Radio Etiquette

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be off during one of my local Christmas Parades. This parade is one that my ham radio club always helps with. Due to my job, I am not always able to help with club functions or make the monthly meetings but I do when I can. When I was active in the club, I had been an officer since the club started in 1995 and was/am Vice President of it the last time…

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Big changes ahead for ARRL board

The results are finally in. No, I’m not talking about the national mid-term election results. As I’m writing this, some of those votes are still being counted. I’m talking about this year’s ARRL board elections. ARRL members have spoken, and they have elected four new faces to the board in what was the most hotly-contested election in a long time. Three of the five incumbents, plus an incumbent vice director running for the Northwest Division director position, were defeated by candidates calling for more transparency and for changes in the way that the ARRL operates. Here…

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SKYWARN Recognition Day – 2018

Hey Everybody! Sorry for the late notice on this! Hopefully y’all have already seen this or at least will see it in time to participate a little bit. This Saturday, December 1, 2018 is this year’s Skywarn Recognition Day from 000z to 2400z. Below is the story from the ARRL with links to more information. Maybe I will talk to some of you on the air for this! 2018 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service…

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Help a Ham 2018 – MTC Radio

Hey everybody! One of the things that’s I have always loved about this hobby is that people work together and help each other so much. This holds true with MTC Radio as well. The past few years they have been doing a special around Christmas time where people could donate as little as $1 and it will be added to a pot and then around Dec 20, they pick a ham in need and give them some ham radio gear. People from around the hobby can nominate people to receive…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Howdy everybody and welcome back to my blog. I know that I haven’t been very regular here lately, and for that I apologize. I would say that I have just been so busy that I haven’t had time to write anything but that wouldn’t be true. However, in a way I have been pretty busy and haven’t felt like working more while I’m at my RL job. So whatever the reason for me not posting anything regularly, I hope to start posting more than I have. So how was everyone’s…

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Have you taken a break from Ham Radio?

I’m sure everyone has sometime in their “ham radio career”. Every person has a reason for it too. It could be just plain lose of interest, family reasons , financial reasons, or several other reasons as well. Over my 23 years of being a ham, I have taken several breaks myself. Most of them have been a combination of the three above. There were times when my radio went out and I couldn’t afford to get it fixed or buy a new one. One time my antenna went out and…

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Things On The Air?!

“Things On The Air”, Really? I couldn’t believe my eyes when an article from K0NR came across my feed about a new On The Air thing. Up until this point, I could see each of them meaning something and potentially being fun. Things like: Parks On The Air Islands On The Air Summits On The Air NASA On The Air Walmart Parking Lots On The Air The last one just started about a month or so ago I believe and is used for working Satellite. Like I said above, these…

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Contest and Awards When Moving

A while back I saw a post on a Facebook group that I belong to you that had me wondering where the answer would be. So I decided to dive into the question a little bit and figured that I would write a blog post on it so that everyone would know the answer as well. In the  group post, Robert Coyne wrote: I’ve been looking for the answer and having a hard time finding it. I recently moved about 100 miles from where I was. Same state, I was…

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Walmart Parking Lots On The Air

Are you like most Americans and live close to a Walmart? Why not take advantage of that on April 28th and 29th of this year with the Walmart Parking Lots On The Air(WMPLOTA) Event. This event spawned from a realization of Chris, K7TAB, and other satellite operators, that there are several Walmart’s that have parking lots that lie along a grid boundary. On April 14, Chris K7TAB operated from the EM99/FM09 gridline, which just happened to run through a Walmart parking lot in Morgantown, WV. When Chris posted this activation…

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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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