Category: FT8

SSB and Digital with… a QCX?

In January 2019, a ham named Guido, PE1NNZ posted to the QRP Labs groups.io group. The title of the post was “QCX-SSB: SSB with your QCX transceiver“.If you’re familiar with the QCX, then you’ll realize that this is a profound statement! The QCX is a high performance 5w CW transceiver. So how on earth did …

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JS8Call is Growing: You can help!

JS8Call is growing, and you can help! Learn about the latest changes and how any FT8 user can make a difference with JS8Call

QSX Update and Winter Project Ideas

Most of us have been waiting patiently for the QSX, but some have been waiting a little less patiently. Unfortunately this has put a lot of pressure on Hans over at QRP Labs, but he’s stood his ground: It’ll be ready when it’s ready, because quality comes first. And to that we say, bravo! Given …

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The Phaser: A Digital Only QRP Radio Kit

Recently we looked at a digital DSB transceiver kit for FT8 that’s been making the rounds, and talked about the pros and cons of such a design. There’s also been discussion about the DSB digital FT8 rigs on several groups.io and Facebook groups. Another vendor has entered into the arena of digital-only QRP radios. It …

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DSB Digital: Friend, or Foe?

I recently became aware that there are companies selling Double Side Band radios for use on digital HF frequencies (FT8 specifically) on 40m, 30m, and 20m. In this post we’re going to take a look at what these rigs are, what they were originally designed for, and then you can decide whether these should be …

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QSX Update: February 2019

QSX Update February 2019

It’s the last day of February 2019, and if you’re like me you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for QRP Labs to release their upcoming QSX all-band HF rig. It’s slated to be feature packed SDR based radio, starting out as a 40 meter radio but will be expandable to cover all bands between 160 …

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The W7RLF BITX40: Finished at last!

Last year I thought the BITX40 was “done”. It successfully worked on 80, 40, 30, and 20m. It was truly multi-band! The trick to doing that was to make the Band Pass and Low Pass filters pluggable using QRP Labs filters. One only needed to open the radio, change the filters, and retune the VFO. …

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QSX Update: January 2019

We know that Hans Summers of QRP Labs has been working hard on the QSX for many months. Hans unfortunately had to deal with some rather worrisome health issues. Those are handled now and he’s back in action, and work on the QSX is progressing steadily. On Wednesday 9, 2019 he did a presentation for …

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Getting Started with JS8Call – One of best things going in Digital HF!

Today we’re going to talk about JS8Call. What’s JS8Call? If you’re a ham radio operator on HF, then you likely know all about FT8 and what it’s done for (or to, depending on your perspective…) amateur radio. It’s made a simple 5 watt QRP station capable of truly worldwide contacts! Here in Washington State, I …

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Is QRP Saving Ham Radio?

Recently on HackADay.com there was an article called “FT8: SAVING HAM RADIO OR KILLING IT?” which drew fire from some and praise from others. The article title itself was a little click-bait-y but justifiable. According to the source article over at flexradio.com FT8 lovers and haters are split almost 50/50. Some say its awful because FT8 …

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