Ham Radio Deep-Space Network

The RV-750 joins its permanent siblings for testing at the N2QG antenna gardenSo you want to track NASA at Mars?  Here is an very interesting read from one amature work at receiving signal from NASA space crafts that are not only enroute to Mars but also in orbit around Mars.  Just some of the spacecrafts that he has received are Bepi-Colombo,  Mars Express, MRO, and OSIRIS-ReX to name some of the few.   He still hope to expand his system even more to pick up Juno that is in orbit around Jupiter.

So do you think you have an antenna farm just read his white paper what he has done to do this impossible task.

Read: “Amateur DSN Lessons Learned (so far…).”

IC-705 QRP Rig Review @ Zoom

ICOM IC-705 ZIC-705I am pleased to announce that Harry, W3YJ will give a talk starting at 6 PM on October 27 via Zoom. Harry will present his latest experience with the new Icom IC-705 QRP radio. He will also compare to his Elecraft KX3. Thanks to Harry, W3YJ.

Hosted By: Mercer County Amateur Radio Club
To Join Zoom MONTHLY CLUB Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/563685301

Meeting ID: 563 685 301
Password: 73


QRP Lab Zoom Meeting @ 9:00 PM Wendesday

NOTE! This is not the Steel City Zoom meeting.  The Steel City Meeting starts at 7:30 PM on Wednesday. This QRP Labs meeting is after our meeting.

This presentation is for kit builders and those that want to be. Due to the popularity of QRP Labs kits, we decided to have a QRP Labs presentation. In doing this, we have also opened our Wednesday Zoom sessions up to occasional hamfest style product presentations. Other products are being considered for future presentations.

Please plan to attend Wednesday October 7 QRP Labs presentation at 0100Z.
9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST

Topic: QRP Labs products and kit building discussion.
Speaker: Hans Summers, G0UPL – Hans will be giving this presentation from Turkey, 4:00 AM his time.

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Free Audio CD Downloads

Get a free downloads….  The W5YI Group is offering a Get On The Air free downloads that you could give your friends that wonder about “Ham Radio.”

Get on the Air by Gordon West – WB6NOA
Copywrite Master Publishing, Inc. Niles, IL. – All Rights Reserved

Welcome To Ham Radio Fun On The Hf Bands.mp3
6 Meter Skywave Excitement Is Waiting For You.mp3
Special Event Stations And More On The 222 Mhz Band.mp3
Talk To The Astronauts – And More – On The 2 Meter Band.mp3
Your Intro To Satellite Comms Plus Ham Color Tv.mp3
Talk To The Astronauts – And More – On The 2 Meter Band.mp3
Communicate On The Frequencies 10 Times Higher Than Your Microwave.mp3

Find the free download here: https://www.w5yi.org/

Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Planned

A Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 slow-scan television (SSTV) experiment event is planned for Wednesday, September 30, from 1305 UTC to 1845 UTC, and Thursday, October 1, from 1230 UTC to 1745 UTC. SSTV signals will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz, ± Doppler shift. The expected mode will be PD 120, and the call sign will be RS0ISS.

ARRL Webinars

Two well-known ham radio authors and speakers will share their expertise with members in October during ARRL Learning Network webinars.

  • ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, will present “Grounding & Bonding for Home HF Stations” on Tuesday, October 6, at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT/0500 UTC.
  • Popular ARRL author Glen Popiel, KW5GP, will present “Welcome to the World of Arduino” on Thursday, October 15, at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT (0000 UTC on Friday, October 16). Members must log in to the ARRL website to register for each webinar.

For more information: http://www.arrl.org/news/hf-station-grounding-and-microcontroller-projects-are-next-arrl-webinar-topics

The ISS – FM cross band repeater

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announcement reads:

The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway. This first element, dubbed the InterOperable Radio System (IORS), was installed in the International Space Station Columbus module. The IORS replaces the Ericsson radio system and packet module that were originally certified for spaceflight on July 26, 2000.

Initial operation of the new radio system is in FM cross band repeater mode using an uplink frequency of 145.990 MHz with an access tone [CTCSS] of 67 Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz. System activation was first observed at 01:02 UTC on September 2. Special operations will continue to be announced.

Read The Full Article Here: https://amsat-uk.org/2020/09/02/iss-fm-repeater-activated/

Solar Power Ham Radio

For you POTA and SOTA folks here is an another option for power when your are out in the field.  Here is an solar panel with a built in battery bank.

Those of you that know me know I spend a lot of time out in the field.  Camping and radio operating. A while back I had bought a 60 fold up solar panel that not only puts out 5v USB voltage but also 18v for charging batteries. On my recent camping trip in the Adirondacks I used that panel to keep our cell phones charges. {Which work even with us under a tree canopy.}  But I use LiFePO4 lithium batteries for my radio.  Which you just can use any old solar charger since most are made for Lead Acid batteries.   I found the item  below when I got home from that trip a small compact solar charger made for LiFePO4 batteries.  I found this at Powerwerx for $29.99 and it works. it takes any solar panel over 16 volts and 12 amps and it will charge the battery right up to the 14.56 volts which is what LiFePO4 batteries take.  I replaced the solar power connectors with anderson poles. to match by folding panel and it fully charge my 6 ah battery pack in 3 hours.

Picture of Powerwerx MPPT-150-14.6, DC-to-DC Solar Charger Controller for Bioenno 12V LiFePO4 Batteries



DMR Webinar

DMR Webinar on Wed., July 29th at 7:30 pm

The ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section will be hosting the next in our series of Webinars, “I’m On (or Almost On) DMR. So Now What?” on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Mark Wheeler, KZ3MW, will be presenting this webinar on Zoom.

If you are interested in learning about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and are interested in learning more about this mode before investing in a radio or you’ve been using DMR for a while but would like to get some questions answered, this webinar is for you. Send an email to  W3GWM@arrl.org to register. If you have any specific questions, send those too and we’ll try to get them answered.