Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 274

Amateur Radio Weekly

U.S. Airforce may have shot down an Amateur Radio Balloon over Canada
There is speculation that at least one of these three objects may have been an Amateur Radio Pico Balloon.

Hobby club’s missing balloon feared shot down by USAF
The circumstantial evidence is at least intriguing. The club’s silver-coated, party-style, Pico Balloon reported its last position on February 10th at 38,910 feet off the west coast of Alaska.
Aviation Week

HRO closing San Diego store
The San Diego store will close permanently on February 25th.
CQ Newsroom

The VP2E – A strange (but proven) antenna
A wire antenna that is rapidly field deployable, fairly stealthy, directional, and which has some gain.
Ham Radio Outside the Box

Maia SDR
An Open-Source FPGA-based SDR project focusing on the ADALM Pluto.
Daniel Estévez

Funny questions I get from non-Hams while on a POTA activation
When activating a park, us regular POTA activators are quite used to getting funny looks and strange stares.
Mike’s Tech Blog

AM DXing 101
AM DXing—sometimes called Broadcast Band (BCB) DXing or Medium Wave (MW) DXing—is one of the easiest ways to begin pursuing the DX game.

2023 Orlando Hamcation photos
Over 100 photos from the 2023 Hamcation.
The SWLing Post

Those strange curvy things seen on a 10 meter waterfall
The general consensus is that these are from ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medial) devices that nominally operate around 26957 kHz to 27283 kHz.


Capacitors and electronic troubleshooting
Let’s see how this improves the receiver’s performance.
Mr Carlson’s Lab

Ham Radio operators take over frozen Minnesota lake
Ham Radio operators headed out on White Bear Lake in Mahtomedi, MN for the annual Hams On The Ice meetup.

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