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  • New DX Summit Website Seeking Beta Testers, Will Debut Formally by December 1

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
  • Boy Scouts Get Their Hands On 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:

    eHam.net News
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:13 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…
  • My DX Summit goes live

    QRZ Forums - Amateur Radio News
    G4TUT
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    My DX Summit goes live DX Summit once changed the DX hunt. Today hardly anyone is using the traditional Search and Pounch approach. Everyone is connected to a DX cluster locally or over the Internet. Easy to use and operated by Radio Arcala (OH8X), DX Summit maintains its position as one of Amateur Radio's largest web portals, but it will now be refreshed - big time! DX Summit is modernized for a second time around, and MY DX SUMMIT will now go online today for limited dedicated pre-user testing. We will welcome some 200 pre-users who are prepared to try it out and provide immediate feedback…
  • Special Event Station Response

    QRZ Forums - Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events
    AE7VA
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    To NO4DB, thanks for sending your nasty and disrespectful note about our U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 75th Anniversary special event station. If you don't like and agree with 1X1 call signs, send your comments to the FCC. It's too bad you didn't like the fact that we spent time talking to the scouts for their JOTA; it was part of our mission to do so to help support them in getting youth interested in the hobby. The future of our country is our youth. A special event station is all about having fun. It isn't a contest and so we took the time to talk to other hams and get to know some of them.
  • USECA Hamfest, Sunday 10/26/2014, Detroit Metro area's largest..

    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar
    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)
 
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  • Boy Scouts Get Their Hands On 'Ham' Radio in Cheltenham:

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:13 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…
  • Water District OKs Ham Repeater:

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The Point Roberts water district has given the go-ahead for the Point Roberts Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) to install a radio repeater on the water tower behind Baker Field. "We really need a repeater so we have a little more power for everyone and a higher antenna to get to Bellingham," said ACS president Thomas Bailey at the October 14 water district meeting. Judson Meraw, another ACS member, explained their group is a subcommittee of the Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness (PREP) group, and connects ham radio operators, who would provide backup for emergency services in case a…
  • Propagation Forecast Bulletin #44 de K7RA:

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Strong solar activity continued this week, with average daily sunspot numbers rising 36 points to 119.9 and average daily solar flux up 24 points to 198. The X-Ray background flux from GOES-15 has ranged from C1.2 to C2.6 since October 19. RWC Prague predicts a range from B2.0 to C1.5 from October 31 through November 6.
  • ARNewsline Report 1942 -- Oct. 31 2014:

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    The following is a Q-S-T. Several ham radio payloads are lost in a launch mishap of an Orbital Sciences re-supply mission to the International Space Station; Indonesia hams may play a part in that nations Ebola prevention plan; Islands on the Air program to freeze all actions involving the Crimea; a flea power pico balloon launched down- under is heard in the United States and Sunspot A R 2192 says a temporary goodbye by sending two more X-class flares our way. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1942 coming your way right now.
  • Strange Radio Signals Detected from Ancient Underwater Building Near Malibu

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    A mysterious underwater structure near Malibu, which conspiracy theorists believe could be a 'stargate' used to travel to alien planets has emitted strange new radio signals. A ham radio enthusiast captured audio of the strange radio signals emitted from the 'ship', which some believe has been known about by indigenous Chumash people for thousands of years. 'Every day I would come across these signals,' says Mr Emmett, 93, who has been an amateur radio operator since 1938. 'The amazing thing about them is that they are steady as you like. I knew the signal had to be extremely close.' Mr…
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  • My DX Summit goes live

    G4TUT
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    My DX Summit goes live DX Summit once changed the DX hunt. Today hardly anyone is using the traditional Search and Pounch approach. Everyone is connected to a DX cluster locally or over the Internet. Easy to use and operated by Radio Arcala (OH8X), DX Summit maintains its position as one of Amateur Radio's largest web portals, but it will now be refreshed - big time! DX Summit is modernized for a second time around, and MY DX SUMMIT will now go online today for limited dedicated pre-user testing. We will welcome some 200 pre-users who are prepared to try it out and provide immediate feedback…
  • Schools - submit your ISS contact proposals

    G4TUT
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Schools - submit your ISS contact proposals ARISS encourages schools to apply now for Space Station ham radio contact opportunities The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has announced that the application window is open for proposals from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations to host an Amateur Radio contact with an ISS crew member. The deadline to submit proposals is December 15. Educational entities may apply individually or in concert with other institutions or organizations. ARISS anticipates that ham radio contacts with the space…
  • Bandplan released for 146 MHz

    G4TUT
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Bandplan released for 146 MHz Friday, October 31 was the formal start of the 146-147 MHz 'experiment' for Full licence holders with NoV's, the RSGB has released a bandplan The bandplan has an allocation for digital modes with up to 500 kHz bandwidth and 12.5 kHz channels for narrowband digital modes including digital voice. Users of wideband modes may need to use bandwidth tailoring to ensure no RF extends into the weak signal satellite segment at 145.8-146.0 MHz (the Lunar 4M JT65B beacon uses 145.980 MHz) or goes above 147.0 (or 146.93750 where applicable). Download the bandplan from…
  • Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1942 – October 31 2014

    WA6ITF
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1942 – October 31 2014 Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1942 with a release date of October 31 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a Q-S-T. Several ham radio payloads are lost in a launch mishap of an Orbital Sciences re-supply mission to the International Space Station; Indonesia hams may play a part in that nations Ebola prevention plan; Islands on the Air program to freeze all actions involving the Crimea; a flea power pico balloon launched down-under is heard in the United States and Sunspot A R 2192 says a temporary goodbye by sending two…
  • The ARRL Letter, October 30, 2014

    WW1ME
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The ARRL Letter October 30, 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.] Hawaii ARES Volunteers Finalize Plans for Possible Lava Flow ActivationSatellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch ExplosionIndian Radio Amateurs Continue Communication Support Following CycloneColorado EOSS-202 Balloon Flight Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads "Awesome"Bidding in Ninth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Ends on Thursday, October 30ARISS Encourages Schools to Apply Now…
 
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  • Special Event Station Response

    AE7VA
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    To NO4DB, thanks for sending your nasty and disrespectful note about our U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 75th Anniversary special event station. If you don't like and agree with 1X1 call signs, send your comments to the FCC. It's too bad you didn't like the fact that we spent time talking to the scouts for their JOTA; it was part of our mission to do so to help support them in getting youth interested in the hobby. The future of our country is our youth. A special event station is all about having fun. It isn't a contest and so we took the time to talk to other hams and get to know some of them.
  • Trophy 7U60AR

    7X2JV
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Hello , From 01 to 30 November 2014 we are active with special call 7U60AR , and all station work our station on 4 different bands ( mono mode or Mixtec mode) have the opportunity the get a special trophy , see information on page qrz.com of 7U60AR. greeting from Algeria. Best 73
  • KG4WV at GITMO

    W8NSI
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    KG4WV is currently active on 18.111 if you desire to make a contact with Bill at Guantanamo Bay. The freq is very busy. :)
  • VI6ANZAC Special Event Station

    VK6LD
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships carrying Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) soldiers to Gallipoli and the Western Front in World War I (WWI) and the significant role played by Albany, a small town on the south west corner of Western Australia, in Australia’s ANZAC history (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_spirit), a number of commemorative events will be taking place in Albany Western Australia from the 31 October to 2 November 2014. Albany Western Australia was the last place that many soldiers saw Australian soil. The ANZAC…
  • Hint to DXpedition operators

    WX4A
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Most guys ID themselves well. But some guys will go 10-15 minutes without IDing in the heat of a pileup. And if you have a weird callsign pse QRS and send it twice. Thanks.
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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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    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog

  • I want to celebrate you!

    Dan KB6NU
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am on a bunch of mailing list–way too many in fact. Every once in a while I glean something useful from one of them, though. Sometimes, it’s amateur radio related, like how to put on a PL-259 better, and sometimes it’s totally unrelated to amateur radio. (Despite appearances, I do have a life outside of ham radio.) Well, today’s tidbit is from the WordofMouth.Org mailing list. This list offers tips about how to better market your business by using “word of mouth” techniques. Today’s golden nugget is “Celebrate your customer–not…
  • CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun With Morse Code: Q-Signals

    Dan KB6NU
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Below, are the most commonly used Q-signals in amateur radio. There are many more, and you can find many sites on the Internet that list them all. Many of them are no longer in use in amateur radio, or are only used when formal message traffic is being passed, or are for other purposes, notably aviation. I’ve left those off this list because you rarely, if ever, hear them being used on the air.  You’ll note that in many cases, we no longer use a Q-signal exactly as intended. When this is the case, I’ve tried to explain the current usage. I think that this is something…
  • W1AW/8 totals for 10/15/14 – 10/21/14

    Dan KB6NU
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here are some preliminary totals for the recent W1AW/8 operation from Michigan. Not too shabby, if you ask me. I just wish I could have contributed more Qs.   The post W1AW/8 totals for 10/15/14 – 10/21/14 appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • CW Geek’s No-Nonsense Guide to Having Fun With CW: Abbreviations

    Dan KB6NU
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Below, please find the list of CW abbreviations that I plan to include in my upcoming book. There are more on the various sites that list CW abbreviations, but some of them are so little used, I decided to leave them off this list. If I’ve missed one of your favorites, please e-mail me. Also note that there are no Q-signals or prosigns in this list. I’ll be publishing separate lists for those. ABT: About ADDR: Address AGN: Again AM: Amplitude Modulation, Morning ANT: Antenna BCI: Broadcast Interference BCNU: Be seeing you BK: Back, Break, Break in BN: Been BTR: Better BTWN:…
  • CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun With Morse Code: Choosing a key

    Dan KB6NU
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Here’s another chapter from my upcoming book on operating CW. Comments welcome! When a new ham decides to learn Morse Code and start operating CW, one of the first things he or she must do is choose a key. There are many different types of keys available, and choosing one can be kind of confusing. With that in mind, let’s look at the different keys that are available and discuss the pros and cons of each. Straight key The straight key is the most basic type of key. It has a single set of contacts, and the operator makes dits and dahs by holding down the key for different lengths…
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  • This never gets old!

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I was able to head out to the car at lunch time for a shorter than usual QRP break. Work has been a bit busy lately, so today I only got about 30 minutes of free time, about 1/2 my usual lunch break.  15 Meters seemed to be hopping today. There were lots of loud, clear signals.  I worked W1AW/7 in Wyoming (again) and tried to break through the morass surrounding W1AW/KP2 with no success. I didn't want to linger and spend my entire break trying to bust through that wall.Knowing I had limited time while at the same time noting that conditions seemed to be so nice, I decided to head on…
  • Kaboom!

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Most of you have undoubtedly heard by now that the Antares rocket, launched from NASA's Wallops Island Launch Facility in Virginia, blew up 6 seconds after lift off.Unfortunately, the rocket was carrying various OSCAR satellites, specifically the GOMX-2 and RACE CubeSats.  Fortunately, it appears that no ground personnel were injured or killed by the mishap.According to the ARRL:"The 2U GMX-2 CubeSat was intended to test a de-orbit system designed by Aalborg University in Denmark. Karl Klaus Laursen, OZ2KK, is listed as the “responsible operator” on International Amateur Radio Union…
  • Sad

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Julian G4ILO passed away the other day.  You can read the details from several of the blogs in the blog roll.  I knew Julian only from occasional private correspondance and from his blogs.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to also know (from reading between the lines) that Julian was also a loving husband and a very brave man, who fought his condition with grace and dignity to the very last. He bore his suffering well.He will be sorely missed.  Amazing how a person who lives some 3,000 miles away from you, whom you have never met face to face, can have such a profound effect on…
  • 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…
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  • The Completely Updated Incomplete List of Ham Radio iPhone Apps

    Bob Witte
    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

    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…
 
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