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  • Battery problems and a solution

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    My Chinese Li Ion battery "ol' Blue" (upper right) has given up the ghost, much the same as Mike VE3WDM has written over at his blog.  In my case, the battery will not take a charge.  The output from the wall wart charger is perfect, but no matter how long it's connected to the battery, the battery itself will not charge.I suspect either a faulty cell or perhaps a fault with the little regulator board that's inside the blue shrink wrap. So the decision had to be made.  Even though the price is relatively cheap, do I buy another Chinese battery or try something else? Do I go…
  • The One Frequency You Should Never Use on Field Day

    The KØNR Radio Site
    Bob Witte
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:27 pm
    “Based on Actual Events”   At the local radio club meeting, I encouraged everyone to get on the air during Field Day, which led to this conversation: New Tech: I just have a 2 meter fm radio. Can I still make Field Day contacts? Me: Sure, VHF contacts are encouraged during Field Day. New Tech: So I just call on 146.52 MHz and see who’s out there? Me: Well, no, the 2m fm calling frequency is not allowed for Field Day. New Tech: Really? We can’t use any of the calling frequencies we learned during our license class? Me: Well, no, all of the other standard calling…
  • Elecraft - my personal opinion

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I have been involved in the Service Industry for all of my adult working life.  I have worked in photo studios, photo laboratories, photo retail, professional photographic equipment distribution and service, and most recently in the IT field through inventory control and logistics.Throughout that period, there was one Prime Directive (to borrow the term from Star Trek), and that is that Customer Service is, was, and always will be #1. Coming up close to 40 years in the field now, I can attest to how that's not always the easiest philosophy to live up to; but it is paramount. For truly,…
  • Ham Radio Users Could Be Vital Resource In Emergency:

    eHam.net News
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder. Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable. If McKean County Emergency Management director Bruce Manning has his way, he'll be able to turn to a group of amateur radio operators for help. They would be able to fill in the communication gap between emergency responders. On July 31, Manning is calling a meeting to revive an amateur radio group that has been dormant for about two years. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency office at 17175…
  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #28

    The KØNR Radio Site
    Bob Witte
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    More important things have spewed forth from the interwebz: HamRadioNow interviews the Ham Hijinks guys and has the nerve to actually publish the video. Later the Hijinks crew posted this article about changes being made to Field Day. Baofeng is going to change its name. Or is this just another Ham Hijinks article? WE2F writes: 146.52 Reasons to Monitor VHF Simplex but whatever you do, do not use 146.52 MHz on Field Day. Mike AD5A posts Why Operate QRP from Summits? The FCC kicks the butt of a cell phone jammer manufacturer, to the tune of $34.9M and also fines a couple of 14.313 MHz problem…
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  • Army MARS Demonstrates ALE, Courts Young Volunteers at ARRL National Centennial Convention

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The “test range” was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At one end sat a PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so back-pack HF radios carried by US soldiers, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. At the other end was an innovative commercial radio that had the look and feel of a late-model Amateur Radio. This odd pairing was Army MARS’s high-tech contribution to the...
  • Maritime Mobile Service Network Aids in Separate Land-Based Emergencies

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    While best known for its efforts to aid voyagers on the high seas, the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) occasionally helps out in land-based emergencies too. That was the case recently when MMSN net control stations received distress calls regarding motor vehicle incidents in Nevada and Texas. On July 24, MMSN Net Control Station Ken Porter, AC0ML, was notified by HF mobile operator Georg...
  • W1AW Centennial Operations Relocate on July 30 (UTC)

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 30 (the evening of July 29 in US time zones), to South Dakota (W1AW/0) and Kentucky (W1AW/4). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW po...
  • Registration Remains Open for Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) 2014 Conference in Huntsville

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Online registration ends July 31 open for the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference. GAREC-2014 will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communication when it returns to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14-15. The conference is being held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest (the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention) on August 16 and ...
  • ISS Astronaut Activates ARISS During ARRL National Centennial Convention

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Satellite enthusiast Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, and a crowd of onlookers got an unexpected treat July 19 at the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. Stoddard was outside the Connecticut Convention Center, hoping to perhaps demonstrate the digipeater aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during some favorable passes and, if he really got lucky, to actually speak to...
 
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  • Army MARS at the ARRL Convention:

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Hartford, Conn.--The "test range" was a plain-vanilla office table inside the big exhibition hall. At the left end sat the PRC-150, one of some 10,000 or so backpack HF radios carried by U.S. troops, its whip antenna extended and ready for action. The other end was occupied by an innovative new commercial radio with the look and feel of a late-model amateur transceiver priced in the upper-middle range.
  • Skywarn Warriors: Radio Buffs Work Front Lines for National Weather Service

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler. But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people. So when the power is out, many of its 6,500 Skywarn weather watchers in southern New England go the traditional route, using ham radio to file reports. "A lot of our reports do come from amateur radio," said weather service meteorologist Glenn Fields. "We do monitor Twitter and Facebook, so some spotters use that, as well as phone and Internet." Fields estimated that only about 650 of the…
  • Amateur Radio Operators Descend on Civic Center for Annual Hamfest:

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    CULLMAN -- The nearly-full parking lot at the Cullman Civic Center was filled with cars Saturday, many of which were sporting multiple two- and three-foot-long antennas. The vehicles belonged to attendees of the 2014 Cullman Hamfest, an annual event for amateur radio enthusiasts, several of whom had custom license plates on their cars with their radio IDs, or "call signs." Inside the center, some attendees wore caps and badges with their personal call signs. Close to 200 people milled about the tables displaying radio gadgets and accessories.
  • Ham Radio Users Could Be Vital Resource In Emergency:

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Imagine that a massive storm is moving through the area, causing flash flooding, gusty winds and booming thunder. Phone service is knocked out, and roads are impassable. If McKean County Emergency Management director Bruce Manning has his way, he'll be able to turn to a group of amateur radio operators for help. They would be able to fill in the communication gap between emergency responders. On July 31, Manning is calling a meeting to revive an amateur radio group that has been dormant for about two years. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Emergency Management Agency office at 17175…
  • The First Social Network: Chewing the Rag with India's Ham Radio Operators:

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    In an office in Qutub Institutional Area, Sandeep Baruah, Scientist-E with the Vigyan Prasar, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, sits down to listen for ham radio operators in a 7,000 mile radius around Delhi. His cabin, a small, cramped place, located in a corner of a second floor office is littered with books and radio equipment, an unfinished directional antenna, and a laptop connected to another receiver. Ham radio - once a derogatory, then later affectionate nickname for amateur radio - got its start at the beginning of the 20th century, when amateur radio lovers began…
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  • ICQPodcast - Programming with Chirp has been released (S7 E15)

    M1MRB
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Series Seven EpisodeFifteen of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast - Programming withChirp has been released. The latest news,Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) and Colin (M6BOY) discuss the joy ofworking and operating a special event station as GA214CG comes liveand Martin (M1MRB & W9ICQ) reviews Programming with Chirp. News storiesinclude:- Thai hams getspecial permission for 6 metresUK CubeSail Amateur/ Ham Radio SatelliteWirral GrammarSchool for Girls launch 434 MHz balloonTop Ten finish forUK Team in WRTCSpanish 5 MHzexperimental period extendedAndorra joins 5MHzallocationsNew Zealand…
  • CQRLOG 1.8.1

    OH1MRR
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    New update of Linux logging program CQRLOG can be found at http://www.cqrlog.com.
  • SDO Sun Live Wallpaper for Android - Version R4 is now available

    NS6Q
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    The HamWare Collective is please to announce that version R4 of the "SDO Sun Live Wallpaper" Android app has been released! table_7_gold.pngphone_blue.png This app displays current images of the Sun from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite as your live wallpaper. You will be amazed at all the activity and displays of awesome power on the surface of the Sun that normally you cannot see. This app has been described as the "ultimate campfire". New features: A new image downloader that works with NASA's new image server for more reliable downloads.A faster, more efficient display loop.
  • ISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday

    G4TUT
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    ice.jpgISEE-3 spacecraft presentation in Guildford Saturday Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO from AMSAT-DL Bochum will be giving a presentation on ISEE-3 (ICE) to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all The presentation takes place from 1:50-2:40pm (1250-1340 GMT) on Saturday, July 26 and it is hoped to have a live demonstration of telemetry reception from the spacecraft during the presentation. The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) is a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1978 to study Earth’s…
  • 4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

    G4TUT
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014. With nearly 4,000 registered Scouters expected to attend, Scout AirFest is one of the largest Scout events in Northern Illinois in this year. The “camporee” will take place on the grounds of the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois. The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow Council permission to operate as K2BSA. Nearly two dozen ham radio operators will be ambassadors to…
 
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  • Italian Lake Award - Fiastra Lake

    IK6LMB
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    For OM interested in DLI or Italian Lake Award will be made soon activation Fiastra Lake ref: I6-001. Info at QRZ.com (ik6lmb) and my website. (Leave a Mail) Per OM interessati al DLI o Italian Lake Award prossimamente verrà effettuata attivazione Fiastra Lake ref: I6-001. Info in QRZ.com (ik6lmb) e nel mio sito.(lasciate una Mail) 73' IK6LMB - Massimo (Max)
  • 4,000 Scouts to Experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

    KC4LMD
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014. With nearly 4,000 registered Scouters expected to attend, Scout AirFest is one of the largest Scout events in Northern Illinois in this year. The “camporee” will take place on the grounds of the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois. The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow Council permission to operate as K2BSA. Nearly two dozen ham radio operators will be ambassadors to one of the most interesting hobbies in the world during AirFest.
  • Pacific Northwest DX Convention - this weekemd.

    VE7WF
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    http://orcadxcc.org/vancouver2014/program.html
  • VP2V/K6TOP - Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    K6TOP
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    K6TOP will be operating as VP2V/K6TOP from July 26 - August 1, 2014 from Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Equipment: ICOM 706 MKII, 100 watts, 20/15/10 multiband dipole.
  • Expedicion Culebra island PR WP4I

    NP3RE
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    promo culebra.jpg Expedicion Culebra Island iota and activation Lighthouse Lightship weekend Day 15,16,17 august 2014 mode Phone CW VHF FM PSK 31 OPERATOR KP4CPC,KP4BD,WP4I,NP4EG,NP3RE INF QRZ.COM WP4I AND FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/profile.php...324916&fref=ts Attached Images promo culebra.jpg (124.9 KB)
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    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar

  • Oklahoma City Ham Holiday Starts Today July 25

    N5USS
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Y'all come! Today and tomorrow in Oklahoma City. Hamholiday.com Banquet tonight with speaker Joel Harrison of the ARRL. See you there. 73's de Gene N5USS
  • St. Albans Amateur Radio Club (STARC) Hamfest - Aug 9, 2014

    K2KI
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    QST QST QST de STARC The St. Albans Amateur Radio Club is having their annual hamfest on Aug. 9th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Albans VFW in St. Albans. VT. Event Details HAMFEST LOCATION: Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post 758 353 Lake Street St. Albans, VT 05478 DIRECTIONS: Take I-89, exit 19, toward St Albans/US-7/VT-36/VT-104. Merge onto St. Albans State Hwy. Go through traffic light at VT-104, heading West. Turn right at S. Main St. onto US-7 going North. Proceed North through two traffic lights passing BFA High School on your right. Turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto VT-36/Lake St.
  • WCARS HAMFEST IN NC

    W2CSI
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    I would like to invite everyone to the WCARS HAMFEST on July 26, 2014. When: 8:00AM - 4:00PM Where: The Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville, NC. The gate opens at 6AM on Saturday for those of you who will be setting up as a tailgate vendor. There is no extra cost to set up as a tailgater, but you will need to purchase an admission ticket. For more information visit: www.wcars.org Vendor List: Tarheel Antennas Triad Electronics Satelite Sam J.M.R. Sales Webster Communications Ham World, Inc. DBJ Radio The Wireman, Inc. T.A.W. AC & DC Electronics, Inc. N4HER Custom Audio / Video…
  • Mid Central Illinois Ham Fest Carlinville, Il August 2nd, 2014

    KC9YFU
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    ;)Mid Central Illinois Old Fashion Ham Fest at Macoupin County Fair Grounds Saturday August 2, 2014...7 AM till noon.......Carlinville, Il. Vendors, food , fun, bench testing before you buy station, 2 forums, VE testing, give a ways, door prize(s) and used equipment sales...$5 gate includes outdoor tailgate sales. $10 indoor setup...Vendors FREE..... For more information contact Jim Pitchford, N9LQF 217-854-3135 Ext 5. Email: james@royell.org K9MCE.org and W9BXRorg co-sponsored k9mce.org for flyer click on link:rolleyes: see U There!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!73!
  • 3rd Annual Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest Saturday October 18, 2014

    K8COP
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ Fellowship Reformed Church, 4200 Apple Ave. Muskegon, MI. 49442. 8:00 AM – 12 Noon. Tickets $5.00 in advance or $6.00 at the door. 8’ tables $8.00 each. VE Testing. Digital modes, and Foxhunting demos. ARRL Affiliated Event. Vendor setup on Friday evening. Download flyer at: http://mcecs.net/Hamfest.htm MCECS, Inc. P.O. Box 386. Fruitport, MI. 49415. For more Information contact Jim Duram, K8COP @ (231) 638-7010
 
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  • ARRL needs to improve their support for clubs

    Dan KB6NU
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Often, when you hear ARRL officials speak, they extol the virtues of amateur radio clubs, saying things like, “Clubs are the lifeblood of amateur radio.” For example, Dale Williams, WA8EFK, in response to my e-mail congratulating him on his appointment as the new ARRL Great Lakes Division director, said that his “plans are to push to keep things local, club-related, and bottom-up driven.” Of course, that kind of set me off. When it comes to club support, the ARRL is more talk than action. One example of this lack of support is that there hasn’t been an issue of…
  • From my Twitter feed: SDR, SWL, kits

    Dan KB6NU
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    sdrsharp @sdrsharp You want more and better rtl-sdr tools? Consider helping this initiative from Kyle Keen indiegogo.com/projects/a-mon…   Ulis K3LU @UlisK3LU Western radio broadcasters tuning out (excellent article on the demise of #shortwave broadcasters) via Straits Times shar.es/LgFv9   wa1gov @wa1gov I love #hamradio kits… pic.twitter.com/oaBaj00Ady The post From my Twitter feed: SDR, SWL, kits appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • Next one-day Tech class, Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    My next One-Day Tech Class will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 221 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI. Immediately after the class, the Technician Class license exam will be administered. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee to take the class, but the fee will be waived for anyone under the age of 18. We often fill the class and have to put people on the waiting list. So, if you would like to take this class, send a check or money order to reserve your spot to: Dan Romanchik, KB6NU 1325 Orkney Drive Ann Arbor, MI…
  • Get an FRN!

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Richard, KD7BBC, recently posted this to the HamRadioHelpGroup Yahoo Group: It consistently surprises me how many people aren’t aware that instead of giving the VE team your SSN you can get an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and give it to them. To try to help combat this, I have written up a blog post with images to help people get an FRN number. http://blog.hamstudy.org/2014/07/fcc-registration-numbers/ I *strongly* recommend that anyone planning to take an exam get an FRN before going to the exam session; it’s not that you can’t trust the VE team, it’s more that…
  • Two hams busted for 14.313 MHz activities

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you operate 20m phone at all, you probably avoid 14.313 MHz. I know I do. Now, two hams, Michael Guernsey, KZ8O and Brian Crow, K3VR, have been busted by the FCC for their activities on that frequency. The Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) citing KZ8O reads: Causing Intentional Interference to Licensed Communications The evidence in this case is sufficient to establish that Mr. Guernsey violated Section 333 of the Act and Section 97.101(d) of the Rules. Section 333 of the Act states that “[n]o person shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio…
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  • FOBB 2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I ended up staying home, working from the shack and forgoing my bumblebee number. The weather was partly a factor as one minute it was sunny and five minutes later it looked like it was going to downpour.The real issue was my back. I woke up this morning with a stiff lower back. Nothing incapacitating, but sore enough that hiking to my FOBB destination while carrying all my gear, and then setting up would have been no fun. Added to that was the fact that my sore back has also slowed me down somewhat, so if I would have had to dismantle the station in a hurry, it would have been a problem.Even…
  • Battery problems and a solution

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    My Chinese Li Ion battery "ol' Blue" (upper right) has given up the ghost, much the same as Mike VE3WDM has written over at his blog.  In my case, the battery will not take a charge.  The output from the wall wart charger is perfect, but no matter how long it's connected to the battery, the battery itself will not charge.I suspect either a faulty cell or perhaps a fault with the little regulator board that's inside the blue shrink wrap. So the decision had to be made.  Even though the price is relatively cheap, do I buy another Chinese battery or try something else? Do I go…
  • FOBB this weekend!

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    I wonder if this is what Rich KI6SN had in mind as a high tech Bumble Bee when he started this contest years ago? (Looks a bit on the QRO side to me - grin!)  Just a gentle reminder that the Flight of the Bumble Bees is this coming Sunday!  When I last checked the roster, only about 100 folks have signed up for Bee numbers.  That number seems low to me as compared to years past.  This is an excellent sprint and is so much fun - it's almost illegal in this day and age to be able to have this much fun!So sign up to be a Bee - lets give Rich some work these last few days…
  • Elecraft - my personal opinion

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I have been involved in the Service Industry for all of my adult working life.  I have worked in photo studios, photo laboratories, photo retail, professional photographic equipment distribution and service, and most recently in the IT field through inventory control and logistics.Throughout that period, there was one Prime Directive (to borrow the term from Star Trek), and that is that Customer Service is, was, and always will be #1. Coming up close to 40 years in the field now, I can attest to how that's not always the easiest philosophy to live up to; but it is paramount. For truly,…
  • The bands are slipping

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Band conditions seem to have vastly deteriorated from what they were just a few months ago. It's not that propagation is non-existent, it's just that it seems to have left us in a bigger hurry than I would have thought.I went out at lunchtime today (around 1730Z) to find activity on 15 Meters to be nil.  A quick scan of 17 Meters revealed not so much.  Just a few months ago, both these bands were hopping with all kinds of DX. It wasn't all that rare to hear Europe, South America and Asia all at the same time! It wasn't all that rare to hear a good amount of activity on 12 and 10…
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  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #28

    Bob Witte
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    More important things have spewed forth from the interwebz: HamRadioNow interviews the Ham Hijinks guys and has the nerve to actually publish the video. Later the Hijinks crew posted this article about changes being made to Field Day. Baofeng is going to change its name. Or is this just another Ham Hijinks article? WE2F writes: 146.52 Reasons to Monitor VHF Simplex but whatever you do, do not use 146.52 MHz on Field Day. Mike AD5A posts Why Operate QRP from Summits? The FCC kicks the butt of a cell phone jammer manufacturer, to the tune of $34.9M and also fines a couple of 14.313 MHz problem…
  • Announcing the October 2014 WØTLM Technician License Class

    Bob Witte
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Ham Radio Two-Day License Class Sat October 18 and Sat October 25 (8 AM to 5 PM) 2014 Location: Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Station 1, Monument, 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…
  • Making Plans for the Colorado 14er Event

    Bob Witte
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The Colorado 14er Event (Aug 3) is less than a month away so it is time to get ready. This event was born out of the basic observation that many hiking hams were taking along their radios (typically, a VHF/UHF handheld) when they climbed the Colorado 14,000 foot mountains. So we thought “let’s all climb on the same day and see who we can contact.” The typical 2m FM contacts have expanded to other frequencies and modes, including the high frequency bands, with the potential for worldwide propagation. We’ve also embraced the Summits On The Air (SOTA) program, opening up…
  • SOTA Activation: W0C/SP-089 Unnamed Summit

    Bob Witte
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    With the summer season definitely here, Joyce (K0JJW) and I climbed W0C/SP-089, an unnamed summit east of Buena Vista near Trout Creek Pass, for a Summits On The Air activation.  This summit is also referred to by its elevation: 10525. The mountain is quite majestic with a large rock face that rock climbers enjoy climbing. View of W0C/SP-089 To reach the summit, we drove a 4WD truck from Trout Creek Pass on Forest Service Road 311, connecting to FS Road 373. Four wheel drive is required for this road due to the steep sections, which may not be passable in muddy conditions. You can also…
  • The One Frequency You Should Never Use on Field Day

    Bob Witte
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:27 pm
    “Based on Actual Events”   At the local radio club meeting, I encouraged everyone to get on the air during Field Day, which led to this conversation: New Tech: I just have a 2 meter fm radio. Can I still make Field Day contacts? Me: Sure, VHF contacts are encouraged during Field Day. New Tech: So I just call on 146.52 MHz and see who’s out there? Me: Well, no, the 2m fm calling frequency is not allowed for Field Day. New Tech: Really? We can’t use any of the calling frequencies we learned during our license class? Me: Well, no, all of the other standard calling…
 
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