What The Heck Is The ARRL Board Thinking?

About a month ago, I received an email from the ARRL. Attached were minutes of a Special Board Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors (http://www.kb6nu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Minutes-of-Special-Board-Meeting-ARRL-Board-of-Directors-1.pdf) held by teleconference on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but after reading the minutes, I thought to myself, “What heck are these guys thinking?” What the minutes document is the censure of Dick Norton, N6AA, for “criticizing publicly the collective action of the Board of Directors adopting said Code of Conduct[sic] and drawing the Board’s collective decision…

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2018-2022 Technician Class Question Pool Released

Has it already been four years? You might be asking what I am talking about, I am talking about the question pool for the Technician Class License. Every four years, the National Conference or Volunteer Examiner Coordinators(NCVEC) release changes to the question pools. This year is the Technician, next year will be the General and Extra will be the next year, then a break for a year and back to the Technician class. This allows for the questions to stay up to date with current things that are going on…

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Changes, or Maybe Resolutions, For 2018?

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! In the last episode of my podcast I talked about some of the things that I wanted to do in the new year, my personal and blogging resolutions, and asked you what y’all had planned on doing as well. I got a couple responses from different people that I was going to read in the episode for this week. Unfortunately the week before Christmas, I started to get sick. The day after Christmas, I had to work and ended up having…

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Call Sign Change Petition…

Hey everybody! This post was suppose to go out on Dec 2, 2017, but something happened and it did not publish, so I thought I would post it now. Last month, I was reading some of the news on the ARRL website and came across an article that talked about a petition that a Thomas Alessi, K1TA, filed back in May and how the FCC has dismissed it. Below is that article: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules 11/28/2017 The FCC has dismissed a rule making…

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FT-8: I’m Not Really Feeling The Magic

Partly out of curiosity and partly because my friend Jeff, KE9V, shamed me into it, I setup my Signalink interface, downloaded WSJT-X from https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html, and started operating FT-8, the latest “shiny object” (as the ARRL dubbed it) from the K1JT team. As you probably know, this mode has really caught on with the digital crowd, and the waterfall is chock full of FT-8 signals. Part of the reason for this is that it has some of the characteristics of JT-65, but is not as excruciatingly slow. Over the past couple…

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Catalogs Are About Possibilities

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn’t afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities. I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid. These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.   So, you can imagine how I felt…

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How Do I Program My Hamradio?

One of the many questions that I get on a regular basis is, “How Do I Program My Hamradio?” The thing is, this comes from all different ham friends, from those that have been a ham for a while and from those that have just got their license. My answer to them is always, “Well it depends on what radio you have”. The thing is, that isn’t really entirely true. The answer really should be, “It depends on what mode you are trying to program” or something along those lines.…

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Slowing Down and Diversifying

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio Blog and Podcast. First off, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the listeners of my podcast and readers of my blog. Y’all have been absolutely great! In the past couple podcast episodes I have mentioned that I am changing when I put up my podcast episodes. Over the past over year and a half, I have been doing a weekly podcast and I have enjoyed it immensely. Here’s the thing though, doing a weekly…

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Ham’s Answer The Call in Record Time!

The amateur radio community is one of the best communities I have ever been involved with! It ranks up there with the fire and law enforcement brotherhood that I have been in for the past 12+ years. Most of the ham radio community is the type of people that will donate their time to help others in need, whether it is another ham or another person in general! Often times, even when they are offered money to pay for their time, they refuse. It is like when I needed help…

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The National Simulated Emergency Test is Approaching Fast

Are you involved in ARES or RACES? Does your local group do a simulated emergency test (SET)? If they do, the national SET is coming up in October on the 7th and 8th. This is the perfect time for your local group to set up an emergency drill. Why should you drill? Anytime you have a large group of people in multiple agencies it is a good idea to get together at least once a year so that you know and they know what each other can do. In my…

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