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  • More Memories of Wartime Life as a Morse Code Operator:

    eHam.net News
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    RATHER late, I enjoyed the letter from Rachel Maister of Ripon about being a Morse slip reader (The Yorkshire Post, January 9) and am so pleased to know that there are still some of we wartime "dot/dash operators" left alive! At 94 years of age, I am still going strong and Rachel's letter took me back to Compton Bassett in Wiltshire, where I did my initial training towards being a full-blown wireless operator. This included sending and receiving Morse code messages and the assembling, repairing and full understanding of wireless sets in use at the time. I progressed after this in-depth…
  • Telegraph Club Keeps Once-Revolutionary Technology Alive:

    eHam.net News
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    HENRIETTA, N.Y. --The New York Museum of Transportation presented a demonstration Sunday on telegraph technology that was used more than a century ago. Telegraphy requires some sort of method or device to reveal a message, and the Morse telegraph was the first means of communication to make use of electricity. It served the industry long into the 20th century, with 1982 being the last documented use of Morse Code. The Morse Telegraph Club was formed to honor Samuel Morse and his associates for their valuable contribution to society. "We have a functioning internet-based telegraph system…
  • FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    [UPDATED 2015-01-29 1939 UTC] Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy ...
  • Don't be an alligator!

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Listening to the local Skywarn repeater, one thing is striking me.When you check into any kind of emergency net, whether it be Skywarn or anything else ..... don't get chatty. Make your report or make your communications. Net Control does not need your life story.Get in, say what you have to, and then make way for other reports.I cannot believe some of the inane chit chat that I am hearing.72 de Larry W2LJQRP - When you care to send the very least!
  • The storm that wasn't

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    By now, most of you have heard that, at least in the New Jersey area, "The Blizzard of 2015" has turned out to be a big bust. The forecasters were warning us of 18-24 inches (45-60 cm), plus. Instead what we actually received was about 4 inches (10 cm).I am one of the ones who is not disappointed. I would much rather have the weatherman tell me I am going to get 24 inches of snow, and only get 4, as opposed to the other way around. Meteorology is an art, even to this day. To anyone who is forcing the weather people to eat crow today, I say, "Let's see YOU try it for a while!". I am hearing so…
 
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  • Amateur Radio Operators Reach Out to World:

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Mike Heiderscheidt was sitting in the basement of his Waterman home Monday night, but the world was at his fingertips.
  • More Memories of Wartime Life as a Morse Code Operator:

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    RATHER late, I enjoyed the letter from Rachel Maister of Ripon about being a Morse slip reader (The Yorkshire Post, January 9) and am so pleased to know that there are still some of we wartime "dot/dash operators" left alive! At 94 years of age, I am still going strong and Rachel's letter took me back to Compton Bassett in Wiltshire, where I did my initial training towards being a full-blown wireless operator. This included sending and receiving Morse code messages and the assembling, repairing and full understanding of wireless sets in use at the time. I progressed after this in-depth…
  • Mobile App Radio Transceiver Enabling Over 500 Users Communication:

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Korea Bizwire) -- LG UPlus, a South Korean wireless carrier, has launched a unique mobile application which can be used as a portable radio transceiver, enabling communication between up to 500 users at the same time across the globe. The carrier announced on January 25 that once the U+ LTE Radio Transceiver app is downloaded, users can exchange voice messages with one another by simply pushing a button on the app. The company said up to 500 people can use the 'app radio' in areas where LTE networking or WiFi is installed.
  • SGARN 30m Multicast Schedule:

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The Second Generation Amateur Radio Network (SGARN) transmits bulletins nightly via Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP).
  • Telegraph Club Keeps Once-Revolutionary Technology Alive:

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    HENRIETTA, N.Y. --The New York Museum of Transportation presented a demonstration Sunday on telegraph technology that was used more than a century ago. Telegraphy requires some sort of method or device to reveal a message, and the Morse telegraph was the first means of communication to make use of electricity. It served the industry long into the 20th century, with 1982 being the last documented use of Morse Code. The Morse Telegraph Club was formed to honor Samuel Morse and his associates for their valuable contribution to society. "We have a functioning internet-based telegraph system…
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  • Braking news: Fcc inaugurates paperless amateur radio licensing february 17

    WA6ITF
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    BRAKING NEWS: FCC INAUGURATES PAPERLESS AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING FEBRUARY 17 (Courtesy ARRL) SB QST @ ARL $ARLB004 ARLB004 FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17 ZCZC AG04 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 4 ARLB004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT January 29, 2015 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB004 ARLB004 FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17 Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now…
  • Aussie pico balloon downed

    G4TUT
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Aussie pico balloon downed After a period of silence, it's believed the small solar-powered pico balloon from Australia went down north-east of New Zealand, probably due to rain and ice in the area. Andy Nguyen VK3YT reports that PS-31 gave out its final JT9 packet message and was lost. The balloon, launched from Melbourne Australia on Saturday January 24, manoeuvred forming an s-shape but was lost after as dark fell and it was across the International Dateline in the South Pacific. balloonlocal28012015.jpg Andy VK3YT who launched both the PS-31 and PS-32 balloons says "Thanks everyone for…
  • QRZ Seeking Experienced Web Programmer

    AA7BQ
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    QRZ is looking for a skilled, experienced web programmer to join our team and become a part of ham radio history. QRZ is an internet-based virtual company and so this is an opportunity for a work-at-home position. It doesn't matter where you live so long as you have a great internet connection and can interact with other team members who are on the Mountain Standard Time schedule. This is a salaried, full time position that offers competitive pay, benefits, vacation as well as sick leave. You are free to move about the country and connect in from exotic places while you work. Like I said, it…
  • Aussie pico balloons keep flying

    G4TUT
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    Aussie pico balloons keep flying Different paths are being taken by the two solar-powered Australian pico balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads, each sending 25mW WSPR and JT9 transmissions. Launched from Melbourne on Saturday January 24, the balloon PS-31 has now crossed the International Dateline for a second time, at the 23rd parallel in the South Pacific. It formed the letter 'S' on its journey that took it to the sub-antarctic in the south, then turned back reaching the north-east coast of New Zealand, and turning again on a more easterly track. It is a third of the way between…
  • MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 released

    G4TUT
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    MacLoggerDX Version 5.58 released Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.58 of MacLoggerDX has been released. What's New in this version: * Added State and DXCC# Log search options. * Added Send Spot to Shortcuts menu. * Added SOTA dxcluster parsing. * Added Worked DXCC column to Spots Panel. * Added Call and DXCC History to Spots Contextual Menu. * Added UDP broadcast interface. * Added FlexRadio SmartSDR Version 1.4 support. * Added Sunrise/Sunset UTC Light/Dark to Local Time Lookup. * Added * wildcard to Specific Call Alarm. * Schedules bug fixed. * Memories Tune bug…
 
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  • Triathlon DX Contest

    SV5BYR
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    February 7 we run the 3d Triathlon DX Contest. The 3 major modes in row. A challenge for all. Read rules and take part on the game....!!!! http://triathlon-dx-contest.gr
  • Winter Field Day log problem

    W0WDF
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Anyone else having trouble e-mailing their logs? Mine comes back undeliveriable. I am using the address on their web site winterfd@spar-ham.org. Thanks, W0WDF
  • 50th Anniverary of Singapore

    JR1MLT
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Dear All: This is to annouce a special callsign to commemorate 50th anniversary of Singapore. On this occasion two different prefixes are given. One is 9V50 and another one is S61. After the prefix each 9V1 station's suffix follows. In my case S61KK since my original callsign is 9V1KK. This special callsign is valid through December 31, 2015. Please join us to celebrate this special occasion. S61 prefix has been given to only three stations. I look forward to seeing all of you soon. Koichi S61KK/9V1KK
  • VE70DAY

    VA7DP
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The Penticton Amateur Radio Club will operate Special Event Station VE7ØDAY commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE Day will operate from 1 to 30 May 2015 only. VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allied Forces of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. This marked the end of World War II in Europe. To request a printable confirmation certificate please send email with contact information in standard format ie: (TO STATION: ____________ QSO DATE: UTC MHZ RST MODE 17-MAY-2015 11:58 14.195 599 USB…
  • “The Town That Saved Itself” special event, April 18 & 19

    KC9IWE
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:58 pm
    “The Town That Saved Itself” special event, April 18 & 19, remembers when the Mississippi River tried to destroy Winona, Minn. 50 years ago in 1965. Huge snowfalls in the river’s watershed became huge waters that threatened the island city. More than 7,000 volunteers, dikes and prayers held off the water for nearly three weeks. The Winona ARC will commemorate the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1965 using the call sign W1N from 1400Z to 2200Z each day, April 18 & 19. Frequencies will be 7.21965, 10.11965, 14.31965, 21.31965 A certificate available (SASE required) at W1N - 1965…
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    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar

  • Jan. 31st, 2015 Lockport Amateur Radio Assoc. 54th Annual Winter Hamfest Lockport, NY

    K2HAT
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    http://www.lockportara.us/2015-upcom...a-hamfest-2015 https://www.facebook.com/w2qyv/photo...type=1&fref=nf The Lockport Amateur Radio Association is holding their 54th annual Winter Hamfest this Saturday January 31st from 8am to Noon. General Admission is $5 at the door. It will be held at: The South Lockport Fire Company 5666 South Transit Road Lockport, NY 14904 Questions may be addressed to Steve (KG2GBD): lara.hamfest at Gmail dot com 716 491 3158 Please Use Ruhlmann Road Entrance (Please, Do NOT park in Aldi's Lot) Entry Tickets will be sold at the Door (Donation $5.00) Sorry no…
  • Mobile, AL Hamfest April 15, 2015..

    N4XFL
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Come out and join us for the fun. hamfest.JPG Attached Images hamfest.JPG (121.1 KB)
  • Dalton, Ga. Hamfest.... Feb.28, 2015

    KC4TT
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    We will be holding the annual Dalton Amateur Radio Club Hamfest on Feb. 28,2015...Come early and stay late all day on Saturday the 28th....There are inside tables and outside tailgating and plenty of dealers also....Admission is only $5.00...Talk in is on 145.230 and more info can be found at darc.com...Look forward to seeing all our old friends and making new ones...See you there
  • South Jersey - Gloucester City ARC Hamfest - Feb 21 - Cabin Fever !

    N4NYY
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This is a Cabin Fever hamfest! This hamfest has the most buyers of any hamfest that I attend in the area. Hams must have cabin fever because they come in here with wads of money to buy. The problem here is vendors. They need sellers! The buyers outnumber the sellers. If you have white elephants, they will sell here! Tables are free!!!!!!!! http://www.nj2gc.org/hamfest.html Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=&q=8...ed=0CAoQ_AUoAg Pine Grove Fire Association Hall 827 – 829 Jersey Avenue in Gloucester City, NJ 08030 Talk in: 447.775 Mhz (146.2 Hz) and 146.820 Mhz (131.Cool Entry donation…
  • Cabin Fever Reliever

    KD0DOS
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    The Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club W0SV Proudly Announces The 2015 CABIN FEVER RELIEVER The Best Hamfest In Central Minnesota Saturday February 14 The National Guard Armory 1710 Veterans Drive Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303 General Admission: $7.00 Club Members: $6.00 Doors Open at 9:00 am No Exceptions! VE Testing Starting at 10:00 am (Admission Fee Not Required for Testing) Talk-In: 147.015 MHz, Tone 100 Hz Please Visit Our Website W0SV.org For Complete Information Google Map Attached Files 2015 HamFest.pdf (37.5 KB)
 
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  • Amateur radio licenses to go “paperless” on February 17

    Dan KB6NU
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is an official ARRL Bulletin. Do you think this is a big deal? I really don’t….Dan SB QST ARL ARLB004 ARLB004 FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17 Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In…
  • From my Twitter feed: DIY lab supply, experimenter board, Ben Franklin

    Dan KB6NU
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    DIY Engineering @DIYEngineering Simple DIY lab power supply – Bajdi  made this DIY lab power supply and wrote a post on his blog detailing its ass… ow.ly/2TSnYR   Dangerous Prototypes @dangerousproto Basic Experimenter Board for rapid prototyping of electronic circuits dangerousprototypes.com/2015/01/28/bas…   Boing Boing @BoingBoing LISTEN: Ben Franklin’s Guide to Living. boingboing.net/2015/01/25/lis… pic.twitter.com/5IL7m40iOs The post From my Twitter feed: DIY lab supply, experimenter board, Ben Franklin appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • 2015 General Class study guide: Section G8A – Carriers and modulation: AM; FM, single and double sideband, modulation envelope, overmodulation

    Dan KB6NU
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Several questions were changed in this section. One AM question was deleted and two FM questions were deleted. There was only a net loss of one question, though. Questions about the modulation envelope (G8A11) and frequency-shift keying (G8A01) were added. Modulation is the process by which we convey information over a radio link, and amplitude modulation is perhaps the most basic type of modulation. When we amplitude modulate a signal, what we’re doing is varying the amplitude of what we call the RF carrier signal in proportion to the amplitude of an audio signal. Amplitude modulation…
  • 2015 General Class study guide: Section G7C – Receivers and transmitters; filters, oscillators

    Dan KB6NU
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    There were only a couple of very minor wording changes in this section…Dan Filters are very important circuits in amateur radio equipment. As the name implies, these circuits are used to clarify or process radio signals. For example, one type of filter—a low-pass filter—passes all signals whose frequencies are below a certain frequency, called the “cutoff frequency.” One application of a low-pass filter is to block the VHF and UHF harmonics produced by an amateur transceiver from reaching the antenna. To do this, you would connect the input of the filter to the output of your…
  • 2015 General Class study guide: Section G7A – Power supplies and schematic symbols

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    There were no changes in this section, except for a very minor wording change to the answer of question G7B02. Digital circuits are circuits whose output are one of two voltages—either “on” or “off,” “high” or “low,” “one” or “zero.” Digital circuits use the binary system to represent numbers because each of the digits in a binary number is either a 1 or a 0. An advantage of using the binary system when processing digital signals is that binary “ones” and “zeros” are easy to represent by an “on” or “off” state. (G7B02)…
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  • The storm that wasn't

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    By now, most of you have heard that, at least in the New Jersey area, "The Blizzard of 2015" has turned out to be a big bust. The forecasters were warning us of 18-24 inches (45-60 cm), plus. Instead what we actually received was about 4 inches (10 cm).I am one of the ones who is not disappointed. I would much rather have the weatherman tell me I am going to get 24 inches of snow, and only get 4, as opposed to the other way around. Meteorology is an art, even to this day. To anyone who is forcing the weather people to eat crow today, I say, "Let's see YOU try it for a while!". I am hearing so…
  • Don't be an alligator!

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Listening to the local Skywarn repeater, one thing is striking me.When you check into any kind of emergency net, whether it be Skywarn or anything else ..... don't get chatty. Make your report or make your communications. Net Control does not need your life story.Get in, say what you have to, and then make way for other reports.I cannot believe some of the inane chit chat that I am hearing.72 de Larry W2LJQRP - When you care to send the very least!
  • #*&!*$@

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Friday night into Saturday, we received about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of snow.  And unfortunately, it was the wet heavy stuff. And much to my dismay, my 88' EDZ was a casualty.  It's still up in the tree, and it still loads up, but the support line snapped and it's down to about the 20 foot (6 Meters) level now at highest, and the one leg is extremely droopy! Luckily, a branch on the way down caught it, so I am not completely without it, but I am sure the performance had degraded somewhat.I am taking a couple of leftover-from-last-year vacation days off from work at the end of this week,…
  • Is the QRP community close knit, or what?

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    QRP is fun.  That's why I do it. But one of the side benefits of QRP (and there are MANY), is the people, the QRP community. Since becoming a dedicated QRPer, I have made friends with so many really fine people. I can't begin to tell you of how many friends I have that I have never met face to face. And I maintain closer friendships with some of these people than with other folks I actually "see" on a regular basis.To emphasize this point, here's a story that one of those friends, Jim W1PID, posted on QRP-L today:An hour ago I got a call on my cell phone. The caller ID said New Jersey.
  • Re-did my tallies

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Before the 80 Meter Fox hunt began (I only nailed one Fox, AA4GA, Lee in Georgia) I decided to update my list of DXCC entities worked using QRP. After working RI1ANT the other night, I realized my list was last updated on 12/30/2012!So I went through my log book and much to my surprise, I discovered that between then and now, I have added 27 new DXCC entities, worked via QRP, to the list! I now stand at 151 worked. And a majority of the new ones were lunch time QSOs, worked using the KX3 and Buddistick from my Jeep. So much for low power and compromise antennas, eh?I will have to fire off my…
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  • 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.
  • 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…
 
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