Amateur Radio Miracle Day
black at nwfirst.com
Tue Apr 1 22:41:51 PDT 2014
First, I was always confident that TAPR would be coming around on this
issue. Perfect. I'll get the schedule out for the organizational meetings
ASAP. Thom and Teena will need help getting that second dormitory done...
Re: "...The ARRL has stated they will no longer include CW code keys and
Vacuum tubes in publicity photos - they will be replaced with snapshots of
SDR radios showing stations active on all ham bands concurrently."
I've long had a similar rule - all my shots of radios have to have twinkling
multicolor LEDs prominently featured. Jeremy's SDR at Microhams Digital
Conference was an excellent example. Perfect number of very cool LEDs. Oh,
that blue aura around the base of that chip was stunning. Way over the
top, my brothers, way over the top. I've seen cars that look like that in
New Mexico and Southern California. The chip needs some gas shocks so it
can bounce up and down on the board...
Also, people in the pictures are required to wear clean and brightly colored
clothing. Yep, for our Field Day I requested specific bright wear... I've
also worked on a campaign to eradicate facial hair in the ham community.
Really, it's just got to go. I've talked to a number of you - you know who
you are. Mr. Tenacious Moss has a special exemption - not to make him
nervous, but he actually looks pretty good.
So far, the bright color and beard thing has gone without 100% compliance.
It's OK, I'm a "progress, not perfection" kind of guy.
vy 73 de WR5J
The Other Curt
West Seattle ARC
From: seatcp-bounces at wetnet.net [mailto:seatcp-bounces at wetnet.net] On Behalf
Of Bill Vodall
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:25 PM
To: All things digital and fun
Subject: Amateur Radio Miracle Day
TAPR has decided that is was not a great idea to schedule DCC on the same
day as the NWAPRS Summer Gathering. They've realized the SG is so cool that
DCC will be canceled this year and everybody will instead attend the SG at
The FCC has decided to reinstate a 10 WPM Morse Code requirement for Extra
class amateurs. Current Extras that have not passed the CW test will be
rebranded as Novice-Plus stations with only existing Novice privileges until
they pass the test.
The ARRL has stated they will no longer include CW code keys and Vacuum
tubes in publicity photos - they will be replaced with snapshots of SDR
radios showing stations active on all ham bands concurrently.
The bandwidth of un-attended segments of the HF bands will be doubled.
In return, all computer managed transmissions must be in those band
segments so the manual users will no longer be competing with machines.
There will no longer be any restrictions on the bandwidth in the unattended
segments. If it fits - it's fine.
ICOM has announced a software upgrade is available for all existing D-Star
radios so they will now be capable of 4800 baud FEC pure data
transmissions. This is coupled with the introduction of the ID-2
black box data radio. It is roughly the shape of an Ubituity Bullet
with an N connector on one side and Power over Ethernet connect on the
other. For $199 it provides DD 128K data in the 1.2 GHz Amateur Band.
A similar ID-3 for the 3 GHz Amateur Band with 10X the bandwidth
will be available at Dayton at the same price. The new ID32 and ID52
HT's, also for sale at Dayton, will include a full Android OS.
It's the 21st Century - everything is going to change...
Captain Bill and the Doctor...
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