Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Dinner December 6th

SEKARC will be having it's SECOND annual Holiday Dinner. It will be held at Barto's Idle Hour Wednesday December 6th 2017 at 6 PM.. The radio nets will not be held that evening. Everyone is invited and XYL's and kids or anyone you would like to bring are also welcome to come!

Monday, November 20, 2017

QRP... In This Solar Cycle ??


QRP is fun in any cycle!! Just ask some of our QRP fans in the club. Sure it is challenging, but these days so is using 100 watts or more !! The latest podcast from the ARRL features QRP so give it a listen !!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Digital Modes and FT8

Here is a great video that covers the growth and progress of digital modes and the through the current explosion of the new FT8 mode! This guy explains things very well and is very informative. I follow him on YouTube and I suggest you do also. He also explains the development of modes from Joe Taylor K1JT and how Taylor has changed the ham radio world!

FT8 is the newest weak-signal mode from Joe Taylor, K1JT, and friends. It operates very much like JT65 but is four times faster and more automated. Learn a little about the history of digital modes and conversational vs bare essential modes! Two sample QSOs!

Friday, November 3, 2017


Have you tried the new digital mode FT8? It is truly incredible what signals can be decoded and not heard or even seen on the waterfall! Well if you are like me, you kind of like have a conversation with your QSO you might try OLIVIA mode. It also uses low power and I have decoded signals with it that I could not hear and barely see on the waterfall. Sure OLIVIA is slower and if you are looking for speed then FT8 is your ticket!

Watch this review of OLIVIA from Ham Radio Concepts, then watch his follow up video next talking about CONTESTIA mode!! Great alternatives for low power digital QSO's!