2018 State Of The Hobby Survey Results Posted!

The results are in!   About a month ago, I posted a blog post where I talked about a survey that was titled “2018 State of the Hobby Survey.” The author of the survey, did a survey last year, in 2017, and decided to do it again in 2018. In the survey that he did in 2017, he only had 688 people respond and take the survey. This year, in 2018, he had a whopping 2919 people answer his survey from all across the globe. This is an increase of…

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ARRL Finally Realizes Status Quo Isn’t Going To Cut It

An item in the July 2017 ARRL board meeting caught my attention. It notes that a committee of staff members was tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and possible solutions. The August 3, 2017 issue of the ARRL Letter ran the following report: “ARRL Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, presented the report of six Headquarters staffers who had been tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and devising feasible solutions. Specifically, the committee addressed market research findings that have continued to reveal that only a small percentage of…

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A New License Class, Really?!

Do we really need a new license class? I am mean really! We use to have one: remember the Novice, Tech +, and Advanced class licenses? We got rid of those to help simplify things, now there is talks about adding a new one lower than Technician. My other question is, where did this idea come from in the first place. It is not that hard to pass a technician test! It is 25 questions that are relatively easy, all it takes is a little studying. Do they want it…

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RFinder with Bob Greenberg, W2CYK – ETH075

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about RFinder with the programs maker, Bob Greenberg, W2CYK. Facebook Question of the Week: How was your Field Day? Did you participate in it? What were some of your issues and what might you do different next year? Tech Corner – RFinder http://www.rfinder.net What is RFinder? The RFinder (RepeaterFinder) Worldwide Repeater Directory is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory including IRLP, Echolink, AllStar, DStar, MotoTRBO, and even Winlink information.  We currently…

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The Amelia Earhart Project

A couple of weeks ago as I was preparing a list of topics that I wanted to talk about in the future podcast episodes I came across a subject that was interested in. That topic was Automatic Link Establishment or ALE for short. So I got to looking at some of the websites dealing with this topic and came across a yahoo group specifically for it. Trying to find someone to interview for it I join the group set hello and got a maybe later response. While waiting for a…

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Noise floor report does not inspire confidence

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU Last June, the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee asked licensed and unlicensed users of the electromagnetic spectrum to answer some questions about the noise they were experiencing and whether or not it was affecting their services. Specifically, they asked:  * Is there a noise floor problem?  * Where does the problem exist? Spectrally? Spatially? Temporally?  * Is there quantitative evidence of the overall increase in the total integrated noise floor across various segments of the radio frequency spectrum?  * How should a noise study be performed? Well,…

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Monthly Status Report – September 2016

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! This is my monthly blog/podcast status update! Posts from September 2016 ETH029 – Broadband Hamnet ETH030 – Something Different ETH031 – A YL’s View of Amateur Radio ETH032 – What is Going on Lately?! ETH033 – Echolink   Is It All About The Numbers?   Below are the “numbers” for my blog and podcast for the month of July (The number in () is the difference between this month and last month):   Page Views: 3808(+1755) Visitors: 1973(+799) Podcast Downloads: 6195 (+2092) Email…

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Monthly Status Report – July 2016

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! This is my monthly blog/podcast update! Posts from May 2016 Monthly Status Report – June 2016 ETH025 – Fox Hunting ETH026 – Youth in Amateur Radio with Douglas Maggs, KK4UHK ETH027 – Hams with Disabilities with Christopher LaRue, W4ADL ETH028 – Mobile Radio Installation with Alan Applegate, K0BG Is It All About The Numbers? Below are the “numbers” for my blog and podcast for the month of July (The number in () is the difference between this month and last month):…

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I’m EXTRA Ignorant

Guest Post By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU On Sunday, I received the following e-mail from a reader: “Just wanted to let you know I passed the General exam using your study guide.  It was very helpful.  I am now generally ignorant whereas before I was only technically ignorant.  Ha!” My reply to him was: “Well, if you’re generally  ignorant, I guess that makes me EXTRA ignorant!” This isn’t just a joke–being ignorant is part of the hobby. Amateur radio operators will always be ignorant about something or other. Even if you…

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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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