Amateur Radio Daily

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ARDC Testing VPN Service

February 21, 2024

In an interview recorded at Hamcation 2024, ARDC discussed a VPN service currently in testing that would provide access to 44Net from essentially any VPN enabled device.

John Hays (K7VE) showed a GL-iNet Puli (GL-XE300) portable LTE gateway capable of running the VPN.

ARDC's VPN service is currently in testing utilizing the open-source WireGuard VPN protocol. A public beta is planned for later in 2024.

Source: AA0Z open_in_new

World Wide Patagonia DX Contest February 25th

February 20, 2024

The World Wide Patagonia DX Contest (WWPDXC) takes place over a 24 hour period beginning at 00:00 UTC February 25th. Sponsored by Argentine amateur radio operators, all radio amateurs from across the world are invited to participate in this inaugural event.

Multiple categories, certificates, and plaques will be available.

Full rules are available on the WWPDXC website.

Source: WWPDXC open_in_new

Packet Digipeater on ISS is Active

February 19, 2024

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports word from NASA that packet operations are once again functional. Since the report, several hams have confirmed packet activity.

Source: ARISS open_in_new

Brandmeister Adds TETRA Based Network

February 14, 2024

Brandmeister recently integrated a TETRA based network to their flagship Brandmeister DMR network.

TETRA improves upon DMR by utilizing 4 timeslots, full-duplex conversations, and superior voice quality.

More details are available at https://tetrapack.online/.

Source: Brandmeister open_in_new

ESA Continues to Support Geostationary Satellite Project

February 12, 2024

On Sunday February 4th, Frank Zeppenfeldt of the European Space Agency (ESA) gave a presentation at FOSDEM 2024 encouraging feedback from amateur radio operators on the subject of a potential follow-up geostationary satellite to QO-100.

The satellite communications group of the European Space Agency (ESA) would like to support the collection of requirements, ideas and designs for a follow-up of [QO-100] in collaboration with IARU and various AMSAT communities. We would like to collect lessons learned and ideas on a QO-100 follow up, and trade-off some design together with amateurs, industry and ESA.

A geostationary satellite proposal for portions of Europe and North America was proposed in late 2023.

Source: FOSDEM open_in_new

Potential for Canada to Ban SDR Devices

February 12, 2024

Over concerns of devices such as the Flipper Zero that can record and replay wireless signals used for remote keyless entry in cars, Public Safety Canada is proposing a ban of such devices which could include software defined radios (SDR).

Pursuing all avenues to ban devices used to steal vehicles by copying the wireless signals for remote keyless entry, such as the Flipper Zero, which would allow for the removal of those devices from the Canadian marketplace through collaboration with law enforcement agencies.

Flipper Zero has requested evidence that their devices have been used in criminal activity, suggesting there currently is none.

Source: RTL-SDR open_in_new

Silver Comet Special Event Celebrates Club's 20th Anniversary

February 10, 2024

The Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) of of Dallas, Georgia is celebrating their 20th year with a series of special event stations. 4 callsigns will be on the air between February 10th and 17th: W4RSC, W4R, W4S, and W4C.

QSL cards and certificates available. More information can be found on SCARS' QRZ page.

Source: Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society open_in_new

Online Technician Course Scheduled February 16 - 17

February 9, 2024

The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVCNB) is offering an online, two day Technician License study course February 16th and 17th.

The class is scheduled over two sessions: Friday, February 16 from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Saturday, February 17 from 8:30am-4:30pm. This is an online Zoom class so you can take it from the comfort of your own home. The class uses a fast-paced “cram” style format. The success rate for the exam is over 90%.

Sign up for this course at https://forms.gle/LgjJD88kFGv5etsX9.

Source: EVCNB open_in_new

FreeDV Seeks DSP Software Engineer

February 8, 2024

The FreeDV project is looking to hire a DSP engineer! This person will be responsible for helping to develop the next generation of open source HF digital voice. Funding for this opportunity will be provided by the ARDC grant awarded to the project (thank you again!)

Full job description and requirements available here [PDF].

Source: FreeDV open_in_new

Amateur Radio Software Award - Nominations Open

February 7, 2024

The Amateur Radio Software Award recognizes Open Source software applications that promote ham radio. Nominations are currently open for the 2024 award and can be submitted here. Nominations are open until February 29th.

The Amatuer Radio Software Award is in its fifth year. Past recipients were Anthony Good (K3NG) for Arduino CW Keyer, Jordan Sherer (KN4CRD) for JS8Call, David Rowe (VK5DGR) for Codec 2, and Stephen Loomis N0TTL and the GridTracker team for GridTracker.

Source: Amateur Radio Software Award open_in_new

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