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05 October 2018
Added new link to Guy, ON6MU's fantastic UISS program to the All Things Digital page.
Reactivated my old ISS APRS satellite gateway station using UISS and SatGate add-on module. As a result of this, I've shutdown my NOAA APT satellite weather map server system.
01 October 2018
Added support files for my latest ATD036 column on FT8 to the All Things Digital page. Partly technical and commentary. Also added new link near the bottom of this page for VE3EN's awesome SolarHam website.
31 August 2018
WSJT-X has a slight problem that most users don't know about. It seems that even though the default setting for saving *.wav audio files is set to "none", the program still merrily writes them to the hard drive until it's full & "dies". See my short article about a semi-fix.
FT8Call by KN4CRD is a new program inspired by WSJT-X & other weak-signal programs. It has created much controversy because of the use the root name but has no relationship to the original. But for better or for worse, FT8's phenomenal "overnight" success has rocked the radio world to its core & this will lead to more imitation & innovaton as the solar cycle slowly winds its way to a 2020 minima.
07 August 2018
If you own an older FlexRadio (1000 to 5000 models), check out the free KE9NS firmware upgrades for these & software enhancements for PowerSDR. He also provides YouTube videos explaining how to operate your supercharged Flex SDR using his enhancements.
04 August 2018
MyKiwiSDR is on the server & it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Look or search for "VA3ROM" near the
bottom of the ever growing receiver list.
Got a new IC-7300 yesterday & am busy learning how to use it. It was easy enough to flash the firmware with the newest updates, then set it up for WSJT-X & WSPR band hopping receive mode. All transceiver control & audio is via a single USB cable, plus it has a nice & large & colourful data display with touch screen control. The deep discount sale price, free shipping & $100 USD Icom rebate made it too much of a good deal to pass up!.
31 July 2018
The lastest KiwiSDR firmware update from John Seamons, KF6VO, has taken this receiver to new heights of flight for an inexpensive direct radio frequency sampling (DRFS) radio. We can now have up to eight separate 14-bit receivers because of its amazing field programmable gate array (FPGA).
28 July 2018
FT8 is just a little over 1 year old & is dominating all other Amateur Radio data modes, but its design team keeps right on tweaking the mode. An enhanced version will push its weak-signal decoding level even deeper into the noise will be released in the early 2019.