Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 323

Amateur Radio Weekly

2024 ARRL Field Day Theme: Be Radio Active
The theme encourages Radio Amateurs to take advantage of the peak of Solar Cycle 25.

Installing VARA on Debian 12 Linux
I thought it best to document it here, and maybe help another poor lost soul.
The Modern Ham

A cross-platform logging app with rig control, cluster, WSJT-X support, and more.

Girl Scouts gear up to talk to International Space Station
Here’s how they’ll do it.
The Sacramento Bee

My ATU is soooo good, it will give a perfect match on anything
Even without an antenna connected.

CATS APRS alternative featured on Hackaday
CATS uses raw FSK rather than the inefficient AFSK used by APRS.

Low band VHF tests in Western Australia
The frequencies were 30.8761 MHz , 36.6073 MHz, 39.1467 MHz and 40.6864 MHz.

How I do it: A complete POTA activation from start to finish
Watch me, in real time, as I deploy an end fed half wave antenna, set up my station on a picnic table, and do a QRP (5 watt) POTA activation on the 15 meter band.

Handmade QSLs from the 1930s
Hams would purchase post cards from the post office (only a penny each, including postage!) and created their own designs.

Source of major RFI identified
You may note that it is at least 5,9+10dB.
Johnson’s Techworld

APRS RX comparison
Anytone 878 vs Yaesu FT-5DR.


Portable DIY adjustable 2m J-Pole
Peel and stick some metal tape on a strap, cut out a J-Pole pattern.

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