FT8

You might have read about a new digital mode in QST this month.  Apparently it was part of a pre-release version of WSJT-X, but it is already in wide use.  If you saw our program on JT65 last fall, or have used JT65, this is very similar.  In JT65 each exchange is 1 minute, and a full QSO takes 5 minutes.  In FT8, an exchange is 15 seconds, and a QSO takes about 1 minute and 15 seconds or 1 1/2 minutes.

JT65 obviously allows contacts with weaker stations, but FT8 is substantially quicker to complete a QSO.

Because of the minimal time allowed between decoding a transmission a the start of the next one (2 seconds), FT8 usually requires auto-sequencing of the standard exchanges.  This makes the QSO almost automated (except for choosing the station to contact or calling CQ).

This might make FT8 more fun, or less fun, depending on your point-of-view.

If JT65 was boring for you because of the length of each transmission, FT8 is a mode you might want to try.

Search WSJT-X, and download the latest version (currently a version 1.8 Release candidate.  The released version doesn’t have FT8)

October General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, October 12 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

Past Minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Membership Report
2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
Call for Nominees – Upcoming Elections
Rochester Mini-Maker Faire – XARC is Entered
Fall Fox Hunt Planning – for Oct. 28
6M Halo Antenna – Final Plans
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?
Presentation/Project – YouTube Video

~ Rich, K2RAH

September General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, September 14 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

Past Minutes
Treasurer’s Report, including banking change
Membership Report
2M Repeater Status
2M Net Report
Fusion Net Report
440MHz Repeater Status
Repeater(s) Event Operating Rules
Upcoming Elections
Insurance Status, liability and equipment
Website Renewal
W2XRX Callsign Renewal
Rochester Mini-Maker Faire
Fall Fox Hunt Planning
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?
Presentation/Project – 6M Halo Antenna

~ Rich, K2RAH

June General Meeting Agenda

June General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, June 8 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

  • Past Minutes, April & May
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M Repeater Status/Update
  • 2M Net Report
  • Fusion Net Report
  • 440MHz Repeater Status/Update
  • B & W HF Antenna Sale
  • Field Day Prep
  • Rochester Mini Maker Faire
  • Repeater Event Operating Rules
  • Spring Fox Hunt Results
  • Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
  • Other Business
  • Show and Tell
  • What have you done the past month, re: ham radio?

~ Rich, K2RAH

XARC Spring 2017 Fox Hunt Results

The XRX Amateur Radio held our spring Fox Hunt on Saturday May 17th.  The skies looked as if it might rain at any minute, but only a couple of short sprinkles were felt.  Five teams took part in the hunt, with the only solo effort this time being Chris KC2VCK.

Four 2 meter FM transmitters were hidden for this hunt.  Fox #1 was located off a trail in Gosnells Woods near Vosberg Road in West Webster.  It was at the top of a ridge and surrounded by some deep gulleys and ended up being quite a challenge, even for experienced hunters.  Fox #2 was running a bit more power, and was not too far away at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park.  This site was not that difficult, as it was bounded by Irondequoit on one side and a road on the other, but the route coming from the other side of the bay is a bit roundabout.  So to speak.  Fox #3 was on a hill off Orchard Park Blvd in Irondequoit Bay Park West.  Fox #4 was at the southern end of the bay, just a couple hundred yards into Lucien Morin Park, and conveniently located by McGregors.

First place went to the father and son duo of Bill Kurrasch K2WEK and Paul Kurrasch KC2GTO.  2nd place went to Jon Dickason N2JAC and Bob Karz K2OID.  3rd place went to Chris Warner KC2VCK.

Though this hunt ended up being more difficult than anticipated, I think every team found at least one fox, and probably learned what not to do next time!  See you again this autumn.

YouTube Channels for Radio/Electronics Repair

Here are some of my favorite channels:

Mr. Carlson’s Lab

Mr. Carlson is VE7ZWZ.  He has an amazing shop full of test equipment.  It seems like his videos are intended for a wide audience, so depending on your point of view, it may be too basic or too advanced.  But most people will probably learn something.

D-Lab Electronics

Terry Dayton N6TLU specializes in tube equipment, either vintage guitar amplifiers or ham equipment.  Good info on restoring and troubleshooting.

TRX Bench

I’m s sorry I don’t know who this is.  His videos are mostly repair of ham radio gear.  He sounds German, or from that area of Europe.  His English is very good.  The videos are fairly slow paced but quite thorough.  His explanations of his troubleshooting strategies is excellent.

W2AEW

A wide variety of topics.  Repair, tutorials, test equipment.  Some great stuff.

The Radio Shop

Another channel with a bunch of ham radio repair videos.

Uncle Doug

Not really any ham radio content, but vintage electronics stuff. Mostly guitar and audio tube amplifiers.

EEVBlog

Lots of general electronics stuff for a hobbyist.

May General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, May 11 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.
  • Past Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M Repeater Status/Update
  • 2M Net Report
  • Project Status of 440Mhz Repeater
  • Spring Fox Hunt
  • Science Exploration Days
  • Field Day Prep
  • Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
  • Other Business
  • Show and Tell
  • What have you done the past month, re: ham radio?
  • Presentation, “Video tbd”
~ Rich, K2RAH

XARC / W2XRX

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