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Hackable Ham Radio Multitool Contributes To Long Term Survival Of The Hobby

Ham radio, especially the HF bands, can be intimidating for aspiring operators, many being put off by the cost of equipment. The transceiver itself is only part of the equation and proper test and measurement equipment can easily add hundreds of dollars to the bill. However, such equipment goes a long way to ease the…
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NZART TARANAKI AWARD

Date : 20 / 09 / 2019 Author : Ngaire Jury ZL2UJT TARANAKI AWARD The Award will run from Thursday 3rd October till Monday 7th October 2019 Inclusive It is open to all Amateurs and short wave Listeners. Contacts may be made on any band, any mode. Each station may be worked ONCE ONLY for…
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SDRSHARP COMMUNITY PLUGIN PACKAGE NOW AVAILABLE

The SDR# developer in conjunction with Rodrigo Pérez have recently endorsed and released a “community plugin package” over on the SDR# downloads page. This consists of a SDR# installer that automatically downloads and installs a whole plethora of SDR# plugins. In addition to the plugins it also automatically installs the RTL-SDR drivers, and the RTL-SDR (R820T) special interface…
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Seven amazing ham radio projects featured on MagPi

MagPi Issue 80, Raspeberry Pi official magazine, contains an interesting articles on amateur radio projects implemented with Rasperry Pi. Article is by Dave Honess M6DNT and Rob Zwetsloot and includesPage 68 MagPi Issue 80 Some readers raised concerns about the FM Transmitter project on Page 72. MagPi has removed this project from the Digital Edition…
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Amateur Radio CubeSats among 15 Set to Launch on October 21 from Wallops Island

AMSAT reports that an Antares II launch vehicle will carry 15 CubeSats into orbit on October 21 as part of NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Mission 25. Some will carry Amateur Radio payloads. TJ REVERB, developed by students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, will carry a 145.825 MHz APRS digipeater. HuskySat,…
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CCARC Announcement

Good morning everyone. As per the discussions completed at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, if you are wondering where the latest edition of Smoke Signals is, fear not! Due to other commitments, the amazing Karen VK2AKB has needed to take a step back from the CCARC Smoke Signals publisher and Lecture Co-ordinator role. I would…
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News 15.09.2019

Due to an extended AGM there was no time to appoint the various sub-committee positions; this will be done at the next meeting instead, and the current occupants will continue in their roles in the meantime. We also apologise to Karen VK2AKB and Glenn VK2GEM for neglecting to mention that they were made Life Members…
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Amateur Radio Digital Communications Announces Grant to ARISS

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), owner and manager of AMPRNet, has announced what’s being called “a very generous grant” to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) to help fund its next-generation Amateur Radio system on the ISS. The dollar figure was not made public. In July, ARDC announced a philanthropic initiative to provide monetary grants…
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ACMA have finalised their 5 year spectrum outlook

ACMA have finalised their 5 year spectrum outlook for the period 2019-23. The plan identifies ACMA priorities and outputs. For the amateur service: Discussion paper on the 60m (5 MHz band) has been delayed until the first quarter 2020. The (amateur exam) Syllabus Review Panel will be established in the 4th quarter 2019. It will…
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Learn Morse

Leave it to the geat folks over at Google to come up with a way to learn Morse code. This little free training exercise will get you sending Morse in no time flat. Now copying Morse well that is between you and your ears. Give it a try. https://morse.withgoogle.com/learn/