Tech Net News 01-13-2018

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

The contest calendar is quiet…but 2018 is getting well underway. Please don’t forget to pay your dues. No bucks, no Buck Rogers!

Winter Field Day is coming up faster than you think; January 27th is not far off. W1AW will be participating, and so will W5FC. Please sign up and let us know you’re interested. Our WFD participation is shine-only…but if the weather is good, it will be a fun day, with Lecture and Lab taking place at the same time and place.

2018 will be a good year for special event operations. Members of the Italian Amateur Radio Association are operating a series of special event stations to commemorate milestones in the history of radio science, and NASA on the Air should be active throughout 2018. It’s hard for me to determine when individual NASA centers will be active, but they have a Facebook group, and at least two Twitter hashtags you can watch.

EDIT: Romie, AC9KV, reminded us that the Cowtown Hamfest is coming up next weekend. Head on over an have some fun!

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Tech Net News 01-06-2018

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Credit: NASA

I hope your new year is off to a good start! Contests and operating activities are beginning to appear once again. The Italian QRP Club’s quarterly operating event is drawing to a close at 23:59 UTC tomorrow, and the very popular ARRL RTTY Roundup is going on right now. The roundup involves more than just RTTY—you can use PSK31 and PSK63, too. You’ve got until tomorrow, early evening…get to work at having fun!

It’s been good to see that many club members have been paying their dues on-line. There’s a link in our right-hand menu. Dues are the lifeblood of the club. Please pay yours!

UPDATE: you can read more about Tabby’s Star, mentioned by N5BB…and read the latest scientific paper on the star at arxiv.org.

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