Skynet 5-16-20 “X-37B’s No-So-Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus” 9PM CT

200506-f-xx000-0004SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “X-37B Not So Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus”

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Beyond” (2018)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247. Search “DARC Skynet” Search “DARC Skynet” Search “KE5ICX”

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Tech Net News 05-16-2020

This deadly bird is prettier than most! Hint—don’t feed it. Credit:

Coming up just one week from today, this month’s lab will focus on the Winlink radio e-mail software, which is both fun and useful in an emergency. Served agencies just love to use email when they can, and Winlink is a way to get it through.

The contest calendar has plenty of operating possibilities even if there’s nothing famous. The RSGB Hope QSO Party is continuing, and there are some unusual events like the Portuguese Navy Day contest and a CW event to honor the King of Spain.

In amateur radio news, a new release candidate for WSJT-X has been released. It offers improved decoding speed and reliability, so you should give it a try.

The ARRL reports that the amateur radio transponder on Huskysat-1 is now open for use, offering an inverting transponder with VHF up and UHF down.

UPDATE: Gus, W5GUS, mentions that next (Memorial Day) weekend will feature the Strange Antenna Challenge, where your goal is to make HF contacts using debris you might find after a natural disaster, not the usual wire or pipe antennas. It’s time to get out your toughest old antenna tuner and load up a tomato cage!

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