February XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, February 8 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
2M Net Report
Fusion Net Report
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Presentation – FT8 “a weak signal digital mode”; Dave, N2OA
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?

~ Rich, K2RAH

January XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, January 11 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
2M Net Report
Fusion Net Report
6M Halo Antenna Kits
ARRL RTTY Roundup Discussion
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?

~ Rich, K2RAH

XARC December General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, December 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
Membership Report
2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
Science Exploration Day @ St. John Fisher Discussion
2017 MakerFaire Postmortem
Plans for 2018, Presentation Proposals
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?

~ Rich, K2RAH

System Fusion News

The lower cost single band UHF 440 transceiver is now available. The FTM-3207 should be order-able from most retailers.
The interesting news is they have made this radio capable of controlling a Wires-X node. That is, from the front panel and microphone keypad, you can connect to a Wires-X node and connect to other nodes and rooms. This feature was not previously available on the lowest cost C4FM radios, the 2 meter FTM-3200 and FT-70 HT. But as of today, both of those radios are now upgrade-able with a firmware update.

All of these radios are under $200, and the FTM-3200 was going for $135 earlier this year.

The link below has a video on how it works on the UHF FTM-3207.

Put one of these on your gift to yourself list
-Brian K2AS

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)

XARC / W2XRX

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