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12 December 2018
Added support files for my latest ATD037 column on Amateur Radio "citizen" science to the All
Things Digital page.
The version 2 release of WSJT-X software is online (as of 10 Dec) & all users are requested to immediately
update any older versions of the program because of the significant changes made to it rendering older versions incompatible
for some data modes (FT8 especially).
I received a very nice email from Andrea & her daughter Skylar. Skylar has become very
interested in Amateur Radio & has been using information from my website. Skylar sent me this link as a "thank you" for using
the ones on my website: Telecommunications Timeline. We have been communicating with each other for a very, very long time. The
basic message has always remained the same; only the medium used to deliver it has changed over the millennia.
Added new link
on this page to the awesome SpaceWeatherLive solar and aurora information website. It has both real-time solar/aurora and archived
historical data of the same.
05 October 2018
Reactivated my old ISS APRS satellite gateway station using UISS and SatGate
add-on module. As a result of
this, I've shutdown my NOAA APT satellite weather map server system.
01 October 2018
Added support files for my latest ATD036
column on FT8 to the All Things Digital page. Partly technical and commentary. Also added new link near the bottom of this
page for VE3EN's awesome SolarHam website.
31 August 2018
WSJT-X has a slight problem that most users don't know about. It seems
that even though the default setting for saving *.wav audio files is set to "none", the program still merrily writes them to the hard
drive until it's full & "dies".
See my short article
about a semi-fix.
by KN4CRD is a new program inspired by
WSJT-X & other weak-signal programs. It has created much controversy because of the use the root name but has no relationship
to the original. But for better or for worse, FT8's phenomenal "overnight" success has rocked the radio world to its core
& this will lead to more imitation & innovaton as the solar cycle slowly winds its way to a 2020 minima.
07 August 2018
own an older FlexRadio (1000 to 5000 models), check out the free KE9NS firmware upgrades for these & software enhancements
for PowerSDR. He also provides YouTube videos explaining how to operate your supercharged Flex SDR using his enhancements.
My KiwiSDR is on the SDR.hu server & it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Look or search for
"VA3ROM" near the
bottom of the ever growing receiver list.
Got a new IC-7300
yesterday & am busy learning how to use
it. It was easy enough to flash the firmware with the newest updates, then set it up for WSJT-X & WSPR band hopping receive mode.
All transceiver control & audio is via a single USB cable, plus it has a nice & large & colourful data display with touch
screen control. The deep discount sale price, free shipping & $100 USD Icom rebate made it too much of a good deal to
31 July 2018
The lastest KiwiSDR firmware update from John Seamons, KF6VO, has taken this receiver to new
heights of flight for an inexpensive direct radio frequency sampling (DRFS) radio. We can now have up to eight separate
14-bit receivers because of its amazing field programmable gate array (FPGA).
28 July 2018
is just a little
over 1 year old & is dominating all other Amateur Radio data modes, but its design team keeps right on tweaking the mode. An
enhanced version will push its weak-signal decoding level even deeper into the noise will be released in the early 2019.