Category Archives: Amateur Radio

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

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FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FCC said.

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The New Improved Nevada QSO Party in October!

The New Improved Nevada QSO Party in October!

The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society is proud to present the Nevada QSO Party which will be an annual event on the second full weekend in October. This year it will start at 2000 hours Nevada time (PDST) on Friday, October 12 (0300z 10/13/2018) and run until 1400 on Sunday, October 14 (2100z 10/14/2017)

The objective of this contest is to activate and work all 17 of the counties in Nevada. Nevada stations will work anyone, anywhere, and out of state stations will work Nevada Stations. All stations may be worked on the three different modes for up to three times on each HF band and only once on the VHF+ frequencies. Rovers in Nevada can be worked again when they change counties.

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443.225 K6ARP Downtown Clovis Repeater Coordinated

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers are  pleased to announce the new 443.225 club repeater is now coordinated with the Northern Amateur Radio Relay Council of California (NARCC)

Motorola Quantar analog FM and P25 digital repeater

Location: Clovis Water Tower
Frequency: 443.225 + offset
Modes: Analog FM & P25
CTCSS: 141.3
NAC: $514


It is located in downtown Clovis at the water tower facility. The repeater is a Motorola Quantar with the antenna approximately 120 feet above ground level.

Although it was previously used in analog FM, the Motorola Quantar repeater provides mixed mode of analog FM and digital in the form of P25; both of these modes are enabled on the repeater. It is recommended that a tone squelch be engaged in order to avoid hearing the P25 carrier when that mode is used. The tone squelch is 141.3, the same as the TX tone.

K6ARP 443.225 Repeater approximate coverage area.

California QSO Party – October 6-7, 2018

CQP & improving your operating skills

From an operating point of view, what do Public Service, chasing DX or working contests have in common?

They all require accurate copy of information under stress – whether the stress of the moment, the adrenaline rush of rare DX or contest pile up, you have to accurately copy and relay information.

Entering a contest either casually to give some points or as a serious  effort, Contesting provides a great learning experience for information copy “under fire”.

The first weekend of October (October 6-7 this year) sees the 53rd running of the California QSO Party – a great opportunity for stations in California because everyone else HAS TO WORK US!

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FCC Sticks by Prescribed Page Limit in Denying Request in Radio Amateur’s Appeal

In an August 24 Order, the FCC denied a request by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYH) of Diamond Springs, California, for permission to file an appeal that would exceed the page length prescribed by FCC rules.

“We find that Crowell has not shown good cause for exceeding the prescribed page limit,” said the Order, signed by Linda L. Oliver, Chief of the Administrative Law Division in the FCC Office of General Counsel. “Crowell’s request indicates that he intends to appeal the order by Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Richard L. Sippel dismissing his renewal application for Amateur Radio license W6WBJ and terminating the proceeding. Under the Commission’s rules, appeals of an ALJ’s dismissal order are limited to 25 pages.”

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August 4th, 2018 T-Hunt Recap

An early Saturday morning start found the transmitter hunters in cooler temperatures, as they raced to find the fox (N6MQG). This particular hunt was a timed based hunt. The first to find both transmitters would be the winner.

There were five teams for this event:
– NI6G & K6MI

The main transmitter was less than two miles away and offered a strong signal. The fox had deployed an omnidirectional antenna along with a hearty battery to handle the output.

Upon locating the main transmitter, the hunters were to read a card that identified the second frequency to triangulate. Unfortunately, all hunters did not observe the card, as it was not secured at the location and fell to the ground. For those that did find it and tuned to the alternate frequency, they found the fox talking to them, who was a short distance away. Other hunters were advised of the frequency over-the-air and eventually all hunters located the fox. A while later the hunters and fox gathered to enjoy some breakfast at Huckleberry’s and recount their efforts during the hunt.

The next T-Hunt is Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 PM. The starting point is Letterman Park. Mike (KG6MSV) will be the fox.

The order of those finding the fox were:
1. Mike (KG6MSV) & Jacob (KK6MIC) w/his son Hunter
2. Eric (NI6G)
3. John (K6MI)
4. Ron (N6MTS) & Rob (AE6GE)
5. Marty (K6KTP)
6. Rick (W6KKO)*

Parachute Mobile Mission 32 – August 25, 2018

Two missions completed, two more to go. Come join us! Make a contact with a skydiver.


We hope to have the first jump around 10 A.M. Go to on mission day for updates or monitor the W6CX Repeater at 147.060+ 100


FM QSOs on 146.430 simplex
HF QSOs on 14.250




Track each skydive by their callsigns. Mark, AF6IM; Rob, KC6TYD.

Live streaming video:

QSL Card:

If you make a contact with a skydiver please email Rob at and state the jump number, name of the skydiver, and approximate time.

As always, we do not have control of the airplane or weather so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.

Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club Fires Up 1950s Vintage Gear for NASA on the Air Special Event

W5RRR, the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (JSCARC), is on the air as part of the NASA on the Air (NOTA) year-long special event — one of 12 NASA ham club stations participating in the event, which celebrates significant NASA milestones as the agency observes its 60th anniversary.

This week, JSCARC members will focus operations on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters, as well as on satellites. A commemorative 1958 vintage vacuum tube vintage station will be activated. It pairs a Johnson Ranger transmitter and Courier amplifier with a Hammarlund HQ-145C receiver, courtesy of Kenneth Goodwin, K5RG, a JSARC member.

“This station will be used to make CW, SSB, and AM QSOs,” Keith Brandt, WD9GET, said. “In addition, our other shack radios will use SSB, FT8, FM, CW, and SSTV to make contacts on all bands.”

A special 60th anniversary QSL card — designed by AB5SS — will be available with an SASE for contacts made only to JSC Amateur Radio Club, 2101 NASA Rd. 1 M/C AW7, Houston, TX 77058. A certificate is available for top stations that work modes and bands across the NOTA NASA centers.


FCC Proposes $18,000 Fine in Louisiana Amateur Radio Interference Case

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing to fine Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, $18,000 “for apparently causing intentional interference and for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur radio frequencies,” the FCC said.

“Mr. Materne was previously warned regarding this behavior in writing by the Enforcement Bureau and, given his history as a repeat offender, these apparent violations warrant a significant penalty,” the FCC said in the NAL, released on July 25.

In 2017, the FCC received numerous complaints alleging that Materne was causing interference to the W5BII repeater, preventing other amateur licensees from using it. In March 2017, the repeater trustee banned Materne from using the repeater.

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