The Radio Club of Argentina (RCA) and AMSAT-LU have announced the first satellite contact between Argentinean Antarctica and mainland Argentina on February 28 via SO-50. The RCA’s website reports the historic contact was arranged by the Radio Club of Argentina and AMSAT-LU.
Marcelo Duca, LU1AET, and Federico Mainz, LU5UFM, had studied the passes of various amateur satellites over Argentina. Duca was at Carlini Antarctic Base, May 25 Island, South Shetland, in Argentinean Antarctica, while Mainz was in Miramar, in Buenos Aires Province on the mainland — a distance of nearly 2700 kilometers.
“At the appointed hour, Marcelo (with Carlos, LU1BCE, at his side) made the first call from Carlini Base via SO-50. He got an immediate reply from Federico in Miramar. They exchanged signal reports and talked for more than 2 minutes,” The RCA website recounts. Duca was running 15 W, while Mainz was running just 4 W using a hand-held transceiver.
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Thomas Lindner, DL2RUM, is happy to announce the availability of version 3.3 of his RUMlogNG2Go logger for the iPhone and iPad. RUMlogNG2Go can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. More information on RUMlogNG2Go can be found on Tom’s website,
New in this release: Added support for the 60m band in:
- DXCC Info Box
- Station Info Box
- DXCC list
- DXCC counter
RUMlogNG features include:
- Use the same log file on your Mac computer
- Exchange the logs via iTunes File Sharing or Dropbox
- Import ADIF files just using copy and paste
- Export ADIF files via email
- Logging includes DXCC, heading and distance calculations
- eQSL and/or LoTW users will be identified during logging
- Can save your current (GPS) position , useful for portable or mobile operation
- Sunset and sunrise calculations
- RUMlog keeps track of your worked and confirmed countries
- Direct log upload to eQSL (iPad only)
- Direct QSL download from eQSL (iPad only)
- Integrated telnet DX cluster, including a spot collector
- DX cluster command macros
- LoTW users are marked in a dx spot
- Real Time Grayline Map, showing short and log path to the station
- HamQTH.com and qrz.com integration
- Basic data exchange with Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu and Elecraft transceivers using the Pigtail hardware or a Bluetooth LE interface (iPad only)
- Full control panel for Elecraft K3 and KX3 (iPad only)
- Work RTTY, PSK and CW using the Elecraft transceivers built in functions (iPad only)
- DXCC table
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