Yaesu announced a new FT-818

Today Yaesu announced a new FT-817ND replacement is on the way — the FT-818!

The new Yaesu FT-818 incorporates all of the basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

A few notable improvements include:

  • Increased power output to 6W
  • Improved frequency stability
  • Larger battery capacity

More information and full specs available at:
https://www.gigaparts.com/yaesu-ft-818-transceiver.html

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Introducing Remote 3 – SDR Play

UPDATE: Today the Remote 3 computer was move out to the communication hut.  A separate dipole antenna that was donated by Karl WA3VXJ that was add to the repeater tower which is on antenna “A” input, and for antenna “B” input we have it hooked to the old Diamond repeater antenna.  The remote is now separated from any of the club house antennas. 

Since we replace the computer that was hooked up to the Remote 1 station that free up the old computer. While we were having issues with the ports on that old computer the computer itself had not died yet.  So the IT group decided to keep in functioning until it dies completely.  We have move the SDRPlay to the old computer and rename the computer to Remote 3.  It is using the same Teamviewer ID for the old remote 1 station and the only thing you need to do is click on “Communicate” and make sure “Computer Sounds” is checked.  Like you can see in the below picture.

Trip To DX Engineering

The good WX on Saturday brought out a great turnout at DX Engineering. The new Icom 7610 was one of the main interests at the event and great deals on open box items. Nothing like going to a Ham radio store to spin the dials on all the new equipment. The staff at DX was there to answer questions and help with orders, not many guys and gals leaving with empty hands. Tnx to Tim Duffy K3LR who was also helping and greeting as many folks as he could. Looking forward to the August event which might include a car show at Summit Racing.

 

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.

Subpedition to the USS REQUIN

From:  NAQCC WPA Chapter on the USS Requin

It’s been a tradition for the WPA Chapter to do a subpedition to the Requin on the day before Thanksgiving each year. However it must be a bit different this year because the sub won’t be available then.

So this year it will be the day AFTER Thanksgiving (Friday November 24).

Mike (KC2EGL) and I(K3WWP) and perhaps a couple other chapter members will arrive at the sub a little before 1500Z and start operating as soon as we get set up – hopefully at 1500Z or a few minutes after at the latest.

The Requin has only one antenna and hence only one band at a time can be used. We’ll use the following schedule for the first 90 minutes:

1500-1530Z 7039 +/-
1530-1600Z 10117 +/-
1600-1630Z 14059 +/-

After that we’ll go with the band(s) that seem the most active. We’ll stay there until activity dies out or the sub closes, whichever comes first. We’ll use the sub call of NY3EC (NAQCC # 8483). QSL via the info on QRZ for NY3EC. We’ll try to keep the QSOs short so everyone who wants to work the sub gets a chance.

I hope that covers it all. If not, email naqcc33 -at- windstream -dot- net with the
subject “USS Requin Question”.

 

Here is a fun project

Make your own transceiver with a Dorji DRA818U or DRA818V

These modules have been around for a while, but they fascinate me. For only US $9.46 you get a fully functional 1 Watt transceiver working on either VHF or UHF. The last letter in the model number tells you which version it is. The modules are available on eBay see link below.

Read the main article here: 
Make your own transceiver with a Dorji DRA818U or DRA818V

Where to purchase the board:
https://www.ebay.com