Gear advice for satellite chasers

From the moment that AMSAT first lobbed an OSCAR (Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio) into space, communication via the growing constellation of amateur radio satellites has held a special allure. Interested in getting active on the sats? A great place to start is to visit amsat.org. The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation was…

The Raspberry Pi Zero and D-STAR

For those without a D-STAR repeater in the neighborhood,  the Raspberry Pi is a highly serviceable solution. With a number of SD Card images available and the ease of interface to the ubiquitous DVAP Dongle, talking digital is a breeze. Now comes the Raspberry Pi Zero, a $5.00 iteration that’s…

Catching up..

Here are some of the links we’ve posted recently on the MSUARC Facebook page: Check out this homemade vertical for 7 MHz as constructed by Sergio Valente, PY1BEK. 5 Ham Radio Maker Projects with Diana Eng. How a ham discovered an American satellite that started transmitting 46 years after being abandoned…

What Are Voting Receivers?

One way that repeater systems with strong transmit capability can improve their “ears” is the installation of remote receiver locations throughout the coverage area. These are connected to the transmit site via a linking frequency using a highly directional yagi antenna. Technology at the repeater site scans for the strongest…