- March 19, 2018 at 9:52 am #32088
I have an idea: Lets stick a solar powered rig on a raft and release it in the ocean. We can use FT8 mode for optimum communications effectiveness and give QSOs from Grid Squares where no one lives! — Layne AE1N
LOOK FOR KH6JF/MM (Maritime Mobile)Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur Radio Club (JRFARC) has integrated an HF transceiver with an autonomous ocean-going drone. Our mission is to deploy a ham radio station that roams the world’s oceans while providing an opportunity for amateur radio operators everywhere to make contacts with rare locations. Our sponsor, Jupiter Research Foundation (JRF), has loaned JRFARC a Wave Glider and donated some radio equipment for this effort. Our club members have assembled a specialized waterproof ham radio payload and antenna system for the Wave Glider. We’ve used a combination of off-the-shelf and custom software and hardware to allow the system to operate autonomously for months at a time.http://www.jrfarc.org/hf-voyager/http://www.jrfarc.org/hf-voyager-updates/2018/3/18/hf-voyager-back-online-ft8-mode
As of March 2018, the voyager has made over 1500 QSOs!
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