Image transmitted from a recent pass of the International Space Station, via amateur radio.

Tim, W9TCR, copied this on a recent ISS pass. He had several pictures using the audio app for cell phones, but finally decided to pump the audio from his radio (Yaesu FT-817) directly into his computer audio card and the results were much better.

Digital Modes for Amateurs Explained

At the July 2 meeting of the ARC, Dave Hood, WA9IVB, gave a very informative talk on the many digital modes of communication now being used by amateurs. He discussed the several modes, how they are used, the hardware, and the software employed in these modes. There was a tremendous amount of information in his talk, probably more than most of us could digest at one time.

To assist the members in assimilating all this information, Dave has allowed us to post the slides from his talk. They are available in the following two PDF files which you may download and view at your convenience.

Radio Digital Modes

WSJT-X and FT-8 Modes

VE Testing Session Sets New Record

The test session on April 16 set a new record for us! We had 10 candidates resulting in 7 new Technician licenses and 3 upgrades to Amateur Extra. Prior year records show no more than 8 candidates at one session. Our average tends to be 4 to 5 each month.

Thanks to the 6 VE's who attended. All were busy processing the paperwork! It was also helpful to have a second person review all of the paperwork again after it was filled out prior to getting it to the candidate.

Thanks also to the other hams who came in support of the candidates. Having them there to offer encouragement and answer questions helped out the experience of the newbe's.

Annual Skywarn Training Session March, 19

The annual Skywarn Training session, conducted by Madison County EMA and The National Weather Service was held on Tuesday, March 19 in York Hall on the Anderson University campus. Approximately 100 people were in attendance. A portion of the audience is seen above. Those is attendance included EMA storm observers, members of fire and police agencies, and others interested in public safety and warning.

Introductions were made by Madison County EMA Director, Tom Ecker, above, who spoke to the vital role that observers play in the detection and reporting of severe weather.

Dale Bales, Director of Warning (right) briefly discussed communications during severe weather events before introducing our guest speaker for the evening, Mike Ryan from the Indianapolis Office of the National Weather Service (below).

Mike's talk included an excellent discussion of radar observation of tornados and other severe weather events. Included in his talk were video and still pictures of tornados, wall clouds, severe thunderstorms, shelf clouds, and other weather phenomena.

Our thanks to Mike for bringing this vital information to our community.

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