Accessed on 25 August 2018, 2309 UTC, Post #667.


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Compiled by:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).


Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories and activities from “Amateur Radio Weekly” ( and  The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 216

Atomic clocks’ final tock
The atomic clock time signal station that synchronizes time devices, may be shut down next year if a presidential budget request passes as proposed.
The SWLing Post

QRP experiment with FT8Call
Even with a relatively small amount of output power, I’m having keyboard to keyboard QSOs with stations in Europe and North Africa.

Antenna sales are rising
The lowly, unsightly TV antenna, consigned to garages or forgotten altogether when people switched to cable and satellite services for TV, is rising again.
Star Tribune

Using a HackRF to spoof GPS navigation in cars and divert drivers
This uses a clever algorithm that ensures that the spoofed GPS location remains consistent with the actual physical road networks, to avoid the driver noticing that anything is wrong.

Using multi-meters
Multi-meters have the ability to measure voltage, current and resistance and more expensive models may add other functions such as temperature.

6m lightweight delta loop for sporadic E
This is a simple, cheap, lightweight horizontally polarised somewhat-directional antenna.

Antenna comparison on 6m during a Sporadic-E opening
I’ve been operating on 6m using two less than ideal antennas and was interested to see how they compared during a recent opening on 6m.
Adventures in Ham Radio

What is VSWR: Voltage Standing Wave Ratio
Standing waves are a key value for any system using transmission lines / feeders where measurements of the VSWR, Voltage Standing Wave Ratio are important.

Send APRS objects or telemetry via Bash
This is to internet only, not to RF.


FT8Call quick start guide basics calling CQ and QSO
I’m having fun with this new FT8Call and I think you will too.

Speaker wire antenna
In this video I show you my infamous speaker wire antenna.

3D printed universal cable fix
A 3D printed small enclosure that can be used as a join box for cables or cords,

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Hawaii QSO Party is on the air until 5:59 p.m. (HST), Sunday, 26 August 2018.  All Hawaii radio amateurs are invited to participate in this annual event.  For more information, please visit

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club has invited Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager, to speak to Hamakua and Kohala residents on hurricane preparedness on Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 6:30 p.m. (HST) at the North Hawaii Community Hospital conference room in Waimea.  Please RSVP to Norm (

On Tuesday, 28 August 2018, Mr. Resto will be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland with presentations set for 2 p.m. (HST) and 6 p.m. (HST).  In light of our current encounter with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane, Mr. Resto’s meeting with the local community could prove valuable for our eventual survival.  Please RSVP to Pascal (

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event is set for Sunday, 16 September 2018, 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors the contest “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For details, visit

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Secion