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October 24, 2020

Know-How Resources; Moving Up The Technical Side

SSTV – What Happened? 

Imagine the excitement you would feel if you received Slow-Scan Television images  via Amateur Radio from the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed over your home.  Our author shows screen snap-shot photos of images he recently received.  The good images speak for themselves.  Read a few tips which help explain how and why the images sometimes show room for improvement.

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October 21, 2020

Know-How Resources; Operating Your Amateur Radio Station

The Well Read Ham

Our author and our Editor have a particular fondness for books.  The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) publishes more books than Carter has pills.  (Only old hams know what that means.)  Please take a look at the recommended reference books described in the accompanying document.  You may find something that piques your interest.

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October 20, 2020

Know-How Resources; General Interest Files

Lurgan Branch, Leidigh Park  & Cleversburg Jct

Our #1 Rail Fan, Frank Mellott, tells about train movements along the Lurgan Branch near Boiling Springs, PA and Shippensburg, PA.  Frank shares his insights regarding the best camera angles.  

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September 28, 2020

Know-How Resources; Contesting

RTTY Software and Contesting

Our author was forced to make a tough decision between spending a beautiful First-Weekend-of-Fall outdoors, or spending time indoors exploring and comparing the features and operation of several popular RTTY sound-card based applications.  Indoors won.  Click the link to read why that was a good choice.

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September 11, 2020

Know-How Resources; Contesting

Working the Pennsylvania QSO Party 

This is an updated version of a presentation written by K3SWZ and taught to CARC Members in preparation for their record breaking performance in PA QP 2019.  The updates are indicated by the phrase  “Ed. Note:”  

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September 03, 2020

Know-How Resources; Contesting

N3FJP TAB Sends Message

A lot of us use N3FJP contest logging software because it does a good job and provides the essential features that a contest operator needs in order to be competitive. 
The TAB Sends Message feature is one of the little-known treasures among the bounty that Scott and his team provides.  This article provides some insight for how you can configure and use this feature in your station.

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August 21, 2020

Know-How Resources; Your Amateur Radio License

Behind the Magic Curtain 

Our main author worked his fingers to the bone as he typed long into the night and shared his insights as to who, what, and how the many pieces of a Volunteer Exam Session come together for a successful event.  Read and you will learn how Seven is the New Three.  

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August 18, 2020

Know-How Resources; General Interest Files

Central PA Railroad Frequencies

Written by a big fan of ham radio who is an equally big fan of railroad operations.  One hobby feeds the other. Here you will find a wealth of information about the Central Pennsylvania VHF frequencies that are in use.

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August 08, 2020

Know-How Resources; Setting Up Your Radio Station

Computer Tips 

Our favorite author freely admits to having used DOS as a PC Operating System.  He shares ideas and techniques about getting and keeping applications working together in harmony when they reside on the same PC.  

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August 06, 2020

Know-How Resources; Moving Up on the Technical Side

Fun With VHF – Headsets VHF Mobile

A breakthrough discovery revealed that it is actually possible to interface a Heil BM-10 Headset with a VHF Mobile Rig despite search results that said no such interface cable exists.  Ha — our man showed them!

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August 04, 2020

Know-How Resources; Moving Up on the Technical Side

Fun With VHF – DMR 

Information about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) as well as great links to sites where recognized experts present their content on this topic.  

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July 26, 2020

Know-How Resources; Moving Up on the Technical Side

Fun With VHF – FM Digital Modes

Our hyper-active author has written a series of articles describing the FM Digital Modes D-STAR, NXDN, and SYSTEM FUSION.  If you have a growing interest in VHF FM Digital Modes there are the articles you should read.

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July 22, 2020

News (Blog Posting); Contesting

Practice Makes Perfect

A few general thoughts about Radio Sport Contesting and some details that are specific to the upcoming Maryland – DC QSO Party scheduled for August 8, 2020.  Four pages.  A nice quick read.  

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July 18, 2020

Know-How Resources; Salmagundi

Comet 9-Band Telescopic Antenna

Written by a big fan of ham radio portable operation, this article introduces the Comet HFJ-350M Telescopic Antenna and tells why you may wish you had one in your GO Bag.

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July 17, 2020

Know-How Resources; Salmagundi

Powerwerx Test Buddy

Introducing a handy little tool you can use to verify the polarity of your DC power wiring .  Frequent and proper use of this tool will help keep the Magic Smoke inside your ham radio equipment instead of letting it leak out,  which often leads to expensive repairs.

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June 22, 2020

Know-How Resources; Operating Your Station

FM Repeaters

A handful of helpful tips for the ham who may be new to the hobby.  How to get on-the-air using FM Repeaters in the VHF and/or UHF bands.  Read more…

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June 07, 2020

Know-How Resources; Operating Your Station

Tower of Babel — IRLP and EchoLink

Diagrams and text narrative describing how modern PC and mobile app technology extends Amateur Radio into areas previously unknown to the average operator..

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May 22, 2020

Know-How Resources; Setting Up Your Station

The ICOM 718… a classic transceiver

Your entry into the world of HF Ham Radio.  This classic transceiver offers the features that entry-level ham most want, and at a readily affordable price.  Read more…

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April 09, 2020

News; General Interest

Lightning Strikes

Photos and descriptive text telling about evidence of a lightning strike observed by AF3I.

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March 29, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

Memory Aids for Call Signs

Sometimes a call sign reveals powerful insights about the Operator of the station.  Sometimes a call sign is nothing more than letters and numbers.  You be the Judge.

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March 29, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

Social Distancing

Observations on ham radio activities you can enjoy while maintaining a safe distance separating you from potential virus carriers.

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March 9, 2020

Know-How Resources; Other Documents You May Enjoy

Zoom Web Meeting

A few simple steps will enable you and your PC to join the CARC Zoom Web Meeting.  Great for Snow Birds.

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March 9, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

Share The Airwaves

You can learn a lot from green plastic army men.  Personal reflections on the state of our Ham Radio hobby.  

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February 27, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

WSJT-X and JTALERT

Some humorous thoughts about digital modes, FLDIGI, and JTALERT by Guest Author N6DBF..

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February 24, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

Slow Scan Television

A brief recap of an on-the-air activity CARC Members have added to their Weekly Two Meter Net.  The Net meets every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. local time on 146.490 MHz, FM Simplex.  Frank Mellott KB3PQT is our Net Control Station.

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February 24, 2020

News; Notes From The Shack

Dead Air ?

A few thoughts, presented by an active Ham Radio Operator, who knows that the bands are NOT DEAD.

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February 22, 2020

Know-How Resources; The Technical Side

Olivia

An introduction to the conversational capabilities offered by the OLIVIA Digital Mode.

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