W4PAR

The Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society makes its home in Lexington, North Carolina and maintains the paired VHF and UHF W4PAR repeaters as well as supporting its members working a variety of HF modes.

ARRL says "New Digital Modes Changing Complexion of Bands and Perhaps of Ham Radio"

The ARRL notes that the proliferation of digital modes in the last several years, especially the explosion of the FT8 mode in 2017, is changing the nature of ham traffic on the airwaves and wonders if FT8 in particular "marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age."

Original link from the ICQ Podcast.

FT8 page is at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html.

Tennessee Radio Shack re-opens with help from local amateur radio club

The Jefferson City, TN Radio Shack has re-opened under private ownership with a little help from the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club (LARC). Manager Trevor “Reed” Freers has remodeled the store to include a maker space as well as space for classes, including amateur radio classes taught by members of the LARC.

“These types of programs were dropped by RadioShack years ago,” Freers said. “Now we have the opportunity to bring them back. We have to get to the next generation. RadioShack will die out if we don’t get to them.”

Original link from the ICQ Podcast, with supplemental information from Morristown (TN) Citizen-Tribune.

UK Repeater group to shut down

While it doesn't effect us here in the US, the abrupt shutdown of a sizable repeater group anywhere is something to note. The South Yorkshire Repeater Group has announced that the shutdown of their system of 7 linked repeaters is "imminent". They have also canceled the 2017 Great Northern Han Fest which they have hosted for a number of years. No explicit reason has been given for these actions.

Original story from the ICQ Podcast.