2014 in review, custom UV-3R firmware, ham spacecraft, US-Cuba shortwave...
Issue 42 January 3rd, 2015
Happy New Year from Amateur Radio Weekly!
New Year's Eve magic
When the winter solar flux numbers drop to dismal levels, many 6m guys just stop watching the band. One person didn't. John is VE7's iron man of 6m and spends almost 100% of his radio time seeking the magic. VE7SL
A Year to Remember
Our hobby has never received so much attention by popular media. For one entire year, ham radio became the "Kardashian's" of the hobby world. KE9V
Shortwave pirate radio 2014 – A year In review
To gauge shortwave pirate radio activity in 2014, I analyzed the loggings to the HF Underground message board. A computer script parsed the message thread titles, as well as the timestamps of the messages. 30 Below
ARRL revises contesting guidelines
The latest guidelines address changes in technology that have affected contesting in recent years — including remote station operation. ARRL
Flashing the UV-3R firmware
The firmware chip used on the UV3R is the MC81F8616 which is capable of being re-flashed many times. Better still, the manufacture of the the chip Abov has all the documentation, the compilers and the programmers for this chip. KK6BWA
Using MacDoppler to work Amateur Satellites
MacDoppler has excellent rig control, automatically adjusting frequency for the doppler shift, and can directly log your contacts into the MacLoggerDX software. Mac Ham Radio