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  • Went to the Atlanta Hamfestival this weekend and passed the tests! (vanity)

    06/08/2015 6:14:38 AM PDT · by jaydee770 · 74 replies
    06/08/2015 | jaydee770
    I Went to the Atlanta Hamfestival this weekend and passed the tests: Technician, General and Extra all in one sitting! This all started when I made an impulse buy of a cheap, dual-band HT back in April. I had planned on testing just for the Technician class, but the more I studied, the more I thought I stood a chance at going from "Zero-to-Extra". I'd always been intersted in radios, starting back in the 70's CB era. Growing up, I had a fire-fighter Uncle who worked on radios on the side. I was always fascinated by his radio workshop and...
  • 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 · 86 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 · 244 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...