Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! Â Last month I started doing this Monthly Status Report post and I wanted to continue to do it this month and hopefully continue to in the future.
Posts from May 2016
- May 1 – ETH016 – NPOTA
- May 7 – Iâ€™m EXTRA Ignorant – Guest post by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
- May 10 – ETH017 – Summits on the Air(SOTA)
- May 14 – What Happened?
- May 17 – ETH018 – Special Event Stations
- May 24 – ETH019 – Awards
- May 31 – ETH020 – Contesting
- I also had a weekly Solar Update by K7RA and DX News. Both are put out by the ARRL News system
Is It All About The Numbers?
Below are the â€œnumbersâ€ for my blog and podcast for the month of May:
- Page Views: 1730
- Visitors: 768
- Podcast Downloads: 3335
- Email List Subscribers: 57(+7)
- Facebook Fans: 203 (+7)
- Twitter Followers: 557 (+42)
- Cody Williamson – $20
- Mark Wardell – $5 Patreon Pledge
News For The Month
This month we are going to be ramping up for Field Day. We will start this month with talking about Field Day itself then we will talk about Emergency Power and the Tuesday before Field Day we will talk about Portable Setups. If you or your club will be participating in Field Day, please leave comment below or in the show notes of one of the episodes and share yalls setups with everyone. Where will yall be setting up at, how many stations will yall have, what will yall be using for radios, etc. I would love to hear from yall.
I still didn’t do a very good job at writing any extra posts last month. Shame on me! I’m thinking that I might just have to plan on having my podcast episode and if I do end up able to write something else that will just be an added bonus for yall. At the very least probably this month. This month, I will have a bunch of extra stuff to take care of since my in-laws will be out of town, so my weekends and evenings are going to be pretty full this month.
One of the things that I have noticed over the past couple months is how much extra work I have to do in post production on my podcast. The laptop that I do my recording on is over five years old and doesn’t work like it really should. The fan on it is very loud at times, especially when I am doing something CPU intensive like recording. The recordings, unfortunately, pick it all up and I have to do a lot of filtering to get it out. Sometimes, as I’m sure some of you have noticed, it doesn’t all come out.
So with that being said, I am wanting to change my equipment up some. One of the things that I am doing IRL is building a workshop to do some work working on the side. In the workshop that I’m building I am also planning on having a small office area that I can setup my old desktop computer and start recording my podcast on it. Hopefully that will solve a lot of my problems. Another issue that it will solve is my starting and stopping when I record. As it stands now, I record at work so anytime that the phone rings or someone says something on the radio, I have to stop my recording and answer it and then edit it so the ringing isn’t in the recording. If I can record it as home and do Iâ€™ll the â€œleg workâ€ while I’m at work, maybe I can even get a little head as well.
The other thing that I was to do is get a digital recorder to record on instead of recording it on the computer so I don’t lose another episode because of a computer or program crash. I would also like to get a different microphone as well.The new mic i’m on the fence about though, because here lately I have been in the habit or actually standing up and walking around when I record my episodes so I like the headset. I guess I will just have to wait and see about these two things though because it will probably run about $150 or so and that is a little out of my price range right now.
Do You Want To Help?
There are a couple ways that you can help me out. As you can see from above I have a few things that I want to change and/or upgrade on top of my monthly charges for my webhost, media host, mailhost, and other monthly things.
The first way is a monthly pledge service called Patreon. Patreon is a service where you can support people on the service with a monthly or a per post method depending on how they have their page setup. I have mine set up on a monthly basis. You can pledge $1, $5, $10 or $25 a month. There are also rewards for each of those levels and I will be adding stuff to those rewards at a later date. If you would like to check out my Patreon page and possibly help me out with a pledge on any level, goto http://www.everythinghamradio.com/patreon/.
The second way you can help is with a one time donation through Paypal. Just click on the Donate button at the bottom of this post and donate whatever you choose to. However much you decide to help with, I am very grateful!
The last way that you can help is to continue doing what I hope that you are already doing; Reading/listening to my posts and sharing and liking my posts. I currently have google ads that you will see on the top left of the page, but I only get anything from them when someone clicks on the add, so it isn’t very much. As a matter of fact, in the about year and a half that I have had the google ads on my site, I have made a whopping $17! I only technically have made that because I don’t have access to that money until it reaches the $100 mark so…
Packtenna Mini Giveaway!
In March, I had a Packtenna Mini Giveaway thanks to George at Packtenna. I had about 45 entries and the winner of it was Richard S. Congratulations Richard on winning the Packtenna Mini!
Wrap it up
That is about all that I can think of that happened last month or are in the works for this month. I would like to invite you to subscribe to my blog to receive emails when I publish a new blog post or podcast episode. It is super easy, just fill out this form and follow the instructions in the email that you will get from me to confirm your subscription.
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Until next time…
73 de Curtis, K5CLM