MT-63 Experiments

By Brian Lawler

Time for some radio FUN that might prove very valuable during an emergency. Go to and download the FLDIGI software for your computer. It is available for Windows, Linux and Apple OS. Also on the downloads page you will see the MANUAL and GETTING STARTED GUIDES in PDF format. Get those too, and read through them. If you need a PDF reader, get FoxIt.

We are going to experiment with the MT-63 mode which has proven very useful on VHF and UHF repeaters. This mode of sending computer text can even be used without a computer interface. Just hold the radio mic up to the computer speaker to transmit, and position the computer mic near the radio speaker to receive!

Amateur exam and General classes

By Brian Lawler

A lot of people are asking for a Amateur General Class course and we hear you. Please help us design a course that will suit the desires of the students. Take the survey, and once we have the class scheduled, a notice will appear here soliciting registrations. Please fill out the survey even if you don’t have a strong preference. If we don’t see the interest we won’t do the class. Thanks!

I-5 Detour At D Street Aug 9 thru 20

By Brian Lawler

BLAINE – Crews will close the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Blaine for nearly two weeks while they repave a bridge and install new bridge transitions.

The state Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes at D Street – just south of the border – for 12 days. They’ll be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, to Aug. 20.

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D*STAR Messaging via WC7SO

By Brian Lawler

WC7SO Gateway was down for a couple of days due to our Internet Service Provider making a configuration change on their side that broke connectivity for a while. While I was waiting on their changes at the site I fixed the simplex data link. Please try to connect to Station WC7SO using D-RATS on 145.750 Simplex (DV mode). The system will also accept connections via the internet at port 9000. Note that the d-rats client is currently running in GATEWAY configuration, where there is no direct link between Internet and RF connections. Messages may be passed between them (hence the “Gateway” moniker).

Washington Guard / Blaine ACS Joint Ops

By Brian Lawler at WhatcomRadio

"Dino" (right) Calling Camp Murray on HF from ACS Van; Ryan K7RGK demonstrating ACS gear.
“Dino” (right) Calling Camp Murray on HF from ACS Van; Ryan K7RGK demonstrating ACS gear.

On Thursday August 6th a group from the 143rd Combat Communications Squadron based at camp Murray came to the airport in Blaine for a joint communications exercise with members of the Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service. The military was testing an extensive range of communications gear designed to be kept packaged and ready to deploy when called upon by the State of Washington.