Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $26,834
Woo hoo!! And the first 30% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: ham

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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?
  • It's Taps For Morse Code

    02/23/2007 6:45:07 PM PST · by vintage patriot · 225 replies · 3,793+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/23/07 | Erik Ortiz
    Morse code is in need of some serious SOS. The language of dots and dashes, first used during the infancy of electronic communication in the mid-1800s, is going the way of Latin. Beginning today, amateur or "ham" radio operators in the United States won't be tested in Morse code – also known as Continuous Wave – in order to be licensed by the federal government. In an effort to advance the hobby, the Federal Communications Commission in December agreed to eliminate the five-words-per-minute Morse code requirement for people seeking their upper-level class licenses.
  • The Muslims Are Coming!

    12/28/2006 8:34:10 AM PST · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 1,150+ views
    SPIEGEL ^ | 12/28/06 | Michael Scott Moore and Jochen-Martin Gutsch
    A citizens' group in Berlin turned out this week for a candlelight vigil to protest plans for a new mosque in their neighborhood. It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live but no one can quite explain why it shouldn't be there. The community has just won approval for a new mosque in an eastern district of the German capital. At the end of a rundown suburban street lined with bare trees and flaking apartment facades, a small group of people hold candles or colored Glo-sticks. A few hold signs...
  • UK: Violent Muslims 'over-emphasised'

    10/14/2006 12:37:08 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 36 replies · 1,154+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/14/06 | n/a
    The Mayor of London has condemned what he said was greater publicity given to Muslim extremists over and above non-Islamic groups. Ken Livingstone told BBC radio too much emphasis was placed on Muslim extremism while the vast majority of faiths wanted to live together in harmony. He said a situation had been reached where any comment by politicians on Muslims had "front page coverage". His claims were endorsed by a spokesman from the London Muslim Centre. The Mayor told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "There's a small - we're talking about a couple of hundred, no more than that...
  • Michelle Malkin's "The Vent" (Her Version of "The View")

    10/13/2006 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 2,626+ views
    HotAir ^ | 10/13/2006 | n/a
    Mary Katherine Ham of Town, Michelle Malkin, the "boss" of, Kirsten Powers of Fox News Channel fame, and La Shawn Barber, a black conservative who has her own blog discuss the never-ending Foley matter.
  • DFU SONG: Who Put the Bomp (classic rock and roll...who put the "ham" in Mohammed)

    09/27/2006 11:39:56 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 10 replies · 509+ views
    DFU SONGS ^ | 9-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MoHAMmed MIDI - WHO PUT THE BOMP I have always wondered...who named the guy Because it brings to mind one Porky Pig Who put the ham in the Mo-mo-ham-ham-ed Who put the grease in the soup he had last night Who put the bacon inside the prophet's omelette Who put the spare ribs on top his new koran There is a prankster who'll soon have big regrets Where is that man? I think I'd like to shake his hand 'Cause it is really so funny to me They wander around...out on the sand where it's hot as h*ll...
  • DFU SONG: Who'll Stop the Rain (who put the ham in Mo-ham-med?)

    09/26/2006 8:51:39 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies · 401+ views
    DFU SONGS ^ | 9-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN - Credence He is their great prophet...that is what they say What would he be driving, were he alive today Some have said Mohammed would buy a Dodge Ram In his name, will someone tell me, who put the ham? Did he have a slogan followers had heard Maybe it was brilliant or maybe it was absurd Some have said Mohammed might have liked "Hot damn!" In his name, will someone tell me, who put the ham? There have been some stories followers suppress He lusted for girls who wore a frilly white...
  • Pig's head tossed into Lewiston (Maine) mosque

    07/06/2006 11:59:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 92 replies · 4,805+ views ^ | 7/5/06 | AP
    LEWISTON — A 33-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threw a severed pig's head into a Lewiston mosque while a group of Muslim men were praying. The frozen pig's head was rolled into the Lewiston Auburn Islamic Center on Lisbon Street about 10:15 p.m. Monday, witnesses told the Sun Journal of Lewiston. About 40 men were bowed down as part of their prayer ritual when the incident occurred. They got up and ran outside but were unable to locate anyone. None of the men was hit by the animal head. Brent Matthews of Lewiston went to the police...
  • 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...
  • SHELLY SILVER: 'THE RAPIST'S BEST FRIEND' (Dumocrat's strange bedfellows)

    05/13/2006 10:22:41 AM PDT · by Liz · 30 replies · 788+ views
    NY POST ^ | 5/13/06 | ANDREA PEYSER
    FIGHTING MAD: Rape victim Kathleen Ham was livid when Sheldon Silver tried to slip a provision into a bill that would remove the criminal statute of limitations from rape cases. EXCLUSIVE Three decades ago, Kathleen Ham was raped and shamed into silence. Now, she is nail-spittingly furious at a man she says will do anything to help violent attackers get away with it. "Sheldon Silver is the rapist's best friend!" Ham said to me unflinchingly. "He's still living in this '60s mode," Ham said of Silver, the powerful state Assembly speaker. "He thinks the rapist is the victim! It makes...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Muslim fury over prison food

    03/04/2006 10:26:47 AM PST · by ncountylee · 115 replies · 1,952+ views
    muslimnews ^ | 03.04.2006 | Adam Smith
    BRITAIN - Muslim prisoners at a Midland jail are boycotting meals after a rogue kitchen worker was caught filling their halal curries with unholy ham. Prisoners at HMP Blakenhurst received a written apology from the Prison Service after the discovery and Imams were on hand to console distraught Muslims. Wasim Zafar, aged 19, from Alum Rock, spoke out after visiting his relative in the Howell Drive Category B prison. "He was very depressed and had lost a lot of weight because he has not been eating much since he found out what had happened with the curries," he said. "He...
  • 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 |
    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...
  • Meat Workers Share $365 Million Jackpot

    02/22/2006 12:04:46 PM PST · by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American · 56 replies · 1,598+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2006 | AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. - Eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, giving each about $15.5 million after taxes. The seven men and one woman all work at a ConAgra ham processing plant near the U-Stop convenience store where they bought the winning ticket last week for Saturday’s lottery. They ended up with the biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
  • "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 didn’t work. Each day the authorities said evacuations were about to begin, but nothing happened. The staff thought they’d 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 |
    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 ^ | 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...
  • Far-right 'charity' that leaves Muslims hungry

    01/17/2006 7:01:28 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 36 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 17, 2006 | Susan Bell
    Tue 17 Jan 2006 Far-right 'charity' that leaves Muslims hungry SUSAN BELLIN PARIS FAR-right groups in France are distributing ham sandwiches and pork soup to homeless people in an attempt to discriminate against Muslims and Jews, forbidden to eat pork products. Food hand-outs, which have already taken place in Paris, Nice and Nantes, and in Brussels and Charleroi in Belgium, have now spread to the eastern French city of Strasboug. At the weekend, Strasbourg's prefect banned the extreme right association Solidarité Alsacienne from distributing its soupe au cochon (pig soup) to poor and homeless people in the city centre....
  • No ham for Christmas: Muslim menu for WA hospital

    12/17/2005 9:01:21 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 94 replies · 1,954+ views
    Sunday Times (Australia) ^ | 12/18/05 | Trevor Paddenburg
    By TREVOR PADDENBURG 18dec05 A WA hospital has scrubbed baked ham from its Christmas menu, fearing Muslim patients could be offended. It has also overhauled its entire menu so that all meals are now halal – containing only meat and other food prepared according to Muslim customs. But Port Hedland Regional Hospital staff and many non-Muslim patients are outraged, saying it is a case of political correctness gone mad. Kitchen staff are so angry that they have organised a petition demanding ham be put back on the Christmas menu. Other WA hospitals are also introducing halal dining, though the Health...
  • 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...
  • India gives global HAM radio operators own satellite

    05/05/2005 7:54:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 976+ views
    IANS ^ | May 2, 2005 | IANS
    Sriharikota, (Andhra Pradesh) May 2 : India has a gift for HAM radio operators worldwide - an exclusive satellite to be launched Thursday that they can access for free. The 42.5 kg micro-satellite is one of two that will be sent aloft from this launchpad that day. Today, there is no HAMSAT in the skies, the last one having died two years ago. That was the American AMSAT. The Indian HAMSAT was originally scheduled to go up in 2003 but got delayed. Once it is up, it will be the only satellite of its kind in orbit. "The amateur radio...
  • 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...
  • New Keeper of the Ham Radio Ping List Needed

    02/12/2005 7:15:44 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 15 replies · 657+ views
    12 FEB 05 | Denver Ditdat
    I'm going to be taking a bit of an extended break from Free Republic, and I'd like to offer the Ham Radio Ping List to anyone who may be interested in its upkeep. The list has been a low-volume one since I created it, but the new admin would of course be free to maintain it any way he or she wished. Reply here or Freepmail me and I'll send you the text file containing the list and the ping banner. 73, DD
  • Big Apple Broadcaster Amps Up ARRL Radio Spot for Limbaugh Network Fill:

    01/16/2005 5:56:06 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 22 replies · 1,247+ views
    Big Apple broadcaster amps up ARRL radio spot for Limbaugh network fill (Jan 13, 2005) -- ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, says it's nice to have friends in high places. One of the friends of Amateur Radio public relations is Howard Price, KA2QPJ, of New York City's WABC-TV (Channel 7). Pitts says Price--acting president of the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society (BEARS), the ham radio organization at ABC TV and Radio in New York City and an ARRL Special Service Club--heard the League's new radio public service announcement (PSA) and had an idea. "He passed it...
  • Meat company test-markets extra-fatty pork

    01/16/2005 11:03:31 AM PST · by Willie Green · 29 replies · 887+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 16, 2005 | AP
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. SMITHFIELD, Va. -- The world's largest pork processing company has some good news for low-carb dieters: Fattier pork is on its way. Smithfield Foods is test-marketing a new, higher-fat pork that takes the opposite approach of the company's Lean Generation Pork line, developed more than a decade ago to appeal to health-conscious carnivores. ''This is more of pork the way it used to be -- tastier with a little bit of fat on it,'' said James Schloss, Smithfield's vice president of marketing. Schloss said low-fat products like Snackwell's were very popular...
  • Hams lend a helping hand (Amateur radio in the tsunami zone)

    01/01/2005 3:23:04 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 66 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Hindu ^ | 1/1/05 | SHONALI MUTHALALY
    When four amateur radio operators headed to the Andaman and Nicobar islands a few weeks ago, armed with only basic equipment, backpacks and sun blocks, they had no idea that their fun hobby would soon become the islands' only lifeline. "They went because it's a `high value' country for hams (amateur radio operators) since you need special permission from the Government to operate there," says Gopal Madhavan, an avid ham and one of the members of the governing council of the Amateur Radio Society of India. "The last time a ham operated in the Andamans was about 25 years ago."...
  • FCC adopts rules for broadband over power line

    10/18/2004 6:43:55 AM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 26 replies · 1,033+ views
    Mobile Radio Technology ^ | Oct 15, 2004 | Donny Jackson and Glenn Bischoff
    FCC commissioners yesterday unanimously approved rules for broadband over power line (BPL) technology, which policymakers hope will provide the elusive third broadband access line into most U.S. homes and reduce—or eliminate—the need to regulate the broadband industry. Certainly the most outspoken opposition to BPL has come from the amateur radio community, which has claimed that BPL will create interference with its operations. FCC Chairman Michael Powell called amateur radio operators “an important resource” and expressed hope that the rules the FCC has created will protect them, but he said obstructing the deployment of BPL is not an option. “The potential...
  • Has anyone noticed the removal of pork products from menus at franchises?

    10/17/2004 6:20:45 AM PDT · by applpie · 118 replies · 2,903+ views
    It finally dawned on me today. Ahah. My local Boston Market (Burke, VA) has removed ham from its menu--all the ham/pork products. This is in spite of the fact that the corporate menu still includes ham. I did happen to notice quite a few muslims working at the restaurant. So what do you think about that? Personally, I find it pretty offensive that the freedom of many is affected by the Islamic dietary laws in public franchises.