Club Articles and News: Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Seeking Contact Proposals

2023-02-26 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Seeking Contact Proposals

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations, either individually or working together, to host an amateur radio contact with a crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS).

ARISS anticipates the contact will be held between January 1, 2024, and June 30, 2024. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the radio contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 31, 2023. Proposal information and more details, such as expectations, proposal guidelines, and the proposal form, can be found at https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html.

An ARISS introductory webinar will be held March 1, 2023, at 8:00 PM EST. The Eventbrite link to sign up for the free webinar is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ariss-proposal-webinar-for-spring-2023-proposal-window-registration-515706320487.

ARISS is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the ISS. The United States sponsors are ARRL, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), NASA's Space Communications and Navigation program (SCaN), and the ISS National Lab Space Station Explorers (SSE).

Taken from the ARRL Letter for February 23, 2023

Parking Lot POTA

2023-02-25 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Today after the LaPorte Hamfest I stopped by Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve, K-4189. It is a 82.7 acre preserve with 1.5 miles of trails. Today, I didn't hit the trails I hit the air waves. After seeing Barry, WD4MSM, doing Winter Field Day in the back of his SUV, I had the idea of doing parking lot POTA. I ordered a Tram Tri-Magnet Antenna Mount and tried it out today. I used the mount with my Wolf River Coil. In twenty minutes I had thirteen contacts, all within the comfort of my car.

While I wouldn't want to do all my POTAs from the inside of my car, it is nice to have the option to do POTA from inside the car if the weather doesn't cooperate.

G90 Resources

2023-02-16 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

The G90 is a great radio with good documentation.


If you are new to the G90 and especially if you are new to HF Radio I would recommend downloading the following documents:

  • G90 Manual

  • CAT control your Xiegu G90 with your PC and start operating in digital modes

Both documents can be downloaded from:

Radioddity Resources for the G90

You can also download firmware updates for the G90 from the above sites.

My prefered method of updating the firmware on the G90

Videos that will help you setup the G90

I highly recommend watching the videos below to learn how to use the G90.

Techstuff & More

Xiegu G90 - Super quiet CW (and SSB) rig

QRP HF radio

XieGu G90 SSB adjustable filters..


The Xiegu G90 Callsign Editor

Setting the Bandwidth on the Xiegu G90

Xiegu G90 Antenna Tuning

Mic Gain and Compression on the G90

G90 Handheld Mic

Easy Xiegu G90 Firmware Update

How to use the Xiegu G90 CW Decoder

Xiegu G90 Random Memory Assignment

Xiegu G90 Memory Management

Registration Open for the 2023 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

2023-02-09 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

The 2023 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will be held on March 25 - 26, and registration is now open.

The event is a fully interactive virtual ham radio convention offering new content, networking opportunities, and more than 50 amateur radio presentations on a wide variety of subjects.

There is still time to participate in the event as a presenter. You can submit an application to present a video on a topic of your choice. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2023. Tickets are $15, and registration information can be found at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo website.

-- Taken from ARRL Newsletter February 9th 2023