New Mode - FT4!

posted Apr 30, 2019, 11:56 AM by Anthony Luscre

FT4 a new Digital Mode, similar to FT8 is here!
With even shorter transmissions (4.48 s, compared to 12.64 s for FT8), FT4 is designed for contesting.
Click here for details. Here is also a video of Joe Taylor announcing it- link
Download the software here (scroll down to Installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5)and get in on the inauguration of this new mode. 


posted Apr 30, 2019, 11:55 AM by Anthony Luscre

A great way to get your Worked All States Award is via State QSO Parties. State QSO Parties are contests where you try to work as many contacts with hams in a state or group of states. Multipliers are the countries of the state(s) (so it is also a great way to add to your Worked All Counties USA total). The weekend of May 4 & 5th is a great time to get a jump on this with 4 QSO Parties-- 7th Area Party (8 western states), New England QSO Party (6 states), Deleware QSO Party and Indiana QSO Party for a total of 16 states including 5 of 10 rarest states. State QSO Parties are usually more laid back than big contests so they are great for new hams and contesters. You can find dates for all state's parties at tiny.cc/sqp and county outline maps at these two sites US Census State-based County Outline Maps and No5W County Overlays.

Ham Radio Resources for Youth, Students, Teachers and Any New or Prospective Hams (or anyone working with these groups)

posted Mar 11, 2019, 12:58 PM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 1:01 PM ]

Collection of Ham Radio Resources for Youth, Students, Teachers and Any New or Prospective Hams (or anyone working with these groups)- link tiny.cc/hry

Fun with Morse

posted Feb 20, 2019, 5:10 PM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 5:10 PM ]

Increase your Amateur Radio Fun by adding CW to your operating modes. I just put together a new presentation for a local licensing class and I am sharing it here for those that might be interested in getting started with CW. As usual, my presentation is more of a reference piece so it will stand on its own without me for you to read.


Dit Dit Interview

posted Sep 26, 2017, 8:00 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 1:02 AM ]

Listen to my interview by Bruce Pea, N9WKE for his Dit Dit podcast.  

FT8 a New Mode!

posted Jul 26, 2017, 9:18 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 9:21 AM ]

Here is a chance to get in on the ground floor as a new mode rapidly gains popularity.
FT8, the newest digital mode from Noble Laurite K1JT, Joe Taylor. FT8 has been added to free WSJT-X suite that already includes JT65, JT9, MSK144 and more. For those familiar with very sensitive, but very slow contacts FT8 will seem very fast! FT8 involves a 15-second transmission versus JT65's one-minute transmissions. So contacts are 4 times faster but you do give up a few dB of sensitivity. For more details visit WSJT-X for Dummies & Experts

Maps for Amateur Radio

posted Apr 1, 2017, 9:02 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 6:59 PM ]

Visit my new collection of Map Resources for Hams- link

Clothespin Morse Key

posted Apr 1, 2017, 8:46 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 8:51 AM ]

Build this inexpensive project, then give it to a youngster! 
Better yet build it with them. 
Details and Instructions- link

Materials from My Old Amateur Radio Website

posted Jan 21, 2017, 7:14 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 7:15 AM ]

I am currently rebuilding the www.k8zt.com site
If you are looking for a previous resource or link, please email me and I can dig through my archives to see if I can find it. I will then send a copy or link to it.

Elecraft K3S on JT65/JT9- Setting Up & Using

posted Apr 3, 2016, 7:38 AM by Anthony Luscre   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 7:50 AM ]

Have an Elecraft K3S?

Quick Guide to JT65.

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