Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby!
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Tech Corner – How to Teach A Technician Class with Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
In this episode we talk with Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. He has a ham for a long time and is a retired Electronics Engineer. He is also the author of the No Nonsense study guides.
Ham Instructor Yahoo GroupÂ – If you are any kind of ham radio teacher, from a training officer to a license class instructor, I highly recommend that you join this group. As of right now, you will not get flooded with emails, but there is a lot of great people in the group already that have a wealth of knowledge. We share ideas, ask questions and help each other out with different problems.Â
Dan will be talking about this subject at Hamvention this year. He will be the first speaker on Friday morning in Room 4 starting at 9:15.
Another speaker that you might recognize is George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU from Ham Radio 360: Workbench. Both George and Jeremy will be speaking on Saturday at 2:45 in room 2.
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West Mountain Radio
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Have fun making new contacts in modes such as PSK31, Olivia, Radio-Teletype, SSTV and many more!
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- Volume controls on the interface – no more hunting through Windows just to alter your transmit level!
- Real Morse Code keying that actually uses the CW mode on your radio
- Operate RTTY FSK for radios which support it
- An easy to understand manual covers beginners and seasoned operators alike
- Comes with a universal mic cable which fits most radios – optional cables may be available for your particular radio.
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Ham Blog Spotlight
|Holyland DX Contest||2100Z, Apr 14 to 2100Z, Apr 15|
|ES Open HF Championship||0500Z-0559Z,Â Â 0600Z-0659Z,Â 0700Z-0759Z, andÂ 0800Z-0859Z, Apr 15|
|YU DX Contest||1200Z, Apr 15 to 1159Z, Apr 16|
|CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest||1200Z, Apr 15 to 2359Z, Apr 16|
|Michigan QSO Party||1600Z, Apr 15 to 0400Z, Apr 16|
|North Dakota QSO Party||1800Z, Apr 15 to 1800Z, Apr 16|
|Ontario QSO Party||1800Z, Apr 15 to 0500Z, Apr 16 and Â 1200Z-1800Z, Apr 16|
|ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB||1800Z-2359Z, Apr 16|
|Low Power Spring Sprint||1400Z-2000Z, Apr 17|
|SP DX RTTY Contest||1200Z, Apr 22 to 1200Z, Apr 23|
|Nebraska QSO Party||1300Z, Apr 22 to 0100Z, Apr 23 andÂ 1300Z-2200Z, Apr 23|
|BARTG Sprint 75||1700Z-2059Z, Apr 23|
*Information taken from the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
- April Hamfest at DeVry – Phoenix, AZ
- Flamingo Net UMARC Free Flea – Coral Gables, FL
- Hambash 2017 – Kansas CIty, MO
- PAWA Hamfest – South Portland, ME
- Roanoke Division Convention (Raleigh Hamfest) – Raleigh, NC
- TARC – Tampa, FL
- FLEA at MIT – Cambridge, MA
- Eastern VHF-UHF Microwave Conference – Manchester, CT
- Idaho State Convention – Boise, ID
- International DX Convention – Visalia, CA
- 27th Annual Down East Hamfest – Kinston, NC
- Aurora ’17 Convention – White Bear Lake, MN
- Brainerd Area Hamfest – Brainerd, MN
- Calhoun Hamfest – Sugar Valley , GA
- Chassell Michigan Hamfest – Chassell, MI
- Communications Academy XIX – Seattle, WA
- Delaware State Convention (Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO) – Georgetown, DE
- DMRAA Hamfest – Des Moines, IA
- DRUMLINS ARC HAMFEST – Palmyra, NY
- EARC Hamfest-Swap Meet – Honolulu, HI
- Lewis and Clark Radio Club Hamfest 2017 – Godfrey , IL
- North Central Indiana Hamfest – Peru, IN
- Piney Hills Hamfest and Hot Dog Social – Ruston, LA
- RASON Auction 2017 – Gales Ferry, CT
- Spring 2017 Cy Harris Free Flee – Oakland Park, FL
- Valley Radio Club Swapfest – Eugene, OR
- Wiregrass Amateur Radio Club Spring Tailgate – Headland, AL
- AAROFest 2017 – Galva, IL
- Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market – Framingham, MA
- North Jersey Hamfest – Succasunna, NJ
- Two Rivers ARC Hamfest – Boston, PA
*Information taken from the ARRL Hamfest Calendar
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