Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about PSK31 with Ian Kahn, KM4IK, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby!
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Tech Corner – PSK31 with Ian Kahn, KM4IK
In today’s episode we talk with Ian Kahn, KM4IK about PSK31. Ian is a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League and the Southeastern DX Club. We had a great conversation about the mode and I learned a lot about it. In fact, this conversation really makes me want to give the mode a shot. Of course, first off, I have to dust off the old Icom IC-730 and get my computer up and running again to do it, but it definitely gives me the want to pursue it.
During the interview Ian mentioned a kit that he and some of his club members built to interface their older radios that do not have a digital mode. The kit that they used, unfortunately, is not in production any longer, but the schematic, parts list, and walk through is still on the site. The kit was featured in the May 2011 issue of QST magazine and was titled, “Digital VOX Sound Card Interface”.
|1.838 MHz||160 meters|
|3.580 MHz||80 meters|
|7.035 MHz*||40 meters (region 3)|
|7.070 MHz*||40 meters (regions 1,2)|
|10.142 MHz||30 meters|
|14.070 MHz||20 meters|
|18.100 MHz||17 meters|
|21.080 MHz*||15 meters|
|24.920 MHz||12 meters|
|28.120 MHz||10 meters|
|50.290 MHz||6 meters|
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Ham Blog Spotlight
Today I was reading the Amateur Radio forum on Reddit and came across a question about getting cables inside you house. My first bought was just put a PVC pipe through the wall, put a rudder cap on it to feed your coax through and then silicone it around the outside. This is how I brought my coax in to my last house for my ham station.
The first comment that was posted to this thread said basically that, so I didn’t comment. I did however read through one of the other comments that people left. One of which was a website that sells a panel that will double as your grounding panel and you through the wall access. It is a really neat looking box and I am definitely going to check it out further.
I thought I would share it with y’all as well in case any of y’all are looking to answer this question too.
|10-10 Int. Spring Contest, CW||0001Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7|
|F9AA Cup, PSK||1200Z, May 6 to 1200Z, May 7|
|ARI International DX Contest||1200Z, May 6 to 1159Z, May 7|
|7th Call Area QSO Party||1300Z, May 6 to 0700Z, May 7|
|Indiana QSO Party||1500Z, May 6 to 0300Z, May 7|
|FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint||1700Z-2100Z, May 6|
|Delaware QSO Party||1700Z, May 6 to 2359Z, May 7|
|New England QSO Party||2000Z, May 6 to 0500Z, May 7 and 1300Z-2400Z, May 7|
|RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data||1900Z-2030Z, May 10|
|Jakarta DX Contest 40m||1000Z-2200Z, May 13|
|HPC World Wide DX Contest||1200Z, May 13 to 1159Z, May 14|
|CQ-M International DX Contest||1200Z, May 13 to 1159Z, May 14|
|Arkansas QSO Party||1400Z, May 13 to 0200Z, May 14|
|MARAC County Hunters Contest||1400Z-2400Z, May 13 and 1400Z-2400Z, May 14|
|FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint||1700Z-2100Z, May 13|
*Information taken from the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
- Military Radio Collectors Group Convention – San Luis Obispo, CA
- New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest XXI) – Deerfield, NH
- ARAC Hamfest – Superior, WI
- Blue Ridge ARS’s 58th Annual Hamfest – Spartanburg, SC
- Cadillac Amateur Radio and Computer Swap – Cadillac, MI
- CARA Hamfest – Sierra Vista, AZ
- Fayette ARC Frog-Fest 2017 – Fayette, AL
- MARA Hamfest – WASILLA, AK
- Mesilla Valley Radio Club Bean Feed and Ham Fest – Las Cruces, NM
- ORC Spring Swapfest – Cedarburg, WI
- Reno Ham Swap – Reno, NV
- The Greater Hagerstown Hamfest – Boonsboro, MD
- Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention – Bristol, PA
- Jackson County ARC Hamfest 2017 – Ripley, WV
- The DeKalb Hamfest – Sandwich, IL
- 13th Annual Rockingham County Swapfest – Reidsville, NC
- 2nd Annual Greater Midwest Radio Show – Hastings, NE
- EAST GREENBUSH ARA HAMFEST – East Greenbush, NY
- EPARS Tailgate – Dade City, FL
- Iowa Section Convention – Boone, IA
- PVARC Annual Tailgate – Roswell, NM
- RCARA Tailgate Tradearound – Ashland, KY
- SCARC’s 26th Annual Hamfest & Electronics Fleamarket – Stanwood, WA
*Information taken from the ARRL Hamfest Calendar
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