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The ADIF Processor is an online tool I originally developed to help me record additional, useful information in my log files. It metamorphosed into a way of viewing QSOs in Google Earth. Let’s create a log file together and see how QSOs come alive, as well as discovering some of those amazing antennas out there on the way.

Many thanks to Mark Wickens M0NOM for his excellent presentation yesterday evening! The video recording is now available below.

Tomorrow, May 5th 2022 at 8pm BST, WARC will host Mark Wickens M0NOM with his presentation The ADIF Processor – A tool for enriching your log files and visualizing contacts in Google Earth

Access information will be available from this website after 6pm BST on May 5th. Please watch out for it!

Here’s the talk abstract:

The ADIF Processor is an online tool I originally developed to help me record additional, useful information in my log files. It metamorphosed into a way of viewing QSOs in Google Earth. Let’s create a log file together and see [ … ]

This letter reached us from William 2M0WML, the Group Controller at D&G Raynet. Here is the original PDF document — please double-check it if in doubt about any details regarding the content, since the document was retyped for publication on this website.


From

Dumfries and Galloway Raynet Group

To

Users of the Cambret Hill Repeater

For many years the D&G Raynet Group has provided a repeater at Cambret Hill primarily for use in emergencies but also for the use of radio amateurs in general.

The repeater costs are funded by the activities of the [ … ]

This in recently via Wullie and Clive:


Wullie (2M0WUL) and Clive (GM4FZH) are trying to organise an outdoor meet at the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct (nr Gatehouse of Fleet) sometime in the middle two weeks of May (note slight change of weeks). This meet of course is weather dependent which we cannot predict. As we reach May we will look at the weather patterns to try and predict a day.

At the moment this meet will hopefully include a demonstration of the military Clansman radio, a look at home-brew portable radio antennas and putting them up and [ … ]

In December of 1921, the American Radio Relay League conducted a set of tests to see if the “commercially useless” shortwaves and limited power allowed radio amateurs could reach across the Atlantic ocean. For these tests, the ARRL decided to send one of their own members to England to copy any American amateur signals that could be received. That amateur was my grandfather, Paul Godley. My presentation covers early radio development, Paul Godley’s dogged pursuit of a career in wireless communications, why he was chosen for this task, and some of what the test results taught the radio world.

Yesterday [ … ]

As you probably know, Paul Godley was sent over from the USA 100 years ago to conduct the transatlantic tests that opened up the era of short wave radio communication. But why Paul Godley? Who was he? Why was he chosen? And what happened next?

On Thursday April 7th, all those questions will be answered in an open Zoom talk by Godley’s grandson, Bruce Littlefield. The Zoom meeting will be hosted by Wigtownshire ARC and will begin at 20:00 BST (1900 UTC). Everyone is invited, subject to a limit of 100.

Checkin: Thursday April 7th from 19:40 BST.

Please use [ … ]

Last Thursday WARC proudly hosted Ron Bishop MI0PCW, representing the RSS Memorial Amateur Radio Society with his talk The Mystery of HF Number Stations — an absolutely fascinating evening!

Please view the full article and find the video recording below.

Here’s the abstract for the talk:

Through the Cold War to the present day, strange disembodied voices have popped up across the radio spectrum reciting long strings of numbers. No country admits any knowledge of them. But they are not nuclear readiness codes or the voices of those lost in the Bermuda Triangle, as some suggest! Hear a mysterious story [ … ]

In our meeting last Thursday, Karl demonstrated a couple of remote radio options. He promised to send a few links to make it easier for you to try things for yourself – here they are now, with a few comments from Karl.

Remote Hams: http://download.remotehams.com

Kiwi SDR Map: Click the Kiwi SDR Map button – top left http://kiwisdr.com/public/ Worldwide choices to listen.

Tip: If you are testing new antennas or if you are in a very noisy location and still want to operate, use a SDR somewhere else to listen – or – to listen what [ … ]

Back in November 2021 we had plans for a lunchtime meet, but like so many things they were foiled by Covid. Now we decided to go ahead with a new date:

Saturday 19th February 2022, at noon

The location is the Galloway Lodge Coffee Shop in Gatehouse of Fleet. They have a website with details about the cafe, and here is a map image where the highlighted area is the car park directly adjacent to the cafe.

If you intend to join us, a quick message or a comment below will be [ … ]

Yesterday, WARC proudly hosted Roy Lewallen W7EL, with his presentation The Story of EZNEC – From Beginning to End. In case you missed it, please find the recording below.

This is what the talk was about:

EZNEC is probably the world’s most popular antenna modelling software, widely used in ARRL publications, and on his retirement the developer Roy Lewallen is making it free to all amateurs. As well as talking about the software itself, Roy will be telling a personal story about operating a one-man business in the ‘shark tank’ of corporate America.

Thanks to all those who attended the [ … ]

Regular Nets

RAYNET Daily Noontime Net

Every day at noon, on 2m via GB3DG

WARC GB3DG 2m Repeater Nets

Sunday Morning 10am
Thursday Evening 7.30pm

Local Repeaters

GB3DG Newton Stewart 145.775 MHz (Details)
GB7DK Stranraer ‍145.6875 MHz (Details)

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Astrodynamics without the mathematics – how to fly spacecraft

We send a lot of stuff into Earth orbit, and (more interesting) to other planets, moons and other objects in the solar system (and even beyond). As radio amateurs we know how to communicate with these probes – but how do we get them there, and how do we put them where we want them? This talk will attempt to explain, without recourse to detailed mathematics – though lots of physics concepts will be used, along with lots of diagrams and a few demonstrations.

Modes of Modulation

This talk is aimed at newcomers to amateur radio as well as those that want to explore further. Very often only the basics modes are mentioned in courses, especially for those not attending club meetings and doing exams online at home. The talk starts with some initial thoughts/comments and then looks at common modes such as CW and voice before progressing onto the more common data modes and images. There is an indication of what equipment is required and possible software but it is left to the individual to then seek further knowledge from either other amateurs or the Internet.

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