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  • Communicating During An Emergency

    03/22/2013 12:36:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 116 replies
    Prep-Blog ^ | 3/22/13 | Butch C
    Being able to effectively communicate with family and friends during an emergency is critical. In the past weve seen disasters quickly take down the infrastructure needed for cell phones to operate as well as situations where cell towers were undamaged but overloaded. When too many people try to use the same means of communication the cellular networks can quickly become overloaded and calls simply will not go through.
  • Hint of 150 MHz radio emission from the Neptune-mass extrasolar transiting planet HAT-P-11b

    02/25/2013 10:34:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | 2/24/2013 | Brian Wang
    ince the radio-frequency emission from planets is expected to be strongly influenced by their interaction with the magnetic field and corona of the host star, the physics of this process can be effectively constrained by making sensitive measurements of the planetary radio emission. Up to now, however, numerous searches for radio emission from extrasolar planets at radio wavelengths have only yielded negative results. Here we report deep radio observations of the nearby Neptune-mass extrasolar transiting planet HAT-P-11b at 150 MHz, using the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). On July 16, 2009, we detected a 3σ emission whose light curve is...
  • Vanity: Just passed my General Class License (Ham Radio)...with some interesting observations

    02/04/2012 12:36:51 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 85 replies · 1+ views
    arrl ^ | 4 Feb 12 | dcbryan1
    20 or so people in there, half of them under 30 going for their technician. I was one of 2 in there to upgrade to general, and one showed up for the highest class, amateur extra. Anyways, I ask this kid (22-25yo) "Why are you getting into ham radio"? He matter-of-factly said, "For the upcoming zombie apocalypse". I laughed and half the room turned around, glad to proclaim the same, hell even bragging about it! A couple more admitted that they were embarrased to say that but essentially that is why they were there. I found out with a little...
  • Question for any RACES Hams out there (Vanity)

    11/18/2011 2:35:59 PM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 8 replies
    Vanity | Self
    Like many other ham operators, I have been involved in the RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) aspect of the hobby for some time. RACES teams generally work with county emergency management agencies and support emergency communications. All of this, of course, rolls up to our corrupt FEMA/DHS bureaucracy and a lot of the ham physical resources are supported by FEMA grant money, strings attached. While the head is rotten, many of the local agencies are pretty good to work with while some aren't. I am seeing a number of hams expressing discontent with, or curtailing their level of activity...
  • ARRL Field Day 2011: June 25-26!

    06/24/2011 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies
    ARRL Field Day Overview ARRLField Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community...
  • ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, 2010

    06/01/2010 12:46:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies · 365+ views
    SNIPPET: "ARRL Field Day is June 26-27, 2010 ARRL Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of fun!" SNIPPET: "ARRL Field Day Overview ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate. ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many...
  • Amateur Radio

    09/11/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 93 replies · 2,297+ views
    Vanity | Sep 11, 2009 | Self
    Getting your ham radio license is an idea well worth considering if you think comunications might be restricted under some circumstances.
  • Amateur radio operators go on air for field day

    06/26/2009 12:06:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 100 replies · 2,514+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Friday, June 26, 2009. | RICH BREAULT
    [H]am radio operators will test their emergency communications capabilities with amateur radio clubs across the nation this weekend. The field day, the culmination of National Amateur Radio Week, known as the Nationwide Emergency Communications Drill, is intended to give the public a glimpse of the services amateur radio operators provide and a chance to meet the operators themselves. "In a disaster, when phone lines, cellphones and the Internet are all down, ham radio operators will be on the job," said Jon Clark, president of the Antelope Valley Amateur Radio Club. The club will set up at the north end of...
  • Another reason to admire Sarah Palin

    03/10/2009 8:14:40 PM PDT · by euram · 8 replies · 870+ views
    VA3QV's Weblog ^ | 03-09-09 | va3qv
    While doing a google search on the Iditarod Dog Sled Race I found lots of links that mentioned Amateur Radio in some small way This one caught my eye Courtesy State of Alaska Website Amateur Radio Week Printer Friendly WHEREAS, amateur radio operators have a long and illustrious history of providing communications worldwide for people in need. From the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and the 1996 Millers Reach Fire in Alaska, to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, amateur radio operators have given willingly of their time, equipment, skills, and energy to benefit close neighbors and faraway strangers...
  • STSO 'Flooded In Place' Puts Radio Operator Skills to Good Use

    02/01/2009 12:24:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 879+ views
    TSA.gov ^ | January 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/seattle_stso_flooded_in_place.shtm STSO 'Flooded In Place' Puts Radio Operator Skills to Good Use News & Happenings January 30, 2009 When more than two feet of snow gave way to rain and heavy flooding earlier this month, Supervisory TSO Donn Gallon of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport put his skills as an amateur radio operator to good use. As Gallon put it, he was flooded in place in his home on the Skookumchuck River in southwest Washington for more than two days. But from that vantage point he was able to report on water levels and other...
  • Romney "Disses" Amateur Radio In Televised Town Meeting (and why he won't get my vote)

    01/10/2008 11:30:21 AM PST · by Rick.Donaldson · 243 replies · 1,167+ views
    Eastern MA American Radio Relay League ^ | Wednesday 16 November 2005 @ 15:48:10 | Eastern Massachusetts ARRL
    Romney "Disses" Amateur Radio In Televised Town Meeting Posted on Wednesday 16 November 2005 @ 15:48:10 Governor Mitt Romney dismissed the role of Amateur Radio operators in emergency communications during a televised "town meeting" program last night on WCVB's "When Disaster Strikes: Segment Two." The program featured public safety and volunteer organization officials from across Massachusetts among its audience. Host and moderator Natalie Jacobson asked an increasingly-agitated Governor Romney questions about communications interoperability, and communication without commercial power. Romney was next asked by Jacobson, "...so does it come down to ham radio?..." The Governor replied in a disgusted tone, "No,...
  • Vanity (question about collins R390/URR

    01/06/2008 2:26:26 PM PST · by Charlespg · 22 replies · 782+ views
    I have a collins R390a/urr that was given to me by a eldery vet for chistmas I have contacted a Chuck Rippel in VA but he said did not have the time to repair it I am posting this because free republic has good info and maybe someone knows how I could repair this it sat for a long time in a enclosed garage and needs cleaning as well as minor repairs( at least I hope)
  • Jamaica DXpedition 2007 is a GO!

    10/03/2007 1:27:10 PM PDT · by Rick.Donaldson · 120+ views
    Jamaica DXpedition 2007 - N0NJY and KB0IRW ^ | 3 October 2007 | Rick Donaldson
    Who: NNJY/6Y5, KBIRW/6Y5 (Rick and JoAnne Donaldson) What: Jamaica DXPedition When: 12-14 October 2007 Where: Runaway Bay, Jamaica, West Indies Why: For FUN! Island DXpedition (Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and 18 years as hams radio operators together!) QSL: Home call (NNJY) Operational Times: APPROXIMATELY 17-21 UTC on Friday and Saturday, and 17-2 on Sun Frequency: Split frequency operation during operations hours on 14.19 +/-1 KHz, TX, Listening 14.2 14.23 (+/- 1 KHz) Equipment: ICOM IC-735, Alinco Power Supply, Home brew antenna (Pictures on blog site for equipment) Blog site with much more information for comments, and QSL information...
  • Vanity Used Ham Radios

    04/15/2007 4:40:14 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 17 replies · 602+ views
    april 15 2007 | Charlespg
    good source for used ham radios?
  • Where Will Ham Radio Be In 50 Years?

    03/02/2007 8:07:51 PM PST · by vintage patriot · 28 replies · 673+ views
    Eham ^ | 2/24/07 | KF4HR
    Where Will Ham Radio Be in 50 Years? What will it be like? Or will it even exist?
  • Severe Weather Drill Highlights The Importance of Ham Radios.

    05/15/2006 12:37:43 AM PDT · by Lurker · 11 replies · 520+ views
    Courier Press ^ | 12 May 2006 | unknown
    May 12, Gleaner News (KY) Severe weather drill highlights the importance of ham radios. In a severe weather drill Thursday, May 11, negative temperatures, freezing rain and sleet turned Henderson, KY, and its surrounding counties into a veritable ice kingdom. The objective of this drill: For emergency responders within the seven counties of the Green River Area Development District to share information regarding disaster preparedness. The event comprised three hospitals and seven counties −− Henderson, Union, Webster, Daviess, Hancock, McLean and Ohio −− and each county had to communicate with each other. Some problems involved written communications between the agencies...
  • Collin County Tornados 5-9-06 Discussion By Bruce Dingman, N5BYL

    05/12/2006 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 12 replies · 391+ views
    Plano Amateur Radio Klub ^ | 10May06 | Bruce Dingman
    Collin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Skywarn Spotters were on the job last night when storms went through the Northern cities of Anna and Westminster that produced two tornadoes. At 8:30pm last evening the National Weather Service in Fort Worth alerted our appointed severe weather Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC)Ted Best, KD5JEO, of the severe weather potential for Collin County and asked that we activate our spotters. David Patrick, W7DAV, did a outstanding job as our Net Control Station (NCS) for this particular spotter activation. As is usually the case, a separate frequency was used to provide support from our...
  • Postcard from yesteryear

    04/15/2006 7:19:35 PM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 6 replies · 634+ views
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | 13 April 2006 | Christine Girardin
    Undelivered mail from 1956 comes back to DeLand DELAND -- It's been a long, mysterious journey for one little postcard. In 1956, George Hitz dropped a postcard into his Stetson Avenue mailbox, hoping a fellow HAM radio operator in Riverside, Calif., would soon get it. No one knows whether the postcard completed its cross-country journey, but it was returned to its starting place this week bearing a 1956 DeLand postmark and a "return to sender" stamp. George Hitz as a teenager at his HAM radio shack on Stetson Avenue in DeLand, from where he sent the card to California. Hitz,...
  • A Spectrum Marker for 500 Kilocycles

    03/25/2006 11:58:57 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 26 replies · 836+ views
    Radio World Newspaper ^ | 23 March 2006 | James Careless
    Radio Buffs Lobby to Make Historic 500 kHz a 'Memorial Frequency'For almost a century, 500 kHz was a lifeline for ships worldwide. Better known as 500 kilocycles, it was the spectrum reserved for ships and the shore stations that communicated with them in Morse Code (sometimes referred to as CW, for continuous wave). If you're a real radio old-timer, you might refer to the frequency as 600 meters. "To ensure that SOS calls were always heard, all ship and shore stations were required to monitor 500 kHz at all times," said Richard Dillman, secretary and chief CW operator of the...
  • Radio waves create mixed signals

    03/11/2006 5:23:16 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 49 replies · 1,948+ views
    The Wytheville Enterprise ^ | March 11, 2006 | Wayne Quesenberry
    Dennis L. and Brenda F. Alford consider themselves law-abiding citizens. He is retired from Volvo Heavy Truck Plant and a greeter at the Wytheville Wal-Mart. She is a registered nurse at Carrington Place at Wytheville Birdmont Center. Imagine their surprise Wednesday morning when county and town law enforcement officers descended on their Locust Hill Road home. A search warrant was executed and eventually five two-way radios, four scanners, a computer, a power supply, radio tuners and an amplifier were seized. "They made us go in the living room and sit there," recalled Mrs. Alford. "They kept us under surveillance. It...
  • Operating Aboard the Lady Lex

    03/08/2006 9:28:52 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 17 replies · 949+ views
    The American Radio Relay League ^ | March 8, 2006 | Robert S. Logan, NZ5A
    "Why don't you take a picture of our antenna up there above that Rising Sun?" Larry asked. "A kamikaze plane hit the Lex right there in 1942." The decal on the superstructure of the USS Lexington shows the location of a kamikaze aircraft hit during an engagement in World War II. To the right and above it is the ship's ham station Hustler 5BTV antenna. Larry Boudreau, W5LDB, was the host during my operation in the 2004 Texas QSO Party aboard the USS Lexington. We were standing on the busy gangway leading up from the beach to the entrance...
  • Electronic Tech Help Needed for Counter-Protests

    03/05/2006 4:10:38 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 7 replies · 404+ views
    5 March 2005 | Denver Ditdat
    CQ CQ CQ - Doctor Raoul has kindly asked if I would ping the Ham List in the hopes that a technically skilled Freeper may be able to assist with repairs to PA systems to be used in Freeps. Excerpts from his Freepmail appear below: ========================================================= I have a number of Amplivox portable PAs. It may be that I'm not aligning the prongs on the battery case or perhaps corrosion. Have a schematic on bottom of case. Need them checked out and then we can send them to people doing counter-protests. I think it's possible to wire them up to...
  • Western Union and the Railroad Telegraphers

    03/04/2006 10:23:46 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 50 replies · 1,596+ views
    El Defensor Cheiftain ^ | March 4, 2006 | Paul Harden NA5N
    Last month, a briefly worded press release went nearly unnoticed. It simply read: "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging Services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage." After 155 years, and millions of telegrams and Telex messages, a major part of American history quietly slipped into obscurity. For more than 100 years, Socorro was part of that history. With today's telephones, cell phones and e-mail, we can contact almost anyone we wish immediately and cheaply. This wasn't always the case. In Socorro's early days,...
  • ARRL Ham Aid "Gear Ready to Go" Awaits Next Disaster

    03/03/2006 6:52:50 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 10 replies · 499+ views
    The Amercian Radio Relay League ^ | Feb 28, 2006 | awextra@arrl.org
    When another disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina comes along, the League will be able to deploy "ham gear ready to go," thanks to manufacturers' donations of Amateur Radio gear, ARRL members' generous monetary contributions and a federal grant. The ARRL Ham Aid-sponsored "Go Kits" now being assembled at League Headquarters are the third leg of a program that's already reimbursed certain out-of-pocket expenses for ham radio hurricane zone volunteers and helped restore Amateur Radio backbone infrastructure along the US Gulf Coast. "To me, this is a first step in ramping up ARRL's ability to support Amateur Radio volunteers...
  • Translation: Morse code fans sending out an SOS

    03/03/2006 6:42:12 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 64 replies · 1,735+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 2, 2006 | John McCormick
    A century-old hobby filled with dots and dashes is embroiled in a debate about its future and what level of training should be expected of those called on to help during local and national emergencies. Morse code, a slowly dying language, has become radio's equivalent of Latin: historically important, but increasingly irrelevant in a world of cell phones, computers and instant messaging. With mariners and the military having moved to other technologies long ago, ham radio operators are virtually the sole practitioners of a technique that made national and international communication possible with the telegraph.
  • Historic Morse Code Station to Broadcast from Original Marconi Site

    02/25/2006 5:49:59 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 34 replies · 912+ views
    Maritime Radio Historical Society ^ | Richard Dillman, W6AWO
    The Maritime Radio Historical Society, in cooperation with the Marconi Conference Center, will return historic Morse code radio station KPH to the air from its original Marin county, CA location on Sunday, 26 February. KPH, once called the "wireless giant of the Pacific", arrived in Marin county in the early 1920s. With its receiving station at Marshall, CA and transmitters at Bolinas, CA, KPH provided telegram service to ships at sea via Morse code. Operation at Marshall continued until the beginning of WWII when KPH was shut down for the duration. After the war the receiving station was moved to...
  • "The Cannons Have Fired"--Ham Radio Enables Coordinated Final Salute

    02/18/2006 4:11:49 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 8 replies · 850+ views
    The American Radio Relay League ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Mac Harper, W1FYM
    When World War II veteran Rear Adm Barry K. Atkins was interred in Arlington National Cemetery January 30, Amateur Radio enabled coordinated rifle salutes at the cemetery and in Hartford, Connecticut. Atkins was a longtime resident of Connecticut, and Alex Parley of Windsor--a member of Atkins' US Navy crew during World War II--requested the special honor. "Their destroyer, the USS Melvin, sank the Japanese battleship Fuso in the battle of Surigao Strait--the only destroyer known to have sunk a battleship," explains Mac Harper, W1FYM, of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Through a series of communications that began when Parley requested help from ARRL...
  • Frequency Flyers

    02/14/2006 6:08:06 PM PST · by Professional Engineer · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Delta-Sky Magazine ^ | February 2006 | Timothy Harper
    It was the fourth night after Hurricane Katrina, and something like a thousand patients, doctors and staff were trapped at Medical Center Louisiana in downtown New Orleans, surrounded by floodwaters. Outside, reports were grim. People were drowning in their attics. Inside the hospital, there was no running water, no power, no phones and no Internet. Cell phones didnt work. Each day the authorities said evacuations were about to begin, but nothing happened. The staff thought theyd seen everything the disaster could bring. Then, in the middle of the night, a pregnant woman dragged herself out of the foul, dark water...
  • A ham for 75 years, and wouldn't have it any other way

    02/13/2006 7:29:11 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 10 replies · 581+ views
    The Waterbury Connecticut Republican American ^ | 13 February 2006 | David Parker
    KENT -- Scarcely a day passes that George DeVilbiss isn't at his workbench, repairing, improving or otherwise tinkering with his ham radio equipment. Scarcely a day passes that he doesn't talk with other hams across the nation or around the world. It's a pursuit that for 75 years has been more than a hobby for DeVilbiss, now 91. "It's really a way of life," he said. A short, lively man whose accent still carries traces of a small-town Texas boyhood, DeVilbiss recently began writing an account of his life in radio. That life began, he said last week, because he...
  • Radio Daze: Collectors host fascinating auction of antique radios

    02/12/2006 5:42:12 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 45 replies · 956+ views
    Metro West Daily News ^ | 12 February 2006 | Chris Bergeron
    Growing up during the Depression, Ray Bintliff still remembers listening to the adventures of The Shadow and Little Orphan Annie on his parents Philco console radio. The 83-year-old Acton resident comes from a generation of Americans who heard history coming into their living rooms. On radios made by Zenith, RCA and Sparton, they heard Orson Welles announce a Martian invasion and FDR pronounce a "Day of Infamy." They heard about the D-Day invasion at Normandy and the antics of Fibber McGee and Molly. Many, like Thomas Romano of Grafton and John V. Terrey of Carlisle, followed a boyhood passion for...
  • Ham Radio Operators "True Heroes," Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR, Says in "Salute"

    02/10/2006 8:14:11 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 10 replies · 567+ views
    The American Radio Relay League ^ | February 9, 2006 | awextra@arrl.org
    Ham Radio Operators "True Heroes," Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR, Says in "Salute" NEWINGTON, CT, Feb 9, 2006--US Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), this week offered "A Salute to Ham Radio Operators" (on the floor of the US House. Ross, one of two Amateur Radio licensees in the House of Representatives (the other is Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, R-OR), addressed his colleagues February 8 to recognize the contributions of the Amateur Radio community in the wake of last year's devastating hurricane season. "Citizens throughout America dedicated to this hobby--a hobby that some people consider old fashioned or obsolete--were true heroes in...
  • MARS program has a history of getting messages to troops, families

    02/07/2006 8:29:09 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 7 replies · 297+ views
    Jacksonville, NC Daily News ^ | February 07,2006 | Anne Clark
    Rooted in the 1920s, the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) began as a way for amateur radio operators to train soldiers to use the latest radio equipment. By the begin-ning of the Korean conflict, MARS also became a way for troops and their families to communicate faster than ever. As a newly enlisted Marine, Bert Ponsock worked as a radio tech at the operations center in Itami, Japan, from 1952 to 1954. The site was a popular stop for American servicemen on R&R. Every morning, Ponsock took stacks of service members written notes to the ham shack. The Lieutenant had...
  • Lean and mean International broadcasting tightens its belt

    02/03/2006 7:44:57 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 6 replies · 351+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 02 Feb 2006 | Andy Sennitt
    I found it rather ironic that, on the very day of President Bush's State of the Union address, in which he said that the US is "addicted to oil", we learned that US government international broadcasts are cutting about 90,000 transmitter hours per year. High-powered international broadcast transmitters need a lot of fuel, and in most cases it's oil. The two are not directly connected, of course, but it's a coincidence that reminds us just how energy-inefficient broadcasting, and especially international broadcasting, can be. I was a shortwave listener and DXer for many years before coming to work at Radio...
  • Listen for Orbiting Space Suit

    01/29/2006 7:12:35 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 27 replies · 1,167+ views
    eHam.net ^ | 29 January 2006 | Karl J. Zuk N2KZ
    Did you ever want to participate in a International Space Station mission? Starting Friday, February 3rd, you may get your chance. An old, used Russian spacesuit has been transformed into a most unusual earth orbit satellite. Just add one Kenwood TH-K2AT handi-talkie transceiver, a battery pack, a sensor for temperature readings, a compact voice synthesizer and telemetry device and a small helmet-mounted antenna and you are good to go. The modified spacesuit will be thrust out of the space station into orbit and will begin broadcasting voice messages and slow scan television on 145.990 MHz FM in the two-meter amateur...
  • Satellites on a Budget - High Altitude Balloons

    01/20/2006 10:54:52 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 10 replies · 538+ views
    Universe TOday ^ | 19 JAN 2006 | Nancy Atkinson
    Satellites on a Budget - High Altitude Balloons Balloon photograph taken from 25km. Image credit: Paul Verhage. Click to enlarge. Paul Verhage has some pictures that you'd swear were taken from space. And they were. But Verhage is not an astronaut, nor does he work for NASA or any company that has satellites orbiting Earth. He is a teacher in the Boise, Idaho school district. His hobby, however, is out of this world. Verhage is one of about 200 people across the United States who launch and recover what have been called a "poor man's satellite." Amateur Radio High...
  • National SOS Radio Network

    10/09/2005 10:07:46 AM PDT · by TechJunkYard · 11 replies · 651+ views
    National SOS Radio Network ^ | 2005/10/06 | Eric Knight
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it's become clear that a major contributing factor to the tragic loss of life was the near total breakdown of communication systems. Once electricity, telephone, and cell phone services failed, people were unable to let rescuers know of their dire situation...and died as a result. A simple, instant, and virtually zero-cost solution: A "National SOS" public emergency network that connects millions of Family Radio Service (FRS) radios already in use by the public with650,000 amateur "ham" radio operators -- people renown and prepared for emergency communications. The output frequencies of FRS radios are easily...
  • 86 victims rescued and counting!(Ham Radio Operator Rescues 86 Hurricane victims)

    09/04/2005 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Black Tooth · 22 replies · 1,063+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | 9/3/05 | LAURA SEIB
    By LAURA SEIB WSBT-TV Reporter From 1,000 miles away, amateur radio operator Bela Lindenfeld, of Benton Harbor, has coordinated the rescues and reunions of 86 Hurricane Katrina victims. BENTON HARBOR -- From a cramped corner of his Benton Harbor home, Bela Lindenfeld has orchestrated the rescue and reunion of 86 Hurricane Katrina victims. The 65-year-old has put in 14-hour days on his ham radio, finding out where people are who need help and connecting them with emergency services. "There are no communications, no cell phones, no telephones. You have to remember the police stations, the fire stations were flooded. The...
  • ARRL President Urges Orderly Amateur Radio Response to Katrina

    09/03/2005 12:24:11 PM PDT · by delacoert · 14 replies · 508+ views
    The ARRL Letter ^ | September 2, 2005
    ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, this week called on the Amateur Radio community to exercise patience as the Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans flooding relief and recovery efforts move into high gear. "I know many people would like to move now," Haynie said. "Please don't. I know many of you want to enter the fray, come to the coast and get involved. Please, not yet." Haynie instead advised hams eager to assist to make sure they're prepared, refresh their skills and knowledge of protocols and procedures. The ARRL now is seeking experienced Amateur Radio emergency volunteers to help supplement communication...
  • Amateur Radio and Katrina volunteers

    09/01/2005 5:15:23 PM PDT · by halfright · 3 replies · 414+ views
    ARRL News ^ | September 1 | John Haynie
    Statement from ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP. My fellow Amateur Radio Operators: There is no doubt that the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina will be the largest and longest emergency actions that hams have ever undertaken. It will also be one of the hardest, not simply due to the large areas involved, but also because many of us have friends and relatives directly impacted by this catastrophe. For them, and all the people of the Gulf region, we ask divine aid and comfort in this time of sorrows. But we are also hardened and resolved...
  • I Have An Idea ... (Vanity)

    08/26/2005 7:30:38 PM PDT · by FortWorthPatriot · 12 replies · 508+ views
    I've been reading a lot of posts lately where FReepers are getting to meet one another as they congregate at counter-protests, support rallies, etc., and was reminded of a tradition that Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators used (and probably still do - FR Ham Operators chime in): Call Sign Cards Call Sign Cards were/are cards about the size of a standard postcard that had the Ham Operator's FCC call sign, i.e., K5KFY, WB5NGT, printed in large font on the card, along the operator's name, address, and phone number. Many were personalized with photos, designs, location-specific images (such as someone from San...
  • Morse code tops text messaging on national TV

    05/19/2005 9:18:09 AM PDT · by mwyounce · 19 replies · 757+ views
    It may have been Friday the Thirteenth, but it was a lucky day for Morse code--and particularly for veteran CW contest ops Chip Margelli, K7JA, and Ken Miller, K6CTW. During a May 13 appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the pair was able to pass a message using good old fashioned Morse code more rapidly than a pair of teenaged text messengers equipped with modern cell phones. The victory, which replicated a similar challenge that took place recently in Australia, has provided immense encouragement to Amateur Radio's community of CW operators, who been ballyhooed the achievement all...
  • Scavenger Hunt Will Help Radio Operators Prepare For Terror Drill

    03/06/2005 10:51:25 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 5 replies · 516+ views
    The Day (New London, CT) ^ | 4 MAR 2005 | ROBERT A. HAMILTON
    Amateur radio operators will take part in a scavenger hunt this weekend, seeking information rather than hub caps or cowboy hats, in an exercise designed to get them acquainted with Southeastern Connecticut before a major emergency drill next month. Wayne Gronlund, who is coordinating the event, said he is trying to put together at least 50 amateur radio enthusiasts for TOPFF, a weeklong exercise that will include simulated terrorist attacks on ports in New London, New Jersey, Canada and the United Kingdom. We know we're not going to have enough amateur radio resources in New London County to provide all...
  • "It Seems to Us . . ." Death by a Thousand Cuts

    03/01/2005 11:01:36 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 2 replies · 449+ views
    The American Radio Relay League ^ | 1 MAR 2005 | David Sumner K1ZZ
    Editor's note: Typically, only ARRL members get to read the "It Seems to Us ..." editorials that run each month in QST. We're posting this editorial that appears in the March, 2005 issue of QST in the hope that both ARRL members and nonmembers might appreciate it and find it informative. Threats to radio amateurs' access to the radio spectrum come in several forms. We can lose allocations, either at the international or the domestic level. The ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) devote a lot of resources to the protection and expansion of our international allocations through...
  • Language of airwaves spoken at Radio Fest

    02/28/2005 10:52:12 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 11 replies · 528+ views
    The Monterey Herald ^ | 27 FEB 05 | Kevin Howe
    Unheard by most of us is a constant conversation over the airwaves in the di-da tones of Morse code, the crackling of static and staccato voices keying in and out: Ham radio operators who broadcast from garrets and garages, tents and trucks, homes and businesses. Saturday's Radio Fest 2005 offered a glimpse into this world at Fort Ord's Stilwell Community Center, sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club, the Monterey Bay subsection of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Amateur Radio Relay League. Radio Fest looked like nothing so much as an electronics garage sale,...
  • Fort Detrick Radio System Jams Remote Garage Doors

    02/27/2005 6:06:22 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 22 replies · 663+ views
    WTOP Radio Network ^ | 27 FEB 2005 | The Associated Press
    FREDERICK, Md. - A new radio system at Fort Detrick will improve communication with the Pentagon. The downside: some people may have to open their garage doors the old-fashioned way. The Land Mobile Radio system will allow Fort Detrick and 10 other Army installations in the Washington region to communicate with the Pentagon and civilian emergency personnel by hand-held radios. In a suburban sacrifice to emergency preparedness, Frederick residents could experience a rash of dead door openers in coming days, as the Army's Fort Detrick begins using a new radio system linking local and federal government emergency personnel. The new...
  • Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005 Introduced

    02/25/2005 7:32:39 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 40 replies · 853+ views
    NEWINGTON, CT, Feb 25, 2005--At the urging of the ARRL, Rep Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) has introduced The Amateur Radio Spectrum Act of 2005 into the US House of Representatives. The bill, designated HR 691 , has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where Bilirakis serves as vice chairman. Like previous versions of the proposal, the current measure would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum" to the Amateur Radio and Amateur-Satellite services in the event of reallocation to other services of primary amateur spectrum or the diminution of secondary amateur spectrum. The bill also would cover...
  • Radio hams uniquely prepared

    02/24/2005 10:43:19 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 23 replies · 2,878+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 23 FEB 05 | TONY WALTHAM
    Amateur radio operators are frequently unsung heroes when disaster strikes, and the tsunami proved to be no exception with VoIP technology linked to VHF and shortwave radio playing a big role in relaying information from the South to concerned relatives and friends around the world. The amateur radio service is uniquely prepared for emergency communications, explained President of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand Mayuree Chotikul. Radio amateurs have the operating and technical skills coupled with the ability to transmit from their homes or a mobile location and they are not dependent on vulnerable public communications networks, she said. For...
  • Ham Radio Enjoys Revival

    02/24/2005 7:08:15 AM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 67 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Victoria News ^ | 23 FEB 05 | Vern Faulkner
    The Internet is busy breathing life into a world once dominated by ancient technology and vacuum tubes. On a sunny Thursday afternoon, a handful of young students learn from amateur radio enthusiast Ian Soutar that the Internet has not only changed amateur radio, but also revitalized it completely. For example, says Soutar, anyone with a computer and an amateur radio ("ham") licence can get on-air: there are more than 10,000 broadcasting "nodes" hooked up to receive and broadcast voice-over-Internet communications. Soutar got involved with the Esquimalt high school ham club in part to keep the hobby from dying: most of...
  • Radio Clubs to 'Ham it Up' for Troops

    02/21/2005 9:18:31 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 16, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Ham radio operators and amateur radio clubs plan to "Ham It Up for the Troops" on May 28 during the second annual Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day to thank active duty, veterans and retired military people for their service and sacrifices to the nation, according to ARMAD's founder and former Air Force sergeant Emery McClendon. "ARMAD is a day when all amateur radio operators and amateur radio clubs worldwide are invited to gather at public locations to allow our citizens to express words of thanks and appreciation to our military members and coalition forces in a live format,"...
  • Remembering Iwo Jima and the B-29 Bomber Feb 19-20 2005

    02/14/2005 7:50:35 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 8 replies · 993+ views
    The Collins Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special Amateur Radio Station at The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center, 615 1St. Ave. S.E. Cedar Rapids on February 19th and 20th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the WWII invasion of Iwo Jima. February 19th is 60 years, to the day, from the landing on Iwo Jima by American forces. In that battle, which was fought to secure an emergency landing site for B-29's that were bombing Japan, 6,821 US forces were killed and 19,217 wounded. Iwo Jima was...