Boldport has a promotion on: https://twitter.com/boldport/status/1120700108524404736
Presumably this is part of the switch away from monthly subs that some of us discussed here last year (https://boldport.com/blog/2018/10/18/boldport-club-is-changing)
K1JT has just announced FT4, a new mode for digital contesting. Initial release in a week. Interesting stuff, it's 2.5× faster than FT8 and super sensitive. https://sourceforge.net/p/wsjt/mailman/message/36646405/ (Let the hating begin!)
Spent a while yesterday receiving SSTV images on 20m (14.230 MHz), some pretty scary and really interesting.
I don't think anyone would deny that it's a pretty weird way to communicate, super fun though. Next I need to work out how to TX with qsstv (but first, family stuff)!
The website layout is a little confusing, but this SWR analyser and WSPR TX looks fun: http://jackdev23.wixsite.com/iw2ndh-swr-analyzer
Out of stock but usually ~ €50 plus shipping, so not bad!
I also keep seeing people mention http://sp3nyr.itserwer.pl/index.php/arduino-swr-scanner and N1201SA a lot too. Lots of interesting (low cost?) options based on lots of platforms.
No signs of ISS passes for me for a while, but the latest SSTV even is starting shortly: https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/2019/03/april-2019-sstv-planning.html #sstv #hamradio
Interesting news on the new Nvidia Jeston boards on the "other" site: https://twitter.com/F5OEOEvariste/status/1116368783982174208
These are small form factor machines with a load of GPU cores, and they look a bit beefier than RPis. Could be fun!
This story about repairing the Salyut 7 space station is amazing: https://arstechnica.com/science/2014/09/the-little-known-soviet-mission-to-rescue-a-dead-space-station/
Found through an awesome colleague who I’ve yet to convince needs a #hamradio license. He’s heard too many “grumpy old man” stories and is a bit shy.
Looks like there are more IIS #sstv transmissions ongoing: https://amsat-uk.org/2019/03/26/iss-sstv-transmissions-april-1-2/
Unfortunately there are (probably) no useful passes over the UK during the campaign: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/view.cfm?country=United_Kingdom®ion=England&city=Bath but hopefully some other people on here will grab some images!
Realising I don't find DXing all that interesting, but I can see why people think getting to Bouvet is basically impossible!
I'm glad everyone is OK.
This PDF guide "Transmitting on QO100" looks useful: http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/?p=448
There's a lot of fun Es'Hail-2 stuff appearing, going to have to dive in at some point.
If anyone in the UK is looking for some cheap #hamradio gear there's 15% off electronics on eBay today: https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Ham-Amateur-Radio-Equipment/4670/bn_1631638?rt=nc&LH_BIN=1 up to £50 discount.