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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Field Day 2015

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! Today we are going to talk about probably the biggest amateur radio event of the year, FIELD DAY!!! Field day is a 24 hours event where stations setup stations, either one or twenty, and operate for the entire 24 period. The objective of field day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands except for 60, 30, 17 and 42 meters and to learn how to operate in sub optimal conditions. Field day is open to…

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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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Tying It All Together…

  Hello and welcome back to my blog. In the last three posts we have covered RACES, ARES and Skywarn and how they work individually. In this post we are going to discuss how they work together. As you have probably figured out from my posts of the three, RACES operations occur during an event, and ARES is more during the aftermath. Skywarn is kind of lumped in the middle of the two and only deals with natural disasters. Often times, at least around these parts, RACES, ARES and Skywarn…

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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services(RACES)

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. First off I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new people that have followed my blog here recently. Thank you so much for helping make my blog a success. Please share my blog with your friends and help me grow it even more. I am creeping up on the 100 likes on my facebook page. Now, on to the topic of the day, RACES. First off, as the topic title, says RACES stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency…

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Skywarn

Hello and welcome back to my blog. This post we will be talking about Skywarn. Skywarn is a little different from ARES and RACES in that it is not as much of a club type organization like ARES and RACES is. With Skywarn you don’t even have to be an amateur radio operator to be a skywarn spotter. Skywarn was start by the National Weather Service in the late 1960’s, but it didn’t really take off until the mid 1970’s. Since then it has grown to nearly 290,000 trained spotters…

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Amateur Emergency Radio Service(ARES)

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today we will be talking about the amateur emergency radio service (ARES). So what is ARES? ARES is an organization started by the ARRL that consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur is eligible to apply for ARES membership. There or four levels to the ARES organization: national, section, district, and local. The national level is handled by the ARRL membership and volunteer program manager. At the section level…

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Broadband-Hamnet Usage Idea

Hello and welcome back to my blog. In my last post I wrote about a WiFi networking system that uses the ham radio portion of the 2.4ghz band. Before I go into my ideas about using this system in a disaster situation, let me tell you a little back story about me and the club that I’m vice president of, Texas Adventist Emergency Communications(TAEC). In 1994, there was a massive flood in Houston, Tx. As part of the disaster relief response, Adventist Community Services(ACS) responded to do their part, clothing…

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