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  • Get Your Mobile Frequency Sticker On

    KØNR: Radio Enthusiast
    K0NR
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    One of the things I try to do is monitor the National Simplex Calling Frequency for 2 meter FM: 146.52 MHz, especially when mobile. It is fun to see who might show up on 2m simplex: SOTA operators, hikers, mobile stations, campers, etc. See these two posts on operating ideas: A Simple Wilderness Protocol: 146.52 MHz and The Use of 146.52 MHz. It is also fun to say hello to another ham when you pass them on the highway. While you may see their call letter license plates or notice their mobile antenna, you may not know what frequency they are monitoring. The Noise Blankers Radio Club has solved…
  • Good Friday 2014

    W2LJ's Blog - QRP - Do More With Less.
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    What makes Good Friday good?” you ask.A challenge! A rather daunting task.Some may dismiss it with a shrug and a smirk,And consider it another day off work.Others, religious, pious as such,Take a few minutes for a mournful watch;Merchants unlock their doors with glee,Anticipating the pre-Easter shopping spree.A bunny here, a chocolate egg there,Symbols of a society that doesn’t care.“Care?” you say, “Do you mean me?”“What’s there to care; how can this be?”It’s the cross, you forget, that rugged wood,That makes Good Friday eternally good.What’s so good about the death of…
  • PARP 65 – Amateur Radio Goals for the New Year

    The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast
    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 Kids Day…
  • Amateur Radio Making Waves:

    eHam.net News
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The arrival of Facebook and Twitter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ipswich's amateur radio devotees. Ipswich and District Amateur Radio Club marked World Amateur Radio Day with an expo in Booval at the weekend, calling on residents to get involved in the fun. Club president Glen Woodrow said the hobby had undergone something of a revival in recent years. "It has never been easier to enter the hobby through the basic Foundation Licence, and the club can show you how to join in the fun," Mr Woodrow said. At the weekend's Ipswich exhibition, members demonstrated how amateur radio…
  • PARP 66 – Linux and Greyline Discussions

    The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast
    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 KD0BIK’s Blog -…
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  • KickSat Has Been Deployed in Low-Earth Orbit

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project, reports the satellite launched successfully April 18 at 1925 UTC and successfully has attained low-Earth orbit.“We at Cornell and several Amateur Radio operators around the world have made contact with the spacecraft, and it is alive and well,” Manchester reported.The Cornell grad student has announced that he will offer prizes to the first severa...
  • Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteers Take Part in Tsunami Preparedness Exercise

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Amateur Radio volunteers in Puerto Rico participated in the CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX 14 exercise in March. The purpose of the exercise was to assist tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the east coasts of the US and Canada.Since 2010, Amateur Radio has played a role in the exercise, executed in Puerto Rico in conjunction with the Seismic Net of Puerto Rico (R...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    ARRL Headquarters is closed for Good Friday on April 18, so the bulletin comes to you a day early.After a few days in the doldrums on April 8-13 with sunspot numbers in the double digits, solar activity made a strong recovery over the following three days, with daily sunspot numbers of 105, 149 and 245. Sunspot numbers have reached this level several times in the past 12 months. On February 28,...
  • Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Critical Support for 30th Challenge Cup Relay

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Amateur Radio volunteers were key to maintaining safety and security for the thousands of law enforcement personnel who took part in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay (B2V) race on March 22. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the event, sometimes called “The world’s longest police foot pursuit.” The relay event covers some 120 miles of remote territory, from the Mojave Desert near Ba...
  • W1AW/x Portable Operations, W100AW, and W1HQ Can QSL via Bureau

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    You may request that QSL cards be delivered via the ARRL QSL Bureau system for contacts with the W1AW/x portable operations, W100AW, and W1HQ, now underway during the ARRL Centennial. You must first have an account with the QSL Bureau that handles your cards and have sufficient postage or envelopes on file with that bureau. Any cards that cannot be delivered will not be held or stored.Please do...
 
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  • WPI Ham Radio Club Provides Critical Communication for Marathon:

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    WORCESTER (CBS) -- Among the thousands of volunteers working to make this year's Boston Marathon go as smoothly as possible will be the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ham radio club, the WPI Wireless Association. Seniors Harrison Williams and Matthew Foreman and their team of about a dozen students and alumni coordinate the buses that take the runners and personnel to Hopkinton and then keep looping back to Boston to transport runners unable to finish. All of the communication for the buses is done by radio, no cell phones, Internet or texting. "This is certainly something that is very…
  • When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific:

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The newsmen ignored the Japanese bombs shaking seventy-five feet of rock above their heads. It was June 1940, and a team of Chinese and Western broadcasters continued their reports from a tunnel beneath Chongqing, China's wartime capital, the "world's most bombed city." Seven thousand miles away, in Ventura, a dentist woke early to listen to their broadcast. As he did every morning, beginning precisely at 5:53 a.m., Dr. Charles Stuart spent two hours carefully monitoring recording levels as acetate discs recorded the broadcast from XGOY, the Chinese government's radio station. Next to him,…
  • ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014:

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The following is a QST. The new Digital Ham Video system on the International Space Station is fully commissioned; another shortwave intruder is found in the 40 meter band; United Kingdom hams petition their telecommunications regulator to get back to enforcing the rules; Vietnam confirms expanded ham radio spectrum; the Crimea will not count as a new DXCC entity and radio is used to wake up a comet exploration probe. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1914 coming your way right now.
  • Amateur Radio Making Waves:

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The arrival of Facebook and Twitter has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ipswich's amateur radio devotees. Ipswich and District Amateur Radio Club marked World Amateur Radio Day with an expo in Booval at the weekend, calling on residents to get involved in the fun. Club president Glen Woodrow said the hobby had undergone something of a revival in recent years. "It has never been easier to enter the hobby through the basic Foundation Licence, and the club can show you how to join in the fun," Mr Woodrow said. At the weekend's Ipswich exhibition, members demonstrated how amateur radio…
  • Hollister Recognized by State for Years of Volunteer Work:

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Communications specialist aids local public safety for decades: SIERRA VISTA -- A local volunteer who has spent more than two decades assisting local public service entities with their communication needs has been selected to receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Since arriving in Sierra Vista in 1986, Robert Hollister has applied his extensive knowledge of radio communications to support local search and rescue efforts, upgrade rural fire district radio systems, help with emergency planning efforts for the county and more.
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    QRZ Forums - Amateur Radio News

  • Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites

    G4TUT
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    kicksat.jpgSuccessful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites Five CubeSats including KicksSat which carries 104 Sprite satellites on 437 MHz, were successfully launched on the SpaceX CRS-3 mission on Friday, April 18 at 19:25:22 UT The CubeSats KickSat, SporeSat, TSAT, PhoneSat-v2.5 and ALL-STAR/THEIA were deployed into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. On the KickSat updates page Zac Manchester KD2BHC has announced a competition to receive the first amateur radio signals from the KickSat CubeSat and the tiny Sprites satellites. Zac writes: Our launch coming up in less…
  • Ofcom 27 MHz CB and 915 MHz Consultations

    G4TUT
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Ofcom 27 MHz CB and 915 MHz Consultations Ofcom has published a public consultation on draft regulations, the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption and Amendment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and a Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communications Services on Aircraft) (Exemption) Regulations 2014 The proposed Wireless Telegraphy Exemption regulations would implement the following previous decisions by Ofcom: • authorise the use of 870 to 876 MHz and 915 to 921 MHz for a number of short range devices on a licence-exempt basis (following a statement in April 2014); • enable the…
  • VIDEO: How to Setup a Raspberry PI with DVAP to Access D-STAR

    N3FHW
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    I have posted a very detailed video on how to setup a Raspberry PI image for a DVAP to create a hotspot for connecting to the D-STAR network: http://youtu.be/FKjHw3xVnsw Enjoy! Joe N3FHW
  • Free Log4OM Logging software NEW Easter release

    G4POP
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    This weekend we are releasing the latest update of the free logging software Log4OM V.1.17 that contains many new and unique features. Free download at: http://www.pisto.it/wordpress/log4om-en/ User manual at: http://www.pisto.it/wordpress/log4om-en/ Log4OM user forum at: http://www.pisto.it/forum/ New features in this release. · Full support of SOTA with integration to the SOTA Mapping Project and a specific export/import facility for SOTA CSV’s – See detailed information below. · New award manager for user-defined awards added together with a set of basic awards e.g. WAB, WAI, IIA,…
  • Ham Nation show changes

    G4TUT
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Ham Nation show changes The popular amateur radio TV show Ham Nation is introducing a few changes to the line-up Randy Hall K7AGE tweets "I am joining the Ham Nation show producing videos similar to George's. Bob has changed the show and adding some new people, including me." K7AGE YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/K7AGE/videos Ham Nation YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TWiTHamNation/videos Ham Nation http://twit.tv/hn http://www.southgatearc.org/news/201...ow_changes.htm Follow Southgate News on Twitter Become a Facebook fan
 
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    QRZ Forums - Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events

  • HI7/OT4R

    OT4R
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    i am back qrv from dominican republiek PUNTA-CANA from 10/05/2014 until 31/05/2014 on 20 and 10 meters SSB. call HI7/OT4R QRA LOC FK58TN ONLY E QSL
  • AZsQRPions 20th Anniversay at TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM-- QRP rigs and the DISCONE Antenna

    W0RSP
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    A Special Event honoring 20 years of the AZsQRPIONS QRP Club will be held April 26, 1400-2359UTC at the unique relic of the cold war nuclear deterrent: the TITAN MISSILE MUSEUM in Green Valley AZ dedicated by Ronald Reagan to creating an ongoing awareness of the Armagedon that would result from a nuclear exchange. Everyone should be guided through the silo and control rooms to get a sense of the reality of it all. The CLUB will use the site's primary antenna -- a broadband DISCONE with a fairly flat SWR from 1.8-30Mhz, with low nodes in most of the ham bands. We will operate with QRP rigs…
  • 2nd Annual Maligned Swine Special Event

    KC4UFN
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club will be sponsoring its 2nd Annual Maligned Swine Special Event station on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 1300-1800 UTC on 14.260 mHz. A certificate can be requested with a QSL and an SASE to VBARC-Maligned Swine Special Event, PO Box 62003, VA Beach, VA 23466 or e-mail QSL information to MalignSwine@gmail.com for an electronic certificate. The Maligned Swine Special Event station is a collaboration between the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club and the Back Bay Restoration Foundation dedicated to the problems of feral pigs in the Back Bay National…
  • mn0ccg causeway coast and glens amateur radio club bushmills radio night/easter draw.

    MI0LJM
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    causeway coast and glens arc bushmills,radio night /easter draw tomorrow wednesday 7pm portballintrae village hall all welcome.......
  • K7SEL Special Event Station: April 19-27, 2014

    N7RCS
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Will be operating 160-10m, all modes during the day and evening. Stations are located in Pacific time zone. Those contacting K7SEL on 6 different/bands/modes will receive a full-color commemorative certficate. Confirmed contacts who provide a SASE will receive a commemorative QSL card. For those who are county hunters, we are operating from Whitman county in Washington State and Nez Perce and Latah counties in Idaho. Some background on Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories: Our Roots Edmund O. Schweitzer, III founded SEL in 1982 in Pullman, Washington. The company introduced the world’s first…
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    QRZ Forums - Hamfest and Convention Calendar

  • The 42nd annual TRARC hamfest April 27 in the Pittsburgh Pa. suburb of Mckeesport

    KB3UWC
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I am pleased to announce the 42nd annual Two Rivers amateur radio club hamfest. On April 27th 2014. Lots of great prizes, great deals and good food. For more information Please visit our website www.trarc.net and click on the link to the hamfest flyer. Hope to see you there 73 Steve KB3UWC
  • Hambash April 19th Kansas City

    KD0ZJO
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    The Ararat Shrine Amateur Radio Club is proud to host the annual Hambash Event at the Ararat Shrine again this year. I hope you will enjoy the event and the famous Shrine hospitality. Flea Market, Commercial Vendors, ARRL Seminar, MARS Seminar, Emergency Service Vehicles on display. http://www.hambash.com April 19th
  • The 16th Annual Catawba Valley Hamfest Morganton, NC

    NI4L
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Saturday - April 19th, 2014 8AM - Until Burke County Fairgrounds 145 Bost Road Morganton, NC Phone: 828-437-2787 I will have a table , come and visit.
  • May 10 2014 East Greenbush NY EGARA Hamfest :)

    K2HAT
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    May 10 2014 EGARA Hamfest, hope to see many people There. http://www.w2egb.org/docs/w2egb%20ha...4%20flyer.html Proudly Presents Its Eleventh Annual Hamfest Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Rain or Shine! At the East Greenbush Fire Company 68 Phillips Road, East Greenbush, N.Y. Vendor Set-up: 6:00 a.m. General Public: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. General Admission: $6 Vendors: Pavilion: $6 per table (Tables provided) Tailgating: $6 per 8 foot space Hot Food All Day! Breakfast: Sandwiches ,Doughnuts Lunch: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chili Hot and Cold Drinks Door Prizes* Drawings starting at 10:00 a.m. Grand…
  • C.A.T.S. Tail-Gate Party, Clarksville, TN

    KX6F
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The Clarksville Amateur Transmitting Society (C.A.T.S.) Tail-gate party is on May 3, 2014. Location: 250 Old Farmers Road Hilldale Family Life Center Picnic Pavilion Time: Set up at 7:30 A.M. Opens at 8:00 A.M. Ends at 2:P.M. Tables: Set up, tables, and electricity and Eyeball QSO's all FREE!! Refreshments will be provided FREE!! Door Prize Drawing: FREE!! Come visit, swap/ sell equipment, and stories, and perhaps some tall tales. Come and have FUN. This year we will have Keith Miller Sr. N9DGK ARRL Section Manager Tennessee, the Two Rivers American Red Cross and members of the Montgomery…
 
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    N5FDL's Amateur Radio and Emcomm Blog

  • Review: Quicksilver Radio EMCOMM Kits

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Quicksilver Radio is selling a pretty complete emcomm kit, built around the not-my-favorite-radio Baofeng UV-5RB, for $149.73. If all you need are the bag, fused cable and battery, the cost is $69.73. After publishing a post about the kit last month, one of our members purchased the complete kit and yesterday I got to play with it. This is a product review.
  • Basic EMCOMM Kit for $149.73

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    New hams tend to buy a handie-talkie as their first radio but end up using a second, mobile radio for most of their communications. In that scenario, an inexpensive kit such as this one — which costs about the same as a Yaesu FT-60 talkie — makes a whole lot of sense.
  • Mark Nowell Memorial: Sat 3/1 in Oakland

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    12 Feb 2014 | 4:44 pm
    A celebration of the life of our friend, Mark Nowell WI7YN, will be held on Saturday, March 1 in Oakland. (I don’t yet know the time). Mark, who had been manager of HRO Oakland until shortly before his death, succumbed to heart disease in early January. His brother, Jeff AD6YZ, asks that those wanting to attend the memorial, or share their remembrances of Mark, send an RSVP email to remembering.mark@att.net.   More from the HRO site: It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye as we mourn the loss of one of our dear friends and a senior West Coast HRO family members. Born in…
  • HRO's Mark Nowell, WI7YN (SK)

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    13 Jan 2014 | 11:45 am
    It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Mark Nowell, WI7YN, until recently manager of Ham Radio Outlet in Oakland. It is interesting that despite being one of my best ham friends, Mark and I never actually talked to one another on the radio. Mark, who had suffered heart problems in the past and had been recently hospitalized, suffered a heart attack while riding with a friend on Friday. He was immediately driven to the hospital, where he passed a short time later. He was a really good guy, a friend to all, and will be missed. Interesting fact: He was probably more interested in…
  • Chip Problem Kills Wouxun Memory?

    David Coursey, N5FDL
    6 Jan 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Here is very troubling news from the Wouxun_KG-UVD1 Yahoo Group: “It has been reported that ALL Wouxun HTs have an issue with their NVRAM chips. Many units have failed to hold their settings, due to a poor quality chip. If your radio loses its settings, defaults to Chinese language, etc. It is this bug.“All radios have this chip, and are susceptible to eventually developing this issue.“As our radios age, they will become more likely to develop this bug.“Hopefully other Chinese radios do not have this chip, otherwise they could become truly disposable, as the naysayers…
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    KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog

  • Wanna review my new study guide?

    Dan KB6NU
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I have completed the PDF, Kindle (.mobi), and Nook (ePub) versions of the new edition of the Tech study guide. If you’d be interested in having an advance look at it, e-mail me, and I’ll send you a copy. I have an ulterior motive, of course. I’d like to get your comments and see if you can find any typos before I release it to the general public. I’m only going to send it to about a dozen people, so that I can keep track of the copies that I do send out. The post Wanna review my new study guide? appeared first on KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog.
  • Coiling Cables

    Dan KB6NU
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A couple of years ago at Field Day, Bruce, KT8TD, tried to show me how to coil cables properly. using the “over-under” technique. Using this technique helps prevent cables from getting all tangled when you uncoil them. I really was too tired at the time to pay much attention, and I never really learned the trick. Yesterday, though, someone on Twitter posted a link to a Boing Boing post that describes the technique and links to a YouTube video (below) that shows you how to do it. I practiced with some tangled cables I had laying around the shack, and now think that I can coil with…
  • Next one-day Tech class, Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Dan KB6NU
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    My next One-Day Tech Class will be held on Saturday, May 3, 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 48103. You…
  • From my Twitter feed: digital TV, vintage computers, 10 GHz

    Dan KB6NU
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Jeff Davis @ke9v DATV-Express digital-ATV project flip.it/GUG5j #hamradio   David Larsen KK4WW @Apple1computer RT @computerhobby: #Vintage #Computers Peek inside the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum warehouse ow.ly/vAczx #Floyd_VA I used to work for Jon Titus, one of the founders and owners of the company that published the Bugbooks. Jon’s a ham, too. His call is KZ1G.   ARRL @arrl ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss “Fatally Flawed” Petition for Rule Making Affecting 10 GHz: The ARRL has told the FCC… tinyurl.com/n3948yc The post From my Twitter feed: digital TV,…
  • Who else is on Twitter?

    Dan KB6NU
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    For the past year or so, I’ve been fairly active on Twitter. My id there is @kb6nu. I’ve found it to be a great adjunct to my ham radio operations. Whenever I turn on the rig, I also open a window on the computer and log into Twitter (via TweetDeck). Twitter brings me ham radio news, information about current band conditions, and links to items of interest to electronics experimenters. I “follow” nearly 900 other hams and electronics experimenters, and I now have a following of almost 2,000. Just as important, it’s helped me make contact, both virtually and…
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  • Good Friday 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    What makes Good Friday good?” you ask.A challenge! A rather daunting task.Some may dismiss it with a shrug and a smirk,And consider it another day off work.Others, religious, pious as such,Take a few minutes for a mournful watch;Merchants unlock their doors with glee,Anticipating the pre-Easter shopping spree.A bunny here, a chocolate egg there,Symbols of a society that doesn’t care.“Care?” you say, “Do you mean me?”“What’s there to care; how can this be?”It’s the cross, you forget, that rugged wood,That makes Good Friday eternally good.What’s so good about the death of…
  • Figuring the numbers

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    As you all know from reading this blog, my main interests in Amateur Radio are QRP, CW, portable ops and DX.  I don't consider myself a hardcore DXer.  I will look for it, I will work it when I hear it, but I'm not one of those guys that has the Cluster send alerts to his smartphone.  I'm not one of those who will set his alarm clock for 2:00 AM just to work a new one. I will, however, bump up the power and leave QRP land to work a new one if I hear it.  I did that last night.I consider myself one notch above the "Casual DXer" level. I was fooling around playing with…
  • Many thanks

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    to those of you who posted comments, or sent me private e-mails concerning the 9:11 UNUN, and particularly to "Anonymous" who provided the link to: http://www.balundesigns.com/servlet/the-102/QRP-9-cln-1-Unun-1.5/DetailThat was an eye-opener.  If the weather isn't too chilly or damp this weekend, I think I am going to see what happens when I use the 24.5' and 36' wires as the radiator.  As my friend Bob W3BBO says, this is the fun of playing around with homebrew antennas - playing around until you discover something that works for you.  It will help if propagation is decent -…
  • Great way to kick off Holy Week.

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    First off, please allow me to wish all my friends of the Jewish faith a very Happy Passover, which begins tonight.  May your Holy Days be blessed and enjoyable, surrounded by good food, friends and family.Holy Week began yesterday for those of us who are Roman Catholic, or those who are in communion with the Roman Catholic Church as well as most Protestant denominations.  So what better way to kick off the week (Amateur Radio wise) than by working 3Z14EASTER?Courtesy of QRZ and SP6IEQDionizy SP6IEQ, is running the Special Event station until April 24th. I worked him on 15 Meters…
  • And here I thought it was me!

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    To say it is a beautiful day in New Jersey today is in understatement.  The sun is shining, and the temperatures are in the upper 60s (20C).  The breeze (if there is any) is so gentle that you don't even notice it.  So I decided that after grocery shopping, but before other chores, that I would sneak off to the park and try out the EARCHI antenna.  I built the 9:1 UNUN late last Autumn and didn't get a chance to try it out. The antenna line launcher worked perfectly, once again.  First shot, I cleared a 50 foot tree with ease. The end fed EARCHI was up in record time.
 
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    KØNR: Radio Enthusiast

  • The KP2 Slacker DXpedition Guide

    K0NR
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I’ve had several opportunities to take amateur radio along on vacation and do a little radio operating from other countries. I try not to focus too much on ham radio during such a trip, as it has a tendency to create marital discord and can suck the fun out of the vacation. Some people call this a “holiday style” DXpedition, or maybe it’s just the slacker approach. The marine yellow Baofeng UV-5R handheld transceiver got a lot of use. St John USVI Joyce (K0JJW) and I were planning a vacation with three other couples that we’ve known for years. It turns out that…
  • Get Your Mobile Frequency Sticker On

    K0NR
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    One of the things I try to do is monitor the National Simplex Calling Frequency for 2 meter FM: 146.52 MHz, especially when mobile. It is fun to see who might show up on 2m simplex: SOTA operators, hikers, mobile stations, campers, etc. See these two posts on operating ideas: A Simple Wilderness Protocol: 146.52 MHz and The Use of 146.52 MHz. It is also fun to say hello to another ham when you pass them on the highway. While you may see their call letter license plates or notice their mobile antenna, you may not know what frequency they are monitoring. The Noise Blankers Radio Club has solved…
  • Bloody Proprietary Connectors

    K0NR
    14 Feb 2014 | 9:17 am
    I came across this video rant by David L. Jones on the EEVblog concerning proprietary cables on consumer devices. I agree with him completely. Warning: some language not suitable for kids. Unfortunately, if you look at ham radio gear, we are in even worse shape than the consumer market. Heck, even the freaking microphone connectors are unique to each manufacturer.
  • Colorado 14er Event – August 3, 2014

    K0NR
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:55 pm
    During the Colorado 14er Event, Amateur Radio operators will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains and SOTA summits to set up amateur radio stations to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. Join in on the fun on Sunday August 3 and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. The new Colorado 14er Event logo is now available on t-shirts and more. Starting in 2012, Summits on The Air (SOTA) is part of this event.This means there are over 1700 summits that you can activate in Colorado, with a wide variety of hiking…
  • Solving the Baofeng Cable Problem

    K0NR
    8 Feb 2014 | 7:50 am
    The various models of Baofeng handheld transceivers keep popping up everywhere. At prices less than $50, radio amateurs (including veterans and newbies) are scarfing up these radios. See my postings or check out PD0AC’s blog for more information. Also very frequently, the new owner of such a radio finds that they cannot figure out how to program it. Of course, the solution is “use the programming software” which is often helpful (and often not). The really gnarly problem that usually surfaces is getting the programming cable to work. It appears that many of the cheap Baofeng…
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    The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

  • 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 activitiesKD0BIK’s Blog -…
  • 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 KD0BIK’s Blog -…
  • 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 Kids Day…
  • PARP 64 – Windows XP End of Life

    KDØBIK
    23 Nov 2013 | 4:00 pm
    Podcast Number 64 – Podcast ver. 64.6 - November 24, 2013 (32.7 MB, runtime 28:33) Transcript In this episode I discuss the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP End of Life.  I also introduce our new PARP Guest Hosts, Bill Stearns – NE4RD and Paul Griffith – KE5WMA.  Finally I share upcoming information on the #WATwitter QSO Party and my own QSO A Day Challenge for 2014. All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening. Links to Websites discussed on this episode HamCrazy.com Worked All Twitter QSO Party, NR4CB Blog KD0BIK’s Website - General information…
  • PARP 63 – Taking Amateur Radio Abroad

    KDØBIK
    2 Nov 2013 | 5:00 pm
    Podcast Number 63 – Podcast ver. 63.6 - November 3, 2013 (25.3 MB, runtime 22:04) Transcript In this episode I discuss taking amateur radio abroad.  If you are interested in learning the rules and regulations of operating amateur radio equipment overseas, this episode should help you.    All this and just a little bit more.  Thank you for listening.  Links to Websites discussed on this episode  https://www.rac.ca/en/rac/services/bandplans/allband.php http://www.arrl.org/cept http://www.uba.be/en/you-plan-visit-belgium http://www.arrl.org/amateur-frequencies-outside-the-us…
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