MDT DSB Ham Radio 40m QRP Transceiver Kit

Examiner.com
by James Hannibal

MDT Ham Radio 40m QRP Transceiver Kit
MDT Ham Radio 40m QRP Transceiver Kit – Copyright James Hannibal 2016 All Rights Reserved ShootAnyAngle.com

If you enjoy ham radio kit building, then you are definitely going to want to hear about the MDT DSB QRP transceiver kit from ozQRP. This article will be more of a real-world, operational performance review of this radios’ capabilities, not a walkthrough on how to build it.

The 40 meter MDT kit(Minimalist Double Sideband Transceiver) is produced by ozQRP, a company based in Australia. This is an absolutely amazing QRP radio kit for the 40 meter band and is a great option for those ham radio operators who are new to HF and are looking for affordable means of getting on the air, for those looking for lightweight/compact rigs for camping/backpacking, or for those who just love kit building and are looking for their next project.

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2016 CARP Camp-a-Long Dates

Camp-a-long dates scheduled for 2016:

  • May 21, 22
  • June 25, 26 – Field Day @ Pine Ridge School
  • July 23, 24
  • Aug 20, 21
  • Oct 1, 2 – California QSO Party @ San Luis Reservoir

All dates are weekends, some attendees may opt to go up earlier in the week or stay later. Be sure to stay posted to the K6ARP website for more details on each outing as they get closer.

August UHF Contest is Back On!

Please save August 6-7 for the 2016 August UHF Contest. It will be held as scheduled this year, but under new sponsorship.

After ARRL announced that it would not sponsor the UHF Contest in 2016, a group of radio amateurs from coast to coast came together to make sure that the contest does occur in 2016.

The sponsoring group includes the leaders of several large VHF-oriented clubs, two volunteers who write contest results articles for QST, the editor of the “World Above 50 MHz” column in QST, two people with extensive computer log-checking expertise, and others who are concerned about the future of contesting on the amateur bands above 222 MHz.

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Save Mart SHARES now Powered by eScrip

Thank you to all the members who have been supporting CARP by using their Save Mart SHARES cards when they shop at Save Mart and Food Maxx. Beginning April 1, the SHARES card will no longer be active and the new SHARES eScrip program will begin.

The new eScrip program will make it easier for you to support CARP. No more cards to have to swipe. Simply register your phone number, rewards cards, debit card, creditcards and select CARP as the benefit and anytime you use them at a participating eScrip merchant a portion of your purchase goes to CARP.

To enroll in the Save Mart SHARES eScrip program simply go to https://www.savemart.com/shares/ and register your phone number and Save Mart Rewards Card number (if you have one). Once registered simply enter your phone number in the keypad at checkout and a percentage of your purchase will go to CARP.

Donate to CARP via AmazonSmile

Amazonsmile-logoAmazon’s program called AmazonSmile, will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to CARP. It costs you nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to support the club while doing it.

The only real catch is you have to start your shopping at smile.amazon.com (which means you have to update your bookmark if you want to do this), and shopping from the Amazon apps, Kindle, or through affiliate links won’t count.

Otherwise, it’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support CARP without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).

Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/77-0382450 next time you shop at Amazon and help support CARP!

Supporting Disaster Communications from Space

FEMA.gov
by Rafael Lemaitre

Hume Center Director of Research Robert McGwier (right) and research associate Zachary Lefke are building radio antennas that will be used in the Virginia Tech Ground Station. Photo Credit: Virginia Tech
Hume Center Director of Research Robert McGwier (right) and research associate Zachary Lefke are building radio antennas that will be used in the Virginia Tech Ground Station. Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

Conventional lines of communication can be impacted after a disaster. This we know. Phone lines can go down, cell service can be overrun with calls, texts, and emails and it can be difficult for survivors as well as first responders to get in touch. This isn’t a far-fetched scenario or intellectual exercise. It’s a reality we’ve seen happen over and over during disasters small and large.

Enter Amateur Radio—or what those involved in the hobby refer to as “ham radio.”

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US Amateur Radio Numbers Continue to Soar

Arrl.org
02/29/2016

Ham Radio Stats 2000-20015
US Amateur Radio population from 2000 to 2015. The FCC dropped the Morse code requirement in 2007.

Amateur Radio is alive and well! Growth in the US continued in 2015, with a record 735,405 licensees in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database by the end of the year. That’s up 9130 over December 2014, a 1.2 percent rise, continuing a steady increase in the Amateur Radio population in every year since 2007. In 2014, the Amateur Radio ranks grew by a net 8149 licensees. The figures, compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, on his FCC Amateur Radio Statistics web pages, exclude expired licenses that are within the 2-year grace period, and club station licenses. Compared with the same month 10 years ago, the Amateur Radio population in the US has expanded by 72,805 licensees — or nearly 11 percent.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California