Wondering how popular the new digital mode FT-8 mode is getting? We downloaded the logbook from the WSJTX program on just the Kenwood TS-590 rig. This one radio had over 952 QSO with other FT-8 users from around the world. I have broken down the log by the different bands and have sorted the list by call sign. I have also included the complete logbook in Excel format if you want to dig it down farther.
BAND NUMBER OF QSO
Unknown Band 26
At 06:50 UTC on November 23, 2017, AMSAT Engineering officially commissioned AO-91 (RadFxSat/Fox-1B). AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, turned over operation to AMSAT Operations in a QSO on the AO-91 transponder with Mark Hammond, N8MH, of the AMSAT Operations team during the pass over the Eastern United States.
N8MH responded and declared AO-91 open for amateur use!
AO-91 was built as a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the shelf components. The satellite was launched on November 18, 2017 as part of the ELaNa XIV mission, secondary payloads aboard the Delta II rocket that carried the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite to orbit. AO-91 also features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry are downlinked via the “DUV” subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the FoxTelem software.
In 1944, this short subject film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization and sponsored by the Hallicrafters Company. It shows the construction of the SCR-299 and dramatizes its use during World War II. This is a B&W documentary presenting a look at the manufacturing and use of the (now defunct) Hallicrafters Company’s SCR-299 “mobile communications unit.”
They have launched and 2nd balloon today July 25th. Watch the video below and you can track this one by following the links for K2BSA-12. Currently K2BSA-11 is over the Atlantic ocean and we will have to wait until it gets near land to see if it made the ocean crossing.
The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree will be held July 19-28 at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia. This event is held every 4 years and will draw thousands of Scouts from around the country. There will be an Amateur Radio station onsite (WV8BSA) conducting demonstrations and providing instruction for the Radio Merit Badge. Also scheduled are a balloon launch with APRS tracking, and a contact with the ISS. A large part of our demonstration will be getting Scouts on the air making QSOs. If you have some spare time during daylight hours, please consider getting on the air and looking for us so that we can help spark some of the magic we all enjoy in this hobby.