Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 61

FCC eliminates Amateur Radio vanity call sign fee
“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.”

Dayton 2015
The Hara Arena we all know and love continues to be, well, Hara Arena. The good news is renovations are in the works. A Hamvention official told me it’s for real and probably a three to four year project.
Radio Artisan

Pirate SSTV over US Navy satellites
Radio pirates often make use of the Fleetsatcom satellites to send and receive slow scan television (SSTV) pictures over a wide distance.

Liquid metal antenna
Boffins have made a liquid metal device which can alter its shape through voltage alone, removing the need for clunky external pumps previously used to arrange such material.
The Register

Wireless door bell adventure [PDF]
433 MHz ASK signal analysis.
Paul Rascagnères

Fox-1 Operating Guide
Fox-1 Operating Guide released at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. FM transmitter capability on 435 MHz and FM receiver capability on 145 MHz. A full-duplex radio (capable of receiving and transmitting simultaneously) is recommended.

Can I use my Ham Radio on public safety frequencies?
It is widely known that many amateur radios can be modified to transmit outside the ham bands. The answer to this question used to be that amateur radio equipment cannot be used legally on public safety channels because it is not approved for use under Part 90 of the FCC Rules.

Enough already!
It’s yet another rant about how most hams nowadays dress like slobs and need to take a bath. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really sick of this kind of talk.

How to

How to replace a noisy wall power supply
When you purchase a replacement power supply, you must make sure that several properties match that of the device it will power, else you could cause damage.
The SWLing Post


First look at the Flexradio Maestro at Dayton
An early look at the new Flexradio Maestro interface for flex radios. All in one over Wi-Fi touch screen with two waterfalls and physical control interfaces.

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