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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Ham Radio Boost – Lessons Learned in Amateur Radio

Back in March, I got an email from Lucien Koch, DH7LM, the author of a new book called Ham Radio Boost: Lessons Learned in Amateur Radio asking me to check out his new book. Dan Romanchek, KB6NU, wrote a review on it as well which you can find here. After reading his review of it as well as a couple of the reviews and the description on Amazon, I figured, why not? It sounds like a pretty good book. In his book he talks about many different topics dealing with…

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The Amelia Earhart Project

A couple of weeks ago as I was preparing a list of topics that I wanted to talk about in the future podcast episodes I came across a subject that was interested in. That topic was Automatic Link Establishment or ALE for short. So I got to looking at some of the websites dealing with this topic and came across a yahoo group specifically for it. Trying to find someone to interview for it I join the group set hello and got a maybe later response. While waiting for a…

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Podcast Episode Not Showing Up, Is It Fixed?

Hey yall, I just wanted to write a quick post and let yall know what has been going on. About two weeks ago, I was having some issues with my website and I tracked it down to my RSS feed. Don’t ask me how it messed it up, but it did. While I got it fixed pretty fast, it had happened before, so rather than waiting for it to happen again, I decided that I would change the location that my podcast feed came from. The way that I had…

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Growing the Ranks vs. Growing the Enjoyment

Because I teach amateur radio classes and publish a series of popular amateur radio license study guides (www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/), I often get kudos for “growing the ranks.” In fact, Gordon West, WB6NOA, told me this just last week, when he stopped by the booth I was in at the Dayton Hamvention. I’m paraphrasing a little, but after telling me that he’s heard good things about my study guides, he said something like, “You’re doing good work in helping get more people into ham radio.” People say that as if this is—or…

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Another Hamvention Is In The Bag!

Another Hamvention is in the books! Being at a new venue this year, it is totally understandable that there were some hiccups. I have heard people say that there seemed to be more people there this year so I’m really interested in hearing what the final count was. I saw some of the live webcast that was on W5KUB.com where someone was walking through the flea market areas, it looked very organized but very muddy because of a rain the night before. The guys with Hamradio 360 actually had to…

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Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP51 QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 51  ARLP051 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  December 16, 2016 To all radio amateurs   Average daily solar indices over the past week were lower than the previous seven days, with average daily sunspot number declining from 40.9 to 13, and average daily solar flux dropping 10 points from 82.2 to 72.2. Geomagnetic indicators were higher, with average daily planetary A index rising from 4.9 to 13.3, and mid-latitude A index from 3.4 to 9. Predicted solar flux is 72 on…

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DX News – December 15, 2016

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  QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 51  ARLD051 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  December 15, 2016 To all radio amateurs     This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. KENYA, 5Z.  Sila, AK0SK plans to be QRV as 5Z4/AK0SK from Taveta from December 22 to January 6, 2017.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL…

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