Category: News

SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv…

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Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late …

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Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during …

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News from the ARRL Contest Branch

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF Contest. Preliminary results for the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest also have been posted. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are du…

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The current General Availability (GA) release is WSJT-X 2.0.0!

The FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older program versions.  The new protocols become the world-wide standards starting on December 10, 2018, and all users should upgrade to WSJT-X 2.0 by January 1, 2019.  After that date, only the new FT8 and MSK144 should be used on the air.

Downloads are available from here