Wednesday, April 20, 2011

N1IC's 50 states in 50 days D-STAR challenge

I always like reading about the challenges that people set themselves in Ham Radio. Challenges come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Keith, G6NHU's QSO365 project has rightly attracted a lot of attention.

Here's a fun one, too, that I read about yesterday. Nick, N1IC has set himself the challenge of making contact with each of the 50 states of the USA using D-STAR, in 50days.

You can read about Nick's progress here

I'm certainly going to look out for Nick on D-STAR. I won't be able to help him with a new state, but it'll be nice to say hello.


Julian said...

Oh dear. Is this what the hobby is coming to?

There is nothing wrong with using internet linking to have a chat with other amateurs as long as no-one pretends it is a radio QSO. But using D-Star is no different than using Skype - other than the fact that it requires the purchase of an expensive Icom radio.

This "challenge" is of no ham radio interest at all. It is just part of the plot to hype up interest in Icom's dying system. Exactly the same thing has been possible using Echolink for years, except no-one was daft enough to bother.

Tim said...

Julian, I respect your views about D-STAR, though as you know, I disagree!

I think you're being a bit harsh. At least he's getting on the air which is better than sitting on Skype or watching TV!

He's creating some on-air activity. In my view -- that's a good thing!

Daft? Well, DXCC's probably pretty daft too - but most of us have played that game at some point. It's probably pretty daft seeing if 100mw signals can send a few bits of data across the globe, but that's quite fun too.


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