ETH038 – Can You Hear Me Now? The RST Reporting System

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be talking about the RST Reporting System, the Moore County Amateur Radio Society and we are going to announce the winner of the Nanuk 904 case provided by Gigaparts.com. Tech Corner – RST Reporting System History of the RST Reporting System Many years ago, right around 1934 to be specific, an amateur radio operator by the name of Arthur W Braaten, W2BSR, made up the current reporting system that we use today.…

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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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DX News – May 6, 2016

ZCZC AE19 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 19  ARLD019 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  May 5, 2016 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Martin, LU9EFO is QRV as CE0Y/LU9EFO until May Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to F4BHW. CAPE VERDE, D4.  Stephan, DL3GCS is QRV as…

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Solar Update de K7RA

Source: ARRL News 05/06/2016 Solar activity increased last week, making one of those occasional upticks on the way down from the peak of the solar cycle. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 43.3 to 74.7, and average daily solar flux increased by ten points to 91.9. Average planetary A index went from 9.4 to 11.3 and average mid-latitude A index went from 11.6 to 10.7. At 0415 UTC on May 2 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning. At the end of the day, the planetary A…

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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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ETH016 – NPOTA

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to continue our series dealing with things to do on HF with National Parks On The Air(NPOTA). The NPOTA is a year-long event that is celebrating the National Parks systems Centennial. As an amateur radio operator you can either activate a national park or make contact with someone who has activated a national park or both. ‘ NPOTA Activators Guide – This guide has a lot of information in it about “activating” a…

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ETH015 – DXing

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Last week we started off this series covering several topics dealing with HF. If you missed last week’s episode, click here to go back and listen to it. In today’s episode we are going to be talking about DXing. What is DXing? According to Wikipedia: DXing is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals, or making two-way radio contact with distant stations in amateur radio, citizens’ band radio or other two-way radio communications.    DXing…

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Solar Update de K7RA

04/22/2016 Over the past reporting week, April 14-20, average daily sunspot numbers rose from 32 to 40, while average daily solar flux declined from 106.1 to 100.8. Average daily planetary A index declined from 12.4 to 10.9, but average daily mid-latitude A index rose slightly from 8.3 to 8.9. The mid-latitude A index uses 3-hour data from a magnetometer at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the planetary numbers are derived from readings at Sitka, Alaska; Meanook, AB, Canada; Ottawa ON, Canada; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Hartland, UK; Wingst, Germany; Niemegk, Germany; and Canberra, Australia.…

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DX News – 04/21/2016

ZCZC AE17 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 17 ARLD017 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  April 21, 2016 To all radio amateurs   This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by CO3JK, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. SPRATLY ISLANDS.  Michael, DF8AN is QRV as 9M0S from Layang-Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, until April 29.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using mainly CW.  QSL to home call. GEORGIA, 4L.  Members of…

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ETH014 – High Frequency(HF)

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. Whether you are reading this on my blog as a blog post, or listening to it on my podcast, I hope you enjoy it. This episode/post is going to be a starting point of our general topic for this quarter, High Frequency(HF). We have talked quite a bit about things that you do on VHF and UHF and have touched on a couple of things about HF, but this quarter we are going to dive deeper into HF. We are going…

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