Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 98

Ham radio licenses at all-time high
Amateur Radio (ham radio) has been around for more than 100 years. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912.
Ironton Tribune

History of HamTV on the ISS
February 11th was a historic event: Tim Peake activated the Ham Video transmitter on board Columbus.

KiwiSDR: 30 MHz bandwidth SDR for VLF/LF/MF/HF
The KiwiSDR is an up and coming VLF/LF/MF/HF capable SDR that has a large 30 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth and coverage from 10 kHz to 30 MHz. It is designed to be low cost and used as an online internet based SDR in a similar way to how WebSDR is used.

Ham Radio In The Back Country
I recorded the lat/long coordinates supplied by my D72 that I had set up to manually beacon as VE6AB-7 and was being heard and digipeated by my APRS weather station VE6AB-8 mounted in the cargo bay of my mobile parked on a forestry road a kilometer or so away.
Jerry’s Journal

Hack A Day is looking for writers
Contributors are hired as private contractors and paid for each post. You should have the technical expertise to understand the projects you write about, and a passion for the wide range of topics we feature.
Hack A Day

Protecting the Elecraft KX3 on the Hills
Protection of my expensive investment (well, the KX3 isn’t cheap is it?!) is paramount and I have three stages.
M0JCQ’s Ham Blog

How to

Ham solar energy plant: 100 watts For $300
The Off Grid Ham 100 Watts for $300 Solar Energy Plant will produce reliable power but is a no frills affair.
Off Grid Ham

The Beautiful Genius Load
Up to now I only had one dummy load and it was built into my MFJ Deluxe Versa Tuner II so I thought it was high time to have something a bit more portable.
Ham Radio – QRP

How to decode maritime broadcasts in RTTY, Sitor B, and NAVTEX
Non-voice high seas weather broadcasts and safety messages to mariners can be found by spinning your VFO dial to 8.472 MHz USB.
The SWLing Post


Speedy Cutover Service, SXS switching cutover to ESS
With the speedy cutover service – 51 installers simultaneously cutting 927 cables as fast as possible, all on cue – the interrupted service could be brought down to well under a single minute.
AT&T Tech Channel

Decoding DMR on OS X using an RTL SDR and DSD Plus
This video shows that decoding DMR using DSD+ command line tool is possible on a Mac running OSX

Demonstration of radio frequency interference
RFI simply means that there is a part in the radio spectrum that we wouldn’t like to see, it is usually unintentionally caused by devices around us .

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