ETH067 – I Think I Have The PSK31 Bug! Inteview with Ian Kahn, KM4IK


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 Ian Kahn, KM4IK - PSK31Fulton 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”.

Click here to check out the article and get the information on it.

PSK31 Frequencies

Frequency Amateur Band
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.

Upcoming Events

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







*Information taken from the ARRL Hamfest Calendar

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