OPERATING : My First Foray into APRS

OPERATING : My First Foray into APRS

One of the cool features of the DMR-6X2 is the built-in GPS receiver. When enabled, it gives you your latitude and longitude, height above sea level, date, and time of day. And, if you’re moving, it will even tell you how fast you’re walking or driving.

The user’s manual does a good job of showing you how to set it up to begin receiving GPS signals. It’s quite easy to do using the menu system or with the programming software. Once enabled, it takes a minute or two to find the GPS satellites and show you the information.

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OPINION : Rethinking Amateur Radio Clubs

OPINION : Rethinking Amateur Radio Clubs

The June 2019 issue of RadCom, the Radio Society of Great Britain’s equivalent to QST, contains the article, Building a strong local club structure, by Richard Thomas, G4JJP. In the article, G4JJP proposes changes to the way we organize amateur radio clubs.

Citing the dwindling membership of most local clubs, one of the proposals he makes is that instead of many small clubs, he proposes that we form more regional associations and that this regional association would exist primarily online, except for perhaps a club station. Organizing in this way would reduce the overhead costs of running a traditional club.

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Operating Notes: 20m Open, Random Field Day notes

Operating Notes: 20m Open, Random Field Day notes

In case you haven’t been paying attention, 20m has been open more in the past couple of days. Today, for example, I made 7 20m contacts, including several in Europe. I don’t think this is a long-term trend, but it’s nice to make some contacts on 20m.

I copied the special bulletin for Field Day this year. My original plan was to copy the first Friday evening CW transmission at 20 wpm. So, just before the transmission was to begin, I tuned to 7047.5 kHz (I wonder how they chose that particular frequency?) and set up my digital recorder.

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