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Listening to the International Space Station (ISS) repeater using a Icom IC-705

30 September, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The International Space Station (ISS) is equip with an onboard FM repeater in the amateur radio bands.

I tried listening for the repeater to see if I could hear it on my Icom IC-705.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announcement:

"The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway"

"Initial operation of the new radio system is in FM cross band repeater mode using an uplink frequency of 145.990 MHz with an access tone [CTCSS] of 67 Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz".

https://amsat-uk.org/2020/09/02/iss-fm-repeater-activated/

 


The Women Operators (YL's) of Ham Radio! Ria N2RJ, Cat W4DXY, Mary KI4HHI & Linda VK7QP

9 September, 2020 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Amateur (Ham) Radio is a communications hobby that throughout its history has been dominated by men. Luckily times are changing and more and more women (YL's) are becoming involved in the varied aspects of the hobby.

Today's live stream features a chat with some of the women in ham radio! We'll ask them how they got started, what interests them the most about the hobby and much more.

Please check out their channels and give them a sub!

Featuring:

Cat W4DXY (Dixie DX)

https://www.youtube.com/c/DixieDXAmateurRadio

Mary KI4HHI

https://qrz.com/db/KI4HHI

Ria N2RJ

https://www.youtube.com/c/RiaJairam https://www.youtube.com/c/ARRLHudson

Linda VK7QP

https://qrz.com/db/VK7QP


HF Pedestrian Mobile with Peter VK3YE

14 July, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

This month's presentation from AREG (Amateur Radio Experimenters Group) is by guest speaker Peter VK3YE who will talk about operating on HF Pedestrian Mobile! Many will be familiar with Peter's YouTube channel and range of books on amateur radio.

In this presentation Peter will talk about:

  • What you can do with today's band conditions
  • Equipment and batteries to use
  • Light and effective antennas for use on 7- 50 MHz
  • Easy ways to get started

The date: Friday July 17th – 7.30pm ACST (8pm AEST, 1000 UTC)

https://www.areg.org.au/

http://vk3ye.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/vk3ye


MFJ -1848 Hexbeam HF Antenna Unboxing & Review - Part 1

16 June, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The MFJ-1848 hexbeam HF antenna from MFJ Enterprises allows operation from the 40m-6 meter bands with just one antenna! One coax! In Part 1 of this video we unbox the antenna and start assembly. Part 2 will be finishing off the assembly and testing. Stay tuned to the end for some bloopers! https://mfjenterprises.com/products/mfj-1848


Introducing FT8 and HF DXing by the Amateur Radio

15 May, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

FT8 DXing – How to get Started, Tips and Tricks will be presented by Grant VK5GR from the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group. The format will be based on a live look at FT8 operating on the air with interaction welcome.

We will discuss the basics including getting the software installed, but will also explain how you read and position your signals on the band to maximize your chances of a successful QSO, showing you on air as we go.

There will also be a whats new with WSJT-X 2.2-rc1.