NET TIME: Friday at 8:00pm  

Tonight on the Southwest Florida Tech Net, Joseph KM4OVZ Hosts.   We will be discussing the Making of a Successful Ham Radio Promotion Video.   We will be making this video in the coming weeks and will use the discussion as a springboard for the project.   We will also Tackle some other Smaller Topics and we will take Topics brought by participants.  Let the assembled group of specialists get you going...   or get you in contact with someone that can... and... We will of course, have all the latest Ham Radio News, Contest and Magic Band Updates, and Local and Regional Ham Radio Events!     We will then take a look at the Tropics and discuss any areas of interest or threats to Florida.  


Rag Chew Starts at 7:30 on the Zoom and the Main Topic Kicks off at 8pm.   Join Early,  Join Late, and Rejoin at Will...   Everyone is Welcome!     No Waiting Rooms, Lock Outs, or Sign Ins.     We will never punish you for being Tardy or require a hall pass and We Will Not Censor Your Speech!!     We go LIVE on Youtube at 8pm and we usually end around 11pm with a Tech Talk After Party for the Zoom Folks until about Midnight!      It is a total of 4 and a half hours of Ham Radio Fellowship!  Great Company, Great Conversation, Great Information, and lots of help and encouragement for Newer Hams!   Join Us Every Friday for a Virtual Ham Party!!    BYOB Of Course!  


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HamPI 1.5 INFORMATION From Last Week From Dave >> HamPi 1.5 has virtually the same included software as HamPi 1.4a, but all of the software components have been updated, such as WSJT-X being updated from 2.4 to 2.5. (WSJT-X was updated by Joe Taylor the very same time I was building HamPi, so great timing there!) And the other big changes include adding the new and very popular SDR++ and updating to the latest version of BlueDV (DMR, D-Star, YSF without a radio.)

CHANGELOG - Version 1.5 (September 2021) Release ====================================

  • Added SDR++ -- Brand new cross-platform and open source SDR software

  • Added Cqrprop – Small application that displays propagation data from Paul, N0NBH website

  • Added 10 10 QSO Logger – Logging software for Ten Ten International Users

  • Added Lady Heather – GPS Monitoring software

  • Added Atlcl – Arbitrary Transmission Line Calculator

  • Added SoapySDRPlay3 - Soapy SDR module for SDRPlay3 APIUpdated to WSJT-X 2.5.0

  • Updated BlueDV to version (most current version)

  • Added version check to HamPi startup (to notify for new versions of HamPi)

  • Fixed Orca screen reading software to be installed, but disabled

  • Modified HamPi Ansible sources to retry transient download failures 



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Magic Band Season Is In Full Swing!  We have seen some Amazing 6 Meter Openings in the last week of May.   I put up a 5 Element (H-Square) Una-Yagi Antenna.   I am having Amazing Success already making hundreds of 6 Meter Contacts.      I expect it to get even better in June!   I hope to see you on the Magic Bands!   

Sporadic E propagation is probably the most interesting and exciting forms of signal enhancement for the keen VHF operator, or anyone interested in the 28Mhz (10m) 50MHz (6m) and 144MHz (2m) amateur bands.  Sporadic E clouds are usually fairly small in size, but larger clouds or multiple clouds often form during substantial openings.

Sporadic E is a sporadic concentration of the E layer ionisation into thin layers of high ionisation density that are able to reflect radio waves at much higher frequencies than normal.


KO4EFS - ANNOUNCEMENT -  If You Want to Be The Guest Tech Specialist on an Upcoming Net, Please Email me with your specialty and we will schedule it.   I need folks to take a topic and bring it as our main topic one night on the net!   I know there's a lot of interest in Satellites, Digital Modes on HF, and D-Star vs Fusion vs DMR just to name a few!   I would love to hear your ideas and get you signed up to be our Tech Specialist one Friday Night!  If Interested, please send me an Email.    Thank You!

Consumer Alert - HRD Software 

AKA - Ham Radio Deluxe

I Strongly Recommend Against Using HRD Software.    I Personally purchased the Software Package and paid $100.00.  IT NEVER WORKED.   They Do NOT Guarantee that it Will Work With Your System!   Tech Support is Rude and will give up on you quickly!    They Refused to Refund my money!  I have spoke personally to three others who have had the same issue and experience.   Once you send your money, regardless of the outcome, you DO NOT Get Your Money Back.   It is rare to find an experience this bad in Ham Radio, but you can certainly find it here.    Much Better, Cheaper Software is out there that does everything that HRD will do and much more.   HRD Also has an antiquated look and feel and has lots of issues integrating with Logbook of the World.   I would stay away, plenty of better choices!  

                           Ian Hickin - KO4EFS 

The Zoom Platform offers amazing opportunities that radio can't:

1) Screen Share

2) Cameras over the work bench for Live Demonstrations.

3) We can CQ LIVE with a Screen Capture of the Radio and audio.  

4) We can have in specialists and instructors from anywhere in the world. 

5) Video Share - With Permission short videos from other sources can be used. 

6) Pre-Produced Segments - we can show video from earlier tests, club events, and equipment demonstrations. 

7) Demonstrate Digital Modes with Screen Capture and Audio.