Two of our local radio clubs have started holding Health and Welfare nets (one nightly) to provide a forum for local information during the COVID-19 event. Speaking only for myself I have found this meet up comforting and would recommend it to most clubs but be careful to ensure that you have a calm, scientifically literate, and well informed member run it!
This could produce some interesting complications...
On the topic of automatic tuners, I think understanding why you might need one and more importantly why you might not is key. This video makes it pretty clear I think. https://youtu.be/zhsXIyq64Wc
Gary, KD2PYB announces APRS and SSTV High Altitude Balloon Event planned for those within 500 miles of Binghamton, NY June 29. More details at https://reachfornearspace.com
JS8call is very interesting
Found a CW beacon on 2 meters near me. FLdigi mostly decoded it, but got some of it wrong - perhaps because it was keyed by hand? In any case it was fun to discover it!
Got the old Vibroplex keyer making some sounds with a raspberry pi (actually a pi-top which has a speaker) and some python.
Got it hooked up to a pi-top with a little python program to make a 800Hz tone. Getting it set up has been a challenge, but at least I've got it making some sounds now!
...and everything with #firefox add-ons is resolved as of this morning. Turned out to be an expired cert. https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/03/firefox-extension-add-on-cert/
egads. Suddenly all Firefox Add-Ons have been disabled in the browser across all platforms everywhere. Wonder if it is related to this work: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Add-ons/AMO/Blocking_Process
Building this circuit might be a fun project so I can start to play with that old Vibroplex. I think I have all these parts just laying around anyway!
Credit Donald J. DuBon, N6JRL
I'm still practicing CW every day for almost a month now. I'm on lesson 31 of 40 at lcwo.net and have been practicing with character speed between 15 and 17 wpm and effective speed between 3 and 7 wpm.
OH8STN makes great radio related videos. I enjoyed this one which details his portable digital field comms station with raspberry pi.
AMSAT reports that the ISS will be transmitting SSTV again Apr 1-2 on 145.800 MHz in PD120 format from 1400 to 1900 GMT both days.
Lifelong scanner buff, newly minted Ham. Interested in all aspects of radio but digital modes foremost. #linux user
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