Amateur Radio Weekly-Issue 219, 22 September 2018


Accessed on 23 September 2018, 0406 UTC, Post #702.


Editor:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

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Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news and events from “Amateur Radio Weekly”.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 219

Beta version WSJT-X 2.0 boasts major changes
Support for standard ARRL Field Day exchanges, such as 6A SNJ and “significantly better sensitivity” (about 1 dB) for the WSPR decoder.

Fundraising campaign for critical ISS radio infrastructure upgrade
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrade on ISS to enable students to talk to astronauts in space via amateur radio.

SOTA and Mental Health – how it’s helping
SOTA, Amateur Radio, and how it is helping me fight depression and anxiety.

A Step by Step Tutorial to Receiving GOES-16 Images
A step-by-step guide to setting up a GOES weather satellite receiver with an RTL-SDR dongle, Raspberry Pi and the goestools software.

Getting on HF: The Fiddle Factor
The Fiddle Factor is the interaction of multiple barriers to getting on HF.

Where a choke chokes
Common mode current suspicions. Various tests of the venerable N9TAX dual band ladder line J antenna suggest the coax becomes rf hot at UHF. It was time to quantify this behavior in the lab.
Magnum Experimentum

Run a Raspberry Pi Program on Boot
Our newest (sorta-Python-related) tutorial shows you a few ways to run a script whenever a Raspberry Pi boots up.

Yellowstone Parks On The Air Adventure and Lessons Learned
Cell service is very, very limited in the park. Data service is non existent if you use AT&T like I did. Therefore there was no way for me to self spot on the cluster.

About Microphones
A primer on mics for Ham Radio

Tesla Opens with Precomputed Key Fob Attack
This hack precomputes a ton of data, looks for a collision in the dataset, and opens the door. Here’s how it works.
Hack A Day

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

Be sure to participate in the 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, 13 October 2018, from 0900 to 1200 HST.  For more information, visit

The final round of free Amateur Radio Technician License prep classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau (Hawaii Island).  The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 will be collected prior to the exam.  For details, contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at

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 Russ (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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