Ham Radio

Helped students talk to ISS!

Submitted by gpmidi on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 14:11

On Tuesday 2019-10-29 at 11:01 AM US/East a team of amateur radio operations, myself included, made contact with the International Space Station. Thirteen students from Farmwell Station Middle School (FSMS), part of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), were able to ask questions of Dr. Drew Morgan. This was thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARRIS) program and Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG).

Ham Radio: The Old Guards vs Everyone Under 60

Submitted by gpmidi on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 17:01

For those who aren't aware, there is a bit of controversy in the ham radio community at the moment around Winlink. The tl;dr here is that a bunch of boaters started getting ham radio license so they could use Winlink to send and receive email when they're out at sea.

The problems started when a few of them started using it for more than personal use - they were using it commercially. This is strictly prohibited with ham radio. This is compounded by some of the boaters not using it properly; they'd use it on frequencies already in use by others at that time.