Stray Signals

MARCO Grand Rounds Net

KC9ARP Ham Member QRZ Page Weekly MARCO Medical Grand Rounds Net on the Air The Medical Amateur Radio Council organization (MARCO) conducts weekly Grand Rounds on the air on Sundays at 1500 UTC (summer months) and 1600 UTC (winter months) on 14.342 MHz. Physicians from numerous specialities, a naval flight surgeon, Fermilab biomedical physicist, infectious…

PowerPlus – Rugged Portable DC Power Management System

Here is what POWERplus does: • UPSo Automatic changeover between DC power and emergency backup battery • BATTERY CHARGERo Multi-chemistry 3 and 4 stage high efficiency chargero Adjustable charge rate and current monitoring • USB CHARGERo Dual USB charger outputs for phone/tablet/LED light chargingo Current limited outputs • POWER MANAGEMENTo Automatically disconnects the radio if…

Upcoming satellite launches

The Chinese amateur satellite organisation, CAMSAT, has released more details about their satellites planned for launch later this year. CAS-5A will carry two HF and two VHF-UHF transponders. CAS-6 will include a CW telemetry beacon on VHF, a 20kHz wide UHF-VHF linear transponder and AX.25 4.8k baud GMSK telemetry. Meanwhile, two Russian CubeSats will be…

WRC-19 preparations underway

Preparations for the next World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have continued over the past few weeks with meetings at ITU in Geneva and CEPT Project Team D in Estonia. Volunteers from IARU and member societies have been engaged on two key agenda items of interest to amateur radio; regarding a potential 50MHz allocation for Region…

Get a Contesting Buddy

Foundations of Amateur Radio Get a Contesting Buddy There is a solitude about amateur radio. Sitting in your shack, listening to the bands, trying to locate an elusive station and if you’re doing a contest then even that can be something that you do alone. Don’t get me wrong, I like my own company as…

Curtis Keyer Chip Developer Jack Curtis, K6KU, SK

06/15/2018 The developer of the groundbreaking Curtis Morse keyer chip, John G. “Jack” Curtis, K6KU (ex-W3NSJ), of Granite Bay, California, died on June 4 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 87. Growing up in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Curtis became fascinated with the “magic” of Amateur Radio as a youngster, and it eventually would…

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