Monthly Archives: March 2019

Our original April program by Tim Slay, N4IB on Station Grounding has been POSTPONED due to a family emergency.

We will re-schedule Tim’s presentation for a later date.

We are working on an alternative program – a couple of short videos will be shown for sure.

One video will be on the Enigma Encryption Machine used by the Germans in WWII.

Join us at 9:30 AM on Saturday April 6th at the Salvation Army Headquarters, 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte.  Note:  This is a secured facility, so please arrive before 9:30 AM so we can get you in!

The Events Calendar entry for the Club meeting includes a clickable link to a map for directions.

See you there!

Shawn, K4RSG

We had a pretty good turnout at our March 2, 2019 Club meeting.  Bill Turner W4WNT came by and did a presentation on FT8, which was very well received.

FT8 is an amateur radio QSO communication protocol developed by Joe Taylor (K1JT) and Steve Franke (K9AN). FT8 uses 8-FSK modulation, transmission takes less than 15 seconds.

While sometimes criticized as being only a “paper chasing” mode because of its very structured format (no free-form text) and not being a conversational mode (like PSK), it’s great as a weak signal mode (and sometimes low-power).

It’s very good for evaluating propagation, since it’s easy to tell where you are being heard via the PSKreporter web site.

The software (WSJT, WSJT-X) is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Bill’s presentation is available in both Microsoft Powerpoint and OpenOffice formats.

For the Powerpoint version, click here.

For the OpenOffice version, click here.

For a printable PDF version, click here.

To download the software for your computer, go to https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/

Shawn, K4RSG

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01Jun2019

Club Meeting

Monthly meeting 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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15Jun2019

W4CQ @ Mint Hill Historical Society

W4CQ @ Mint Hill Historical Society 8:30 - Noon

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22Jun2019

ARRL Field Day

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