New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL Sections

05/23/2018 Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager (SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition during the spring election cycle. In Indiana, James “Jimmy” Merry, KC9RPX, of Ellettsville, was declared elected in a very close race with Brian G. Jenks, W9BGJ, the Indiana Section Traffic Manager. Merry received 451 votes, and Jenks, of Fort Wayne, received 438 votes. Merry has…

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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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ETH098 – A Non-Ham XYL’s View of Ham Radio

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! A Non-Ham XYL’s View of Ham Radio Back in August of 2016, in Episode 31, I talked with Allison Hollier, KG5BHY. In that episode we talked about what it was like to be a YL with a license. At the time the plan was to bring my wife on in the next episode to get a XYL’s view of being married to a ham when she wasn’t one. Plans changed and that didn’t happen until a year and a…

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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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ETH096 – School Club Roundup, Hamvention Update and More

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Due to poor planning and not realizing that I hadn’t made a podcast episode yet until the night before this episode is scheduled to be released, it is just me today. We are going to be talking about the School Club Roundup, some new information about this years Hamvention and more… Tech Corner Correction from the last episode In the last episode, we talked about the stuff that was going on with the ARRL Board and some of the…

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AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

01/18/2018 The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds. Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur Phillip. Akin to Independence Day in the US, on Australia Day many celebrate the country and its culture, flying the national flag and celebrating with fireworks. K5CLMCreator and Owner…

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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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ETH090 – WSPRnet with John Jacobs, W7DBO

  Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with John Jacobs, W7DBO, from the Hamradio 360: Field Radio Podcast about WSPRnet and More. Tech Corner – WSPRnet What Is WSPRNet? WSPRnet stands for Weak Signal Progagtion Reporting. It is a system devolped by , who also developed all the JT modes. It allows you to transmit and receive automate signal heard reports from other stations around the world. You can see who is hear your signal and who…

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ETH089 – World Wide Flora and Fauna

  Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Vance Martin, N3VEM, about World Wide Flora and Fauna or as it is known here in the US, Parks On The Air Tech Corner – World Wide Flora and Fauna Regional POTA/KFF Managers: 0 – NU0C – Jim Shorney 1 – N1TYH – Steve Olivieri 2 – WX2I – Bob Jonas 3 – KB3ZUK – Jeff Dahn 4 – KA9JAC – Bob Gedemer 5 – N1TYH – Steve Olivieri…

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ETH088 – Near Vertical Incedence Skywave (NVIS)

    Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Ben Doran, N8BD, about Near Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVIS for short(since I have the hardest time saying Incidence…lol). Tech Corner – Near Vertical Incidence Skywave What is Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) NVIS is an ionospheric skip operating technique that directs the strongest signals from a station vertically, or upward, rather than toward the horizon. Signals propagating nearly vertically approach the ionosphere with steep incidence angles and may…

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