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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What Is Being A Ham Radio Operator Mainly About?

I recently read a post on the 100 Watts and a Wire Podcast Facebook Group, that lead me to this article from a news site in the UK. In the story it tells of a ham radio operator doing what is the basic component of what a ham radio operator does, Communicate! In this story it talks about a ham, Mike Everett, that was just sitting minding his own business and suddenly heard a voice coming across his radio. It was a voice a guy named Jon who was desperately calling…

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Controlling Your Radio With Your Phone – An ID-4100A Review

I recently heard about a new radio that has a feature that I really wish more radios had. I talked a little about it on both the RFinder and RepeaterBook podcast episodes. What I am talking about is a way to control your radio from your phone or tablet. Both of those apps had limited functionality to it, and was limited to only a small number of radios. Also they were limited to Android devices. Well it seems that someone at Icom has found a way to make this work…

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Experimenter’s Wednesday is Coming Back!

A couple weekends ago, the ISS did something special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ISS, they transmitted 12 images over the weekend that people could “download” using only a directional antenna, a radio and a phone. I didn’t hear anything about it, unfortunately, until after the event ended when I listened to the second episode of the Hamradio 360: Field Radio Podcast. Here is a link to that episode in case you didn’t listen to it. It was pretty neat to listen to the interview with Galen Wilson…

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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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Why Should I Get My Ham Radio License?

I recently read a reddit post about a gentleman that was having a hard time thinking of why he should get his ham radio license. He stated that he had heard about just the talking aspect of it, but he couldn't “justify” doing the studying for the license and buying the radios just for talking and was asking what else the hobby had to offer. On one hand, I have to think to myself, If you have to talk yourself into getting a ham license or justify spending was is…

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Ham Researcher to Investigate Effects of Solar Eclipse

August 21 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many in the U.S. to see a total eclipse. It's also an opportunity for a team of Virginia Tech researchers to study the effects of the eclipse on changes in the upper atmosphere that have an impact on HF propagation and the global positioning system (GPS). Backed by research funding from NASA and the National Science foundation, the team is headed by Dr. Greg Earle, W4GDE. The Virginia Tech team plans to gather data from a variety of sources, including radar systems, transceivers,…

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A Big Thank You To All My Listeners and Amazon Prime Day

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! On Friday night, I was recording my podcast episode that is coming up this Thursday with George and Jeremy from the Hamradio 360: Workbench Podcast. While we were talking off recording during one of the breaks, the topic of how my podcast was doing came up. I have to admit, that when I look at the “numbers” behind my podcast and blog, I am taken back. For the first year of this podcast, I struggled to get it going and was…

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How to Copy CW in Your Head

The second most common question that I get about CW is, “How do I learn to copy in my head?” When I get this question, I give, what to some, is a very unsatisfying answer. One day, I just went cold turkey. I put down the pencil and paper and never copied letter-by-letter ever again. Carlo Consoli, IK0YGJ, author of Zen and the Art of Radiotelegraphy , says that what operators need to do is to program themselves to copy in their heads. He counsels operators to practice relaxation and…

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Station Identifiers – Should I Use Them?

Should I Use Identifiers?

Yesterday I was looking through the Amateur Radio sub-Redit and came across a question that was being asked about how he should identify himself as he is driving through an area. Did he need to use /mobile or /portable or some other suffix after his call sign. This question reminded me of another question or comment that I remember reading not too long ago. The person was told by someone that he needed to use a / whatever the number area he was in when operating in a different number…

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