W3KWH FT-8 Log

                         W3KWH FT-8 Log

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.

6m                        88
10m                        9
15m                    154
17m                        2
20m                    172
40m                    351
80m                        2
160m                  157
Unknown Band    26

Total QSO           952

PDF of the logbook sorted by call sign

Complete raw logbook in Excel


AO-91 open for amateur use!

From AMSAT.ORG website

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.

Construction of the Hallicrafters SCR-299

Interesting find from John N3EQP

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.”
From: http://www.amateurradio.com

K2BSA Radio Balloon Launch

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.


Balloon Launch — July 25, 2017

Balloon launch followed by successful tracking

Posted by K2BSA on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Also our own AE3JM has some time to do SOTA activation this morning…

Activating Garden Ground Mountain (SOTA WV8/NR-058) on satellite this morning at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Jason AE3JM

FROM July 21st….

The K2BSA staff launched an ARHAB balloon from the Summit on July 21.


You can track the balloon at the following links:


National Boy Scout Jamboree

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.
You can look for us on the following frequencies:
SSB:  28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940
PSK:  28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580
There will also be some limited CW operation as time permits.
You can find more information about what we’re up to at www.k2bsa.net, under the Jamboree tab.
Hope to see you on the air!
Jason Mueller AE3JM
K2BSA Staff, 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree