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Steel City members Who will make the first contact with the HF-Voyager remote drone ship using FT-8 digital mode.  So start looking for call sign KH6JF/mm on your 20 meter HF 14,074 Mhz feed.  This first Steel City member that makes a QSO with the drone will be honored here on the website. So warm up those transmitters and try reach out a robot ship out in the middle of the Pacific.  Once you make a contact just email Christine N3LRG the information and I will confirm it via the portal below.  You can use your own station or the club station.


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For More Information:

HF-Voyager Portal – Current location and most resent contacts

HF-Voyager Blog – Don’t believe the “Turn off” message

AE5X Blog with interest information – Some background infortmation

Hackaday.com – Original Hackaday article

The HF Voyager Project

UPDATE!  – W3PIE make contact with drone ship!
Who going to make the first contact from Steel City?

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From the original HACKADAY.COM article:

Amateur radio is an extremely broad church when it comes to the numerous different activities that it covers. Most of the stories featuring radio amateurs that we cover here have involved home-made radios, but that represents a surprisingly small subset of licence holders.

One activity that captivates many operators is grid square collecting. The map is divided into grid squares, can you make contact with all of them? Land-based squares in Europe and North America are easy, those in some more sparsely populated regions a little less so, and some squares out in the ocean are nigh-on impossible. As an attempt to solve this problem, the Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club have put an HF transceiver and associated electronics in a WaveGlider autonomous seagoing vehicle. The idea is that it will traverse the ocean, and you can work it, thus getting the contact you require to add those rarest of grid squares to your list.

The transceiver in question is a commercial portable one, an Elecraft KX3, and the brain of the payload is a Raspberry PI. It’s operating the FT8 mode, and will respond to a call on 14074 kHz in an automated fashion (Or it would, were its status page not telling us that it is offline due to power issues). It’s currently somewhere in the Pacific ocean, having been at sea now for a couple of months.

We spotted this through a spirited online discussion as to whether working an automated station is really a proper contact at all, with one amateur commenting that it might be a way for him to keep on going post mortem. But the ethics of the contact aside, it’s an extremely interesting project and one we hope eventually will come back online.

Thanks Sotabeams, via [AE5X].

Clink here for drone Current Location

FYI: Da Bums


DST is in place and “DA BUM” will meet on this coming Monday (2nd Monday of the of the month) at KINGS on Neville Island. So 11:00 seems to work.

Don’t forget to check your “life safety” monitors; smoke, fire and CO alarms.

73 de w3svj

Bicycle Mobile Hams of America

Thanks for expressing interest in combining bicycling with amateur radio, popularly called “ham radio”. I’m assuming that you are not a ham radio operator and that you’d like to know how to get started in this most useful mode of communication. (If you’re already a ham radio operator, read on. I’m quite sure you’ll agree with what I have to say.)

Check out their website: