The club station now has a brand new computer and a FlexRadio Flex 3000 SDR (software defined radio) up and running and on the air. Unlike traditional radios, the Flex has no knobs or buttons. It is completely software driven and has all the features (and then some) of the high end radios from the major manufacturers. The Flex is hooked up to a computer running Windows and uses sophisticated, but easy to use software to control everything. In addition to regular SSB/FM/AM operation, we also have seamless digital operation for whatever modes we want to operate. Our first test used JT65 on 15m and we quickly logged QSO’s from the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, England and Germany. The screenshot on the right from PSKReporter.info shows signal reports from stations that heard K6TZ from all over the USA, Europe, South America, and even South Africa. Great DX is easily accomplished from our “noisy” club station. If you have never operated an SDR radio, you are in for a great experience. The display shows a wide area of whatever band you are working using a panadapter and waterfall so you can see all activity at once. This graphical representation of the band lets you find and tune activity quickly and easily. This new radio is available for members to use during regular club hours, Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to noon. Come on down and check it out! If you are interested in reading the user manual and learning how this exceptional radio works, it is available for download here. Post expires at 3:40pm on Tuesday December 1st, 2015 but will still be available in the archives.
Upcoming EventsDec7Thu8:00 pm Technical Mentoring and Elmering...Technical Mentoring and Elmering...Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pmK6TZ Repeater – 146.79 (-) PL 131.8, linked to 224.08 (-) PL 131.8 – Discussion of the technical aspects of amateur radio. Special attention is given to newcomers. Hosted by a weekly rotating crew of net controls.Dec9SatDec12Tue7:30 pm Swap NetSwap NetDec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pmK6TZ Repeater – 146.79 (-) PL 131.8, linked to 145.180 (-) PL 131.8 – Hams can list something they have for sale, or something they are looking for. Items are limited to anything related to amateur radio.8:00 pm Digital Communications NetDigital Communications NetDec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pmK6TZ Repeater – 146.79 (-) PL 131.8, linked to 224.08 (-) PL 131.8 – Open net where we discuss and operate amateur television, various digital modes, using computers with radios, software installation and configuration, and anything related to using your computer with amateur radio. Hosted by Brian – K6BPM.
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