K6MTS QRP Portable SOTA Mt. Tom 8/24-8/31/2017

Hi Guys,

FYI, Wed 8/23, will day hike and see how far I can get up past Horton Lake, and up to Mt. Tom (W of Bishop) and activate it for SOTA. Will try working 146.52 FM with HT, and KX3 with portable telescoping whip with counterpoise on 20m and/or 40m (will start with QRP call feqs at 14.285 / 7.285)

Then, Thur 8/24 through Thur 8/31 will embark on on 8day backpacking trip starting NW of Bishop then work SW towards and into the Bear Lakes Basin Area (S of Lake Italy).

Will be operating QRP with KX2, LNR end fed dipole, 30′ crappie pole for mast, internal Lith/Ion and external Lipo batteries, and a paper log. Capability for 10-80m only. Might bring a tiny Dual Band VHF/UHF UV-3R Baofeng, not sure.

Likely QRP SSB call freqs where I will try first, then work around: 75m-3.985, 40m-7.285, 20m-14.285 (also SOTA area 14.343-347), 17m-18.130, 15m-21.385, 12m-24.956, 10m-28.385.

Thanks guys, looking forward to a great trip as well as some fun contacts!


Mark / K6MTS

Cosmonauts Manually Deploy Three Nanosatellites with Amateur Radio Payloads

International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy manually deployed five nanosatellites during a spacewalk on August 17. Three of the satellites carry Amateur Radio payloads. Tanyusha-SWSU 1 and 2 (also known as also known as Radioskaf 6 and 7 — RS6S and RS7S) will transmit either 9.6 kB FSK or FM voice announcements on 437.050 MHz, while Tomsk-TPU-120 (RS4S) will transmit FM voice announcements on 437.025. The satellites were deployed from the Pirsairlock module of the ISS. Both have been reported active.

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Radio navigation set to make global return as GPS backup

GPS killed the radio nav in 2010, but a high-def version is set to return.


Enlarge / This is the way we used to find our way around.

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage. If you were in the middle of the ocean on a cloudy night, there was pretty much only one reliable way to know where you were: Loran-C, the hyperbolic low-frequency radio navigation system. Using a global network of terrestrial radio beacons, Loran-C gave navigators aboard ships and aircraft the ability to get a fix on their location within a few hundred feet by using the difference in the timing of two or more beacon signals.

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TYT MD-9600 Shipping Soon

TYT MD-9600 Shipping Next Week

Below is an email from  BuyTwoWayRadios.com

Believe it or not, the TYT MD-9600 is close to becoming a reality. If you haven’t been following this closely, the MD-9600 is a dual band (UHF/VHF) mobile radio from TYT that supports tier II DMR (as well as analog). Reasonably priced DMR mobiles have been scarce, which is why this radio got a lot of buzz when it was first announced (over a year ago). Since the original announcement, TYT has surprised us by making it dual-band, meaning this is now a radio that is fully capable of replacing most everyday mobiles!

TYT is telling us that our initial order will ship from their warehouse on Tuesday (8/8). We’re having it shipped express, so we expect to have them in our warehouse within a week of their shipping from China. We plan to work overtime to get all pre-orders shipped on the day they arrive!This radio is $359.00 and we expect demand to be high for a while after release. If you’re interested in getting one soon, we suggest that you pre-order ASAP.

RSVP for the SEQP

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is just a couple of weeks away! The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21 total solar eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are being asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to a contest or QSO party. Let the HamSCI researchers know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. Visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page.

Systems such as the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. Participants’ logs will provide the contact and spot data that researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and at Virginia Tech will use to study eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

Event rules and operating procedures are available on the HamSCI website.

Source: http://www.arrl.org/news/rsvp-for-the-seqp

ARRL Posts Amateur Radio Parity Act FAQs

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 is now in the US Senate (S. 1534). ARRL has developed and posted a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), “The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Setting the Record Straight,” to explain and to clarify what the passage of the legislation would accomplish — as well as what it would not.

“There has been so much misinformation floating around on forums, blogs, podcasts, etc. regarding the Amateur Radio Parity Act, that we realized a listing of facts as to what the bill is and what it does was long overdue,” said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s ad hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee.

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