Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 167

17 year old ISS APRS packet module bites the dust
ARISS has received several reports stating that the packet system on ISS is down. Here is what we know and our current forward plan.

[PDF] ARRL Annual Report
Well designed report with a focus on members, NPOTA, and women in radio.

Traditional Ham Radio leaves youngsters uninterested
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, expressed his surprise when he discovered his usual amateur radio talk didn’t impress young people.

A story from a numbers stations operator
The purpose of all this was to send messages to spies implanted in an enemy (or target) country. However not all – or even not many – of the broadcasts were actually messages.

Amateur Radio at Alert, Nunavut
When the UHF link from Alert to Eureka was installed in the early 1980’s, it brought telephone service to Alert for the very first time.

Single lever paddle for the KX series
If you want to have an attachable paddle for your KX3 or KX2, but feel squeamish about parting with the dinero for a set of Elecraft KX3PD or KX2PD attachable iambic paddles, then you might want to look into buying one of these.

QRP vs. QRO… Let’s “go there”
The QRP vs. QRO dilemma seems to be a top concern for off grid hams. Let’s objectively try to sort this one out.
Off Grid Ham

A history of CB radio in the US and UK
Probably the first recorded users of the illegal 27MHz band were the Charlie Bravo Group who seem to have appeared in about 1965.


Tropo band opening VHF/UHF Midwest USA
This is the time of year here in my area for some good tropospheric band openings on the VHF and UHF bands on ham radio. Here is a little sample of what I was hearing and talking to from my ham shack.

Kenwood TH-D74 – review and quick tour
This video is a quick tour, but complete, of the Kenwood TH-D74.

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