ETH091 – Christmas Wish List 2017

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are joined by Ian Kahn, KM4IK, as a guest host. We talk about Christmas, or more specifically ideas for a Shout Out to Eric Harrison. Eric sent me an email this past weekend tell me that he passed his Technician Class Test. In his email he wrote, “Thanks for making the podcast. Between it and the No Nonsense study guide, I’m Convinced that’s what made it possible.” Also I want to give a shout out…

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ETH090 – WSPRnet with John Jacobs, W7DBO

ETH090 - WSPRnet

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 you…

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How Do I Program My Hamradio?

One of the many questions that I get on a regular basis is, “How Do I Program My Hamradio?” The thing is, this comes from all different ham friends, from those that have been a ham for a while and from those that have just got their license. My answer to them is always, “Well it depends on what radio you have”. The thing is, that isn’t really entirely true. The answer really should be, “It depends on what mode you are trying to program” or something along those lines.…

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Ham’s Answer The Call in Record Time!

The amateur radio community is one of the best communities I have ever been involved with! It ranks up there with the fire and law enforcement brotherhood that I have been in for the past 12+ years. Most of the ham radio community is the type of people that will donate their time to help others in need, whether it is another ham or another person in general! Often times, even when they are offered money to pay for their time, they refuse. It is like when I needed help…

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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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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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Hurricane Harvey, The Solar Eclipse and More – ETH084

In this episode I have a guest co-host joining me. You might remember him from episode 67 where we talked about PSK31 and episode 71 where we talked about Field Day. His name is Ian Kahn, KM4IK. I have enjoyed talking with Ian on those two episodes and asked him to join me for this one. Hurricane Harvey We talk about some major things that are happening or have happened recently. We start off talking about the amazing devastation that is going on right now here in Texas, Hurricane Harvey.…

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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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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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