Mobile Event App will Help Dayton Hamvention Visitors to Navigate the Show
Dayton Hamvention® 2019, host of the ARRL National Convention, will mark the debut of a free mobile event app to help attendees navigate the extensive Hamvention program, activities, and exhibits using their smartphones or tablets. A collaborative effort between ARRL and Dayton Hamvention, the app was developed by TripBuilder Media™. ARRL Convention and Event Coordinator Eric Casey, KC2ERC, has been readying the app, with content contributions from Dayton Hamvention Committee members, and he just introduced it in a new ARRL YouTube video.
“Our goal is to have all of the printed program content mirrored in the app, organized so that you can schedule the forums you’re planning to attend, and find the exhibitors you want to visit,” Casey said. In addition to including exhibits and forums, the app will highlight schedules and details for affiliated events, such as dinners and other special gatherings, and a feature to allow attendees to follow the hourly prize drawings from wherever they are.
“Use the app so you don’t miss a winning ticket!” Casey suggested. The Dayton Hamvention Prize Committee will populate the app as winners are drawn.
On May 8, 2019 Wednesday night Bob Mente,NU3Q will be doing a Go Box demo at the Steel City club house at 7:00 PM. Come on up to the club house to see what all this talk of Go Boxes are about and how to make one yourself.
New to APRS? Try tracking Karl, WA3VXJ as he go and visits his family in Harrisburg. Click on the link below to see where Karl is at right now he will be leaving at Fridayaround 5:30pm 4/26/2019 and the trip will take 3~4 hours….
He made it! Below is his track along the turnpike and some of the nodes that relay his packets around until they reach those black diamonds with the letter “I” in them. Those nodes are special since there the I-Gateways that put the packets on the internet so we can watch him travel down the road.
Today we start a new series dedicated to amateur radio for cheapskates. Ham radio has a reputation as a “rich old guy” hobby, a reputation that it probably deserves to some degree. Pick up a glossy catalog from DX Engineering or cruise their website, and you’ll see that getting into the latest and greatest gear is not an exercise for the financially challenged. And thus the image persists of the recent retiree, long past the expense and time required to raise a family and suddenly with time on his hands, gleefully adding just one more piece of expensive gear to an already well-appointed ham shack to “chew the rag” with his “OMs”.
The South Hills Hamfest
Now in our TWENTY FOURTH big year!
Sponsored by the WIRELESS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH HILLS AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, INC
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Rain or Shine (or Snow!)
Home Economics Building, South Park
3735 Buffalo Drive, South Park Township, PA 15129
Behind the Allegheny County Police Station on Brownsville Road
Talk-In on 146.955(-) and 443.650(+) 131.8 PL
On March 15, Joe Taylor K1JT gave a talk on the new digital mode FT4 to the Fair Lawn amateur radio club
“Soon after the “FT8 Roundup” held on December 1-2, 2018, we started serious work on a faster, more contest-friendly digital mode that can compete with RTTY-contesting QSO rates while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. The result is FT4 — a new digital mode specifically designed for radio contesting.
Over the past month a small group of volunteers have been conducting on-the-air tests of FT4. The early tests were very successful and helped us to make a number of important design decisions. We believe FT4 has considerable promise for its intended purpose.
We plan to post downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5
on April 29. The document linked above includes
– Instructions for installing WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and FT4 configuration
– Operating instructions for FT4
– Basic description of the FT4 protocol, modulation, and waveform
– Detailed sensitivity measurements for FT4 under a wide variety of simulated propagation
– Schedule for upcoming test sessions
Please consider helping us to make FT4 a successful mode for digital contesting
With best wishes and 73,
— Joe K1JT, Steve K9AN, and Bill G4WJS“
Here is our final results from the 2019 Winter Field Day Contest! A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help with the success of our participation, along with a special thank you to Chris – K3PQ for heading up this years contest on behalf of the club!