I'm trying to get back into ham radio. I've had license since 1999, but just now building my first HF setup. I have a lot to learn.
I'm currently interested about learning HF and digimodes (FT-8, JS8Call, VARA). Just a bit over 10 QSOs on logbook now. I also hope going outdoors portable to do WWFF activations when it's not freezing cold in northern Finland.
Currently I have second hand FT-891 and temporary random wire antenna to get on air. 73
I ran into issues and had to operate on completely different way than planned.
I hope at least 24 hours on site. WX forecast shows wet snow, 17 m/s gusts of wind and below freezing temperatures ❄️ ☃️
If we get there I'll be on air using callsign OH8HUB/P or OF8HUB/P.
Three years ago today I registered the mastodon.radio domain
To celebrate our birthday I am super excited to reveal our new mascot @alex!
@Atsuko has done an amazing job at bringing them to life and we have a server banner too!
More birthday surprises to come...
PS: I don't need any money to keep our instance running or pay for this great art, but if you want to help I'll be able to buy that raspberry pi 4...
This is my current 70cm LoRa antenna.
It's dipole made out from 1mm2 copper wire taped to plastic tube and I have piece of coax soldered to it.
And the plastic tube is hanging with a string from the coax to my EFHW. The dipole is just about one meter above ground level just outside my garage door.
Today I finally got my TinyGS satellite ground station connected to Internet. However, my antenna is probably really really bad. That should be improved next.
But TinyGS is neat little project utilizing cheap ESP based LoRa boards for TRX for LoRa based experimental satellites.
WSJT-X 2.4.0 GA is out.
This adds Q65 (a new mode) and some decoder enhancements (as well as a few other things mentioned in the notes).
Release notes at: https://physics.princeton.edu//pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes.txt
and since I've not looked at it for a while, user guide at: https://physics.princeton.edu//pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main-2.4.0.html#NEW_FEATURES
26 points for me in YOTA contest.
I have apparently terrible amounts of RF interference so SSB phone QSOs are really difficult.
However during the two hours I participated I managed two contacts, 14 year old from Russia and OT from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Next round is 17.7. and now I have a score to beat there.
YOTA Contest 2021
First round coming this Saturday, 22nd of May, between 0800 – 1959 UTC. SSB and CW.
Objective: Increasing youngsters activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program and demonstration of support for youngsters across the world.
Ham radio activation in Hailuoto island in Finland. My story of our trip with OH8STN.
WWFF JS8Call Island Activation | Hailuoto Kirkkosalmi OHFF-0970
On 8 May 2021, OH8STN and myself will be activating WWFF “OHFF-0970 Kirkkosalmi”. Which has never been activated. It’s also an IOTA island. Primary mode for the activation is JS8Call.
See OH8STN blog post for details:
Today I installed my new #EFHW antenna as inverted-V'ish configuration and started tuning it.
After cutting some decimeters of wire it has SWR below 2:1 on 80m, 40m and 20m. 15m is bit above 2:1, but not bad either.
I think my compensation coil might have one turn too many, but oh well.
The final result can be seen in above screenshot. Used NanoVNA for measurements.
On nights I'm a hacker and licensed ham radio op since 1999. Currently learning about #HF and #digimode (#ft8, #js8call, #vara). On days I'm co-founder and R&D lead (#rustlang) on cybersecurity startup.
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