Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 165

Sexism in Amateur Radio
Be aware of your unconscious biases.

New FT8 digital mode from K1JT
This is an incredibly fast mode but not as sensitive as JT65/JT9 as it decodes only down to -20dB.

Amateur Radio Parity Act introduced to Senate
Parity Act would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide regulatory parity for amateur radio operators.
Senator Roger Wicker

Virginia Tech, Radford University teams readying for eclipse
Three teams of students and faculty from Virginia Tech will be spread out to measure the eclipse’s effects on low frequency radar waves.
The Roanoke Times

New Podcast: The Field Radio Podcast
The Field Radio Podcast is dedicated to exploring the amateur radio hobby through the lens of getting you and your gear outdoors.

Steps to lower Noise Floor and revitalize AM Radio
Background noise interference is degrading the quality of broadcast reception, two-way communications, mobile cellphone services and every other form of wireless communications used today at an alarming rate.
Radio World

Raspberry Pi rival delivers a 4K Android computer for just $25
The Rock64 Media Board Computer may be a similar size to the best-selling $35 Raspberry Pi but its specs help it to stand apart.

Decode HD Radio on RTL-SDR
A cybersecurity researcher has cracked the codec used by the NRSC-5-C standard for US based terrestrial digital radio.

Porch portable
During a break visiting relatives in Western NC I went outside, threw my end-fed antenna up into a tree, sat on the front porch swing, and worked stations in Maine, Kansas and Cuba.
Ham Radio QRP


Battery-free cellphone
Harvests energy via ambient RF signals.
University of Washington

Lightbulb vs radio beacon
N1SPY completed a project to make an ultra low power signal (QRP) travel around the world. His radio beacon used less power than a small light bulb.

Parks on the Air & outdoor Ham Radio fun
Join me as I activate McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, TX.

2m SOTA Summit pileup
A flurry of Summit to summit (S2S) calls were received from fellow activators out on other SOTA summits.
M0JCQ’s SOTA Channel

Getting Started on 6 meters, the magic band
If you are not familiar with this “Magic Band,” check out this video and join the fun.

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