Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 51

US Amateur Radio numbers reach an all-time high
Amateur Radio growth in the US continues to soar. The trend has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the ham population rise to slightly more than 727,000.

HF digital voice without the computer
The first batch of SM1000s are being built in China right now and we estimate shipping will start in late March.
David Rowe (VK5DGR)

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 introduced in Congress
The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.

Global 24 Radio on the rocks
Four months in, Global 24 is offering to refund money to supporters (maybe).
Global 24

A Photo Tour of the National Capital Radio and Television Museum
Museum Curator and volunteer, Brian Belanger, kindly gave me a private tour of the museum collections.
The SWLing Post

K3 Memory Manager for OSX
K3 Memory Manager allows the user to read/write/edit/erase memories from any slot in the K3/KX3, including setting split frequency/modes. It uses a basic table format which is simple to understand and quite intuitive to use.
Mac Ham Radio

WX Warning Program
WXWarn is easy to use free weather software that will monitor National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, etc., and alert you (audio and visually) as new ones are issued.

How to

An idiots guide to programming your Baofeng UV-5R radio
I don’t need no “stinking” programming cable.

Tips on buying a used paddle
The contacts may be dirty and need to be cleaned, but make sure that no one has taken a file to them.

Understanding Single Sideband (SSB)
Single sideband is a special form of amplitude modulation (AM). What’s so ‘special’ about it? Besides just encoding voice information with variations in signal amplitude, or power, SSB consumes a little less than half the bandwidth of a full “double band” AM signal.
Ham Radio School


HackRF on Sky Loop Antenna and Talented Balun
In this video I put up a 20 meter band Delta Sky Loop Antenna with lighting arrestor to use with my HackRF One software defined radio.

Interview with David Rowe (VK5DGR) creator of CODEC2 (digital voice on HF)
“This will be the year” for digital voice to explode in Ham Radio.

Making a Full Bridge Rectifier
A full bridge rectifier is one of the main building blocks of AC to DC converters.
Mehdi Sadaghdar

Yaesu System Fusion Introduction

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