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September Meeting

WHEN: Monday, September 9, 2019
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 146.730 Mhz (-)

Program: Steve Czaikowski, W8SC, will present the following:
  • Morse Code
  • Characters and Spacing
  • Transmission Mediums
  • Abbreviations
  • Q code
  • User proficiency
  • Amateur radio
  • Applications for the general public
  • Morse code as an assistive technology
  • Demonstrations, Practice, and Q&A
Nominations for officers will be held at this meeting and the October Meeting. Greg, K5CVD and Dave, WB5NHL have said they are willing to continue as President and Treasurer respectively.

Upcoming Events

September 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM - VE Testing Session - Located at Aiken SDA Church located at 1714 Columbia Hwy N. in Aiken, SC. Visit https://k4nab.org/events/event/nabrc-ve-testing/ for more information.

September 15, 2019 - Aiken to Ride event - Contact Dave, WB5NHL at dave@kjellquist.com to sign up to help.

September 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.


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FlexRadio Teams with Raytheon to Develop Airborne HF Radio

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, US Amateur Radio equipment manufacturer FlexRadio has been selected by the US Air Force to adapt its off-the-shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The new radio will provide beyond line-of-sight, long-distance communications for air crews.

"We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct sampling hardware, Open Waveform API, and IP-based architecture provide aready platform for agile development to meet 21st century communication needs," FlexRadio CEO Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, commented. "Throughout FlexRadio's history, commercial amateur products have been leveraged into defense products, which in turn, have been leveraged back into commercial products. We are certain that these efforts will cycle back again."

Youngblood said the deal could boost its Amateur Radio and commercial products and services. "While I can't go into all the details, the positive impact to our business processes, infrastructure, intellectual property, and human resources will enhance our amateur/commercial products and services," he said. "So, stay tuned for more amateur product announcements coming soon."

Raytheon received a $36 million Project Agreement through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Consortium Management Group (CMG) on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace, in support of requirements from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, to develop and qualify an HF radio. CMG's mission "is to speed development of technologies to improve US government capabilities required to sustain US military supremacy in weapon systems information technologies."

The Raytheon-FlexRadio partnership is one of two recipients for this development program. After the 31-month period of performance, one team will be named to move on to production.

"Worldwide high-frequency communications is what our commercial customers do every day, using virtually every mode of operation and type of propagation," Youngblood said. Read more.

From the ARRL Letter - September 5, 2019


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