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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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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