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August 26, 2016
Added new references & resources to the All Things Digital section for my next TCA column article Build an Arduino  Analog SDR Control Gadget 2 (ATD026).
 
Here's an excellent, very informatiive & concise Amateur Radio podcast set called "Foundations of Amateur Radio" by Onno Benschop, VK6FLAB: http://tinyurl.com/hen7a6u. Transcripts for podcasts (usually < 5 mins) are also available. Despite variations in operating rules for different parts of the world, radio basics remain the same.
 
July 16, 2016
The Georgian Bay ARC hosts an updated online Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualifications course. This is ideal for those who can't attend physical classes for whatever reason, and/or don't have a local radio club. Note: You no longer need to learn the Morse code becausee it was dropped, years ago, as a requirement. 
 
July 3, 2016
Added new QRSS (30 metres) grabber web page to my growing list of 24/7 fully-automatic signal/telemetry collecting pages: QRSS Grabber. The page updates every 10 minutes and shows the last two hours of activity.
 
June 28, 2016
Added new references & resources to the All Things Digital section for my next TCA column article Build a 10 MHz External Reference Device Part 2 (ATD025).
 
May 22, 2016
From W2YG Software: RMS Express now has a 'KISS' mode WL2K packet 'Setup' option to provide a direct route to the packet engine interface (via TCP).This feature can be used for soundcard access using the latest version of the UZ7HO SCM described in UZ7HO-SoundModem-Installation by Dick, W6CCD.

May 06, 2016
Now receiving telemetry from Amteur Radio satellite PSAT (NO-84) on 145.825 MHz (FM mode). PSAT is an APRS/PSK-31 digipeater designed at the U.S. Naval Academy, and will be joined by other such "birds", in the near future. See WB4APR's PSAT info page for more. Telemetry received by ground stations is uploaded to the findU PSAT page (mine is listed under "VA3ROM"). Currently, the APRS digipeater is off.
 
April 30, 2016
Added new references & resources to the All Things Digital section for my next TCA column article Build a 10 MHz External Reference Device Part 1 (ATD024).
 
April 26, 2016
Finished setting up my second RTL-SDR dongle and laptop. Now now I'm porting the  ISS digipeated APRS packets (145.825 MHz, FM) as a satellite gateway (SGATE) to the APRS-IS and ARISS usingUISS, and the FUNcube (AO-73) BPSK flight telemetry (145.935 MHz, USB) to the FUNcube Warehouse. Both datasets are uploaded using my amateur radio callsign "VA3ROM", but non-hams and other groups can also contribute and upload data by using an alias.
 
One 2 m "reactive turnstile" antenna with LNA (powered by a bias-T) is connected with 15 m of RG-6 to another LNA (powered directly) then to a signal splitter. One output is for the ISS/AO-73 "birds" feeding one RTL-SDR dongle and laptop, the second for the NOAA APT and Meteor LRPT weather satellites feeding another RTL-SDR dongle and laptop.
 
Everything is powered though a battery backup UPS for 24/7, fully automatic operation, using Startup Delayer to handle program reloading after unexpected shutdowns or reboots happen.
 
March 24, 2016
DigiDX has begun weekly North American broadcasts via WRMI on Sundays at 2130-2200 UTC on 15770 kHz and 2330-2400 UTC on 11580 kHz.The program runs about 30 minutes using MFSK32 mode albeit some segments may swtich to other MFSK variants. Send SWL reports to reports@digidx.uk. For more see http://tinyurl.com/jfnn7o6 and VOA Radiogram.
 
28 February 2016
Added new references & resources, supplementary articles & programs to the All Things Digital section for my next TCA column article SSTV Part 4: APT 102 (ATD023).
 
07 February 2016
Added the revised ATD017 artilce to finish off the introducttory Arduino MCU LED radio/photometer gadget project., and added Introduction to Arduino PDF to the All Things Digital section.
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