ETH090 – WSPRnet with John Jacobs, W7DBO

ETH090 - WSPRnet

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with John Jacobs, W7DBO, from the Hamradio 360: Field Radio Podcast about WSPRnet and More. Tech Corner – WSPRnet What Is WSPRNet? WSPRnet stands for Weak Signal Progagtion Reporting. It is a system devolped by , who also developed all the JT modes. It allows you to transmit and receive automate signal heard reports from other stations around the world. You can see who is hear your signal and who you…

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ETH017 – Summits On The Air (SOTA)

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be continuing our series on HF by talking about Summits On The Air(SOTA). What is Summits On The Air(SOTA)? SOTA is an awards program for amateur radio that was started in Great Britain back in 2002 and has since gone world-wide. It is a program that is designed to encourage amateur radio operators to operate from a temporary location on top of a mountain.The operation must be done from a location that…

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Monthly Status Report and Upcoming News – April 2016

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio!  Last month, I had wanted to start writing a monthly post about the first of the month and kind of review the previous month’s posts, what happened in my blog and podcast and plans for the next month. I totally missed the first of the month last month since I was in the process of moving still so I did just a basic information on my podcast episode on the 4/12/2016. Posts from April 2016: April 1 – Why You Should…

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Antenna Tuners

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! I hope that you have been enjoying my technician class series that we started last week. Today we are going to talk about antenna tuners and what they actually are. One thing that we always have to think about when it comes to our radios is how much power we are putting out and how much power is being reflected back to our radios.  This is called the Standing Wave Ratio or SWR for short. Most of the time, the SWR is…

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Practical Examples of Frequencies

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. Last Thursday I posted a post about Frequencies and the Spectrum and Friday I saw a post on Facebook that I so wish I would’ve seen before the post so I could include it in it. So I decided to go a little further on the topic. This is what I saw in the post: Guitar Strings This video gives an awesome example of what a sound wave looks like. You will notice that the lower sounding strings(top) is at a lower…

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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

Hello everybody! Back in May I wrote a post about a bill that had been introduced in the US House of Representatives, HR-1301. As I wrote in my previous blog, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, this bill would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodations of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions, such as Home Owner Associations and/or land deed restrictions. HR-1301 was introduced into the House back on March 4, 2015 by US Rep Adam Kinzinger(R-IL) and had 12 co-sponsers from…

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My Field Day – KB5YBI

Help everybod and welcome back to my blog! Today we will be enjoying a guest post from Ken Bush, KB5YBI. Ken take it away… Hello Everyone This is KB5YBI, My name is Ken Bush and I am the American Radio Relay League appointed Emergency Coordinator for Amateur Radio in Johnson County. Curtis asked for someone to write a short blog about Field Day 2015 and I appreciate the offer and will try to give you a feel for what we experienced this year. I have been involved in Amateur radio for…

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Has it already been a year?

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! A couple weeks ago, I was doing my normal morning routine, part of which is looking at facebook to see if there is anything that I find of interest. As, I’m sure, most of yall are aware of, Facebook recently started showing a flashback list of any post that you have posted. One of those posts was my very first blog entry. My first blog post was on June 11, 2014. I thought that I would go back and do a kind…

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Ham-Com 2015

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. This post we are going to talk about Ham-Com. Ham-Com is one of the major ham radio conventions and it based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. It is always on the second weekend of June, on Friday and Saturday. When I first got my license it was on Sunday to which was good because you could get those last night, don’t want to take this stuff home with me type deals at the swap meet part of it. Unfortunately, they no longer…

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Outdoor Antennas and a Strict HOA

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to talk about an issue that some hams have but, thankfully, I have never had to deal with first hand. I have read several articles over the years about hams having problems putting up external antennas because of Home Owner Association rules or deed restrictions on their properties. This had lead to many interesting “fixes” that are meant to disguise your antenna as something. I saw one post that a guy wrote in QST magazine of I’m not…

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