ETH096 – School Club Roundup, Hamvention Update and More


Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Due to poor planning and not realizing that I hadn’t made a podcast episode yet until the night before this episode is scheduled to be released, it is just me today. We are going to be talking about the School Club Roundup, some new information about this years Hamvention and more…

Tech Corner

Correction from the last episode

In the last episode, we talked about the stuff that was going on with the ARRL Board and some of the changes that they were talking about making. I said that the President and the three Vice-Presidents were paid employees of the ARRL. I have since been corrected of this, multiple time actually. The president and the three vice presidents are not paid. They are directors that are appointed to the positions and when they take the positions they lose their votes.

School Club Round up

Winter/Spring Term: February 12-16, 2018

Fall Term: October 15-19, 2018

Objective: To exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Award certificates will be issued for the following US and DX categories:

  • Schools: Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, High School and College/University
  • Non-school Clubs
  • Individuals

Web Submission of Scores and Logs: Click here for the SCR score entry website.  Scores and logs for any School Club Roundup may be entered from the time the contest begins through the log submission deadline published below.  A logs-received page is also maintained and provisional scores will be published immediately following the log submission deadline. Thanks to WA7BNM for creating this new score reporting and publishing web site.

Multipliers: Note that a station can only count for a single multiplier as described in Rule 5 below. i.e. a contact may count for a “School” or a “Club” but not both.  A “school club” counts as a “school” only.  Contacts submitted claiming both multipliers will be scored according to the log submitted by the station contacted.

Post Photos and Stories: One of the best parts of School Club Roundup is showing off your team members and station.  Other participants will enjoy hearing about how you did and reading the story of your contest.  You can upload photos and text via the ARRL Soapbox web page.

Stay updated on SCR. Send an email to:


Because of rules changes, logging software updates are needed. Be sure your software is up to date!

Contacts on digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31 now count separately from CW.  Modes must be abbreviated in the Cabrillo-formatted log file as PH, CW, or RY.

The number of contacts allowed per station has been changed to once per band per mode. One will now be able to make up to three contacts with a station on each band using CW, voice, and digital modes.  Multipliers will still only count once.

A minor change in the minimum break time may give some school operations some additional operating time.  The minimum break time is reduced from 30 minutes to 10 minutes.  This may be helpful in schools where operation is interrupted by the changing of classes.


The full results writeup for the October 2016 and February 2017 contests will be available in the October 2017 issue of QST. Click here for the online results of all SCR events beginning with the October 2013 SCR.  Click on a call sign in the results to see more information about the entry.  Certificates have been emailed as PDF files to all participants who provided an email address.  If you did not receive a certificate or wish to receive a paper certificate, contact

Hamvention Updates

‘Timeline was tight’ for new expo center ahead of Hamvention

An Update from Hamvention Leadership

Despite all of the best efforts and intentions by Greene County, the Greene County Agricultural Society and Hamvention, we have learned the anticipated new building will not be constructed in time for Hamvention 2018. The prefab sections bid on and architecturally required are currently backlogged. We expect construction to be delayed until after our show and the Greene County Fair. We expect completion of construction yet this year and ready for our use in 2019. We regret this; however it is well out of our control.

On the positive side:

  • We will have increased Inside Exhibits space with the addition of the vacated Furniture Building.
  • The Flea Market will not be losing any space and actually may be gaining new space.
  • After consultation with professionals, we are in the process of solving the mud issue in the Flea Market area. We anticipate work to start as soon as weather allows.
  • We are rearranging the soccer field parking to eliminate use of the low areas where we had problems last year. We will also have a revised exit plan.
  • Additional offsite parking will be available, along with easily used maps to help you navigate. Transportation from parking areas to the show will still be at no cost.
  • Traffic issues were solved by mid-morning on Friday last year and we do not anticipate new issues this year.
  • Talk-In has all new equipment and will be using a taller tower this year allowing us to reach out farther to help you navigate to the show. Be sure to use this service. Do not forget the bulletin frequencies for more help.

There are many new ideas we are working on to make your stay with us more enjoyable. Keep watching our website “” for updates.

Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chair

Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Hamvention Assistant General Chair

Michael Kalter, W8CI, Hamvention CFO, Spokesperson


What’s Your Plans This Year and thoughts about the podcast.

Ian Kahn

Now, on to business. I finished listening to this week’s ETH episode today. I have a few thougths/comments:

  1. As I’ve said every time I’m on the show, I have a lot of fun doing it. I am ready to be a regular guest/co-host any time. Let’s talk more after the holidays and work out some sort of schedule. I even appreciated the unsolicited shout-outs in the episode! 🙂
  2. Show length – Definitely keep it to an hour or less. If you get blow-hards like me, who like to hear themselves talk and go on for hours, maybe split the topic into multiple episodes.
  3. Format – I agree with one of the comments you made, that shows with guests and/or co-hosts, are far more interesting for the listener. The back-and-forth keeps the show moving and it doesn’t feel like it gets bogged down.

Just my two cents’ worth, since you asked for the feedback. As far as what I’m doing new in 2018, I plan to put a WSPR beacon together out of a Raspberry Pi I’ve had sitting around for a couple of years, and I start the CWOps’ CW Academy in January. I sort-of learned CW several years ago, but not very well, and I don’t enjoy operating it much (although I have my Triple Play and a CW-endorsed Worked All States). I’m hoping, as we really get to solar minimum, that I can learn it well enough this time to really enjoy it and work some parts of the world I haven’t been able to on sideband.


Jeffrey, KC8QCH

Hello Curtis!

Hope things find you well! And A Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I just got done with episode 94 and heard you were looking for some feedback 🙂 I will try to help make things make sense as we go:

– Show Length: Even though like you I have a 30 -40 minute commute, I personally enjoy a longer show like an hour or so. On some of the ones that do keep it to a half hour, it feels like things are rushed and they never really get in depth on the topic. Most of it tends to get eaten up by sponsor spots and other things. So I tend to like longer episodes. Yes it can take me a few days to get through all my podcasts but at least I can listen at work sometimes too.

– Topic ideas:

– I know you did a show about Echolink, but how about Voice over IP/Radio over IP in general. Talk about echolink, Allstar, D-Star, DMR, etc. I have been playing around with ROIP/VOIP and have so much fun with it. Heck I would be happy to share what I know with you about it if you like.

– The joys of using Linux for Ham Radio Shack Computers. With Windows becoming more and more expensive and harder to get, Linux is a great alternative for free, cheap and helps to breath life into older hardware that is still perfect for Ham Radio use. Again, I would be happy to share my knowledge with you. 🙂



I like the length and format of your show as it is now.  I wouldn’t shorten it.  An hour or so is good.  I like the guests you have had on the show talking about subjects they know well.  I am glad you made changes a while back to drop the club news and meeting news, which I skipped.

Your show is one of the podcasts I listen to most often.  I listen while I am getting showered and dressed, and at the gym and sometimes in the car.


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They say that if you do what you love you will love you job. That is very true. I love what I do and I love my job, most of the time. I also love doing woodworking, so why not do that to bring in some extra money for my family, right? So that is what we are doing. My wife and I are starting our own business, making handcrafted items, more than just signs.

I am in the process of making a website for it, and plan to launch it March 1st. Until then, if you looking for something with your call sign on it to put in your ham shack? Maybe you are wanting something that you can put outside you RV while you are camping with your name on it. How about a sign that has a quote on it of some sorts.

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