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  • Gift ideas for Hams

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    It's December, and that means Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. And sometimes for a Ham, "The Holidays" presents a quandary.  Imagine this scenario - your lovely XYL comes over to you and asks, "What would you like for Christmas, Dear?"You look lovingly into her eyes and say, "A 60 foot Rohn tower with a 3 element beam". And then you get THAT look - and you know instantly, in your heart of hearts, that your request has gone over like the proverbial lead balloon.Or maybe the wife of your best Ham bud calls you and asks, "What can I get Jim for Hanukkah this year? And no,…
  • Annual Christmas Eve Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, will put his 600 meter Experimental Station WG2XFQ on the air for his annual Christmas Eve transmission. WG2XFQ will transmit on 486 kHz from Forest, Virginia, to mark the 108th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission. Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin and read a brief Bible verse. It’s been reported that other radio experimenters and s...
  • From the December 19, 2014 ARRL Letter

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    This week’s ARRL Letter had many items worth mentioning here. You can read the entire issue on the ARRL website.  Here are the items I think are worth passing along: Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award The Boy Scouts of America’s National Awards and Recognition Committee has officially recognized the ARRL “Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award” as part of its family of Community Organization awards. The ARRL award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and…
  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    eHam.net News
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    LENOIR, N.C. - Once upon a time, there was a world without internet and telephones with international calling. In that world, men and women who wanted to communicate across the globe did so by sending Morse code through amateur radios. Although making a call from the Catawba Valley to South America or Europe might be easy today, if there were a natural disaster that cut the area off from traditional communications the skills these amateur radio operators have been honing for decades would be in great need and the members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club are ready and willing to serve. "We're…
  • It was a two fur night

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    in last night's 40 Meter QRP Fox Hunt.We had two excellent Foxes, Jim N0UR in MN and Chris W0EP in MS.  I heard Jim right off at the beginning of the hunt, and I think I was either the second or third Hound to nab a pelt. Chris took a bit more effort. I was hearing him fine - 569 in fact and getting stronger. But call as I might, I was not being heard.Finally, it dawned on me to switch antennas. I had worked Jim so easily on the 88' EDZ that it seemed natural to use the same for Chris. When I switched over to the HF9V, Chris was a little weaker on receive, but within three calls I had…
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  • Special Event Stations OF9X, OH9SCL on the Air from the Land of Santa Claus

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Santa Claus stations, OH9SCL (“Santa Claus Land”) and OF9X (“Old Father Nine Xmas”) are on the air! As Santa is busy loading up his sleigh preparing for his journey around the world, his elves will be at the controls of Santa Radio and can tell you Santa's whereabouts. Stop by and say hello. Santa’s journey starts from Finnish Lapland, continuing through the dangerously narrow Baltic airspa...
  • Russian ARISS Team Transmitting Slow-Scan TV from the ISS

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Several stations around the globe reported receiving slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the International Space Station on December 18. The Russian ARISS announced earlier that it would activate the Amateur Radio SSTV “experiment” from the ISS on 145.800 MHz FM (PD180 mode). Additional transmissions are planned for December 20. All of the images commemorate the birth 80 years ago of Soviet...
  • Annual Christmas Eve Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, will put his 600 meter Experimental Station WG2XFQ on the air for his annual Christmas Eve transmission. WG2XFQ will transmit on 486 kHz from Forest, Virginia, to mark the 108th anniversary of Reginald Fessenden’s first audio transmission. Historic accounts say Fessenden played the violin and read a brief Bible verse. It’s been reported that other radio experimenters and s...
  • ARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season Favorite

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Dust off those keyboards! The ARRL RTTY Roundup takes place January 3-4, 2015. It’s very easy to get on RTTY and other digital modes, and some late-model transceivers even have RTTY and other digital capabilities built right into the radio. Participation in this annual operating event has grown along with the enthusiasm for digital modes. In addition to conventional Baudot, RTTY Roundup ops may...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7.But then toward the end of the week, activity made a large jump, with solar flux at 213.2 on Thursday.Predicted solar flux is 220, 225, 220 and 210 on December 19-22, then 200, ...
 
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  • Twisp Police Chief Ready to Train Citizens for Emergency Response Team:

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    To prepare for future large-scale emergencies, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow says his community needs to be able to survive for three days before outside agencies come in with assistance. Last summer's fires "brought the issue into the forefront," Budrow said. Not only should every family have an emergency plan, stored water and a 72-hour "comfort kit," but Budrow also wants to create a Community Emergency Response Team -- or CERT -- that can respond quickly to neighborhood needs before police, fire or medical first responders can get there. "We need people in the community who have the…
  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #51 de K7RA:

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Solar activity made a strong comeback this week, with the average daily sunspot number on December 11-17 rising 57 points to 145.4 from the previous seven days, while average daily solar flux was up 28.1 points to 167.7.
  • See a Stunning Solar Flare Captured By NASA:

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which continuously watches the sun, captured an image of a solar flare Tuesday. This one was considered "mid-level" and peaked around 11:50 p.m., according to NASA. Solar flares are powerful surges of radiation that occur when magnetic energy connected to sunspots is released. Solar flares and sunspots are not unusual and occur with varying frequency depending on the solar cycle. "Space weather is always changing," according to the Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA. Radiation from solar flares cannot hurt humans on the ground, but strong flares can…
  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    LENOIR, N.C. - Once upon a time, there was a world without internet and telephones with international calling. In that world, men and women who wanted to communicate across the globe did so by sending Morse code through amateur radios. Although making a call from the Catawba Valley to South America or Europe might be easy today, if there were a natural disaster that cut the area off from traditional communications the skills these amateur radio operators have been honing for decades would be in great need and the members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club are ready and willing to serve. "We're…
  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #50:

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
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    QRZ Forums - Amateur Radio News

  • The ARRL Letter, December 18, 2014

    WW1ME
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The ARRL Letter December 18, 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.] "Amateur Radio Parity Act" Campaign Will Resume in New CongressARRL's Last "Red Badges on the Air Day" is December 31!Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting AwardCross-Borders ARES Exercise Tests Northeast Communication CapabilitiesPennsylvania and Iowa Will Host Final W1AW Centennial OperationsARRL RTTY Roundup is Always a Mid-Contest Season FavoriteIARU President Addresses ITU…
  • HamRadioNow: Bell 202 Modem; SDR via GNU. Two more from the DCC

    KN4AQ
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    HAMRADIONOW.tv from the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Episode 180: Clarifying the Amateur Bell 202 Modem Episode 181: Ham Friendly DSP Using GNU Radio Companion Episode 180: Kenneth Finnegan W6KWF is earning a Masters Degree by studying APRS and Packet Radio. What a deal! He's sharing his education by presenting a piece of his thesis, digging into the software embedded in the Bell 202 Modem, an ancient piece of technology that's still in use, especially in packet radio. Episode 181: John Petrich W7FU and Tom McDermott N5EG team up to show you how to use GNU Radio Companion to…
  • Big VHF/UHF Yagi Winter Sale from InnovAntennas America

    K7JA
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    InnovAntennas America wants to help keep your VHF rig humming this winter with an exciting Winter Sale on all InnovAntennas VHF and UHF Yagis. Until January 31, 2015, take advantage of significant price reductions on the entire InnovAntennas VHF and UHF line of LFA, OP-DES, OWL-G/T, and LFA-Q Yagis. These high-performance beams, renowned worldwide for their high gain and superb pattern, are now available for a limited time at incredible prices. A few examples: the 7-element 6-meter LFA-2 "WOS" model was $613.95, and now it's on sale for $486.34. The 7-element 50 MHz OP-DES Yagi was $505.95,…
  • Carol McGee honored as 2014 Legacy Award Winner

    G4TUT
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    carol_mcgee.jpgCarol McGee honored as 2014 Legacy Award Winner Carol McGee of Reno, Nevada has been named the recipient of the 2014 Legacy Award, presented by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR), a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of amateur radio among women. The annual award honors a woman who through her actions has helped to ensure that Amateur Radio continues into prosperity. Mrs. McGee, who will turn 95 in a few weeks, was first licensed in the 1930's as W8UCY. McGee received the award on December 12th before a capacity crowd at the University of Nevada Radio Pack…
  • QRZ Subscriber Rewards Winner Announcement

    KF7WIS
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    We have randomly selected our 3 rd Subscriber Rewards program winner, William Frey, N8QQE, of Toledo, Ohio. Congratulations, William!! If you haven't heard yet, Subscriber Rewards is our way of saying thanks our loyal subscribers upon whose support we humbly depend to keep the site running. Every Wednesday we are choosing a subscriber to win a free prize. All current QRZ subscribers are eligible, regardless of their subscription plan. If your callsign page has a QRZ Subscriber badge, then you're eligible to win. We are announcing winners here in the Ham Radio News forum. We'll also keep you…
 
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    QRZ Forums - Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events

  • G14YOTA On The Air

    M6CUL
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    G14YOTA is on the Air from Leasowe Lighthouse Today (20th December) and tomorrow (21st).
  • Special callsign operating on WSJTX software

    ZS6BV
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    We have a special callsign ZS9YOTA and cannot operate on JT65. The software drops the A and the callsign is not valid. Prefix / suffix does not work. Is there something that can be done. 73 Brian
  • DX-World DXpedition of the Year 2014

    MM0NDX
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    POLL_2014(1).png Vote here: http://www.dx-world.net/dxpedition-of-the-year-2014/ 73 Col MM0NDX DX-World.net Attached Images POLL_2014(1).png (13.6 KB)
  • DXpedition announcement

    KJ8KJ
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Hello all! I am new to QRZ membership, so I may be announcing this in the wrong place. If there is a better/more appropriate place, let me know and I will move this post. However, I want to announce that I will be portable station for my first DXpedition on the beautiful island of St. Maarten. Please listen for me as KJ8KJ/PJ7 I will be operating from my place on that beautiful island from my winter home there. Getting sun, and hopefully causing pileups! I plan on being on mostly 20 m SSB phone. Around 14.175-14.225 during the day and 40 meters at night around 7.150. So give me a call and…
  • Reporting on Contest

    TA2IBY
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:12 am
    Hello, I have question regarding "rules" on contest. A ham with more experience than me is arguing that reports must be 59(9)+Number. While I say, why I must give 59 when I'm receiving the transmitter 3 or 5 or 7. I will give the real report, what I read on my S-Meter. http://www.qsl.net/zs1an/contesting_faq.html#cq-zone "..Although the rules normally specify that the exchange must include a signal report, no-one actually cares much what the real signal report is. So to simplify things, contesters just send 599 reports even if the signal is barely intelligible. However the number "9" is…
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    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar

  • Minden Louisiana Hamfest 12/20/14

    K5EFJ
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    The annual Hamfest in Minden will be held this coming Saturday, 12/20/14 at the civic center in downtown Minden. Doors open at 0830.
  • ROANOKE, VA HAMFEST

    W4TKW
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    The Roanoke VA Hamfest is Saturday, August 1, 2015. All are welcome! Information at w4ca.org or w4tke@cox.net meets 8am-1pm
  • Swap

    W8VO
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    L'ANSE CREUSE SWAP & SHOP DEC.7th!!!!!L’Anse Creuse High School "SUNDAY"!!!! 38495 L'anse Creuse St. Mt. Clemens,Mi. GPS N42 34.922 W82 82 51.234 8:00 AM - until - 12:00 PM TICKETS: $5.00 NEW & USED EQUIPMENT: Amateur/Commercial Radios/ Computers & Software/ Electronic Components Accessories FCC EXAM SESSION: 9:00 AM (Walk-Ins Welcome) Contact: Gregg - N8GEO e-mail: n8geo at arrl.n e t PRIZES: 1st $ 100. 2nd $ 50. 3rd $ 25. SWAP FEATURES: 8 Foot Tables $15.00/tickets $5.00 /Plenty of Free Parking /Good Food FCC Exam Session . Reservations made by mail or email after Nov. 29,…
  • Ararat Shrine Hambash - April 18, 2015

    KA0SOG
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Kansas City, Missouri - Ararat Shrine Amateur Radio Club presents its annual hamfest we call Hambash! Ararat Shrine Temple 5100 Ararat Drive Kansas City, Missouri 64129 Seminars, Door Prizes, Traders Tables, Commercial Vendors Advance Tickets – Mail Only SASE to: 3 tickets for $10 in advance $4 at the door David Hinkley KAØSOG 1221 SE 11th Street Lee’s Summit, MO. 64081 816 525 4826 pudding.boy@sbcglobal.net Table Reservations orInformation SASE to: $17 per table includes 3 tickets Dave Michael WAØNXD 3361 Blue Ridge Blvd. Independence, MO. 64052 816 254 9011 Demichael38@hotmail.com
  • 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…
 
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    N5FDL's Amateur Radio and Emcomm Blog

  • What's Wrong With Tornado Chasers

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Am I the only one bothered by videos showing a violent tornado devastating a small town, killing one and injuring 19, while the tornado chasers sit idly by amazed by their good fortune? 
  • 5-watt APRS: I Was Wrong

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Based on some years-ago testing, I concluded that using 5-watts for APRS position beacons for tracking during public service events was pretty much a waste of time. But I was wrong. Sorta.
  • RouteArrows a Better Route Marker

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    Recently, I ran over — literally since they were in use at the event — a sticky, brightly-colored die-cut paper marker designed to disintegrate after the event. That leaves the pavement clean and because the markers are fresh and bright, ends participant confusion.
  • How to Create a "Help Line" for Supported Events

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The idea is to print a telephone number on the ride “cue sheet” (directions) and maybe even other materials (wristbands, numbers, etc.) where riders can call for assistance. This number should be answered at net control, from where the closest mobile can be dispatched to offer assistance.
  • Try Our Yaesu System Fusion Repeater

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    We are presently operating a Yaesu SystemFusion repeater at our Gopher Ridge site near Copperopolis. It is on 444.400 and operates in Yaesu digital mode or analog mode (PL 114.8). The repeater has sensitivity problems so we plan to move it closer to Stockton where it might actually be useful. If you have one of the new digital Yaesu rigs, send your telephone number and we can setup a time to test the repeater in digital mode. In the interim, 444.400 is not linked to 147.015 PL 114.8.
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    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog

  • From my Twitter feed: frequency allocations, making PCBs, CW *IS* good for you

    Dan KB6NU
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ulis K3LU @UlisK3LU FCC Experimental License Grants Show Interest in HF Spectrum @SWLingDotCom @LondonShortwave shortwave hamr radioworld.com/TabId/64/Defau…   EDN.com @EDNcom RT @spiraljetty: Make high-quality double-sided PCBs – at home | EDN edn.com/design/pc-boar…   London Shortwave @LondonShortwave Morse Code learning is good for the brain: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2034639… @UlisK3LU @SWLingDotCom The post From my Twitter feed: frequency allocations, making PCBs, CW *IS* good for you appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • From the December 19, 2014 ARRL Letter

    Dan KB6NU
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    This week’s ARRL Letter had many items worth mentioning here. You can read the entire issue on the ARRL website.  Here are the items I think are worth passing along: Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award The Boy Scouts of America’s National Awards and Recognition Committee has officially recognized the ARRL “Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award” as part of its family of Community Organization awards. The ARRL award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and…
  • From my Twitter post: choosing baluns, RaspPi streams SDR, the myth called ground

    Dan KB6NU
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jeff Davis @ke9v Baluns: Choosing the Correct Balun – by W8JI dxengineering.com/techarticles/b… @DXEngineering hamradio   IK6REB – W2DZZ @IK6REB Using the Raspberry Pi as an RTL-SDR streaming server RaspberryPi rtl-sdr sdr eliaselectronics.com/using-the-rasp…   EDN.com @EDNcom Ground” is probably the most misunderstood and misused term in electrical engineering: ubm.io/1qZZhiM The post From my Twitter post: choosing baluns, RaspPi streams SDR, the myth called ground appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • NIST says portable radios may fail at high temperatures (D’oh!)

    Dan KB6NU
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Don’t try this with your $35 Baofeng. :) The news here is that NIST has not only tested units at high temperatures, but has developed a methodology and a chamber for testing radios at high temperatures. This should help radio manufacturers develop more reliable radios for firefighters. This item is from the December 16, 2014 issue of NIST Tech Beat…Dan New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered…
  • Operating Notes: Centennial points, QSO #15000, Why don’t contesters ragchew?

    Dan KB6NU
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I reported in the past about the lengths some guys will go to make ARRL Centennial QSO Party points. Well, today, I completed a series of QSOs with the same station, making three on 40m (CW, AM, SSB), three on 20m (CW, AM, SSB), three on 15m (CW, AM, SSB), and four on 10m (CW, AM, SSB, FM). Since I’m an Asst. Section Manager, that’s 455 points for my friend. He’s a Volunteer Examiner, so that volley of QSOs was worth 65 points to me. I currently have 4,823 total points, but I don’t think that these points, nor the points I racked up in the 10m contest this afternoon…
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    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.

  • It was a two fur night

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    in last night's 40 Meter QRP Fox Hunt.We had two excellent Foxes, Jim N0UR in MN and Chris W0EP in MS.  I heard Jim right off at the beginning of the hunt, and I think I was either the second or third Hound to nab a pelt. Chris took a bit more effort. I was hearing him fine - 569 in fact and getting stronger. But call as I might, I was not being heard.Finally, it dawned on me to switch antennas. I had worked Jim so easily on the 88' EDZ that it seemed natural to use the same for Chris. When I switched over to the HF9V, Chris was a little weaker on receive, but within three calls I had…
  • Lots of stuff

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    going on. Unfortunately, it's been all non- Ham Radio related. So my blog has been kind of at a stand still. For that, I apologize.We have one of those little baby fences situated in the doorway between our kitchen and our dining room. It's there so that Harold, our spoiled rotten Beagle (and I say that affectionately) won't wreak havoc in either the dining room or living room. He's just over two years old and still has so much of that puppy vim and vigor (and mischief) inside of him. A few weeks ago, right on Thanksgiving, I was attempting to swing my leg over that fence while simultaneously…
  • FISTS / SKCC Joint Sprint this Saturday

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    For all the details: http://www.skccgroup.com/operating_activities/fists-skcc_sprint/ Looks like I'll have to get some bug practice in before the weekend. This is going to be a toughie, though - a Saturday afternoon before Christmas. I definitely won't be able to put in a full four hours, but I am a member of both organizations and I do need to start working on my SKCC Tribune award. I've been treading water as a Centurion for years now.72 de Larry W2LJ - FISTS 1469 - SKCC 49CQRP - When you care to send the very least!
  • Some common sense, please!

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    After working the QRP Fox Hunt last night, and over time working a bunch of DX and a lot of the W1AW Centennial WAS stations, and other pile up causing stations - I really have to wonder what goes on in the minds of some people.  It seems like when there's some kind of quarry to be had, whether it be a QRP Fox, a DX station, or a W1AW/XX station - common sense goes right out the window and sheer insanity takes its place.Take for instance last night.  I was trying to work Steve WX2S on 40 Meters who lives about 18 miles from me.  Ground wave was strong enough that he was about a…
  • Gift ideas for Hams

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    It's December, and that means Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. And sometimes for a Ham, "The Holidays" presents a quandary.  Imagine this scenario - your lovely XYL comes over to you and asks, "What would you like for Christmas, Dear?"You look lovingly into her eyes and say, "A 60 foot Rohn tower with a 3 element beam". And then you get THAT look - and you know instantly, in your heart of hearts, that your request has gone over like the proverbial lead balloon.Or maybe the wife of your best Ham bud calls you and asks, "What can I get Jim for Hanukkah this year? And no,…
 
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  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #30

    K0NR
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Reporting on more critical information spewing forth from the interwebz, here’s some stuff you just can’t live without. In a surprise move, Baofeng introduces yet another dualband HT, but this one might be the best yet. Maybe. See the PD0AC first impressions of the GT-3 Mark II. Yaesu has announced a new dualband HT, the FT2DR, that has a Big Honking Display and touchscreen interface. The crack reporting team over at Ham Hijinks keeps cranking out ham radio news: Turkey Takes Toll on Ham. The ARRL is looking into changing some of the VHF contest rules. The first…
  • How About a New 12 Volt Automotive Connector?

    K0NR
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Standard power connections are a great thing. A while back, I wrote about how the micro-USB connector became the standard power/data connector for mobile phones. (Well, that is unless you own an iPhone.) The good news is that we do have a standard power connector for 12 VDC in automobiles. The bad news is that it is an ugly behemoth derived from — can you believe it? — a cigarette lighter. For some background and history, see the Wikipedia article. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) even has a standard that describes this power connector (SAE J563). Alan K0BG correctly…
  • 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…
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