Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 161

Hamvention reports second-largest attendance ever
Hamvention 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, attracted 29,296 attendees.

Join Virtual Buildathon and build satellite antenna
Chertsey Radio Club is running a virtual build-a-thon to construct a dual-band satellite antenna for 2m/70cm using low-cost parts and it’s open to all.

June VHF Contest results
Any June VHF contest with some decent sporadic-e propagation on 50 MHz is a win.
The Podcast for Morse Code and CW operators!

Bad interference & good neighbours
1 second of S7 static, 1 second back to the standard noise floor (about S5), repeat.

Detect lightning strikes with audio equipment
The build is able to detect lightning using a single piece of equipment that is almost guaranteed to be within a few feet of anyone reading this article.
Hack A Day

Tales from Michigan’s State Parks
We recently had an epic Michigan State Parks on the Air run and activated 10 parks in 6 days!

Quicker-turnaround digital modes in experimental stage for WSJT-X
Tentative goals include 15-second T/R sequences, sensitivity around S/N = –20 dB.

New rules in Mexico unlock FM radio on smartphones
Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute approved a new rule that requires all smartphone manufacturers to enable the technology that allows the device to pick up FM radio signals.


Icom ID-4100 D-Star mobile quick review
The new ICOM ID-4100 D-Star mobile.
Ham Radio Concepts

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