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  • Are knobs and buttons toast?

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In a recent column on EETimes, an old colleague of mine, Martin Rowe, says, “Knobs and buttons are slowly on their way out. Get used to it.” He’s referring to the controls on oscilloscopes, but if he were a ham, he might just as well be talking about amateur radio transceivers, too. We already see this happening in amateur radio. FlexRadio, and a couple of other companies, already make transceivers with no front panel controls. You must use them in conjunction with a computer to use them. Will computer screens like this to control amateur radio transceivers become the norm…
  • Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    [UPDATED 2014-10-24 1942 UTC] A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on O...
  • Preparations Underway for W1AW/KH8 Operation from American Samoa

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    An advance party of sorts was in American Samoa this week, scouting possible location for the upcoming W1AW/KH8 operation. The team expects the ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operation from American Samoa to get underway November 2 and continue for about 12 days.John Kennon, N7CQQ, Paul Playford, W8AEF, and Clifford Hauser, KD6XH, arrived in American Samoa (KH8) ahead of the rest of the W1AW/KH8...
  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:

    eHam.net News
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.
  • Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1941 – October 24 2014

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    WA6ITF
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1941 – October 24 2014 Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941 with a release date of October 24th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a QST. Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch; the Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22; China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a revised policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring; the Veterans Administrations announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network; Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites and how to collect…
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  • Preparations Underway for W1AW/KH8 Operation from American Samoa

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    An advance party of sorts was in American Samoa this week, scouting possible location for the upcoming W1AW/KH8 operation. The team expects the ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operation from American Samoa to get underway November 2 and continue for about 12 days.John Kennon, N7CQQ, Paul Playford, W8AEF, and Clifford Hauser, KD6XH, arrived in American Samoa (KH8) ahead of the rest of the W1AW/KH8...
  • Radio Amateurs Report Hearing 4M Moon Orbiter JT65B Signal

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    [UPDATED 2014-10-24 1942 UTC] A Chinese Long March 3C/G2 rocket carried the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) lunar flyby experiment into space at 1759 UTC on October 23, on its way to a lunar transfer orbit and a return to Earth in about 9 days. Radio amateurs in Oceania and Europe have reported hearing the JT65B from the onboard Amateur Radio payload. Lunar flyby is to occur, nominally, on O...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. See http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm for rules. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.A series of large solar flares erupt...
  • KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.“Our experienced team of 15 is complete and is ready for the challenge,” said an October 22 KP1-5 Project news release from President Bo...
  • ARRL November Sweepstakes: Another Chance at a “Clean Sweep” is Coming Up!

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    In a few short days, operators across all 83 ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections will take to the airwaves to compete in the first of two ARRL November Sweepstakes events. Always a fall favorite “Sweeps” is the longest-running “domestic” contest. The CW event is November 1-3, while the SSB event is November 15-17. The action on both weekends gets underway at 2100 UTC Saturday and r...
 
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  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #43 de K7RA:

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Solar activity is making a healthy comeback, just in time for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. The contest begins tonight at 0000 UTC and ends Sunday October 26 at 23:59:59 UTC. The contest is always held on the last full weekend of October, while the CW contest is the last full weekend in November.
  • Boy Scouts Get Their Hands on 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Cadewryn Fletcher, 11, a Boy Scout from Upper Marlboro said he was nervous to step up to the mic Saturday night and talk to a stranger over amateur radio. But with encouragement from his mother and brother, Cadewryn sat at a picnic table with amateur radio operator Kenneth Greenhouse, 68, of Upper Marlboro and chatted about his favorite color with a Boy Scout in Saskatchewan, Canada. "I think it's awesome," said Cadewryn's mother, Renea Fletcher, 47, "I guess for so many years you tell them, 'Don't talk to strangers,' and now it's time to talk to strangers." Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from…
  • Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare:

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    A monster solar flare erupted early Sunday (Oct. 19) from a huge sunspot that may just be getting warmed up. The sun fired off an X-class solar flare -- the most powerful type -- that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT (5:01 GMT) Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare. The flare erupted from a sunspot called AR (Active Region) 2192, which has since grown to become 78,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) wide, according to Spaceweather.com -- almost as big as the planet Jupiter.
  • Ham Radio Groups Tapped as Extra Eyes, Ears for PNP:

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    MANILA, Philippines -- Hobbled by the lack of manpower, the Philippine National Police is turning to "radiomen" to boost its anticrime campaign in Metro Manila. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday tapped private radio communication groups as force multipliers for the PNP, even as he cited a slight drop in the number of reported crimes in the capital. In a meeting with members of various radio groups and senior PNP officials at Camp Crame, Roxas ordered Director Carmelo Valmoria, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), to set up a protocol that would guide members of…
  • ARNewsline Report 1941 -- Oct 24 2014:

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The following is a QST. Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch; the Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22; China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a revised policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring; the Veterans Administrations announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network; Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites and how to collect cosmic rays on a smart phone. Find out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941 coming your way right now.
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  • Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1941 – October 24 2014

    WA6ITF
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1941 – October 24 2014 Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1941 with a release date of October 24th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a QST. Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch; the Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22; China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon; CQ issues a revised policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring; the Veterans Administrations announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network; Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites and how to collect…
  • Final Weekly Winner in the QRZ Anniversary Sweepstakes

    KF7WIS
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The final weekly winner in QRZ's Anniversary Sweepstakes will be receiving a $20 Gigaparts Giftcard, a One Year Premium subscription to QRZ and a free, customized T-Shirt from HamShirts.com. This week our winner hails from 6 land: David Beiermann, KB6VAN from Garden Grove, CA. Because we noticed that your biography page could use some work, our Senior Page Designer, Vlad will also be offering to spruce it up, with a complimentary design! Congratulations to this week's winner and a big thanks to all of you who have entered the contest so far! Don't forget that you can continue to enter the…
  • The ARRL Letter, October 23, 2014

    WW1ME
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The ARRL Letter October 23, 2014 Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor [Note: Clicking on the story links below will take you to the news article as it appears in The ARRL Letter on the ARRL website.] Radio Amateurs Play a Role in Separate Storm ResponsesARRL Board May Seek Member Input on 15 Meter Novice/Tech Digital PrivilegesIARU Administrative Council Resolution Seeks to Rein in Electromagnetic InterferenceNinth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction is Now Underway!W1AW Centennial Operations Head Next to Wyoming, Massachusetts, and US Virgin IslandsARRL Regional Centennial Conventions Wrap Up with…
  • QSO Today Podcast - Episode 13 - Hap Holly - KC9RP

    4Z1UG
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    The right elementary school teachers who challenged their students with the Morse Code was just the beginning of Hap Holly’s, KC9RP’s, ham radio career leading to the RAIN Report and The Dayton Hamvention’s 2002 Amateur of the Year. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, and Hap in their QSO Today. Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kc9rp Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/0Z1D0i iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ
  • CQ reconsiders policy on Crimea in CQ Contests

    G4TUT
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    CQ reconsiders policy on Crimea in CQ Contests In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests. As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, "a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already…
 
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  • Hurricane Gonzalo /IO9Y

    S59M
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    TO HAM COMMUNITY – IO9Y 2014 It’s with a big sadness that we have to announce that our team, IO9Y, has lost most of the antennas after Hurricane Gonzalo effects applied on Mediterranean sea. All damages happened during the night from October 22nd to 23rd. We lost almost all antennas (both 4 squares, 160 vertical, yagis,…) Such a big effort destroyed in a night. A year of investment in energy, planning, strategy and money. 10 full days of hard work in a true team spirit. Everything ruined in a night! The team is now totally down. We don’t know how and when we’ll manage to leave the…
  • AT1JCB : Special Event Activation from India - Exclusive on Digital Modes

    VU2EXP
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Special Callsign AT1JCB Activation from Rajkot (Gujarat – INDIA), Starting 21st November 2014 to 9th December 2014. Primary aim is to celebrate Birth Anniversary (30 Nov.) of Great Indian Scientist Aacharya Jagdish Chandra Bose & aware the world for his scientific achievements. He is well known as the “Father of Wireless Communication”. AT1JCB exclusively activated for Digital Modes by active Amateur Radio Operator VU2EXP – Rajesh Vagadia, from Rajkot (Gujarat) INDIA. The Details of operation: Period: 21st November 2014 [from 0000 UTC] to 9th December 2014 [2359 UTC]. QRV on…
  • AT1JCB : Special Event Activation - Exclusive on Digital Modes

    VU2EXP
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Special Callsign AT1JCB Activation from Rajkot (Gujarat – INDIA), Starting 21st November 2014 to 9th December 2014. Primary aim is to celebrate Birth Anniversary (30 Nov.) of Great Indian Scientist Aacharya Jagdish Chandra Bose & aware the world for his scientific achievements. He is well known as the “Father of Wireless Communication”. AT1JCB exclusively activated for Digital Modes by active Amateur Radio Operator VU2EXP – Rajesh Vagadia, from Rajkot (Gujarat) INDIA. The Details of operation: Period: 21st November 2014 [from 0000 UTC] to 9th December 2014 [2359 UTC]. QRV on…
  • GB0GMT - Start of Greenwich Mean Time (UK)

    G7HZZ
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    GB0GMT will be on air this weekend to mark the start of Greenwich Mean Time 2014. GMT (more correctly referred to as UTC) starts at 2am on 26th October in the UK when British Summer Time ends and the clocks "go back" one hour. GB0GMT will be on air from Mount St Bernard Abbey in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire (UK), the same venue that saw GB1BST in March '14. Operations will be on or around 7.175MHz, plus other bands if conditions permit, on 25/26th. More information http://www.M0PHX.org.uk
  • Special Event: US Civil War, Battle of Westport commemoration, MO Oct. 24-26

    N3PDT
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    K0R operating from Kansas City, MO, this weekend, October 25-26, 2014. This special event station is in conjunction with the 150th anniversary observation of the October, 1864 US Civil War battle that took place in what is now Kansas City, MO. Combined Union forces under US General Curtis met Confederate units of General Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition forces in a three day encounter that ended with Confederate forces retreating south, under pursuit, along the MO/KS state line. With over 30,000 troops involved, The Battle of Westport was the largest Civil War action west of the…
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  • USECA Hamfest, Sunday 10/26/2014, Detroit Metro area's largest..

    N8KC
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Visit the Detroit area's largest Hamfest. Sunday October 26th. Easy access, just off I-75, just south of 13 Mile Rd. Talk-in on 147.180+ (100Hz PL). Vendors needing tables should make reservations ASAP to assure accommodation. See attached pdf for further info.. USECA2014Hamfest.pdf Attached Files USECA2014Hamfest.pdf (596.3 KB)
  • TAMPA BAY HAMFEST

    KK4RAH
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    39th Annual Tampa Bay Hamfest December 12 & 13, 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Agricultural Show Center 2508 W Oak Avenue Plant City, Florida For more information: http://www.fgcarc.org
  • 2014 Hamfest Chattanooga

    WB4IEJ
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    The 2014 ham radio convention "Hamfest Chattanooga" will be held October 25th at the Alhambra Building, 1000 Alhambra Rd, Chattanooga TN 37421. This is our 36th Annual hamfest. As of TODAY, October 17th, we have sold all but one table inside the show. We have plenty of tailgate space and the weather looks like it will cooperate with us this year. The forecast says 69 degrees for a high and a 46 degrees for a low and 0% chance of rain! So come on down or up to Chattanoooga. Forums: ARRL, P5 Preparedness Store, Satellite SO-50, How to become a ham for the public, ARES/ACS, ARRL N4EDT, two…
  • New England Amateur Radio Festival, October 10 and 11, 2014, Deerfield, New Hampshire

    N1VAU
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    New England Amateur Radio Festival, October 10 and 11, 2014, Deerfield, New Hampshire New England Amateur Radio Festival NEAR-Fest XVI – October 10 and 11, 2014 – Deerfield, New Hampshire http://www.near-fest.com:8084/nearfest/ Come buy all my stuff!!!
  • ROSEBUD RADIOFEST 2014

    VK3PDG
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Here we go for number 3....It's a bit of a trot for you Stateside folks, but if you reside in the South-Eastern corner of Australia (and who doesn't??), then you need to know that SPARC will host the 3rd Annual Rosebud RadioFest on November 30th 2014. Our venue is the huge Eastbourne Primary School Auditorium and grounds, in Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, Victoria. It's reached right off the end of Peninsula Link, which means you can arrive by freeway in less than an hour from Melbourne's South-Eastern suburbs. We have forums, displays, demonstrations, clubs, new and pre-loved gear sales,…
 
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  • Are knobs and buttons toast?

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In a recent column on EETimes, an old colleague of mine, Martin Rowe, says, “Knobs and buttons are slowly on their way out. Get used to it.” He’s referring to the controls on oscilloscopes, but if he were a ham, he might just as well be talking about amateur radio transceivers, too. We already see this happening in amateur radio. FlexRadio, and a couple of other companies, already make transceivers with no front panel controls. You must use them in conjunction with a computer to use them. Will computer screens like this to control amateur radio transceivers become the norm…
  • From my Twitter feed: regen radio kit, OCF antenna, electronics kit, 80m EFHW

    Dan KB6NU
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    SWLing @SWLingDotCom The Ozark Patrol regenerative receiver kit goo.gl/fb/Pr6HcJ #shortwave #swl #dx   QRZ Now @QRZnow Multi-band, no tuner required, Off-Center-Fed (OCF) Dipole Antennas… fb.me/3Fz0VVNSW   Jeff Davis @ke9v SAM Is A Wireless Electronics Kit That Wants To Make Coding Connected Objects Super Simple tcrn.ch/1opDpae via @TechCrunch   Ian @MW0IAN VK5ZVS – Making an 80m Ham End Fed Half Wave Tuner spirat.com.au/vk5zvs/pic54.h… #hamradio The post From my Twitter feed: regen radio kit, OCF antenna, electronics kit, 80m EFHW appeared first on KB6NU's…
  • Operating W1AW/8

    Dan KB6NU
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This past week, it was Michigan’s turn to be W1AW, and I signed up for a couple of spots: Thursday, 0000 – 0200Z, 30m CW Thursday, 2200 – 0000Z, 20m CW I operated 30m CW from here at home and 20m CW from our station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Arun, W8ARU, joined me for the 30m time slot. I always have a lot of fun with Arun. He’s a funny guy, and he’s done a heck of a lot more in amateur radio than I have, including microwave stuff and EME, in addition to HF. The first hour, we did OK, but activity tailed off considerably the second hour. Perhaps that was…
  • Annual ARRL Auction begins Thursday

    Dan KB6NU
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Here’s something else that just hit my inbox. Looks like they have a few nifty items up for sale…Dan If you are receiving this email, you have, in the past, participated in the ARRL On-Line Auction. You can currently preview over 228 items at www.arrl.org/auction right now! Live bidding will commence on Thursday, October 23rd at 10:00AM EST. If you plan to participate, please check your profile to make sure that your current mailing address is listed–up-to-date contact info too, that your preferences are set and, if you win, that your current credit card information is on…
  • Online chat about filter design

    Dan KB6NU
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sorry for the short notice. This just arrived in my e-mail. Might be interesting if you can attend….Dan Dear Dan, On Wednesday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT), join us for a chat session in which we will discuss “Filter Design”. All real world designs are plagued by noise and other interference signals that are part of our environment including surrounding electronic clocks, RF signals, and more. We sometimes need to go to great efforts to filter out the unwanted signals from the signals critical to the success of our system overall performance. Our expert,…
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  • Best laid plans

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    I took another vacation day today, in order to have another long weekend. I was hoping to get back up to Washington Rock and get some more outdoor QRP in.  However, while the Nor'Easter we've had the past two days is pulling away, it has left a mostly cloudy day, with raw, stiff breezes in its wake as it leaves.So, to quote Clint Eastwood from "Heartbreak Ridge", it's time to "improvise, adapt and overcome". So I am spending the day doing the house chores that I would have done tomorrow. And according to the weather prognosticators, tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and about 10 degrees…
  • Interesting discussion

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    going on over at QRP-L about portable antennas.  The catalyst for the "debate" is this article.http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/blog/5-most-popular-hf-portable-antennas/Lot's of good input by lots of people who know what they are talking about.  And as always, for portable operations (my emphasis), it seems to boil down to efficiency vs. ease of use.Both Steve Weber KD1JV and Ron Polytika WB3AAL, who have done a lot of operating from the Appalachian trail, point out that while classic dipoles may be the most efficient antenna to use, there are practical logistical problems associated with…
  • Making like Jim W1PID

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I don't live in the rural areas of New Hampshire like my good friend Jim W1PID. No, look up "suburbia" in the dictionary, and there's probably a picture of South Plainfield there.  Standard 100' X 50' suburban lots dominate the landscape in this area.  Not only is New Jersey the most densely populated state in the Union, but Middlesex County is the most densely populated county in New Jersey. So to find some rural beauty, one has to drive a little bit from here. Unfortunately, it's not a bike ride or hike away. It used to be, but that's another story.So I did something this morning…
  • New backpack

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    I really love my LowePro 150 camera bag that I use to carry my "portable" KX3. It's padded, it has compartments that you can configure, it has just about everything you could want.  Except that it's starting to get a little crowded.  I can't easily carry the PAR END FEDZ and the EARCHI and a 25 foot roll of coax in there - just too tight.Now, for everyday operating from the parking lot at work, that's not a problem, as I really don't need to carry the wire antennas with me - I use the Buddistick on top of the Jeep. But for weekend QRP expeditions, it becomes a dilemma. So for those…
  • N2A

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Just a reminder. I will be on the air tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow night (Thursday) as N2A, the NAQCC Special Event Station from 0000 to 0200 UTC on or about 7.040 MHz.  That's the plan, anyway. Mother Nature might have other plans as a cold front is about to march through our area. I am hoping that the thunderstorms they are predicting are a "no-show".  Sooooooo, listen for me on 40 Meters and I will hand you NAQCC #1100 and a short QSO.On Friday night, from 0000 to 0300 UTC, I will be on 80 Meters on or about 3.560 MHz.  I hope to be busy for the whole time - sending CQ…
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  • Three Steps to Getting Your Ham Radio License

    Bob Witte
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    These are the three basic steps to getting your USA amateur (ham) radio license: 1) Learn the Material 2) Take Practice Exams and 3) Pass the Real Exam. This article is very short and to the point, for a more detailed discussion see Stu (WØSTU)’s article over at HamRadioSchool.com. 1. Learn The Material The entry level ham radio license is the Technician License, so you’ll need to get a book that covers the theory, regulations and operating procedures required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). My recommendation is the Technician License Course over at…
  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #29

    Bob Witte
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    More important information insight stuff spewing forth from the interwebz: The actor Tim Allen, who’s character on the TV show Last Man Standing is a ham radio operator, recently received his Technician License. According to Wikipedia, Allen holds the callsign KK6OTD under the name Tim Dick. The FCC says that Marriott has been interfering with their customers’ use of WiFi hotspots at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. It seems that they wanted to “encourage” customers to pay for WiFi service. ICOM has made available some cool…
  • Mt Herman: SOTA plus VHF Contest

    Bob Witte
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    The North America SOTA Weekend coincided with the ARRL September VHF Contest, which I interpreted as a great opportunity to do a combination SOTA activation and QRP VHF operation. A few other folks thought that was a good idea so we all got on the air from SOTA peaks on the Sunday of the weekend. I decided to operate from Mount Herman (W0C/FR-063) in grid DM79. I hiked up the same mountain for last year’s September contest and got soaked by the rain. Fortunately, the weather was excellent this year, making it a great day. View from the south side of Mt Herman For radio equipment, I took…
  • Portable All-Mode VHF Radio: FT-817 vs KX3

    Bob Witte
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    For truly portable mountaintop all-mode VHF operating, especially SOTA and VHF contests, the Yaesu FT-817ND has been my rig of choice. You might say that it is really the “only game in town” for a 6m/2m/70cm radio that fits in a backpack. The Yaesu FT-817ND I’ve had my eye on the Elecraft KX3 transceiver ever since it was introduced, but really I have been waiting for the 2m module to become available. (The KX3 has HF plus 6m standard.) After being announced over a year ago, the 2m module is now shipping and radio amateurs are getting their hands on the unit. I do enjoy…
  • SOTA Summit Activation: Sandia Crest (W5N/SI-001)

    Bob Witte
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Joyce KØJJW and I were headed to the Duke City Hamfest in Albuquerque when we decided to make a side trip up Sandia Crest for a low overhead (read: slacker) Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation. The view of the summit when approaching via the Sandia Crest Road. Sandia Crest pokes up 10,678 feet, towering over Albuquerque at roughly 5000 feet. Although the weather was rainy, we enjoyed the drive up the paved Sandia Crest Road through the Cibola National Forest. This looks like a great area to explore and we’ll probably be back sometime in the future. At the parking lot, about 40…
 
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