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  • Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect

    05/20/2014 7:28:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014 | Jonathan Serrie
    Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio. “It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown. Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed. …
  • My Small Church Needs FR Ham Operators

    05/14/2014 5:18:22 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 54 replies
    Foundahardheadedwoman | May 14, 2014 | Foundahardheadedwoman
    Need a ham operator for one hour per month able to reach Africa. Preacher says some areas can only receive short wave. More details if someone is interested in helping.
  • 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 we’ve 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.
  • What Is The Best Shortwave Radio (multi-band) On A Budget? (vanity)

    02/06/2013 7:37:43 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 58 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/6/21013 | Moi
    I had a great multi-band radio a few years ago and would love to get one again. It was great listening to it at night. Loved the 'numbers stations' (and would LOVE to hear theories about them!). They were sooooooo creepy. I like analog receivers. I know their outdated......but easier to tune. I'm looking in the $150 range and under. Don't want to spend much as we have a lot of expenses coming up.
  • Sean Smith, KG4WSS, Killed in Consulate Attack

    09/21/2012 6:17:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    ARRL ^ | 9/18/2012
    Sean P. Smith, KG4WSS, of Falls Church, Virginia, was killed when the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11. He was 34. Smith was one of four Americans, including Chris Stevens -- the US Ambassador to Libya -- who was killed in the attack. Smith -- a native of San Diego -- enlisted in the Air Force in 1995 at age 17. He served six years as a ground radio maintenance specialist, including a deployment to Oman, before leaving the service in 2002 as a staff sergeant. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. Smith, who...
  • 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...
  • The Work Accident Team

    09/05/2001 7:19:53 PM PDT · by Askel5 · 57 replies · 1,162+ views
    Transom
    PA ADMITS TO ‘WORK ACCIDENT’ Even the PA has now admitted: A "work accident" led to the death yesterday of Muhammad Yassin, 24, in Gaza. He was in the midst of preparing a bomb in his parents’ apartment when the explosive went off, killing the would-be terrorist and destroying the entire apartment building. The Work Accident Team One car after another went through the checkpoint, just like yesterday and the day before. The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) had been manning these inspection points long enough now that the delay and inconvenience were becoming routine. Inconvenience was now part of ...
  • The Skinny on Ham Radio: Getting Licensed

    01/02/2012 10:46:48 AM PST · by Professional Engineer · 103 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | Jan 2012 | Survival Mom
    A lot of preppers are talking about Ham radio as a communications system during and after an SHTF event. The ability to listen and even talk with people vast distances away in real time is powerful tool. For a very long time I’ve wanted to get an Amateur Radio license (“Ham”). For one reason or another I never undertook the study and the test. Until now. I have just passed my Technician’s license exam! (as of writing this) While it will still be a couple of weeks before I get my official station call sign, I’m very excited and already...
  • Radio Days Are Back: Ham Radio Licenses at an All-Time High

    11/24/2011 8:07:46 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 137 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2011 | Michelle Macaluso
    The newest trend in American communication isn't another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Ham radio first took the nation by storm nearly a hundred years ago. Last month the FCC logged 700,314 licenses, with nearly 40,000 new ones in the last five years. Compare that with 2005 when only 662,600 people hammed it up and you'll see why the American Radio Relay League -- the authority on all things...
  • ARRL Field Day 2011: June 25-26!

    06/24/2011 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 33 replies
    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 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...
  • MAGNIFICENT ACTIVE REGION: (Sunspot 1087)

    07/13/2010 4:39:52 PM PDT · by TaraP · 11 replies
    Spaceweather ^ | June 12th, 2010
    Sunspot 1087 has a magnetic canopy that can only be described as magnificent. It's on full display in today's extreme ultraviolet image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory: Note the inset. The active region could swallow our planet ten times over and still have room to spare. Fortunately, we're 93 million miles away. We could still feel the effects of an eruption, however. The thicket of magnetic loops and filaments harbors energy for M-class solar flares. M-flares can heat and puff up Earth's upper atmosphere, causing satellites to experience extra drag as they orbit our planet; they can also cause waves...
  • How Do We Communicate if a Melt-Down Occurs?

    06/11/2010 1:08:51 PM PDT · by jobim · 131 replies · 2,338+ views
    vanity | 6/11/10 | jobim
    In the event that the catastrophe takes place which we all are thinking about and talking about in these days under this regime, whether it be a global financial shut-down (see this scenario: http://www.grandpappy.info/honehour.htm), a military strike somewhere, or some such dire event unleashes sudden freeze-up of our society: How do citizens communicate? CB? Short wave? Our lifeblood is communication. What are our options to maintain this link to patriots across the country?
  • 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...
  • Backup to the belt and suspenders.

    01/24/2010 4:07:48 PM PST · by William of Barsoom · 21 replies · 1,044+ views
    Self | Jan 24, 2010 | William of Barsoom
    If FR goes down, let us gather at the river.
  • Solar Tsunami

    12/23/2009 4:05:28 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 40 replies · 1,968+ views
    Spaceweather.com ^ | 12/23/09 | Spaceweather
    Yesterday, Dec. 22nd at approximately 0455 UT, magnetic fields around sunspot 1036 erupted, producing a C7-class solar flare. NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft was almost directly above the sunspot at the time of the blast and recorded this extreme ultraviolet movie: The shadowy wave racing away from the blast site is a "solar tsunami"--a swell of hot, magnetized plasma about 100,000 km high packing as much energy as a million megatons of TNT. The tsunami petered out before it went more than halfway around the sun, but another manifestation of the blast is still going. The eruption hurled a faint coronal mass...
  • Ham Radio operators (VANITY)

    10/29/2009 9:35:50 AM PDT · by codercpc · 37 replies · 1,205+ views
    Forgive the vanity, but since Freepers are the most diverse group of people I know, I am looking for advice.
  • Sunspots: End of Cycle 23/24 solar minimum?

    10/26/2009 3:15:43 PM PDT · by steveo · 24 replies · 1,473+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 10-25-09 | Steve LaNore
    No matter what conclusions one gravitates towards regarding climate change and potential solar impacts, the data is irrefutable: the sun is slowly becoming more active. The 10.7cm radio flux spiked in late September with its highest reading in 18 months; now, and this is very significant compared to the pattern since March 2008, it has spiked again, exceeding the late September number and reaching a Cycle 24 maximum of 76.9. This is still a very low value compared to the solar maximum flux numbers, which routinely exceed 200. However, it is an upward move from the “basement” numbers of the...
  • 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...
  • A Cyber-Attack on an American City (it just happened, what to expect)

    04/26/2009 8:35:06 AM PDT · by 2banana · 77 replies · 5,988+ views
    Perens.com ^ | April, 9th, 2009 | Bruce Perens
    A Cyber-Attack on an American City Bruce Perens Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city. Its implications, though startling, have gone almost un-reported. That attack demonstrated a severe fault in American infrastructure: its centralization. The city of Morgan Hill and parts of three counties lost 911 service, cellular mobile telephone communications, land-line telephone, DSL internet and private networks, central station fire and burglar alarms,...
  • Passed my EXTRA CLASS Ham Radio exam tonight (vanity)

    04/09/2009 12:44:48 AM PDT · by Clinging Bitterly · 117 replies · 2,401+ views
    ARRL/VEC ^ | 4-8-2009 | Me
    I have been a licenced Ham operator since 1978. I have had a Technician Class license since 1982 - this was back in the days when you had to go to an FCC office to take the tests, which at the time for me was about 200 miles from home. Since US Ham Rado went No Code in 2007, I have been qualified to upgrade to General Class by simply going to a test session and filling out some paperwork. The reason for the "free" upgrade is the exam elements I passed back in '82 are the same as for...
  • 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 Miller’s 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...
  • JVC, Kenwood to merge under holding company

    05/12/2008 3:47:11 PM PDT · by steveo · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05-12-08 | Kiyoshi Takenaka
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics makers JVC (6792.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and Kenwood Corp (6765.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday they would merge under a holding company on October 1 to fight fierce price competition and growing costs of product development. But the new entity would still fall far behind some of its rivals in size as combined sales of the two companies totaled 823.7 billion yen ($8 billion) in the year ended March 31, or less than one-tenth of Panasonic maker Matsushita's (6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research) 9 trillion yen. Kenwood offers car electronics and audio equipment, while JVC...
  • C.Q. C.Q. All Freeper hams.

    05/11/2008 1:02:33 PM PDT · by steveo · 59 replies · 324+ views
    self ^ | 5-11-08 | Steveo (me)
    C.Q. C.Q. all ham radio operators, short wave listeners, public service monitors and anyone interested in the subject. I’m announcing my wish to revive the Ham Radio ping list. A lost Freeper (Denver Ditdat) had the list at one time, but with his absence for almost two years, and his freepmail to me that he had lost most of the original list, I think that the ping list should be built again. There is a large population of Freepers who are hams. My wish in resurrecting this ping list is to once again bring news pertaining to all FReepers, hams...
  • Are There Any Freepers Who Are Also Ham Radio Operators? (VANITY)

    12/12/2001 6:15:14 PM PST · by Enough_Deceit · 38 replies · 223+ views
    Self ^ | 12-12-01 | Self
    Are there any FReepers who are also ham radio operators?
  • 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: NØNJY/6Y5, KBØIRW/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 (NØNJY) Operational Times: APPROXIMATELY 17ØØ-21ØØ UTC on Friday and Saturday, and 17ØØ-2ØØØ on Sun Frequency: Split frequency operation during operations hours on 14.19Ø +/-1Ø KHz, TX, Listening 14.2ØØ – 14.23Ø (+/- 1Ø 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...
  • Are there any freepers that are ham radio operators?

    06/15/2007 7:31:55 PM PDT · by George from New England · 17 replies · 454+ views
    self
    Is anybody near a transceiver as they read this? Please freep mail me. GeorgefromNewEngland
  • 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?
  • SKYWARN

    03/26/2007 11:24:12 AM PDT · by Professional Engineer · 35 replies · 1,274+ views
    Plano Profile ^ | April 2007 | Rick Moran
    Home : Feature SKYWARNApril 2007 - Rick Moran If someone were to ask you to take your car out on a stormy spring evening, with every expectation that you could soon be in the midst of golf ball-sized hail pelting the finish, not to mention the possibility of broken glass and the danger to your own personal safety, what would you say? Now consider that in order to ?enjoy? such an outing, you would have to take special training annually and spend many hours of your free time studying for a communications license as well. If you say, ?No thank...
  • 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.
  • Ham Radio astronaut in murder plot charge

    02/09/2007 7:25:07 AM PST · by Hawthorn · 19 replies · 997+ views
    [A] Florida court had ordered that 43 year-old Navy Capt Lisa Nowak, KC5ZTB, who was facing charges of attempted kidnapping and battery, could be freed on bail. However, the introduction of the more serious charge that she intended to murder Colleen Shipman reverses that. More at: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/february2007/astronaut_love_kidnap_plot.htm
  • FCC MODIFIES AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE RULES

    12/15/2006 7:18:38 PM PST · by Professional Engineer · 13 replies · 386+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: December 15, 2006 Chelsea Fallon: (202) 418-7991 FCC MODIFIES AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE RULES, ELIMINATING MORSE CODE EXAM REQUIREMENTS AND ADDRESSING ARRL PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration (Order) that modifies the rules for the Amateur Radio Service by revising the examination requirements for obtaining a General Class or Amateur Extra Class amateur radio operator license and revising the operating privileges for Technician Class licensees. In addition, the Order resolves a petition filed by the American Radio Relay League, Inc....
  • 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...
  • Help save the Stanford dish antennas for citizen science

    03/06/2006 5:12:52 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 460+ views
    MAKE ^ | 03/06/06
    Five 60-foot dish antennas at Stanford, known as the Bracewell Observatory, are about to be demolished by the school. Bob Lash organized the Friends of the Bracewell Observatory Association to help rescue the dishes and he's done all that he can do to persuade Stanford to stop the demolition. Yet it could happen any day, at the whim of the Dean of Engineering for Stanford, Jim Plummer. Stanford has obtained the demolition permit from Santa Clara County Commissioners. The Bracewell Observatory is named for Professor Ronald Bracewell, a father of radio astronomy, who created this site and built the dishes...
  • 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 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 | 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...