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Amateur Radio Weekly Newsletter, March 30, 2019


Welcome to an “Amateur/Ham Radio News” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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Accessed on 30 March 2019, 1600 UTC, Post 916.

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  • Is Your QST App on iOS Busted? Ours is too…
    Oh, at least 15 years or so ago, a university team in the UK came up with an electronic ink (e-ink) technology for an 8″x11″ format thin tablet for office use. It was going to revolutionize photocopying by reducing the need for it. Recall when corporate (and university!) meetings would be held after burning down […]
  • Part 4 Lets look at some condo antennas
    At our old condo the loop loops like a covered piece of furniture.Good afternoon everyone, it’s time to have a look at getting on the air from a condo. I have been living in a condo for about 6 years now and really have only had one antenna BUT I have …
  • If It’s Trash Day, I’m Collecting!
    Prologue… I was born in 1932, which by definition made me a depression baby. This episode in the life of Urb the emerging nerd, demonstrates that people were totally capable of doing economically irrational things during the height of the depression. They would throw things away needing only simple repairs. How it all began… At […]
  • Building A Jones Push-Pull Oscillator
    Just as my shelf space for new projects keeps expanding (and quickly running out!), so does my main web site, “The VE7SL Radio Notebook”. I have just added a new page to the site describing the construction of my newly-completed Jones Power-Oscillator …
  • LHS Episode #277: Nano Nano
    Hello and welcome to the latest short-format episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts discuss improvements to the Nano editor, Indian satellites with amateur radio payloads, Puerto Rico bracing for a year of emcomm, add-on applications for WSJT-X, network time protocol (NTP) and much more. Thank you for listening […]
  • Ham-flavored STEM, the ISS Calling CQ, and Grounding
    Stories you’ll find in our April, 2019 edition: TSM Reviews: Uniden SDS100 Base/mobile Scanner By Larry Van Horn N5FPW On the heels of the release of the SDS100 handheld scanner in the first quarter of 2018, Uniden announced the release of the SDS200 base/mobile scanner in January 2019. Like the SDS100, the SDS200 is a […]
  • LHS Episode #278: The Weekender XXVI
    It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. […]
  • Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 235
    Last chance: 2019 State of the Hobby Survey This benchmark can help us determine what is working and what is not in the ham radio community. This can involve participation, recruitment, mentoring and licensing. It can also help identify new and emerging trends in amateur radio. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey […]
  • Radcom didn’t show?
    Over the last few years I have started to lose magazines I subscribe to that are delivered by Royal Mail.This month it was Radcom’s turn, the April edition didn’t show it’s face. At least a week had gone by after despatch to the membership. One has to …

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Amateur Radio Weekly-Issue 233


Welcome to the “Amateur Radio Weekly” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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Accessed on 16 March 2019, 1745 UTC, Post 899.

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Editor:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

 Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 233

Amateur Radio WeeklyFCC looking for comments on enhanced Tech priveleges
This includes phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz and RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.
KB6NU

Keyless chaos as drivers mysteriously locked out of cars
Authorities are trying to locate the disruptive signal.
Southgate

Of end-feds and feed-lines
Simulations suggest what feedline lengths to avoid and offer a confirmation why portable users with short feeds never seem to have trouble.
hamradio.me

Top ten FT8 advantages for slackers
You have time to visit the restroom without missing any contacts.
K0NR

All about RF coaxial cable connectors
Many standard connector formats, such as the D-type connectors and many other multiway connectors consist of a series of pins with connections in parallel to each other. RF connectors are typically very different and have some rather different characteristics.
electronics-notes.com

3D printed telegraph
To actually put a key to use, you need a telegraph sounder on the receiving end to “play” the messages.
Hack A Day

Flooded batteries for off grid radio, revisited
Regular maintenance on flooded batteries should be done at least twice a year, or quarterly if your batteries are cycled often.
Off Grid Ham

Pistol crossbow antenna launcher
Generally, the higher you can get an antenna, the better off you will be.
Soliloquy Blog

Radio fun: Monitoring ISS answering student questions
The pass was high and mostly to my open south which meant it was one of the longest ARISS contacts I’m monitored.
The SWLing Post

2019 State of the Hobby Survey
This benchmark can help us determine what is working and what is not in the ham radio community. This can involve participation, recruitment, mentoring and licensing. It can also help identify new and emerging trends in amateur radio. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share with others in the hobby.
N8RMA

Video

Running two instances of WSJT-X
A demonstration of two instances of WSJT-X, two radios, and two antennas. One computer.
K0PIR

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Just a reminder for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club needs licensed Hawaii radio amateurs to provide communications support for this Sunday’s (17 March 2019), Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  If you can help, please contact comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF) at 430-1884.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations for his April 2019 online CW class.  According to Alan, “This is an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each.  Exact days and time could change depending on student availability.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed.  You can do this from home.  Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40, 15, and 10M CW allocations.”


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 Section

Amateur Radio Weekly-Issue 232, 09 Mar 2019


Welcome to the “Amateur Radio Weekly” update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by “Amateur Radio Weekly”, 09 March 2019.

Editor:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

Accessed on 10 March 2019, 0745 UTC, Post 892.

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 Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 232

Amateur Radio Weekly2019 State of the Hobby Survey
This is the third annual State of the Hobby survey. 2018 came booming in with nearly 3,000 responses.
N8RMASo Now What?
ARRL is launching a new bi-weekly podcast geared to those who are just getting started on their Amateur Radio adventure.
ARRL

Light up 2 Meters Night – an FM Simplex event
Taking place on March, 24, 2019, from 6-8pm local time.
W5KV

The $50 Ham: Getting Your Ticket Punched
Today we start a new series dedicated to amateur radio for cheapskates.
Hack A Day

New DMR network: QRM_Network
This is a good place to experiment with new hardware and software.
KC3OL

My return to Ham Radio
This story is about my observations after returning to the hobby after a long absence. How has amateur radio changed?
VE7SAR

Ham Radio EMCOMM Go Kit
When building a go kit you should think about what you need the kit to do and how you will be using it.
High On Solder

Best handheld Radio for preparedness?
The Yaesu VX-6R and VX-7R are excellent handheld radios for those interested in communications preparedness.
OH8STN

HRPT stations worldwide
These are Stations from Radio Amateurs that Receive HRPT images in L-Band from Polar Orbiting Weather Satellites.
Tynet.eu

Video

Testing the Medium Wave capabilities of a Kenwood TH-D74A
Medium Wave reception test of an unlikely receiver.
YouTube

Making a paper cup microphone for less than $10
You can make a microphone out of a paper cup, some magnets, and some wire.
LeoMakes

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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Amateur Radio Weekly-Issue 218.


Accessed on 15 September 2018, 1512 UTC, Post #691.

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Editor:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by Cale Mooth (K4HCK) of “Amateur Radio Weekly.”  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

 Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 218

Preparing Ham Radio response to Hurricane Florence
Amateur radio emergency communications groups throughout North and South Carolina and surrounding areas are gearing up for a possibly massive impact on communications infrastructure.
CQ Newsroom

How to listen to Hurricane Watch Net frequencies
The Hurricane Watch Net is a group of amateur radio operators who are trained and organized “to provide essential communications support to the National Hurricane Center during times of Hurricane emergencies.”
The SWLing Post

Worldwide refractive index forecasts
Maps are fully customizable and show refractive index from 80° S to 80° N worlwide.
Beyond the Horizon

[PDF] Introduction to Amateur Digital Television
High-Definition, Digital, Amateur Television — Confirmation photo showing an image received over a distance of 77 miles using a 3 watt, DVB-T transmitter.
KH6HTV

ARRL September VHF 2018 results
Rain on Saturday, Cloudy and Dry on Sunday. Good fun but exhausting.
K5ND

Electronics concept posters
We’ve covered Ohm’s Law, Alternating Current vs Direct Current and Analog and Digital Signals. Each poster is high-resolution and ready to print out up to 24″ x 36″.
SparkFun Electronics

Virtual serial port options for Ham Radio operators
For Hams looking for a reliable solution to create virtual COM port pairs on Windows.
Eltima

Ham Shack-In-A-Box
With a go box, having all my radios are mounted in a single portable box with the radio gear and power connections set up means I will have much longer to operate – and that much more isn’t left to chance.
Soliloquy Blog

Testing FreeDV: Digital voice over HF
This video shows the 700C mode having the ability to decode with 50% of its carriers removed.
Rowetel

Installing Winlink on a Raspberry Pi
Installing and setting up Pat Winlink on a RPi 3.
KM4ACK

Forwarding WSJT-X QSOs to Ham Radio Deluxe
Setup WSJT-X to forward QSOs to HRD Logbook without having to use additional software. Works with FT8Call too.
K0PIR

Receiving GOES-15,16,17 and Himawari 8 HRIT
In this video we go through the hardware and software needed to receive these gorgeous images and what is contained in the signals we receive.
The Thought Emporium

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF contest is set for Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors this fun contest “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.  Contact as many station as you can in as many Grid Squares as you can, using SIMPLEX ONLY.”  You can find more information at https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.

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 Section

Amateur Radio Weekly, 25 August 2018


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

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Compiled by:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

Comment:

Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories and activities from “Amateur Radio Weekly” (http://www.amateurradio.com) and http://www.hamweekly.com.  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.
OH8STN

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.
RTL-SDR.com

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.
VE7SAR

6m lightweight delta loop for sporadic E
This is a simple, cheap, lightweight horizontally polarised somewhat-directional antenna.
M0LTE

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.
electronicsnotes

Send APRS objects or telemetry via Bash
This is to internet only, not to RF.
S55MA

Video

FT8Call quick start guide basics calling CQ and QSO
I’m having fun with this new FT8Call and I think you will too.
K0PIR

Speaker wire antenna
In this video I show you my infamous speaker wire antenna.
KG6HQD

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

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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 http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org.

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 (nh7us@arrl.net).

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 (ac7n@arrl.net).

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 https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.

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

Amateur Radio Weekly, Issue 203


Accessed on 13 May 2018, 0354 UTC, Post #555.

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Editor:  Cale Mooth (K4HCK).

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Comment:

Cale Mooth (K4HCK) calls his blog “Amateur Radio Weekly” a record of “ham radio’s most relevant news, projects, technology, and events.”

Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news items compiled by “Amateur Radio Weekly”.  Views expressed in this blog are those of K4HCK and his contributing authors.

 Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 203

Shortwave Trading: The West Chicago Tower Mystery
I recently stumbled onto the first evidence of shortwave trading at a site in West Chicago, Illinois and then used Federal Communications Commission (FCC) database research techniques to find two more sites.
Sniper In Mahwah & friends

2018 State of the Hobby Results
The results are in!
State of the Hobby

6m Moxon antenna
The SWR figures predicted are pretty much spot on, with a dip right around 51250.
NY4G

FreeDV 700D vs Analog Comparison
A comparison between Analog SSB and the new FreeDV 700D mode, over an HF channel (40m, late at night), with the same transmit power (~100W PEP).
Mark Jessop

Nixie LED Clock
I built an alternative clock using a 3D printer and laser cutter.
SparkFun

The Boris Beacon
A 1mW solar-powered HiFER beacon.
AA7EE

Radio receiver ‘listens’ for dark matter particles
We’ve built a radio that looks for a radio station, but we don’t know its frequency.
Futurity

Parity Act language inserted in National Defense Authorization Act
The bill now awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the NDAA during the week of May 21.
ARRL

OLED GPS display on Arduino with a little C++
I’ve written a little code to read the $4.10 GPS and display a bit of info on a small OLED display using the excellent Adafruit library.
marxy’s musing on technology

Video

Receiving Radio New Zealand 15720khz in Santa Cruz, CA on a Hallicrafters S-38
What Radiohead sounds like from 6,500 miles away on a 62 year old shortwave radio.
YouTube

4m parrot repeater
Testing GB7FM 4m simplex repeater, fondly known as the Tring Parrot.
M0JCQ


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

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net for inclusion in this blog and for publication by Hawaii Island print and broadcast media.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Amateur Radio Weekly-Issue 201


Accessed on 28 April 2018, 2145 UTC, Post #539.

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Here are some interesting stories from Issue 201 of the “Amateur Radio Weekly”. Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

 Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 201

Walmart Parking Lots on the Air
WMPLOTA is a special event and award scheme for amateur radio satellite operators that encourages the practice of portable operation in the ubiquitous and easily accessible location of Walmart parking lots.
wmplota.org

Using the WiFi chip on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ as a TX capable SDR
Combined with RPiTX which is a Raspberry Pi tool for transmitting arbitrary RF signals using a GPIO pin between 5 kHz to 1500 MHz, the Raspberry Pi 3B+ may end up becoming a versatile low cost TX SDR just on it’s own.
RTL-SDR

Special call signs to be on the air for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Special Canadian call sign VB18FIFA will be among those active around the world from June 1 to July 15 for a World Cup 2018 football Amateur Radio “marathon.”
ARRL

Phone contesting tips for DX contests
This article is prompted by the recent WPX SSB contest, in which I worked thousands of guys from Aruba as P49Y, which engendered much reflection (and teeth-gnashing, to be sure) about how U.S. hams can be best understood from the DX end.
AE6Y

Why does electricity have a sound?
When we’re using electricity in our day to day lives we don’t hear a peep. But at grid scale our electricity system makes a variety of noises.
drax

Dual Band 4/6m Moxon Antenna
My first step was to calculate the dimensions for the driven and reflector elements for my centre frequency of 70.200 (centre of SSB activity on 4m).
M0JCQ’s Ham Blog

The K7TMG HF Morse Code Temperature Beacon
QRPp beacons have been a “thing” of mine for a while now, ever since I put the Sproutie SPT HiFER Beacon on the air, sending it’s 12 wpm SPT ID out continuously on 13558KHz, with a mighty 4.6mW to a much shortened loaded dipole.
AA7EE

After Hurricane Maria, AM radio makes a comeback in Puerto Rico
Desperate for news about the disaster befalling her island, Plaza turned on a battery-powered radio and found that a local radio station, WKJB 710 AM, was maintaining its broadcast.
Columbia Journalism Review

GDPR and Amateur Radio Clubs
Does GDPR apply to amateur radio clubs? From my understanding, yes. Amateur Radio clubs that hold personal data need to be compliant by the 25th of May.
Essex Ham

Video

Loop antennas for AM broadcast band
N1SPY looks at the inner workings of an AM broadcast band receiving loop antenna.
YouTube

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For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.
Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.
Thanks for joining us today.
Aloha es 73 de
Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section