I have been pleasantly surprised to see how well my Chameleon Antenna F-Loop is working inside on my kitchen table. It's rainy here today and I don't have great options for a permanent outdoor installation.
I've got it setup and have been doing FT8 QSO's most of the day at 10w with my Xiegu G90. It's not the most optimal antenna, but every antenna is compromised in some way.
Before STS-9, amateur radio almost made it to the moon and on Skylab 3. It would have been Astronaut Garriott behind the mic again, thanks to #AmateurRadio proposals.
Read more about that in a story by our ARISS Chair:
Just had a great QSO on GB3EE on my classic basic Baofeng BF-888S. 73 M7TUD
Alrighty, fellow ham radio operators! It's that time again! The Worldwide PRIDE Net, which is also known as the Pride Radio Group Net, will begin very shortly. The net is held every Sunday at 2 am UTC, which is about a few or so minutes from the time of this post, and will also be live-streamed on my YouTube channel. If you have any analog or digital radio (or even a PC or smartphone) & would like to check out our net, visit https://prideradionetwork.weebly.com
Astronaut Owen Garriott gives us a look at the #AmateurRadio gear he used on STS-9.
ARISS veteran Lou McFadin, W5DID, was a key member of the team who designed the gear along with several Motorola Amateur Radio Clubs
SAFEX: #AmateurRadio's worldwide influence extended to space, with Germans fling the SAFEX experiment about 2 years after W5LFL’s first contact from STS-9.
Also, on this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, for those of us in the #AmateurRadio community, your choices on #accessibility will determine whether or not a fellow #disabled #HamRadio operator will be afforded the opportunity to participate in all that our hobby has to offer. Inaccessibility is not considerate, friendly or progressive and locking out fellow #disabled hams is contrary to the #ARRL Radio Amateur's Code as stated at https://www.arrl.org/amateur-code
PA3GSB Radioberry v2.0 https://hamimports.com/radio/pa3gsb-radioberry-v2-0/ #amateurradio
CME Impact - Geomagnetic Storm G3
The expected strong Coronal Mass Ejection reached Earth just before 11h UT 01 December. Magnetometers showed a strong deflection. Aurora is being reported by amateur radio operators down to approx 55°N over Europe.
I just did #FT8 by plugging some headphones into my radio, laying said headphones over the microphone pinhole of my laptop, setting my laptop down on the hand mic, because the speakers are right by the feet, and using the standby button on the front of the radio to manually key it.
What the actual fuck. This should not work. This So should not work. It works.
the cat will not stay away from my equipment... specifically, the cables. sooooooo, I have shut down my #AmateurRadio operations for the moment
poking around on JS8, looking at propagation... numerous automated stations operating now (responding to my "heartbeat" pulses), but not much in the way of real humanoid responses to my actual CQ calls <boo_hoo/>
such is #AmateurRadio operations, mostly random (which is a big part of why I enjoy it so) ;^} 📡
@email@example.com @KJ7OMO@mastodon.radio Ihaven't been on Kimberly's Pride Radio Net in ages, but I'm in the Pride Radio Group's Discord now and then... when I remember to pay attention to it, lol.
I feel like I found my own little pocket of LGBTQIA+ and queer-friendly hams through both Pride Radio Group and the Fediverse and I often forget how many hams out there are, uh ... not like us.
#HamRadio #AmateurRadio #TransHams
So this morning I was listening to this net while working and decided to take a few minutes to check in. I wished all the folks who "sound like they're sick with or recovering from COVID a swift and strong recovery."
I also shared my pronouns, which they totally bungled in the notes which is, like, maximum #HamRadio
I also asked all the folks complaining about young whippersnappers using software to do #MorseCode to consider how the apps improve the accessibility of the hobby and how much kindness it would show to cut them some slack.
I'm working on my small transmitting (aka "mag") loop, optimizing inductor placement, loop radius, etc.
Part of that involves me applying some RF for testing, etc. Like a good ham, I first switch over to my dummy load on Ant 2 port of my antenna tuner as a 1st step.
Listening to the old dudes on the Alaska Morning Net talk about their mysterious "flu" and suggesting they should get a refund on their flu shot and ... I just can't. It's COVID, guys.
And their friend who's in the hospital for a low O2 saturation and they have no idea what's wrong with him... it's COVID, guys.
#HamRadio #AmateurRadio #TransHams #COVIDisNotOver
@AE4WX@mas.to @firstname.lastname@example.org The problem wasn't that things weren't decoding, it was like I wasn't actually receiving anything. I couldn't hear any FT8 with my ears (it's very recognizable after all!) and I couldn't see anything on either my radio or JTDX waterfall.
The band has activity this morning though I'm not hearing nearly as much as I did with my previous antenna config.
I'm new to the area, though, so I don't know if there are some local geographic or atmospheric things making stuff weird.
For now I'm going to say "I needed to warm up my antenna."
#HamRadio #AmateurRadio #TransHams #FT8
We're making a list, we're checking it twice.
We're on watch for Progress to fly. Radio schedules are here on your social.
Progress activity coming to the ISS. Check the #AmateurRadio schedule below or https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html for updates.
Wow! I'm back on the air! Turns out I remembered a box of uvery old equipment I had from the first time I was on the air (1985-1992) which includes an Astron 35A power supply! I hooked it up thanks to Aira helping me sort out the positive and negative connections and, well, I'm back! #AmateurRadio #HamRadio