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Amateur Radio Afloat and Portable

My Radio Shack

You may our may not know that I live on a boat floating on the River Hamble in Southampton. For most of the time we are tided to the marina pontoon and have access to 240volt shore power. but that's not always going to be the case so I need to be as self-sufficient...

JS8Call 0.8 Released today

Jordan Sherer KN4CRD has just released a new version of JS8Call with even more features and some bug fixes. It’s still pre-release beta software but well worth trying if you can handle the possiblility of the odd bug or two. I’ve found it works really well though, and...

G5RV Antenna

There’s not really the space on the boat to put up a decent sized dipole, so I was pleased that the Riverside Boatyard owners allowed me to put up a Haft Sized G5RV between 2 of the pontoon pilings.  At each end I’ve put a halyard so I can easily put it up and take it...

JS8 QSO Party – Sunday

Yesterday was pretty good all round on JS8, I wasn’t able to get out on the RIB due to technical issues (the starter battery was unserviceable) So after replacing that, I decided to set up Maritime Mobile and see how i did. Not very well at all.  Yesterday I was able...

JS8 QSO Party

Getting set up to join the JS8 QSO Party - http://js8call.com/2018/10/19/the-first-official-js8call-qso-party-is-now-open/  I’ve put up a G5RV that I will be using later on today 1/2 size G5RV Signal reports not too bad considering it’s only about 3m over the water...

JS8 QSO Party

In case you didn’t know, FT8Call is no more, it is now JS8Call. Version 0.7.3 was realeased this week which has even more great features. I recommend you give it a try. And what better was to try it out than to join in with the JS8 QSO Party next weekend. Full details...

FT8Call Version 0.6.3 Released this evening

Jordan (KN4CRD) has released the latest version of FT8Call, packed with new features and bug fixes. Older versions (which expire on Monday) are not compatible with this version so users should update as soon as they can.  Builds for most popular operating systems are...

Portable Low Power Computers – and the winner is….

So, a little background to this post can be found here http://m0iax.com/2018/07/17/man-portable-computing-for-amateur-radio/ Ive been looking for the best solution for low power portable computing for Amateur Radio for a while, and Ive spent a bit of money on it, and...

FT8Call – Whats the use?

Some rambling thoughts on FT8Call Since Jordan released the FT8Call application to the world of amateur radio its stirred up a lot of debate, and a lot of hate for some reason, about it and it's use. The terms "Rag-Chew" and "Conversation" have been used, Ive probably...