Operating FT8 Remote on the 6m Band

I have been operating using the FT8 digital mode on the 6m band using our remote operating gateway quite a bit this summer. The SDR-based remote operating gateway in our station allows us to operate our station from other rooms in our home as well as from outside our QTH via the Internet. When I’m … Continue reading

Portable 6M Station for SOTA and Contesting

I got really exited, when Jamey, KC1ENX set our Club’s first Summits On The Air (SOTA)/Parks On The Air (POTA) activation for the same day as the June VHF Contest! Jamey choose Pack Monadnock in Miller State Park here in New Hampshire as the site for our activation. With Jamey’s help, we put together a … Continue reading

Orionid Meteor Shower: Friday Night Brings Excellent Conditions In Eastern US

One of the best meteor showers of the fall, the Orionid Meteor Shower, will peak on Friday night with over a dozen meteors streaking across the night sky every hour. Source: Orionid meteor shower: Friday night to bring excellent viewing conditions in the Eastern US. It looks like this weekend is going to be a … Continue reading

6m VUCC And 9-Band Worked All States

The 2014 Es Season was my first chance to focus on operating on 6m. To help provide motivation, I set a goal to work and confirm enough Grid Squares on 6m to earn a VUCC Operating Award. After some time to confirm and for the ARRL to process everything, my VUCC came in the mail … Continue reading

Quicker-Turnaround Digital Modes in Experimental Stage for WSJT-X Suite

WSJT-X developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, weighed in to express his appreciation to all who shared their ideas and experiences using JT9 and JT65 modes during recent multi-hop E-skip openings on 6 meters. “We are very much aware that a mode with most of the excellent characteristics of JT65, but with faster turnaround time, would be … Continue reading

Plans for 2017 Station Upgrades – Radio, Shared Amplifier, and Remote Op Enhancements

We have a number of station upgrades planned for this fall. Our planned upgrades include: Enhancing our FlexRadio 6700 based Remote Operating Setup to include additional remote control client options, better networking via the Internet, and better integration with our microHAM system – you can read about this completed project here. Upgrading the second radio in … Continue reading

2014 Es Season On The Magic Band – A Journey Towards A 6m VUCC

I decided to become active on the 6m band this year. This 6m Sporadic E (Es) season was in full swing about a month ago when I got active on 6m. The picture above is from the DXMAPS website and shows one of the daily openings that we’ve experienced on 6m here in the US during the last … Continue reading

Remote Operating Enhancements

As explained in a previous article, we have been working on enhancing our FlexRadio 6700 based Remote Operating Setup to include additional remote control client options, better remote networking via the Internet, and better integration with our microHAM system. This project involved the addition of the following capabilities to our base Remote Operating Setup: An upgrade to FlexRadio … Continue reading