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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Amateur TV with Tom O’Hara, W6ORG – ETH080

ETH080 - Amateur TV

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk Facebook Question of the Week:   Tech Corner – Amateur TV Amateur TV originally started in the 1920’s but really didn’t take off until the 1950-1960’s. In the mid-1960’s is when Tom decided to start a side business out of his garage. In the late 1970’s, Tom took his business full time and continued with it until he retired and closed his business in 2014. Tom continues to maintain his website…

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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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DX News – November 17, 2016

  DX Bulletin 47 ARLD047From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT November 17, 2016 To all radio amateurs    This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by W3UR, 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. TANZANIA, 5H. Yan, RZ3FW, Alexander, RW3RN and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as 5H1WW from Zanzibar, IOTA AF-032, from November 19 to 28. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW…

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DX News – November 10, 2016

QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 46 ARLD046 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT November 10, 2016 To all radio amateurs: This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by IK7JWX, W1UE, 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. MADAGASCAR, 5R. Eric, F6ICX is QRV as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island, IOTA AF-090, until February 4, 2017. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly…

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ETH020 – Contesting

ETH Podcast Logo - DX

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to Contesting Kids Day Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth.Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children. When: Saturday, June 18 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC Suggested Exchange:…

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ETH008 – Small Computers

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast. In the last episode we talked about Computers in your Shack. In this episode we are going to talk about another aspect of this topic, but we are going to be talking about the types of computers that have been dubbed Small Computers. By Small Computers, I am talking about things like a Raspberry Pi, an Aurdino and a Beagle Bone. Before we actually dive into these three, I first should point out that each of these can be…

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ETH007 – Computers in Your Shack

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In today’s episode we are going to be talking about different types of computers and their uses in your shack. In the world that we live in now, our lives are so intertwined with technology that it would only make sense that the amateur community would use computers in their shacks. Years ago, the hobby was more of just ragchew, two or more people talking, type hobby. Now, when I say that I mean it in the utmost respect,…

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