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  • The K7RA Solar Update

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.The latest NOAA/USAF so...
  • CW Geek’s Guide now available in print

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    The paperback version of the CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace. For some strange reason, my royalty is a bit higher if you buy the book from CreateSpace, even though CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Creating the book was an interesting exercise, and it turned out to be simpler than I thought. As a result, a print version of my Tech study guide will be available shortly, and when I publish the updated General Class study guide, it will also be available in paperback. Same goes for the Extra Class study guide, which I’ll be…
  • FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Celebrations, Legal Threats and Morse Code:

    eHam.net News
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Republicans, telecoms and their industry groups lashed out at the FCC over new rules that more strictly regulate the Internet. Democrats and Internet content companies celebrated. The Federal Communication Commission voted Thursday to enact new net neutrality rules that give the commission oversight of the Internet in an effort to ensure a level playing field on the web. But if anyone needed proof that the debate over net neutrality and government regulation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is far from over, they needed only to look at the wide range of responses to the FCC's Thursday…
  • ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations DVD Now Available

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The ARRL is making available a DVD of ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations. The ARRL National Centennial Convention last July in Hartford, Connecticut, was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Amateur Radio’s past and promising future. More than 3300 members and friends attended. Many convention visitors were entertained and informed by primary guest speakers at the event, and ...
  • Amateur Radio Club Gathers for Hamfest:

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    1 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    La PORTE -- The La Porte Civic Auditorium was filled with hams and non-hams alike during the La Porte County Amateur Radio Club's annual Cabin Fever Hamfest on Saturday. About 60 vendors were set up, selling radio equipment, electronic items, tools, radio paraphernalia and more. One booth offered custom-embroidered hats and T-shirts. "It's basically an electronics flea market," Brian Salzer, president of LPCARC, said. "We have radio equipment and odds and ends of other things. Old parts, new parts, basically stuff like that."
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  • ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations DVD Now Available

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The ARRL is making available a DVD of ARRL Centennial Convention Guest Speaker Presentations. The ARRL National Centennial Convention last July in Hartford, Connecticut, was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Amateur Radio’s past and promising future. More than 3300 members and friends attended. Many convention visitors were entertained and informed by primary guest speakers at the event, and ...
  • Past IARU Region 1 Chairman Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU, SK

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Past International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Chairman Louis van de Nadort, PA0LOU, of Zundert, Netherlands, died February 28 after a brief illness. Van de Nadort served as the IARU Region 1 Chair from 1975 until 2002. He was a founding member of the IARU Administrative Council.“He will be sorely missed by his many colleagues and friends in IARU and around the world,” said IARU Reg...
  • There’s a Place for You in the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and ...
  • International DX Convention (Visalia) Advance Registration Available Until April 8

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Advance registration for those planning to attend the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, April 16-19, ends on April 8. An updated list of those already registered to attend is on the convention website!The Visalia program includes DX University and Contest Academy sessions, ARRL, DX, and Contest forums, and a long list of DX and technical presentations, as well as an entire exh...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Average daily sunspot numbers over the past week were about the same (59) as last week (54.6), and average daily solar flux declined, from 121.4 to 116.3.Average daily planetary A index increased from 9 to 11.3, and average daily mid-latitude A index also was higher, from 7 to 9.3.These numbers compare the seven day period from February 19-25 with the previous seven days.The latest NOAA/USAF so...
 
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  • Amateur Radio Club Gathers for Hamfest:

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    La PORTE -- The La Porte Civic Auditorium was filled with hams and non-hams alike during the La Porte County Amateur Radio Club's annual Cabin Fever Hamfest on Saturday. About 60 vendors were set up, selling radio equipment, electronic items, tools, radio paraphernalia and more. One booth offered custom-embroidered hats and T-shirts. "It's basically an electronics flea market," Brian Salzer, president of LPCARC, said. "We have radio equipment and odds and ends of other things. Old parts, new parts, basically stuff like that."
  • Ham Radio Vital to Emergency Communications:

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    COOKEVILLE -- It's a hobby that is considered "old school" by many, but it is a vital component when it comes to communication during disasters. "Ham radios were very useful during Katrina and 9/11," Marty Smith, emergency coordinator with the Putnam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), said. The ARES came about during the civil defense days and consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of…
  • Radio Donation Boosts County Emergency Capabilities:

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Late Park Falls resident Bill Berg held a number of distinctions in life, including but nowhere limited to World War II veteran, father, musician, and amateur radio operator. Berg's legacy will continue to impact local communities via the donation of his radio equipment, which stands ready to support emergency response efforts in Price County. Robert Loomis, a member of the Price County Repeater Association and local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) rep, presented Berg's family with a certificate of appreciation for making the donation to ARES at the February meeting of the Price…
  • QSO Today Episode 31 Kevin Custer W3KKC:

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Beginning at the age of five, when his father could get him inside a Gates broadcast transmitter to change out the bypass capacitors in the final amplifier, to a childhood of radio and audio repair, Kevin Custer, W3KKC, has gone on to make radio his life's work. Kevin's Repeater Builder website has become the go to Internet resource for information on surplus land mobile radios, equipment, and test gear for building and maintaining amateur radio repeaters. Kevin joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.
  • FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Celebrations, Legal Threats and Morse Code:

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Republicans, telecoms and their industry groups lashed out at the FCC over new rules that more strictly regulate the Internet. Democrats and Internet content companies celebrated. The Federal Communication Commission voted Thursday to enact new net neutrality rules that give the commission oversight of the Internet in an effort to ensure a level playing field on the web. But if anyone needed proof that the debate over net neutrality and government regulation of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is far from over, they needed only to look at the wide range of responses to the FCC's Thursday…
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  • Digital voice unit in production

    G4TUT
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    Digital voice unit in production Codec2 digital voice developer, David Rowe VK5DGR, has announced that the first batch of 100 SM1000s are being built in China right now and shipping may start in late March The SM1000 is an a embedded hardware product that allows you to run FreeDV without a PC. Just plug it into your SSB or FM radio, and you now have Digital Voice (DV). Introducing the SM1000 Smart Mic http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?p=3125 SM1000 Part 10 – First Over the Air Tests http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?p=3846 Follow Southgate News on Twitter Like us on Facebook
  • Book helps Hams have fun with Morse Code

    G4TUT
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Book helps Hams have fun with Morse Code Passing a Morse Code test is no longer required to get an amateur radio license, but there's still a mystique about Morse Code, and many hams are interested in acquiring this skill and getting on the air. That being the case, Dan Romanchik, KB6NU is excited to announce the publication of The CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code. The CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code is all about having fun with Morse Code. It * Helps hams learn Morse Code. * Choose the key that's right for them. * Shows hams how to get on the air and make contacts.
  • SSTV diploma

    G4TUT
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:51 pm
    SSTV diploma Radio amateurs from Poland created a diploma commemorating the SSTV activity from the International Space Station on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's birthday. This homage to the first man in space coincides with the 85th anniversary of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK), established February 24th, 1930. A photo of the diploma is included in the series of pictures transmitted from the International Space Station. If you wish to receive a printed version of the individual commemorative diploma with your name, surname and call sign, we cordially invite you…
  • Ionospheric Sounding Using Real-Time Amateur Radio Reporting Networks

    W0PV
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    As seen on the latest ARRL Contest Update bulletin, "The Reverse Beacon Network's unending stream of radio observations from around the world has been noticed by the geophysics community as described in this story by the Earth & Space Science News. The detailed paper, "Ionospheric Sounding Using Real-Time Amateur Radio Reporting Networks" in the journal Space Weather is available online, as well. (Thanks, Dave KM3T and Pete N4ZR)" QRZ.COM is even mentioned as playing an essential role! http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...4SW001132/full Although the mania of DX Cluster spots and the RBN…
  • Nominating period open for 2015 young ham of the year award

    WA6ITF
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    NOMINATING PERIOD OPEN FOR 2015 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR AWARD Amateur Radio Newsline is seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year Award. For consideration, a nominee must have used amateur radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or encouraged technological development directly or indirectly related to communications. Nominees must be 19 years or younger, and reside in the United States including Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Puerto Rico or any of the Canadian Provinces. The individual must also hold a currently valid United States or Canadian Amateur Radio license.
 
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  • Isle of Man DX-pedition

    GM0OBX
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    The DX-Interceptors will be active from the Isle of Man as MT0IXD. Operating from Scarlett Point from the dates of 8/5/15 - 11/5/15. With two HF stations on the bands of 80m-10m with the possibility of 160m depending on band conditions and time. QSL is via LOTW and M0OXO. Anyone needing this DXCC on a particular mode or band are encouraged to add the request on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MT0IXD website address: www.dxinterceptors.co.uk
  • Spartan Sprint

    NQ2W
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming March 2015 edition of the Spartan Sprint. Please visit http://www.arsqrp.blogspot.com/ for more info. Hope to hear you on the air. 73, Will NQ2W
  • BS7/ON6WFO IS pirate station

    BA7CK
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    BS7/ON6WFO did not receive operation government permission in Chinese, nor was China government permitted on Huangyan island's permission, which belongs to the invalid operation. BS7 is to be effective on the island in the China, in the surrounding area is invalid. BA1RB is the specific operation obtained the operation license manager in China has problems, please contact him. http://www.crac.org.cn/?p=1657
  • C6ATF Bahamas

    D4B
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    K4OV and N1BA will be active from Bahamas 4 - 9 March 2015 as C6ATF. http://dxnews.com/c6atf-bahamas/ 73 Al 4L5A
  • CQ WWW 160m phone contest

    N0NCO
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Just busted a pileup on 1.889.900 MHz phone & talked to ZF2AM in the Cayman Islands! Then I busted another nasty pileup on 1.878.500 MHz phone & talked to HK1T in Columbia - running 100W SSB into my 100' inverted L! Made it through all of the legal-limit stations! Yeah, I am pumped!
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    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar

  • Zephyrhills Florida ,East Pasco Tailgator

    N2KBK
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Saturday March 7th 2015 OPEN TO PUBLIC 8 AM – VENDORS 7 AM HAM RADIO – ELECTRONICS - COMPUTERS VE TESTING - FOOD & DRINK – RAFFLE FREE PARKING – INDOOR TABLES - OUTDOOR TAILGATING @ THE LIONS CLUB 5827 DEAN DAIRY RD. ZEPHYRHILLS, FLORIDA 33541 ADDMISSION $5 INDOOR TABLE $10 FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUT http://eparsonline.org and http://zaarc.org
  • Ellijay HamFest

    K4EPH
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    Saturday March 21 at the Lion's Club Fairground on S. Main St. in Ellijay, GA. Biggest Little HamFest in the southeast. Talk-in available at 145.170 neg offset 100.0 hz tone Sponsored by the Ellijay Amateur Radio Society (E.A.R.S.)
  • HAMCON - BURLINGTON, Vermont - February 28th. This Saturday

    VE2EQL
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    HAM-CON is sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont.We are in a super location which is convenient for everyone and has all the facilities to make this a first class show.HAM-CON proudly carries on the Milton Hamfest tradition: 33 Years (1/3 Century) of Great Hamfests in the North Country!"and still the best little hamfest in the world!"Holiday Inn Convention Center Williston Road at I-89 Exit 14 South Burlington, VermontDETAILS AT http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html
  • La Porte Indiana hamfest Sat Feb 28

    KD8YQC
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    This hamfest is a short drive from Chicago, southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. It is this Saturday, February 28th. 7am-1pm CDT La Porte Civic Auditorium 1001 Ridge St. La Porte, IN http://www.lpcarc.org/hamfest/
  • Winter Hamfest Sat. Feb. 28th, Big Flats, NY

    N2QQE
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is a Winter Hamfest this coming Saturday, Frb. 28th in Big Flats, N.Y. Here is a link for more information. http://www.ka2lim.com/7.html
 
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  • CW Geek’s Guide now available in print

    Dan KB6NU
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    The paperback version of the CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace. For some strange reason, my royalty is a bit higher if you buy the book from CreateSpace, even though CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Creating the book was an interesting exercise, and it turned out to be simpler than I thought. As a result, a print version of my Tech study guide will be available shortly, and when I publish the updated General Class study guide, it will also be available in paperback. Same goes for the Extra Class study guide, which I’ll be…
  • ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB011 ARLB011 ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals ZCZC AG11 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 11 ARLB011 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT February 26, 2015 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB011 ARLB011 ARRL Seeks Member Input on Draft HF Band Plan Proposals The ARRL is asking members to comment by April 19 on possible changes to the League’s HF Band Plans suggested by the HF Band Planning Committee. The survey is part of the committee’s efforts to tweak the band plans for the RTTY/data/CW portions of 80 through 10 meters – excepting 60…
  • New covers for my study guides

    Dan KB6NU
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    These are the new covers for my No-Nonsense study guides, designed by Jeff, K1NSS of Dashtoons fame. I think these covers are going to take my study guides to the next level.What do you think? The post New covers for my study guides appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • Why CW?

    Dan KB6NU
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Here’s my column from the upcoming issue of The KeyNote, the newsletter of the Americas chapter of FISTS.  Editor’s Notepad: Why CW? If you’re like me, you take a lot of ribbing about being a CW operator. I don’t let that bother me, though. Instead, I encourage the no-code guys to at least think about learning the code, and am prepared with a list of reasons why they should do so: It’s FUN! When I list the reasons that I operate Morse Code, this is usually the last reason on the list. It’s really the most important reason, though. If it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t work CW, and…
  • A great idea for a club meeting

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    As a result of publishing a column for club newsletters, I get quite a few by e-mail. One of the ones I get is Radio Association of Western New York’s QSO. In the latest issue, they reported that the topic of a recent meeting was Movie Night, and that they presented the following: Cracking the NAZI Enigma Code Machine Shortwave Radio in World War II: “Voice of Victory” 1944 Hallicrafters RCA Presents “Radio At War” The Three Stooges in “Punch Drunks” Looney Toons: “Don’t Give Up The Sheep” I love this idea. There are many videos on YouTube that would make great…
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  • Fairly significant QRP News

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I saw it posted to QRP-L and is also appearing on the Web page for QRP Kits, that Doug Hendricks has sold the business. The new owners will be James Bennett and Kathy Long who own Pacific Antenna. For those of you who might not know, Pacific Antenna is the home of the PAC-12 antenna, a very popular portable, lightweight multi-band vertical. The target date for the takeover is April 1st.It states that Doug will continue on as a consultant, but has decided to fully retire and will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.This is significant news and Doug has long been…
  • Leonard Nimoy - RIP

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.  
  • Pile up rant

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Last night's 80 Meter QRP Fox hunt was interesting and frustrating, all at the same time.  I have written about the Fox hunts here many, many times - but for newbies, or those unfamiliar with the process, the procedure is germane to rest of this post.The 80 Meter Fox hunting ground takes place on spectrum real estate centering on the QRP Watering Hole of 3.560 MHz. The 80 Meter woods is 10 kHz on each side of that, from 3.550 MHz to 3.570 MHz. One Fox "hides" in the upper half and the other in the lower. You find the Fox calling "CQ FOX", send the required exchange back and forth, and…
  • Haunted?

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Something is definitely wacky with this HP laptop that I am using. Maybe I need to call in a priest and have an exorcism done. Maybe I need to shake a dead chicken and some garlic at it.You know the story. The other night, I loaded the latest version of TQSL for LotW and requested a new call sign certificate from the ARRL. The certificate came, I tried loading it, it wasn't recognized. I tried re-booting the computer several times - nada. I uninstalled TQSL and re-downloaded it and re-installed it. Zilch.I e-mailed the League and described my problem. They kindly sent me an eleven page .pdf…
  • Farewell

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    It's been a week since John AE5X posted his last to his "Radio & Photography" blog. I for one, am gong to miss his posts, very, very much.  John has a flair for writing as well as his evident acumen for things photographic.  That he didn't make photography his life's work is astonishing to me. He is more than capable and I think he could have made a comfortably satisfying living from it.I say that based upon working in the professional photographic support business for close to 30 years. I've come to personally know and have seen the work of some of the best that are out there.
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  • 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship

    K0NR
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    From the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) website: The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a competition between two-person teams of amateur radio operators testing their skills to make contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a 24 hour period. All teams use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability. WRTC2014 included 59 competing teams from 29 qualifying regions around the world. Competitors represented 38 different countries. This is a unique contest in that the stations used are roughly…
  • 2013 Ford F-150 Ham Radio Installation

    K0NR
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    After acquiring a Ford F-150 truck last year, I’ve been working on getting a ham radio installed in it. At times, I have loaded up my vehicle with multiple radios covering HF through 70 cm but lately I am content with just having a reasonable dualband 2m/70 cm FM rig in the mobile. Actually, I used a Yaesu FT-8900 that does FM on 10m, 6m, 2m and 70 cm but just set it up for the two bands. Ford F-150 with 2m/70cm antenna on the front fender One of the most critical questions for a mobile installation is what kind of antenna to install and where to put it. In the end, the antenna is…
  • Dorking With VHF Contest Rules

    K0NR
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    One continuing discussion in the VHF community is how to promote more activity, especially during the major VHF contests. One central theme that always emerges is how to modify the VHF contest rules to make them better, to make them fairer and to encourage new contesters. (Let me say up front that there is room for improvement in the contest rules but I don’t think rule changes alone will change contest participation significantly.) In 2013, the ARRL contests added the Three-Band Single Operator and Single Operator FM Only entry categories. In January 2015, the ARRL added three more…
  • Top Five K0NR Blog Posts from 2014

    K0NR
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    It’s always interesting to see which of my blog posts are getting the most attention. According to my website stats, these posts got the most views in 2014. It turns out that most of these were written before 2014 but they are still getting lots of hits. The top post was 2012 Jeep Wrangler Radio Install. When it comes to doing mobile radio installations, I’ve often found it helpful to search the web for information. There’s nothing like seeing how someone else did their radio install to get some help and guidance. With this post, I tried to repay the favor and it seems…
  • Hey, Should I Buy the Baofeng Radio?

    K0NR
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I keep getting asked about the Baofeng radios. Usually, it’s a new ham asking “hey, should I buy the Baofeng?” Even though I own several of them and make good use of them, I have been a little reluctant to recommend them as a first radio. I put together my thoughts on these radios plus a few tips to help people get started with them. Read the full story here on HamRadioSchool.com. 73, Bob K0NR The post Hey, Should I Buy the Baofeng Radio? appeared first on The KØNR Radio Site.
 
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