Software

If you were thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 for ham radio

You may want to reconsider that notion and just buy another Windows PC. Or a Mac. I still have an XP laptop and I’d never go through the exceptional hassle of upgrading to the greatness of Windows 7. Here’s the chart: Here’s the operative statement to upgrade from XP to Windows 7: All of the

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The iMac: Will ham radio be the same?

Well, I took the plunge. I bought an iMac. Interestingly, it was over two months ago, but I haven’t gotten around to doing any ham radio stuff with it yet. Too busy getting the rest of it setup for the business (Cube Rules). I’ve seen a bit of software out there for ham radio on

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Ham Radio and iPhone – HamSat Satellite Tracking

I’ve been surprised that there have not been better ham radio applications for the iPhone. I’ve had some correspondence with a couple of software developers on how they have been working ham radio applications for the iPhone. This is the first one, called HamSat, is offered up by VosWorx. From the iPhone application store write-up:

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Casual operating with complicated software

Last weekend I made a concerted effort to get on the air. I wanted to get on PSK31 more than I have. I think it is a great mode, fits well with my station situation and the mode can also morph into other, faster, modes like PSK125. Without naming names, I picked up a software

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Logbook of The World Updates

Complaining, apparently, helps. After several ARRL directors complained about Log of The World issues, some work got done. Here are the improvements to the Log of The World web site and program: 1. An LoTW user’s corner with quick links to log onto your account, save or renew a certificate and address PC failure. 2.

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OK DX RTTY Cabrillo File Fix

In creating a Cabrillo file for the OK DX RTTY contest, some are receiving a “toggle QSL” message dialog box when clicking on the reporting tab and selecting the Cabrillo file option. There is a workaround published on AA5AU’s RTTY Contesting site. The fix used the export function and ADI files and is not too

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iPhone and Ham Radio

The iPhone has taken the “smart phone” market by storm with something like a 25% market share in a minute. Now, my rule on technology is that I’m into purchasing version 1.1 after the bugs have been worked out. (Example: I am on XP, not Vista, and would wait another year before moving there. Except

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Updated Software, Updated Instructions

This past weekend, I had limited time to get on the radio for CQ WW RTTY, one of my favorite contests of the year. Getting on at sunset, I fired up the radio and amplifier and all was well. Until I sent out some messages via the computer. The PTT line would fire, then drop

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The Ionosphere in 4D

The 4D Ionosphere is something that will give you hours of fun: Today, NASA-funded researchers released to the general public a new "4D" live model of Earth’s ionosphere. Without leaving home, anyone can fly through the layer of ionized gas that encircles Earth at the edge of space itself. All that’s required is a connection

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Grey Lines Make Things Clear

One of the great challenges in contesting is knowing what band to be on at what time to maximize rate and multipliers (which are not necessarily the same band). And the most challenging time to figure out which band to be on is at sunrise and sunset — the greyline. For example, at sunrise, the

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