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  • HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
  • Amateur Radio Hobbyists to Gather for Hamfest:

    eHam.net News
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    HUNTINGTON - Amateur radio hobbyists from across the United States will gather in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 53th annual Tri-State Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest. This year, the show moves to the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Road, Huntington, to accommodate an outdoor tailgate flea market in addition to an indoor market. There is unlimited free parking during the event, which is from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars. Hamfest allows those who attend to take part in discussions, check out the latest equipment and ideas, buy or swap new and used…
  • ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The focus will be on the bands 222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+ frequencies from line-of-sight to several hundred miles. William Hepburn’s Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecastwebsite is an excellent re...
  • Amateur Radio Club Seeks Crestview Home:

    eHam.net News
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    CRESTVIEW -- After eight years of operating in Dorcas Fire Station 42 west of Crestview, the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club seeks a home closer to town. "Our hosts at Dorcas were wonderful," club President Ron Mahn said. "They've taken awesome care of us..." Mahn said the matter arose in June when the fire district asked the club to enter into a lease for Station 42. "...If we're going to go into a lease, something closer to town would make more sense," Mahn said. "Most of the members are from Crestview so we're trying to come back to town and have a greater presence here," NOARC vice…
  • From my Twitter feed: balanced tuner; Jean Shepherd, K2ORS

    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
    Dan KB6NU
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Ian @MW0IAN VU2ESE’s radio experiments: A Balanced Tuner hfsignals.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/a-bala…qrp Kenneth @RadioGeek Happy birthday, K2ORS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Shep… pic.twitter.com/4HjdTkBGp4 The post From my Twitter feed: balanced tuner; Jean Shepherd, K2ORS appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
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    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

  • ARRL August UHF Contest is August 1-2

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The focus will be on the bands 222 MHz and above when the ARRL August UHF Contest gets under way August 1-2. During this time of year in North America, there is a greater chance of enhanced tropospheric propagation that can extend the usable range of UHF+ frequencies from line-of-sight to several hundred miles. William Hepburn’s Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecastwebsite is an excellent re...
  • Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Fee to Disappear in September

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General ...
  • The Yasme Foundation Announces Grants

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation has announced the recipients of grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of Amateur Radio. Grants will go to the organizing committee of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2018), which will take place in Germany; the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), for the purchase of equipment necessary to establish a node at th...
  • HAARP Facility Will Be Transferred to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on August 11

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
  • LoTW, ARRL E-Mail, Online Store Will Be Down Overnight, July 31-August 1!

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Logbook of The World (LoTW), E-mail to and from ARRL Headquarters, and the ARRL Online Store will be down from Friday, July 31, at 8 PM EDT (0000 UTC on August 1) until 8 AM EDT (1200 UTC on August 1) in order to complete necessary maintenance.All incoming e-mail will be queued for later delivery. The ARRL website will be operating normally. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
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    eHam.net News

  • Amateur Radio Club Seeks Crestview Home:

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    CRESTVIEW -- After eight years of operating in Dorcas Fire Station 42 west of Crestview, the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club seeks a home closer to town. "Our hosts at Dorcas were wonderful," club President Ron Mahn said. "They've taken awesome care of us..." Mahn said the matter arose in June when the fire district asked the club to enter into a lease for Station 42. "...If we're going to go into a lease, something closer to town would make more sense," Mahn said. "Most of the members are from Crestview so we're trying to come back to town and have a greater presence here," NOARC vice…
  • Amateur Radio Operators Descend on Williams for Annual Hamfest:

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    WILLIAMS, Arizona - The parking lot at the rodeo grounds was filled with cars last weekend, many sporting multiple two and three-foot-long antennas. The vehicles belonged to attendees of the 2015 ARCA/Williams Hamfest, an annual event for amateur radio enthusiasts. Inside the grounds, many attendees wore caps and badges with their personal radio IDs, or "call signs." About 100 people milled about the tables displaying radio gadgets and accessories. Many of the attendees were seen catching up with other operators and visiting with friends. One attendee was 62 year-old Jim Chaney from Prescott.
  • Celebrating 78 Years with a Long Walk Home:

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Now, it's fair to say, a seven-mile walk down the scorched pavement of Illinois Route 50 might not be what most would have in mind for a 78th birthday excursion, but for Jim Boothe, of Monee, he wouldn't have it any other way. As an avid walker who averages four-and-a-half miles per day, Jim said he wanted to celebrate his birthday this past Saturday by answering one burning question. Has he still got it? The answer, seven miles and about two hours later: Yes, he still does. "I feel good," Jim said with several of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren by his side. "I made it in ahead of…
  • Earth Could Get Just 12 Hours' Warning of Damaging Solar Storm:

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a "coronal mass ejection" that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, according to a newly released document from the UK Cabinet Office. In a report worthy of a Bruce Willis film, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has set out the nature of the risk to the UK from "severe space weather", which it says results from various types of solar activity. The report, the Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, states: "Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass…
  • Amateur Radio Hobbyists to Gather for Hamfest:

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    HUNTINGTON - Amateur radio hobbyists from across the United States will gather in Huntington on Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 53th annual Tri-State Amateur Radio Association's Hamfest. This year, the show moves to the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Road, Huntington, to accommodate an outdoor tailgate flea market in addition to an indoor market. There is unlimited free parking during the event, which is from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tickets are five dollars. Hamfest allows those who attend to take part in discussions, check out the latest equipment and ideas, buy or swap new and used…
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    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog

  • From my Twitter feed: balanced tuner; Jean Shepherd, K2ORS

    Dan KB6NU
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Ian @MW0IAN VU2ESE’s radio experiments: A Balanced Tuner hfsignals.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/a-bala…qrp Kenneth @RadioGeek Happy birthday, K2ORS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Shep… pic.twitter.com/4HjdTkBGp4 The post From my Twitter feed: balanced tuner; Jean Shepherd, K2ORS appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • ARRL Board had a lot on their plate at July meeting

    Dan KB6NU
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    They cram quite a few people into the room for an ARRL Board meeting. As reported in the ARRL Letter yesterday, the ARRL Board met on July 17-18 in Windsor, Connecticut. They had quite a full agenda, including: ARRL HF Band Plan The Board adopted amendments to the ARRL HF Band Plan that were recommended by the HF Band Planning Committee, with one major change from the proposals as outlined in the April 2015 issue of QST and summarized on the ARRL website. That change was to set the upper RTTY/data limit for 20 meters at 14.125 MHz, consistent with the IARU Region 1 band plan. I’d love…
  • Back to Basics Probes Series

    Dan KB6NU
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    This just appeared in my inbox. Should be worth a look if you have a scope and want to learn more about how to make better measurements…. Choosing and using the right oscilloscope probes can be a confusing proposition. There are many kinds of probes on the market with differing functions and electrical/physical characteristics. This series of Test Happens posts covers some of the salient characteristics of common probe types and provides some tips on which serve best in given circumstances. Part I The way in which you connect your ground lead can have a big impact on the real-world…
  • K2BSA/8 operating from NOAC

    Dan KB6NU
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This just in… Boy Scouts of America’s National Order of the Arrow Conference Special Event Amateur Radio Station, K2BSA/8, is coming to Michigan State University August 3 to August 7, 2015 in East Lansing Michigan.  The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event for the Order of the Arrow (OA), (Scouting’s Honor Society) and is the second largest national gathering of Scouts.   15,000 Arrowmen will gather from across the nation at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan Aug 3rd to the 8th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the…
  • From the trade magazines: LabView, DigiKey, mixers

    Dan KB6NU
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    DIY Makers, Hobbyists, and Experimenters Get Professional Software. National Instruments has come out with a $49 version of LabView. According to the article, “Called the LabVIEW Home Bundle, this is a fully operational version of the core NI product that can be used to speed up and simplify experimentation by making programming less of a problem.” I’m not having much success with the software bundled with my new digital scope (more on that later, but it’s been very disappointing), and I know LabView is quality software, so I’m seriously thinking about purchasing…
 
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    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.

  • Long night

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Last evening, I finished the last two of four FEMA courses on the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Preparedness Framework (NPF) that I needed to take for an Auxiliary Communications Workshop being held in October.Description: This class is designed for those auxiliary emergency communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup emergency radio communications support to public safety agencies. Typically, this includes amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) communicators, but may…
  • Getting stoked!

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Last night, I ran across this video that Steve WG0AT made after the inaugural 2012 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt:Can't wait for August 9th. Don't forget to sign up for your Skeeter number - we currently have 128 Skeeters waiting to take wing. Make sure to join 'em!72 de Larry W2LJQRP - When you care to send the very least!
  • The part of life that bites

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Today, I learned in an e-mail that a member of the VE team that I work with, Bob Conroy KB2VMG became a Silent Key this past Saturday.I have only known Bob for a little while, but he was the type of person that it was very hard not to take a liking to. He had a great sense of humor and a quick smile. He was a fellow Elecraft enthusiast and was an all around Ham, interested in rag chewing, chasing DX, operating all modes, etc. - and very knowledgeable about all of it.  And he always had a good story to share whenever he saw you.I knew that Bob wasn't feeling the greatest…
  • FOBB after action report

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The weather held off! For the duration of the Flight of the Bumblebees, I was not bothered by rain, lighting, or thunder. In fact, one really couldn't ask for better weather! Throughout it was warm, in the upper 80s (32C), but where I was located there was a light breeze, and I was in a shady spot.I went up to Washington Rock State Park, a favorite QRP operating haunt of mine. The trees are tall, there are plenty of picnic tables and not too many people to classify as "crowded". I arrived at about 12:20 PM EDT and promptly launched the antenna line. Once again, the Joplin MO ARC pneumatic…
  • FOBB 2009 - Redeux for 2015?

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    I just noticed that FOBB this year falls on the same date as it did in 2009 - July 26th. The weather forecast for this year is almost the same as 2009, as far as I remember  - starting out clear with a chance of a thunderstorm towards the end.And that FOBB was memorable as I headed home 15 minutes early with the sounds of thunder rolling in - quickly.  Shortly after getting home, the storm worsened and the skies opened up. Our neighbor's tree took a direct lightning hit. Here's a photo I took that day:As you can guess, that tree is no more. The Fire Department…
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  • Coming Soon: 146.52 MHz in ARRL VHF Contests

    K0NR
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve been known to whine complain comment about the prohibition against using 146.52 MHz during ARRL radio contests. For example, see The One Frequency You Should Never Use on Field Day and Mt Herman: SOTA plus VHF Contest. During my presentation on Mountaintop VHF for SOTA at the Central States VHF Society Conference in Denver today, I mentioned this is an issue. Basically, I pointed out that Summits On The Air (SOTA) operators often default to the 2m fm calling frequency, which is prohibited for use in the ARRL contests. This gets in the way when mountaintop stations do a combination…
  • 2015 Colorado 14er Event

    K0NR
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around world. Join in on the fun on the first full weekend in August and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. The prime operating hours are on Sunday August 2nd from 9 AM to noon local time (1500 to 1800 UTC), but activity can occur throughout the weekend. Now including Summits On the Air (SOTA), which adds over 1700 potential summits! If you aren’t up…
  • Use SSB For Better VHF Range on SOTA Peaks

    K0NR
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Previously, I had written about how the use of SSB made the difference while activating Prospect Mountain (W0C/FR-069) for Summits On The Air (SOTA). This time I was the SOTA chaser, trying to work Brad WA6MM as he activated two peaks near Breckenridge, Colorado. Bald Mountain to Black Forest (click to expand) It was the Saturday of ARRL Field Day, so I planned to be out at our FD site in Black Forest. Brad and I had coordinated in advance and pretty much concluded that it would be difficult or impossible to make the contact on FM. Brad decided to take his FT-817 along with a homebrew…
  • Announcing: Oct 2015 WØTLM Technician License Class

    K0NR
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Ham Radio Two-Day License Class Sat Oct 3 and Sat Oct 10 (8 AM to 5 PM) 2015 Location: Black Forest Fire Station 1, Black Forest, CO The Technician license is your gateway to the world-wide excitement of Amateur Radio … Earn your ham radio Technician class radio privileges Pass your FCC amateur radio license exam right in class on the second day Multiple-choice exam, No Morse Code Required Live equipment demonstrations Learn to operate on the ham bands, 10 Meters and higher Learn to use the many VHF/UHF FM repeaters in Colorado Find out how to participate in emergency communications There…
  • Another June VHF Contest In the Log

    K0NR
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Last weekend was the ARRL June VHF Contest, my favorite ham radio event of the year. For me, this is “vhf activity weekend” when all of the vhf radio enthusiasts come out to play on the bands above 50 MHz. The sporadic-e propagation that is (almost) always present during the contest means that 6 meters will be hopping. I entered in the 3-Band Single Operator category, using 6m, 2m and 70cm. My 6m rig is a Yaesu FT-950 driving a 6M5XHP Yagi antenna.  For 2m and 70cm, I use a Yaesu FT-847 to drive a 2M9SSB Yagi on 2m and a similar Yagi for 70 cm. I set up portable masts at our…
 
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    The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

  • PARP RSS Test

    KDØBIK
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Hello PARP Fans.  This is a just a brief message from me for the purpose of testing the RSS feed and the overall functions of the website.  Yes, it does mean that I’m trying very hard to bring PARP out of the ashes.  Stay tuned…thank you for not deleting your RSS feeds and as always…thanks for listening.  PARP will return very soon. 73 de KD0BIK Jerry
  • PARP 68 – ARRL Centennial On-Air Events

    KDØBIK
    27 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Podcast Number 68 – Podcast ver. 68.7 – April 27, 2014 (40.1 MB, runtime 35:00) Transcript PARP 68 – In this episode of PARP, I discuss the ARRL Centennial on-air events taking place throughout 2014.  This includes the Centennial QSO Party and the W1AW / Portable stations. I also introduce you to TJ Campie (W0EA) and his 100 Days of Summer where he plans to meld physical exercise with amateur radio. All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening. Links to Websites discussed on this episode: Centennial QSO Party Details Centennial QSO Party Leader boards…
  • PARP 67 – D-STAR, DVAP, DHAP and a slice of Pi

    KDØBIK
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Podcast Number 67 – Podcast ver. 67.7 – March 30, 2014 (35.0 MB, runtime 30:35) Transcript PARP 67 – In this episode of PARP, I discuss D-STAR, DVAP, DHAP and serve up a slice of Pi (Raspberry Pi) and discuss how I’ve combined all the above into a portable and mobile solution.   All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening. Links to Websites discussed on this episode: Hardened Power Systems – DHAP TX Factor Video Podcast Gems Products KD0BIK’s Website – General information about Jerry’s amateur radio…
  • PARP 66 – Linux and Greyline Discussions

    KDØBIK
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Podcast Number 66 – Podcast ver. 66.7 – January 31, 2014 (26.6 MB, runtime 23:12) PARP 66 – Linux and Greyline Discussions.  In our first episode of 2014, Bill, NE4RD continues my discussion from episode 64 on using the Linux OS on a ham shack computer.  Then Tom, AJ4XM provides an indepth discussion on using the greyline to work that rare DX. All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening. Links to Websites discussed on this episode: DXHeat.com KD0BIK’s Website – General information about Jerry’s amateur radio activities…
  • PARP 65 – Amateur Radio Goals for the New Year

    KDØBIK
    21 Dec 2013 | 4:00 pm
    Podcast Number 65 – Podcast ver. 65.6 – December 22, 2013 (37.5 MB, runtime 30:56) Transcript In our final episode of 2013, I discuss various amateur radio goals for the new year.  Also known as New Years Resolutions.   I also introduce you to the Ham Hijinks website and introduce you to Tom, AJ4XM who joins PARP as our 3rd guest/co-host. All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening. Links to Websites discussed on this episode: ARRL Logbook of the World – Getting Started State QSO Party Listings for 2014 Hamhijinks.com ARRL Centennial QSO Party ARRL…
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