 Meter Horizontal Dipole
This antenna is easy to adjust and can take any of the weather Texas can dish out.

‘Mysterious foghorn’ in Ham Radio bands
Observed on 7, 10 and 14 MHz, this is a Chinese OTH radar.

Adding 160 meters to a Hustler 6BTV
I have never been able to transmit on the 160 meter band. As I hear it, it’s referenced as the “Gentleman’s Band.”

Baofeng for digital modes
When playing around with wireless mobile traffic lights, I also thought about options to transmit on the VHF and UHF bands.
Carriers Everywhere

Asus takes on Raspberry Pi
32-bit A17 CPU bolstered by fast Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and gigabit Ethernet.
Ars Technica

Easy homemade beginner ADS-B antennas
Easy to build, costs less than $1, no tools or equipment, takes maximum 15 minutes.
Radio for Everyone

ICOM IC-2820 fan mod
The replacement is a Pabst 0412 fan that comes with a 5,25” PC connector. I replaced it with a 1.5mm two pin JST ZH connector.

Another outstanding year for Amateur Radio licensing
New Amateur Radio licenses issued were up by 1% over 2015.


Airborne TV DX Miami to St. Louis flight
Scanning the TV bands from 3, 000 feet – Miami to St. Louis and back with a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q dongle receiver and 3 inch stick antenna.

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3 Responses to “Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 145”

  • Richard KWØU:

    Personally I don’t think a new entry level license is a good idea, even if the FCC approved it, which I doubt they will. Licensee numbers are going up, but how much simpler can you make it?

  • Tony/N8WAC:

    Just a couple years ago my club (TMRA) filed a petition to allow tech’s to use the FM portion of the 10 meter band. It was denied. The FCC stated almost word for word that the ARRL gave me in emails at the beginnings of filing of this petition. Now the ARRL comes up with this great idea to possibly expand some of the tech’s privileges. Whomever idea it is I personal feel it makes no sense for the tech class to have access to worldwide freq’s at the bottom portion of 10 meters but not allow the to use the FM portion too.

    AS for digital on some of the hf bands…..why not? Again they already are able to use cw. Why not digital too? I hope they get it.


  • Very good website:

    Very good newsletter !

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