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  • The Ten Essentials for Hiking (and SOTA Activations)

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    K0NR
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most backcountry hikers are familiar with the Ten Essentials that you should take with you whenever you head into the wilderness. Over the past few years, I noticed that I was getting a bit sloppy with regard to what is actually in my pack when I head out on the trail. This hit home one day when my GPS battery went dead. I fumbled around to find my compass which was supposed to be in my pack. Well, it was in my pack, the other one that I left at home. This caused me to review the list of ten essentials to make sure I had the right stuff in my kit. A search on the internet revealed that the…
  • A Few New Ham Radio Podcasts

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    K0NR
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Listening to podcasts has been part of my daily habit for almost a decade. I lean heavily towards audio podcasts (as opposed to video), so I can listen to them while driving. My smartphone is always loaded with hours of content on a variety of topics which is especially useful for international flights. Podcasts come and go (or podfade) and recently I’ve noticed a few new ham radio podcasts. Well, they might not be all that new…perhaps I just woke up and noticed them. Anyway, I am passing them along in case you have not come across them. The QSO Today Podcast by Eric 4Z1UG: QSO…
  • FO-29 Satellite Contact Claims Distance Record

    American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christophe Lucas, F4CQA, in Trouy, France, appear to have set a new contact distance record on the FO-29 satellite. The contact occurred on August 27 at 1732 UTC.“This was not a scheduled contact,” Swanson explained. “I simply answered Christophe’s CQ. I knew it was a good contact at the time, but as I was portable up on Arkansas’ Shinall Moun...
  • Media Hits: Friedrichshaufen, radio giveaway, Sen. Wicker thanks hams

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    Dan KB6NU
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    For authentic Maker culture, try this annual world meeting of ham radio hobbyists. The last weekend of June, more than 17,000 people from around the world gathered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, to tune into a seemingly outmoded technology: the radio. With 198 exhibitors from 38 countries, Ham Radio 2015 was the 40th gathering of the world’s amateur radio operators in this vacation city on Lake Constance. Join the club, get a radio. The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club wants to hear more new ham radio operators on the air. To promote ham radio, HVARC is giving away ham radios to any…
  • Rotary may have the answer to the ARRL’s membership woes

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    Dan KB6NU
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I am a member of the local Rotary club, and I have always been fascinated by the similarities between Rotary International and the ARRL. They’re not exactly the same, of course, but they are close enough that I think the ARRL could learn from the experience of Rotary. For example, up until a year or so ago, Rotary Club membership here in the U.S. has been declining. It’s true that the number of ARRL members has grown slowly over the last few years, but the percentage of licensed radio amateurs who are ARRL members continues to decline. I think that despite the sunny editorials…
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  • A Reminder — FCC Universal Licensing System Down for Maintenance September 2-8

    4 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    [UPDATED 2015-09-04 1305 UTC] The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and other FCC website public applications are down for maintenance and will be unavailable from 2200 UTC on Wednesday, September 2, until 1200 UTC on Tuesday, September 8. The outage also will affect the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS). During the ULS outage, it w...
  • The K7RA Solar Update

    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic warning at 0009 UTC on September 4:“The IMF Bz [Interplanetary Magnetic Field] has been strongly southward over the last 3 hours (2100 UTC on September 3 to present). However, the current solar wind speeds are at moderate levels, which are unfavourable to cause any major geomagnetic disturbance. If the solar wind ...
  • ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on Labor Day, September 7

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, and there will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice on those days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen at 8 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 8.We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!
  • Nominations Open for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The ARRL is accepting nominations for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award. The deadline to receive nominations and supporting materials is November 1. The award honors long-time ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM (SK), the chief developer of the National Traffic System (NTS). Hart died in 2013 at the age of 99.Established by the ARRL Board of Directors in 2009, the George Ha...
  • FO-29 Satellite Contact Claims Distance Record

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christophe Lucas, F4CQA, in Trouy, France, appear to have set a new contact distance record on the FO-29 satellite. The contact occurred on August 27 at 1732 UTC.“This was not a scheduled contact,” Swanson explained. “I simply answered Christophe’s CQ. I knew it was a good contact at the time, but as I was portable up on Arkansas’ Shinall Moun...
 
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  • Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1975 September 4 2015:

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:24 pm
    The following is a QST. A 105-year-old radio amateur honored for 90 years of QSOs. YLs in the UK repurpose unused repeater time by establishing a net. The FCC takes back an Arizona ham's vanity call sign. Digital mode users prep for a big QSO party Down Under AND a conference in The Windy City. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1975 coming your way right now.
  • Patna University Students to be Trained in Ham Radio Use:

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:23 pm
    PATNA: Representatives from the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Indian Red Cross Society, Scouts and Guides, National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Patna and students from Patna University colleges are likely to attend a five-day HAM radio training programme commencing here from Saturday under the auspices of the G P Sinha Centre for Disaster Management and Rural Development. Programme adviser Sharwan Kumar Singh said HAM radio or amateur radio is a unique device which remains functional even as all other communication network fails in the time of disasters. Besides, of late, it is…
  • Radio Broadcast Tells Sub's WWII Story:

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Hobbyist cranks up Razorback's old gear on anniversary of Japan's surrender: Using a metal storage container as a makeshift seat, a U.S. Navy veteran positioned himself in the cramped radio room of the USS Razorback submarine Wednesday afternoon, twiddling the knob that controls the radio's frequency. Once John Moore, 53, of Olathe, Kan., reached the frequency he wanted, he adjusted his old Telex headphones and lifted a microphone to his face. "C-Q, C-Q, November-five-Romeo," Moore said. "Special events station aboard the USS Razorback. C-Q, C-Q." Moore was using his Yaesu brand radio and the…
  • DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #35:

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, K5SL, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
  • Just Ahead In Radiosport:

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Just Ahead In Radiosport:
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  • Operating Notes: auroral flutter, 40m propagation, more

    Dan KB6NU
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:12 am
    The sun’s been rather active as far as solar flares go. Last night, I could tell this by the contacts I made. I had QSOs with Art, K8CIT in Northern Michigan and Bill, WA7NCL. Both exhibited definite auroral flutter. I’m not a propagation expert, but could the signals been bouncing off an aurora somehow? What do you think? Aurora over one of the Chena Lakes in North Pole, Alaska. Speaking of propagation, we have a dilemma when it comes to 40m propagation in the summer.  We all want good propagation, but conditions that are favorable for amateur radio signals are also favorable…
  • Anyone wanna Blab with me?

    Dan KB6NU
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Yesterday, I got an e-mail from the ProBlogger mailing list noting that Darren Rowse, aka ProBlogger, would be conducting a Blab. “Blab?” I asked myself. What the heck is that? Well, as it turns out, a Blab is kind of like a Google Hangout with a chat room. A blab can have up to four participants, or Blabbers, that can be talking to one another, live on-screen at the same time, and any number of viewers. The viewers can participate in the chat portion, which is visible to the blabbers and to the other viewers. Here’s what a typical Blab screen looks like: The blabs cover a…
  • Rotary may have the answer to the ARRL’s membership woes

    Dan KB6NU
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I am a member of the local Rotary club, and I have always been fascinated by the similarities between Rotary International and the ARRL. They’re not exactly the same, of course, but they are close enough that I think the ARRL could learn from the experience of Rotary. For example, up until a year or so ago, Rotary Club membership here in the U.S. has been declining. It’s true that the number of ARRL members has grown slowly over the last few years, but the percentage of licensed radio amateurs who are ARRL members continues to decline. I think that despite the sunny editorials…
  • Media Hits: Friedrichshaufen, radio giveaway, Sen. Wicker thanks hams

    Dan KB6NU
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    For authentic Maker culture, try this annual world meeting of ham radio hobbyists. The last weekend of June, more than 17,000 people from around the world gathered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, to tune into a seemingly outmoded technology: the radio. With 198 exhibitors from 38 countries, Ham Radio 2015 was the 40th gathering of the world’s amateur radio operators in this vacation city on Lake Constance. Join the club, get a radio. The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club wants to hear more new ham radio operators on the air. To promote ham radio, HVARC is giving away ham radios to any…
  • Start an amateur radio virtuous circle

    Dan KB6NU
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    On the ham_instructor Yahoo Group this morning, we’ve been discussing the classes that we are going to be offering in the fall. About his Tech class, Bob, K0NR, noted, “Currently have about 30 students signed up…we keep thinking we’ll run out of interested people but they keep coming.” I’ve noticed the same thing here, too. I keep thinking that we’ll run out of interested people, but I have no problem at all filling my classes. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the more people that have taken my class, the more people there are that want to…
 
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  • Because of this

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:35 am
    and thisI was able to have a QSO with ON4UN on 20 Meters during lunchtime today.  It took a huge net to grab this little fish. Thanks John, for pulling my tiny little signal out of the aether!72 de Larry W2LJQRP - When you care to send the very least!
  • 156th Anniversary

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    It was this time of year, from August 28th to September 2nd, 1859 that the Earth experienced what was to be known as The Carrington Event. On September 1st, a solar flare was observed by two British amateur astronomers, Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson.This was a coronal mass ejection that occurred during Cycle 10. It was a solar storm of such great intensity that reportedly, people as far south in Florida and Cuba were able to see aurora. In the Rockies, gold miners woke up in the middle of the night and started preparing breakfast because they thought it was…
  • Meh

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Boy, the sunspot cycle is definitely on the decline. And it's not a gentle "let's go down the water slide into the pool" kind of decline.  It's more of a "let's do a belly-flop and let's get soaked" kind of decline.Just a few months ago, I was going out to the Jeep during lunchtime.  2 or 3 DX QSOs during lunchtime was relatively normal. 4 or 5 was a treat. Lately the bands have been dead, dead, dead, DEAD!I tried to work Danny KD0SZS on 20 Meters and it was a struggle.  Warren, NJ to Springfield, MO was a struggle. Danny gave me a 459 and I gave him a 559. Those RSTs were made…
  • Getting ready

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I just spent the weekend working The Barclays golf tournament with my fellow South Plainfield CERT and RACES members. Over the past week, I have put in about 20 hours worth of volunteer time on the streets adjacent to the golf course. No earth shattering EMCOMM work, just public safety stuff. The main job was to insure that the spectators walking into and out of the event didn't get run over by one of the many shuttle buses coming in and out of the event entrance.There are Ham / CERT people that I know that have a real disdain for this type of thing. I've heard comments such as…
  • Ionosphere? What ionosphere?

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I went out to the car at lunchtime to try and get some QRP in.No dice.There were no signals on any of the bands that I was able to hear. And this wasn't just a problem this afternoon, as this has been going on for a while. Last night, I turned on the radio in order to get ready for the 20 Meter QRP Fox hunt.  With 10 minutes to go before the hunt started, I twiddled the dial between 14.050 and 14.070 MHz.  I was not able to hear a single, solitary CW signal. No QRPers, no FISTS, no SKCCers - no one. I consider it a minor miracle that an hour into the hunt, I was able to discern…
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  • A Few New Ham Radio Podcasts

    K0NR
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Listening to podcasts has been part of my daily habit for almost a decade. I lean heavily towards audio podcasts (as opposed to video), so I can listen to them while driving. My smartphone is always loaded with hours of content on a variety of topics which is especially useful for international flights. Podcasts come and go (or podfade) and recently I’ve noticed a few new ham radio podcasts. Well, they might not be all that new…perhaps I just woke up and noticed them. Anyway, I am passing them along in case you have not come across them. The QSO Today Podcast by Eric 4Z1UG: QSO…
  • Colorado 14er Event: Mount Antero (W0C/SR-003)

    K0NR
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    For the 2015 Colorado 14er Event, Joyce K0JJW and I activated Mount Antero (W0C/SR-003) on the 2m and 70 cm bands. Alan NM5S joined us on the summit, operating mostly HF plus some 2m fm. We took our Jeep Wrangler up the moderate 4WD road and parked at 13,800 feet. This makes for a very manageable hike to the 14,269 foot summit. Of course, you can always choose to start the hike from lower on the mountain, but you’ll end up walking along the road. This web site provides a good overview of the 4WD road.  The 14ers.com web site and summitpost.org are additional sources of summit info.
  • 2014 September VHF Contest Certificate

    K0NR
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The certificate for my entry in the 2014 ARRL September VHF Contest arrived in the mail last week. Given that it has been 11 months after the contest, I had pretty much forgotten about the effort. The ARRL VHF contest certificates look great, even if they do take a while to get issued. It turns out this contest entry was the combination VHF contest plus Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation from Mt Herman that I blogged about. My blog posting said my score was 767 but the actual score was 780. Not a big score by any standard but not bad for ~4 hours of operating on a Saturday afternoon. As I…
  • West Buffalo Peak (W0C/SP-018)

    K0NR
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Buffalo Peaks are a pair of 13er summits that stick up quite prominently on the west side of South Park in Colorado. West Buffalo Peak is the taller of the pair (13,326 feet) and the SOTA summit (W0C/SP-018). I’ve had my eye on these peaks for a while, wanting to climb then and also do a SOTA activation. Here’s a winter view of the summits, as seen from the south near Trout Creek Pass. Buffalo Peaks in the Winter There’s quite a bit of good information on the peaks at SummitPost.org. Joyce K0JJW and I hiked in from the north, off of Buffalo Peaks Road (FS 431). The trailhead…
  • The Ten Essentials for Hiking (and SOTA Activations)

    K0NR
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most backcountry hikers are familiar with the Ten Essentials that you should take with you whenever you head into the wilderness. Over the past few years, I noticed that I was getting a bit sloppy with regard to what is actually in my pack when I head out on the trail. This hit home one day when my GPS battery went dead. I fumbled around to find my compass which was supposed to be in my pack. Well, it was in my pack, the other one that I left at home. This caused me to review the list of ten essentials to make sure I had the right stuff in my kit. A search on the internet revealed that the…
 
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  • PARP 69 – Antenna Analyzers and Tuners

    KDØBIK
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Podcast Number 69 – Podcast ver. 69.8 – August 23, 2015 (30.6 MB, runtime 26:42) Transcript PARP 69 – In this episode of PARP, I discuss the practical use of antenna analyzers and antenna tuners.  I also introduce you to the KB6NU website and the popular “No Non-Sense” Amateur Radio exam study guides.   I also introduce PARP listeners to the brand new 100 Watts & A Wire amateur radio podcast.  All this and just a little bit more… Links to websites discussed during this episode of PARP. KB6NU Website KB6NU Parent’s Guide to Amateur Radio 100…
  • 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…
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