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  • An amateur radio operator WAS the first hacker

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I’ve often maintained that amateur radio operators were the first hackers. Now, I have some supporting evidence. As reported in this post on the Royal Institution website, a public demonstration of Marconi’s wireless communication system, aka radio, was hacked by a British magician. Apparently, Marconi was touting his system as not only being able to send messages over long distances, but as also being secure. Well, now we know that radio transmissions are anything but secure, but they didn’t know that back in 1903. So, when a public demonstration was set up at Great…
  • Thanksgiving 2014

    -- W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less. --
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    A very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Amateur Radio friends. Enjoy the day with family, friends and food!72 de Larry W2LJ  QRP - When you care to send the very least! 
  • Free books from W4JBM

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Jim, W4JBM, posted this to the radiokits mailing list: I have made all four of my radio-related e-books available for free over the Thanksgiving holidays. They are from Amazon and only available in Kindle format. There are links for all four on my author’s page at http://www.amazon.com/James-McClanahan/e/B00IA4XOWY/ The four books are: Getting Started With Test Equipment Mysteries Of The Ether: The puzzling and unusual side of shortwave radio!​ Radio and Electronics Brain Benders​ The Radio and Electronics Project Notebook​ I had hoped to have at least one and maybe two more…
  • Twisted Phonetic Alphabet

    The KØNR Radio Site
    K0NR
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Stu W0STU just posted an article on HamRadioSchool.com about the use of phonetic alphabets. I had previously posted a Shack Talk article on the same subject. The “standard” phonetic alphabet is the ITU alphabet but I am starting to think that we might need to get a little more creative on our use of phonetics. Why not innovate in this area, just like we innovate on the technical front? Towards that end, I was reminded of his phonetic alphabet listed over at netfunny.com:         A  Are               N  Nine         B  Bee              …
  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    -- W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less. --
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I wanted to share with you the prayer that my family will be offering before sitting down to our roasted turkey dinner.Dear Father in Heaven, we take so much for granted. You shower us so abundantly with Your gifts.  Everything we have is Yours and we forget that.  We go through our busy lives, foolishly thinking that we're the ones in charge. "I did this" and "I earned that" and "Look at what I accomplished" and "Look at what I have", and yet none of that would be possible without You, because everything that exists is truly Yours, and…
 
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  • New Amateur Radio Course Pilot:

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around. We'll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun.
  • Ham College 'The Pilot' Episode:

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around. We'll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun. If the pilot turns out good and draws enough interest, this show will be coming in 2015.
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Exercise Held:

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Central Oregon emergency officials participated in the "Oregon Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Section Emergency Test" last weekend. A total of 16 ham radio operators staffed radio stations at St. Charles Medical Centers at Bend and Redmond, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the Redmond Fire and Rescue Main Station last Saturday. Participants were not given details of the simulated emergency until just before the drill began early Saturday morning. As part of the drill, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management notified local officials about steam and ash eruptions at St.
  • A Century of Memories:

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    MARQUETTE -- As of Tuesday, Brookridge Heights Senior Living in Marquette has two centenarians. Marquette native John Akkala, class of '34 at Marquette Senior High School, turned 100 years old, and his family and friends threw a party to remember for him at Brookridge Heights. Akkala said he had many happy memories he had accumulated in a century, but one of his fondest was his very long career in amateur radio. "Amateur radio; I've been an amateur for 83 years, starting when I was in grade school," said Akkala.
  • Amateur Radio Test In Bend:

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Bend, Ore. -- Local emergency officials participated in the "Oregon Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Section Emergency Test" over the weekend. A total of 16 ham radio operators staffed radio stations at St. Charles Medical Centers at Bend and Redmond, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the Redmond Fire Department. Participants were not given details of the simulated emergency until just before the drill began early Saturday morning. As part of the drill, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management notified local officials about steam and ash eruptions at St. Helens and reported a…
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  • SpinSat to deploy from ISS

    G4TUT
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    SpinSat to deploy from ISS SpinSat was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 21 with deployment planned to take place from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) in the Fall. Masahiro Arai JN1GKZ has reported that a small satellite, which is possibly SpinSat, is expected to be deployed from the airlock of the JEM on Friday, November 28. Preparation work for the deployment should take place on November 26 and 27. Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) SpinSat is a 56 cm sphere weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-controlled Solid Propellant (ESP) thrusters…
  • Martin Lynch tells TX Talk why this Saturday's Open day is the last in Chertsey

    G0FGX
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    As Martin Lynch and Sons get set to move in to their new superstore in the New Year Bob McCreadie talks Martin about the move in a TX Talk special at www.txfactor.co.uk/mlandshogroast.mp3 TX Talk audio podcasts are brought to you by the team behind TX Factor and include the weekly GB2RS News from the RSGB . Find out more and listen or if you wish subscribe for free to our podcasts at www.txfactor.co.uk Attached Images image.jpg (219.0 KB)
  • Italian IZ0UDF from the International Space Station

    IZ8XOV
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Hi everybody, After Luca Parmitano KF5KDP, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA and Roberto Vittori IK0DZK, Samanta Cristoforetti IZ0UDF will be active from the International Space Station. The Call is the same IR0ISS used in the past from other cosmonauts. You can see the different Down-Link and Uplink frequencies/Zones at this page http://www.issfanclub.com/frequencies Also here you can see the current ISS position on the Earth http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544 I hope that this information is correct. 73 Michele IZ8XOV
  • HamRadioNow: Riley Returns, plus more Digital from the DCC

    KN4AQ
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    HAMRADIONOW.tv Episode 174: Riley Hollinsworth K4ZDH Episode 175: Bruce Perens (again!) plans DV on VHF Episode 176: David Bern thinks big on UHF/Microwave Networks In Episode 174 (watch it below), Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH, retired FCC Counsel for Amateur Radio, gives a "pep talk" to the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club in Winston-Salem, NC. Riley joined this club back when he was a law student at Wake Forest University. At the end of the show, we'll get a tour of the club's station in the basement of the Red Cross building. and from the 2014 ARRL/TAPR DCC: Episode 175: Bruce Perens K6BP returns…
  • Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1945 – November 21 2014

    WA6ITF
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1945 – November 21 2014 Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1945 with a release date of November 21st 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a QST. Malaysia shows its support of ham radio emergency communications; an unidentified German ham takes on Russian military communications; Japan announces a deep space satellite mission; some new DMR experiments take place down – under and some space junk turns out to be a new Russian satellite. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1945 coming your way right now. (Billboard Cart…
 
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  • CQ WW 2 band entry?

    ZS6DX
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    Hi Everyone! I have had a hard look at the CQ WW rules but I cannot figure out if you can have 2 single band entries, from the same operator, in the same contest. What I was thinking was maybe do a single band entry, lets say 10 or 15m, but when propagation drops on the chosen band you change over to 40 or 80m and make some contacts there. Then at the end of the contest you submit 2 logs, one with lets say 15m in the cabrillo header and one with 40m in the header. I understand that according to the rules both logs would need to be complete logs containing the other band's contacts as well but…
  • TM5CW

    F5SJB
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    Afin de promouvoir le trafic radioamateur en morse (CW) et QRP (5 watts maximum), Dom, F5SJB, utilisera l’indicatif spécial TM5CW le 5 de chaque mois pendant cinq mois à partir de janvier 2015. QSL spéciale directe via F5SJB. Deux contacts avec TM5CW, sur deux bandes différentes, donnent droit au diplôme de télégraphie de la ville de Lons le Saunier. Se renseigner auprès de F5SJB pour connaitre les frais d’envoi du diplôme. To promote radio-amateur traffic in Morse code (CW), and in QRP (5W max), Dom, F5SJB, will use the special call TM5CW the 5th of each month from January to…
  • SOFTWARE or SITES To receive contest logs and tally them?

    AF4K
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Does anyone know of any SOFTWARE or SITES that would allow us to receive contest logs and tally them? Based on a few simple criteria (simpler than most events) ?? It would be great if someone offered this service - for free or for a modest fee that would let us accept and tally scores based on participants' logs. Is there any such site available now? Thanks in advance & 73 Brian Carling, AF4K
  • PALESTINE 2016 DXPEDITION

    S59M
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    PALESTINE 2016 – PRESS RELEASE N#1The idea came up during a conversation with Marco HB9OCR. After returning from Lampedusa Island for the CQWW SSB 2014 (IO9Y) We decided to organize small Dxpedition to the Palestine E4 . Read more HERE 73 , Romeo S59M
  • IK6LMB/p - QSL attivazioni - QSL activations - D.A.I. & D.L.I.

    IK6LMB
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Chi fosse interessato alla qsl delle mie attivazioni D.A.I. e D.L.I, potrete vederle cercando: IK6LMB/p. Fatemi una mail. 73' Those interested in the QSL of my activations DAI and D.L.I, you can see them looking: IK6LMB / p. Make us an email. 73 ' IK6LMB - Max
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  • Trichur ham meet 2014 kerala india

    VU2POL
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
    Please enable Javascript in your browser and refresh the page to continue with registration. Event DetailsAbout***Great Eyeball , Rag chewing ,Flea Market & Brand New Equipment Sales*** Ham fraternity of Trichur is conducting an event called Trichur Ham Meet on 7th of December -2014 in Trichur. All fellow hams & swl's are invited for this event. The event basically aims for exhibition cum sale of ham radio equipments and a great eyeball. We expect participants from all over the country. We are not collecting any registration fee for this event,its 100% free for exhibitors and…
  • Superstition SuperFest

    WN2C
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    For those of you who are in Arizona or will be on 12/06/2014, stop on by the Superstition SuperFest 2014. http://www.superstitionsuperfest.com/ Activities, testing, raffle prizes, GOTA station and a special event station. Card checking too! Rick WN2C
  • CSRA (GA-SC) D-STAR University, January 17, 2015

    KQ4KK
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    CSRA (GA-SC) D-STAR University, January 17, 2015
  • South Texas Hamfest Port Aransas Texas 7-8th November

    KF5VDX
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    South Texas Hamfest. 16th Annual South Texas Hamfest 2014 November 7 – 8, Aransas Pass, Texas see schedule for details Aransas Pass Civic Center 700 West Wheeler Avenue Aransas Pass, Texas 78335 We are in a much, much larger location this year !! This Hamfest will be the biggest yet in South Texas !! We have over 8000 square feet of Exhibit Space And over 100+ Table Capability !! Entry Tickets available at Door $10 includes 1 Door Prize Ticket Kids 17 and under Free (no door prize ticket) Free Entry for (2) Scout Leaders in Uniform with Scouts in Uniform(no door prize ticket) Tables (8ft) $…
 
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  • CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun With Morse Code: Getting on the Air – Tuning In

    Dan KB6NU
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    The “Getting on the Air” chapter is quite long and covers a bunch of topics. The first section, below, deals with tuning in a CW signal. By the way, I’m almost done with the book. It should be available soon….Dan Tuning in To make contacts, the first thing that you need to do is to learn how to tune your radio properly. When you tune in a signal, you want to make sure that you have tuned your radio to a frequency that is as close as possible to frequency on which the station you are receiving is transmitting. This process is often called “spotting” or “zero…
  • Free books from W4JBM

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Jim, W4JBM, posted this to the radiokits mailing list: I have made all four of my radio-related e-books available for free over the Thanksgiving holidays. They are from Amazon and only available in Kindle format. There are links for all four on my author’s page at http://www.amazon.com/James-McClanahan/e/B00IA4XOWY/ The four books are: Getting Started With Test Equipment Mysteries Of The Ether: The puzzling and unusual side of shortwave radio!​ Radio and Electronics Brain Benders​ The Radio and Electronics Project Notebook​ I had hoped to have at least one and maybe two more…
  • An amateur radio operator WAS the first hacker

    Dan KB6NU
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I’ve often maintained that amateur radio operators were the first hackers. Now, I have some supporting evidence. As reported in this post on the Royal Institution website, a public demonstration of Marconi’s wireless communication system, aka radio, was hacked by a British magician. Apparently, Marconi was touting his system as not only being able to send messages over long distances, but as also being secure. Well, now we know that radio transmissions are anything but secure, but they didn’t know that back in 1903. So, when a public demonstration was set up at Great…
  • Broadband-Hamnet now available for 900 MHz routers

    Dan KB6NU
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Broadband-Hamnet, formerly called HSMM-Mesh, has just released new firmware that builds on the Ubiquiti firmware released for the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz Ham bands earlier this year. With this new release, dubbed BBHN 3.0.0, the software now supports the Ubiquiti M9-series airMAX devices, giving hams use of the 900 MHz band for mesh networking. The chart below details all of the wireless routers that Broadband-Hamnet now supports. The latest release of the Broadband-Hamnet software includes support for several 900 MHz routers. Please…
  • Operating Notes: Extra Elmer Net: Mouse Code, running with the big boys

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Operating notes from the last week or so: Extra Elmer Net After publicizing the Elmer Extra Net on LinkedIn, EHam, and QRZ.Com, I got a few new checkins to my Monday night net. Most checked in via EchoLink. I noticed that some dropped out before we finished, but that’s OK. We’ll do it again this Monday night at 9pm EST (0100Z), covering section E4B of the Extra Class question pool. We meet on the W8UM repeater, 145.23 MHz if you’re in or near Ann Arbor, MI, W8UM-R via EchoLink. “Making” 2m J-poles Thursday night, I visited one of the “makerspaces”…
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  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I wanted to share with you the prayer that my family will be offering before sitting down to our roasted turkey dinner.Dear Father in Heaven, we take so much for granted. You shower us so abundantly with Your gifts.  Everything we have is Yours and we forget that.  We go through our busy lives, foolishly thinking that we're the ones in charge. "I did this" and "I earned that" and "Look at what I accomplished" and "Look at what I have", and yet none of that would be possible without You, because everything that exists is truly Yours, and…
  • Thanksgiving 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    A very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Amateur Radio friends. Enjoy the day with family, friends and food!72 de Larry W2LJ  QRP - When you care to send the very least! 
  • I'm dreaming of a white .......

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Thanksgiving.What?!?Yes, Virginia, it looks like the east coast is going to receive a rare white Thanksgiving.  Even though it approached 70F (21C) here yesterday, a change is in the offing.  By 8:00 AM tomorrow morning, the busiest travel day of the entire year, a classic Nor'easter will be making its way up the coast, bringing much colder air and snow with it. By Buffalo, NY and Great Lakes region standards, we're talking a mere dusting of snow - maybe only 3-8 inches (7-20 cm), but enough to make traveling to Grandma's house a trickier proposition than normal. By the way, the…
  • This could be a very good week for DX.

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Next weekend is the CQ WW DX contest. Traditionally, this is the week the Big Guns, as well as those traveling to a DX location, specifically for the contest, get ready.You may very well hear lots of good DX throughout this coming week, if band conditions remain as good as they have been lately.This is the time for budding QRP DXers to make hay. The pileups should not be too, too fierce before the actual contest. This is prime time, if you're a QRPer who loves to chase DX.The actual contest itself, is also a great opportunity. However, it's my opinion and observation that neophyte QRPers…
  • Triple Play Special Event Day

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    As all Amateur Radio operators know, you never know what you're going to get on any given day. It might be a rag chew, or a DXpedition, a quick contest QSO or any number of other possibilities. As I headed out to the Jeep for my lunchtime QRP session, I didn't think I'd end up with three "Special Event" type of contacts.The first was on 10 Meters - PW2BA. This was actually more of a DXpedtion type of QSO. A team of Brazilian operators have gone to this small island, which is IOTA SA-024, and which also has a lighthouse on it - ARLHS BRA-013. Their signal was up and down with wild QSB.
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  • Announcing the January 2015 WØTLM Technician License Class

    K0NR
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Ham Radio Two-Day License Class Sat Jan 31 and Sat Feb 7 (8 AM to 5 PM) 2015 Location: Black Forest Fire Station 1, Black Forest, CO The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio … Earn your ham radio Technician class radio privileges Pass your FCC amateur radio license exam right in class on the second day Multiple-choice exam, No Morse Code Required Live equipment demonstrations Learn to operate on the ham bands, 10 Meters and higher Learn to use the many VHF/UHF FM repeaters in Colorado Find out how to participate in emergency communications There…
  • Twisted Phonetic Alphabet

    K0NR
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Stu W0STU just posted an article on HamRadioSchool.com about the use of phonetic alphabets. I had previously posted a Shack Talk article on the same subject. The “standard” phonetic alphabet is the ITU alphabet but I am starting to think that we might need to get a little more creative on our use of phonetics. Why not innovate in this area, just like we innovate on the technical front? Towards that end, I was reminded of his phonetic alphabet listed over at netfunny.com:         A  Are               N  Nine         B  Bee              …
  • SOTA Activation: Kaufman Ridge HP (W0C/SP-081)

    K0NR
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    It was a nice fall day, so Joyce K0JJW and I decided to go for an easy hike up Kaufman Ridge HP (W0C/SP-081) and do some SOTA operating. Well, maybe the hike was her idea and the Summits On The Air thing was my contribution to the plan. The hike is less than a mile with about 900 feet of elevation gain, depending on where you start. This was definitely a slacker operation: easy access, easy hike, great weather and 2m FM activation via a handheld radio and the 1/2-wave whip. Note that there are two SOTA peaks with the “Kaufman Ridge” name: Kaufman Ridge North (W0C/SP-085) and…
  • The Completely Updated Incomplete List of Ham Radio iPhone Apps

    K0NR
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    It is about time I updated one of my more popular posts about my favorite ham radio apps on the iPhone and IPad. As usual, I will focus on free or low cost (less than $5) apps that I am actively using. Some apps have just disappeared from iTunes and new ones have emerged. While this list is completely updated, it is still incomplete, because there are so many apps to choose from.   From the Simple Utility Category: Ham I Am (Author: Storke Brothers, Cost: Free) A handy app that covers some basic amateur radio reference material (Phonetic alphabet, Q Signals, Ham Jargon, Morse Code, RST…
  • Three Steps to Getting Your Ham Radio License

    K0NR
    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…
 
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