Thursday, August 12, 2021

Beginner's Academy Talk: Launching a Pico Balloon with the WB8ELK Skytracker

This is a recorded talk from our Beginner's Academy Zoom Meeting on August 11th, 2021. I launched a pico balloon from Oklahoma on July 20th, 2021. It carried a Skytracker payload developed by Bill Brown W8ELK. I got APRS reports from it for ten days. It cruised above 28,000 feet and gave us much entertainment. This talk passes on my experience. I just had to follow Bill's instructions. Thanks to Keith Kaiser WA0TJT for joining our meeting. Boy, this pico balloon flight was fun! 73, Greg N4KGL

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Coming Soon Aug 14/15, 2021

Opens: August 14th, 00:01:00 UTC Go to to register

Attendees have the opportunity to:  

  • Listen to and engage with 80+ internationally recognized ham radio luminaries.  We’ll have tracks on all sorts of subject areas including Emcom, Youth Activities, Expert electronics and design, satellite radio, and many ham radio subjects.
  • Take part in Live virtual kit building workshops.  Kits will be available for purchase and delivered to you in time for the Expo so you can participate and build from the convenience of your home.
  • Walkthrough our virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch new product demos and interact directly with booth staff. 
  • Return over the next 30 days to listen to speakers you missed during the Live period, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.
  • Full Registration is $10.00 US - includes full access to the Expo, including presentations, 12 subject video lounges,  and to the 30-day on-demand period. 
  • Full registration will increase to $12.50 at the door when the Expo opens. 
  • Free Registration is limited to lobbies, exhibition hall, exhibitor booths, and prizes offered by exhibitors.