Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 204

Hamvention 2018
Would I come back to Hamvention? Right now, given that it’s always the same weekend as Maker Faire Bay Area? Pfth. Not a chance.
The Life of Kenneth

My visit to Hamvention 2018
What a great event! The new location is superb. It is 1000% better than the old location at Hara Arena.

Faux SDRs & Vaporware Products at Hamvention – “The Fake News”
Reports from Dayton of new products seem to be far apart, and a couple anticipated products seem lackluster or concept mockups.

2018 Hamvention photos: Inside Exhibits
Most of the following photos were taken in the main Hamvention buildings and tents at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
The SWLing Post

2018 Hamvention photos: Friday Flea Market
The selection was pretty amazing. The rain did come and go throughout the day, but the recycled asphalt that was spread between the aisles did help keep mitigate the mud situation.
The SWLing Post

Death of an E-Salesman
Our classic electronics surplus stores are disappearing. Can they be saved?

Post-launch signals received as Amateur Radio heads to Moon
China has launched two microsatellites into a lunar transfer orbit. Following deployment, signals from the DSLWP satellites were received by radio amateurs in Brazil, Chile, and the US, as well as by many others around the world.

Ham loses license for interference
N8CAM illegally operated on, and caused interference to, the Michigan Public Service Communication System.

NVIS works very well… except when it doesn’t
Anyone relying on near vertical incident skywave (NVIS) propagation for 24/7 radio circuits between any two points should heed the warnings found in the raw QSO data from the Virginia QSO Party.
Ham Radio . Magnum Experimentum

About Software Defined Radio and RTL-SDR
Software Defined Radio: computer or smartphone does signal processing, not individual and expensive components as with traditional radios. The cheapest way into radio reception, best bang for the buck.
Radio for Everyone


Review: Antenna analyzer N1201SA

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