Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 64

Newsline Co-Founder, Editor Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, SK
A well-known voice in the Amateur Radio news media has gone silent.

Icom IC-7851 HF/50MHz Transceiver
With the design of the IC-7851, Icom’s engineers focused on a new Local Oscillator (LO) that drastically reduces the phase noise. As a result of this design, the purity of the LO achieves a Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR) of 110dB.

ARRL June VHF Contest this weekend
For amateurs in the US and Canada to work as many stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible above 50 MHz.

How to work a VHF contest
This is a brief introduction to operating during a VHF contest.

[Video] June VHF Contest in action
QRP portable on top of Slide Mountain in the Catskills of New York.

Monitoring FBI survielence aircraft with ADS-B
From reports on the internet John found out that FBI aircraft squawked with 4414 or 4415 codes, and used call signs like JENNA or JENA.

Summertime CBer
Strong Es on 11 meters usually heralds the possibility of 6m also opening via the same mode.

TV signals used to track aircraft as alternative to radar
Using special receivers, researchers said they were able to track up to 30 planes simultaneously flying at altitudes of up to 10,000ft (3km).

Dayton Hamvention – R.I.P.
The “laws of the market place” are taking care of the “Dayton as a hell-hole” problem.
With Varying Frequency

Semaphore + Morse Code + SSB + Twitter = Art
On Saturday, June 20 artist Philippe Druez ON1PHD will be performing at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium with the iSemaphore installation using Chappe semaphore, Morse code and Twitter.


Tracking & receiving the LightSail cube satellite
Showing how to track the LightSail CubeSat on your own PC with free software.

Video tour of a CubeSat satellite
AMSAT Fox-1C Engineering Model 6/6/2015

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One Response to “Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 64”

  • Goody K3NG:

    The “Dayton RIP” article is off base, and not really link-worthy, in my opinion. I’ve been to Dayton the past two years and while Hara has its problems, they’re nothing new and there is a project underway to renovate it. I stayed in two different Marriott properties for lodging and both were rather good and not flea-bitten. There are plenty of good hotels if you look. The author of the article needs spend some money and shop around for some better lodging. I ate out at good places and didn’t see any armed guards. The author must be going to eat in some bad places. Like that old joke where a guy goes to the doctor and says “I broke my arm in two places” and the doctor says “Well, you better stay away from them places.” Last, the author complains about parking 20 minutes away from the arena in an abandoned parking lot. I paid $10 each day to park across the street from Hara. It’s a five minute walk, if that. The author needs to save up and pay the $20 or $30 to park the two or three days. Problem solved. Most problems are solvable, for those who want to solve them and not just complain.

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