PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #990

This Week in Amateur Radio #990 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. February 17, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen,KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:13:40 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR990 Trending stories in […]

via HACKADAY: The uA723 As A Switch Mode Regulator

If you are an electronic engineer or received an education in electronics that went beyond the very basics, there is a good chance that you will be familiar with the Fairchild μA723. This chip designed by the legendary Bob Widlar and released in 1967 is a kit-of-parts for building all sorts of voltage regulators. Aside […]

Sony likely to cease production of shortwave radios

SONY Japan declared in January that they ended the production of ICF-SW35 shortwave receiver. They also declared in February that they end the sales of another shortwave receiver ICF-7600GR at their on-line store. Probably they will declare the end of its production soon. ICF-SW35 has been on sale since 2000, ICF-7600GR since 2001. This means […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur Named as Next President of Harvard University

Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1FZQ, of Brookline, Massachusetts, has been selected to become the 29th president of Harvard University, the home of W1AF. Selected from among a field of some 700 candidates, Bacow will take office on July 1, succeeding Drew Faust. “Larry Bacow is one of the most accomplished, admired, insightful, and effective leaders in […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition Revived

Peripatetic Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, and four other operators announced over the weekend that their postponed plans to mount the 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island are back on. This comes as the 3Y0Z DXpedition team members, who were unsuccessful in landing on the remote South Atlantic island, are currently en route to South Africa […]

via HACKADAY: Returning A Lost Sheep To The NASA Fold

About three weeks ago, we reported that a satellite enthusiast in Canada found an unexpected signal among his listening data. It was a satellite, and upon investigation it turned out to be NASA’s IMAGE satellite, presumed dead since a power failure in 2005 interrupted its mission to survey the Earth’s magnetosphere. This story is old […]

via the ARRL: Z60A Operation Has Moved Kosovo Down the Most-Wanted List a Few Notches

What a difference a week makes! The ongoing Z60A special operation to celebrate the addition of Kosovo to the DXCC List and Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence appears to have put a big dent in demand for the new entity, which briefly stood at the top of the heap. According to Club Log’s DXCC Most […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Releases Technician Element 2 Question Pool Errata #2

The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has released the latest errata for the 2018 – 2022 Technician, Element 2, question pool, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018. These changes are reflected in new download files dated February 12, 2018. via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://ift.tt/2BpFjrx

via the ARRL: Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this Fall

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate […]

via the RSGB: DMR talkgroup for universities

Paul Thieme, President of the Purdue University Amateur Radio Club, W9YB in the United States wants to hear from UK university amateur radio clubs that have linked DMR repeaters.   Recently, his club has been working with Brandmeister worldwide officials to create a DMR talkgroup specifically for university amateur radio operators.   In the States […]

North Korea’s eerie coded messages return to airwaves ahead of Olympics

Gentle music followed by a stern voice reading out orders apparently from a spy’s code book have once again been drifting over on shortwave radio from Kim Jong-un’s kingdom. Known as numbers stations, this activity has reappeared in the weeks before the so-called Peace Olympics takes over Pyeongchang, Daily Star Online can reveal. Recorded by […]

via the ARRL: Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Taylor said the basic goal of FT8 DXpedition […]

via HACKADAY: Making Software Defined Radio Portable

While most smartphones can receive at least some radio, transmitting radio signals is an entirely different matter. But, if you have an Android phone and a few antennas (and a ham radio license) it turns out that it is possible to get a respectable software-defined radio on your handset. [Adrian] set this up to be fully […]

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