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  • Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The 'Royalty of Radios':

    eHam.net News
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Last month, we took a look at the beginnings of what would be the age of connectivity on the go, the battery portable radio. This month I'll feature a line of battery powered tube radios that brought the technology to its pinnacle. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic series of shortwave portables would stretch from 1941 through 1982, with tube models produced until 1963. The radios performed so well, and became so popular, that they earned the nickname "The Royalty of Radios."
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Sunspot numbers and solar flux both rose this week. Average daily sunspot numbers on March 19-25 were up 24.8 points to 83.9, compared to the previous seven day period. Average daily solar flux rose from 117.5 to 122.4.Average planetary A index dropped from 29.4 to 19.4, although conditions continued to be active. March 22-23 had planetary A index numbers at 24 and 21, but there was nothing lik...
  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #30

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    K0NR
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    This is another update on important stuff spewing forth from the interwebz. Belden has a good article about why most of our coaxial transmission lines are 50 Ω impedance. Microwaves and RF posted some interesting photos of coaxial cables. The results are in for the ARRL September VHF Contest. Read about my combination SOTA + VHF Contest operation here. The FCC fines K3VR and KZ8O for malicious interference on 14.313 MHz. I am filing this under “just a good start.” Anytone Tech is shaking things up in the low cost handheld radio market. They have introduced three new dualband…
  • ARRL Field Day: Season To Taste

    The KØNR Radio Site
    K0NR
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I’ve written before about the flexibility of Field Day and the need to season to taste to make it your own. I have always thought that one of the great things about Field Day is that it can be tuned to whatever interests you or your club. It can be a serious radio contest (well, almost); it can be an emcomm drill. It can be a radio campout; it can be a foodfest, it can be a beer-drinking party. Insert your idea here. This year, our local club, the Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association is going to try a new approach that we call Tech Field Day. We previously have held a one-day…
  • “Radio DARC” Program Debuts on Ham-Operated German Shortwave Outlet

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
 
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  • Are You Going to Gallipoli?

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The Turkiye Radyo Amatorleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) wants to know the names and callsigns of any Australian and New Zealand radio amateurs who will be on the Gallipoli Peninsula for ANZAC Day this year. TRAC would like to meet with the VK and ZL radio amateurs and show them a little hospitality and international friendship. If you are going to be there for the occasion, then immediately contact the WIA Director and ANZAC 100 Coordinator, Fred Swainston VK3DAC by email will pass on your details. Meantime, the WIA reports that its ANZAC 100 program is generating a lot of interest both locally and…
  • QSO Today Episode 35 -- Tracy Lenocker - WA6ERA:

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    In California, San Bernardino County Fire has a unique program that includes over 200 amateur radio volunteers to provide auxiliary communications to the county during disasters and special events. Tracy Lenocker, WA6ERA, heads this group of ham radio volunteers that is one of the most comprehensive public services by hams to the largest county in the United States. Tracy joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today.
  • Living with a Capricious Star: What Drives the Solar Cycle?

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:18 pm
    You can be thankful that we bask in the glow of a relatively placid star. Currently about halfway along its 10 billion year career on the Main Sequence, our Sun fuses hydrogen into helium in a battle against gravitational collapse. This balancing act produces energy via the proton-proton chain process, which in turn, fuels the drama of life on Earth. Looking out into the universe, we see stars that are much more brash and impulsive, such as red dwarf upstarts unleashing huge planet-sterilizing flares, and massive stars destined to live fast and die young. Our Sun gives us the unprecedented…
  • Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The 'Royalty of Radios':

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Last month, we took a look at the beginnings of what would be the age of connectivity on the go, the battery portable radio. This month I'll feature a line of battery powered tube radios that brought the technology to its pinnacle. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic series of shortwave portables would stretch from 1941 through 1982, with tube models produced until 1963. The radios performed so well, and became so popular, that they earned the nickname "The Royalty of Radios."
  • Spectrum Policy Forum Urges UK Industries to Cooperate More:

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Report looks at cross-industry spectrum requirements in the medium-long term: The first of a series of reports on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand has today been launched by the industry-led sounding board to the Government and Ofcom, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum. The study included views on the importance of spectrum as a national resource fo the space, utilities, business radio, meteorology and mobile industries. The research, by Real Wireless, also featured views of a panel of contributors from each sector. The UK Spectrum Usage and Demand report aims to foster open discussion and mutual…
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  • Tutorial - Using the new routing function in RT Systems featuring RFinder

    G4TUT
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    Tutorial - Using the new routing function in RT Systems featuring RFinder Once again RFinder and RT Systems have partnered to kick radio programming up a notch. This tutorial will show you how to get the most out of RT and RFinder! We want to thank Rod Thompson of RT Systems for programming this into the RT Systems Radio Programmer suite! The latest update to RT Systems includes integrated routing featuring RFinder - The World Wide Repeater Directory. No more uploading files, just define your route and press a button. Instantly repeaters along your route are ready to write into your radio. No…
  • Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1958 March 27 2015

    WA6ITF
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1958 March 27 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1958 with a release date of Friday, March 27, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1, The following is a QST. Thailand’s new master frequency list takes 6 meters back from ham radio; U-K regulator Ofcom uses ham radio input in Ultra Wideband device rule making decision; International Telecommunications Union symposium endorses small satellite regulation; a successful transmissions of two new ham radio shows from Germany and our annual April 1st roving reporter is back with the latest on the FCC enforcement…
  • HRD Spring Update; New Release. 6.2.9.354

    W4PC
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    HRD Software, LLC announces the release of Version 6.2.9.354 today. This is a maintenance release for HRD that addresses a variety of bug fixes in Logbook as well as enhancement additions. Users that have purchased HRD 6.0 and later will get the bug fixes at no charge, even those who have not yet renewed their license. “This release is a very important Ham Radio Deluxe release. Users will be pleased with many of the most common fixes and enhancements being completed” says managing partner and lead development officer Rick Ruhl, W4PC. Testing by HRD’s QA and its fine beta team confirms…
  • First Use of ALE for Armed Forces Day

    KQ6XA
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    This is the first time that ALE, Automatic Link Establishment, will be in use for the annual US Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Communications Test on 09-10 May 2015. Hams will call up military stations to initiate voice SSB QSOs using the HF selective calling feature of ALE on the air. Although the military has been using ALE for over 35 years, and hams have been actively using ALE for about 15 years, this is a new milestone for direct ALE HF Interoperability between US Amateur Radio Service and US Military stations. Amateur Stations with Automatic Link Establishment capability can literally…
  • Introducing "USA 1776" DMR Talk Group

    W1NGS
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    MITCOM™ is pleased to Introduce USA 1776 The “USA 1776″ (English preferred) Talk Group will be distributed worldwide to DMR networks upon request. The spirit of "1776" is to continue the Amateur Radio tradition of international friendship and to push the boundaries of technology in the new frontier of digital communications. USA 1776 is intended to be a flexible, politically neutral, unrestricted Talk Group that can be used as Push-To-Talk (PTT) or Full-Time (FT) to meet the operating requirements of a DMR Network. DMR subscribers are welcome to use 1776 as a universal meeting place…
 
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  • Activation DAI: MH0360

    IK6LMB
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    If the weather is good, tomorrow, 29 March, activation DAI: MH0360. Band 20/40 mt 73 de IK6LMB - Max Se il tempo sarà buono, domani 29 marzo, attivazione DAI: MH0360. Banda 20/40 mt 73 de IK6LMB - Max info: http://www.aribusto.it/dai_rules.htm
  • Blue Bird, Blue Grass Festival

    KW4AQ
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    This is the 15 annual Blue Bird, Blue Grass Festival in Jackson Ga. Butts County. This is a community event for the Butts County Emergency Radio Auxiliary. Club call is WX4BCA will be on 20 meter, on or near 14.2250 from 1400z-2100z on Saturday March 28th. QSL thru KW4AQ Elaine Stachowiak 235 Timberline Road, Jackson Ga 30233
  • D44TDK Sal Island

    4L5A
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    Alexander, HB9FDT will be active from Sal Island (IOTA AF-086), Cabo Verde 16 - 24 April 2015 as D44TDK. http://dxnews.com/d44tdk-sal-caboverde-capeverde/ 73 Al 4L5A
  • 6Y4DX Jamaica

    4L5A
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    Darren, VA3EGG will be active from Jamaica March/April 2015 as 6Y4DX. http://dxnews.com/6y4dx-jamaica/ 73 Al 4L5A
  • 6Y4W Jamaica

    4L5A
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Marios, 5B4WN/G0WWW will be active from Jamaica in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest 28 - 29 March 2015 as 6Y4W. http://dxnews.com/6y4w-jamaica/ 73 Al 4L5A
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  • C.A.T.S. Tail-Gate Party

    KX6F
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    The Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society (C.A.T.S.) is having a Tail-Gate party on 9 May 2015. Location: Clarksville, TN (ARRL sanctioned event) Address: 250 Old Farmers Road (Hilldale Baptist Church Family Life picnic pavilion) Hours: 0730 setup, begins 0800 and ends at 2:00 P.M. Free Admission, free tables, free electrical hookup. Free coffee. No charge for door prize tickets. Lunch provided for $5.00. We accept donations for Camp Rainbow, summer camp for disabled children. POC: John Freed, KX6F 931-216-2503 Web page: www.kf4l.org
  • 25th DOWN EAST HAMFEST- KINSTON, NC

    KG4FMG
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The 25th ANNUAL DOWN EAST HAMFEST, an ARRL Sanctioned hamfest will be held Saturday, MARCH 28, 2015. The location is Lenoir Community College Gymnasium. Lenoir Community College is located at 231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC (intersection of NC Highway 58 South & US Highway 70 East (Please use the Highway 58 entrance). Doors open at 8:00 AM. Set Up 6:00 - 8:00 AM *** WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING THE FOLLOWING VENDORS IN THE FOLLOWING CATAGORIES: (New & Used Amateur Radio Equipment; Electronics Parts; Embroidery and/or Name Tags; Amateur Radio Manufacturers; Computer & Electronics…
  • Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

    KJ4ZBK
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club Will be having their 19th Annual hamfest on March 28th 2015. EZ mini Storage in Hudson Florida . 15830 US 19 north . tickets are $6.00 Opens 8:00 am Saturday .Tailgate and VE sessions start at 9:30 .There will be ARRL prize drawings .
  • Middlletown NY Sunday April 19, 2015 Orange County NY Hamfest

    K2HAT
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    04/19/2015 Location: Walkill Community Center 2 Wes Warren Drive Middletown, NY 10940 Website: http://www.ocarc-ny.org Sponsor: Orange County Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 100) Public Contact: Tom Ray , W2TRR 377 Chestnut Avenue New Windsor, NY 12553 Phone: 845-391-3620 Email: w2trr@ocarc-ny.org http://www.ocarc-ny.org/hamfest15.shtml http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/orange-...-arc-hamfest-2
  • Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO - October 3, 2015

    KF3BT
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Delmarva Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO and ARRL Delaware State Convention October 3, 2015 Location: Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown, DE Contact: Vic Gumper, KC3BUI Phone: (302) 628-3060​ Email: vwg615@yahoo.com Website: http://www.radioelectronicsexpo.com Talk-In 147.090 + MHz PL 156.7
 
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  • Scanner Frequencies for San Joaquin County

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I have been asked to update and post a scanner frequency list for San Joaquin County. These are frequencies — many now P25 digital — that I care about. This list has been updated but still needs work so please tell me about changes and additions that I should make. I have also added the current CEVOL ham plan. Both are in printable PDF format. Scanner Frequencies (2015 Draft) Version 9 2015 Ham Frequency Plan
  • 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.
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  • Learn measurement fundamentals

    Dan KB6NU
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Keysight, which used to be Agilent, which used to be Hewlett Packard, is offering a free DVD aimed at providing “a strong foundation in basic measurement techniques.” Here’s what they say about the DVD: This complimentary “Back-to-Basics” DVD includes more than 50 new application notes as well as new and updated webcasts and videos that cover a wide variety of topics from design simulation to digital and modular instrumentation. The resources on this disc will help you brush up on the basics and get your job done more efficiently and effectively. The list below is just a…
  • Measuring SWR at VHF/UHF

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Yesterday, a reader wrote me: Dan, do you think I need an SWR meter for VHF/UHF? My maximum output power would be 5 W. I am having difficultly find a meter that can measure such a low wattage. Down to 2w.   Only MFJ seems to have something available, and their quality is hit and miss. Thanks! 73’s I replied that I didn’t think that he really needed a VHF/UHF SWR meter, especially if he wasn’t planning to design his own antennas. You should be able to tell if you’re having antenna problems by noting the output power of the radio. Most, if not all, modern radios will…
  • Two great testimonials

    Dan KB6NU
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I received a couple of heart-warming testimonials over the weekend. The first said: Thanks to your No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide, sometime today I became [call deleted] in the great FCC database in the sky. I took the exam last night and “aced” it! Your study guide helped me understand the organization of the question pool much better than the ARRL publication. Thanks so much for your hard work on this guide. Now I’m going for the General… The second reads: Thank you!  Most excellent.  The clarity and simplicity of your descriptions blow the ARRL…
  • Are you a CW GEEK? Then, show it!

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    After I published The CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code, I started thinking about how I could promote it. One of the ideas I had was to have Jeff, K1NSS, ham radio’s coolest graphics artist, who designed the book’s cover, to design a custom name tag for me. That wasn’t a bad idea, but it then occurred to me that an even better one would be to have him design a button that anyone could wear that would identify him or her as a CW GEEK. The button is 2-1/4″ round and comes with pin back. The cost for these beauties is $3, postpaid. Let everyone know…
  • Two new toys

    Dan KB6NU
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    In the last week or so, I’ve acquired two new toys, both gifts. The first is a Vibroplex Original semi-automatic key, or “bug,” so if my fist has a decided “swing” to it, you’ll know why. The bug was a gift from a blog reader who wrote, “I noticed on your blog that you are a CW fan. I have a beautiful Vibroplex keyer (sic) with case that was given to me by the family of my very best friend after his passing over 25 years ago. I never used it and would like to pass it on. This keyer was a special piece of equipment that I wanted to give to someone that…
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  • QRPTTF 2015 - First Announcement!

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Living in New Jersey makes filling the requirements of this theme a snap!Right off the bat, I'm thinking that I could go to Johnson Park in either Highland Park or New Brunswick and operate right on the banks of the Raritan River, which according to Wikipedia:"The river has served an important water transportation route since the Pre-Columbian era. The name Raritan is also applied to the Raritan people, an Algonquian tribe that inhabited Staten Island, near the river's mouth."Or perhaps I could go over to Piscataway Township and operate from there:"The name Piscataway may stem from the area's…
  • Yes, I am a bit of a wimp

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    It's raining outside, so I haven't gone to the Jeep for any lunch time QRP. In fact, I didn't bring the radio with me at all today. Yes, I will confess, I am a bit of a weather wimp. I hate setting up antennas (yes, even the Buddistick, which is a snap) this time of the year in the rain. Not a big issue for me in the late Spring or Summer, when it's warm. But when it's raining this time of year, it just feels raw - colder than it is, even if it's a bit warmer than it has been.So I've been spending my lunch hour writing this post and Googling "Field Day Wire Antennas". Last year's EARCHI EFHW…
  • And another thing!

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Another thing I have to do is clean the shack. I know I'm a member of the Flying Pigs QRP ARC International, but my shack has gotten out of hand. It is fast approaching sty status. It has become a dumping ground for all kinds of stuff. I need to spend at the very least, a couple of hours organizing and getting rid of some things that are just not needed anymore.Maybe this Saturday, among other things.  There are just not enough hours in a day. At lunchtime, 17 Meters was HOPPING! I worked PI4DX who was 599+ and Al N4OW answered my CQ near the QRP Watering Hole at 18.086 MHz. We had a…
  • QRP Activity Alert! - QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party (Easter Weekend)

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    From Jeff Hetherington VA3JFF,We have enjoyed and appreciated your past participation in QRP-ARCI sponsored on-air contests.  This announcement is to let you know about the upcoming SPRING QSO PARTY!This is traditionally one of the most popular on-air activities that we sponsor, and we would love to hear you on the air once more. Imagine hearing hundreds of QRPers on the air at once, and hearing QRPers from every US State, Canadian Province and some DXCC entities from around the world.Mark you calendars (yes it is Easter weekend, the SPRING QSO PARTY runs every year on the first full…
  • Eight new Hams

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Last night we concluded our Technician Class license course with a VE Exam Session. Of the fifteen students who originally started in January, ten kept with it and made it to the end. Of those ten, eight earned their licenses last night.It was gratifying to see a new class of Amateur operators emerge from all these weeks of study.  The two who need a bit more study time have been invited to our next regular VE Session on April 11th.As satisfying as all that was (as if it wasn't enough), I actually made it home in time to fully participate in the 40 Meter QRP Fox hunt.  Wow, wow,…
 
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  • ARRL Field Day: Season To Taste

    K0NR
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:34 pm
    I’ve written before about the flexibility of Field Day and the need to season to taste to make it your own. I have always thought that one of the great things about Field Day is that it can be tuned to whatever interests you or your club. It can be a serious radio contest (well, almost); it can be an emcomm drill. It can be a radio campout; it can be a foodfest, it can be a beer-drinking party. Insert your idea here. This year, our local club, the Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association is going to try a new approach that we call Tech Field Day. We previously have held a one-day…
  • This Spewed Out of the Internet #30

    K0NR
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    This is another update on important stuff spewing forth from the interwebz. Belden has a good article about why most of our coaxial transmission lines are 50 Ω impedance. Microwaves and RF posted some interesting photos of coaxial cables. The results are in for the ARRL September VHF Contest. Read about my combination SOTA + VHF Contest operation here. The FCC fines K3VR and KZ8O for malicious interference on 14.313 MHz. I am filing this under “just a good start.” Anytone Tech is shaking things up in the low cost handheld radio market. They have introduced three new dualband…
  • 2015 SOTA VHF Activity Days

    K0NR
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    On the topic of operating events for Summits On The Air (SOTA) activations, Guy N7UN suggested focusing on six major events for 2015. Most of these are VHF-oriented but HF activity can also occur on these days. Jan 24-26: ARRL Jan VHF Contest + NA SOTA Winter Activity Weekend (oops, I guess we already missed that one) Apr 18-19: North America SOTA Spring Activity Weekend Jun 13-15: ARRL June VHF Contest + NA SOTA Summer Activity Weekend Jul 18-19: CQ WW VHF Contest + optional for SOTA Aug 1-2:  Colorado 14er Event + NA SOTA Rocky Mtn Rendezvous + W7 SOTA Activity Weekend + ARRL UHF Contest…
  • What’s All the Fuss About K1N?

    K0NR
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    If you have been paying any attention to the world of ham radio DX, you have heard about the DXpedition to Navassa Island. According to Wikipedia, Navassa Island is a unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States. Haiti (just 40 miles to the east) also claims ownership of the island but it appears that the US currently has control. The island is designated as the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and access to the island is severely limited. (There is some interesting reading about the various territories of the US on Wikipedia.) For the…
  • 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship

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