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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ARRL: How Can We Help?

Recently, I received this email from a reader: “Hi Dan, “Hope you’re doing well. I have a couple of questions about the ARRL. I’ve been reading your blog and other sources, and it’s clear that the ARRL is in a little trouble. I have to say, though, that as soon as the current administration in D.C. notices that some of their friends can make money off of amateur radio bandwidth, the whole amateur radio service is in very serious jeopardy. The only way I can think of to counter that…

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2018 State Of The Hobby Survery

How is the ham radio hobby doing? Is it thriving? Is it dieing? What is the State of the Hobby? That is a question that I’m sure all of yall have asked yourself at one time or another. Dustin Thomas, N8RMA, asked himself last year, this question and decided to see what others thought as well. Dustin is an analyst by trade, so he took the information that he wanted to gather, turned it into a survey, and made a really nice page displaying his findings. Last year, I stumbled…

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Which Way Does Current Really Flow?

I was recently taken to task by one of my blog readers regarding my description of current flow in my No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. He wrote: “You casually say that current flows from Positive to Negative (with cool accompanying directional arrows), without any accompanying qualifying statement. Over the years I have looked at ALL the views on the subject. Positive to Negative is NOT what I was taught 48 years ago, and I have never seen a good reason to change my view.” In a subsequent email,…

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Is Contesting Killing The Hobby?

I recently read an article posted on QRZ (QRZ Forum Article) in the post the author wrote about how he thought that contesting was “a concern of amateur radio”. The article was originally posts here. While some of his points, I can see where he is coming from, I just don’t know if I would go that far to say it’s a cancer. Contesting One of the points that he made is that in contesting you just give a little bit of information and get off to let someone else…

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Government Shutdown, Just Great!

At the risk of getting a little political, I’m posting a blog post for this article instead of just as a news item. It is sad that we seem to go through something like this every few years. The thing is, it not only affects the FCC, but is also affects other agencies as well. Agencies like the National Weather Service. Here we are coming into storm season, the NWS has storm spotting schools scheduled typically up through the first part of June, at least in my region. A couple…

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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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