ARRL president suggests that we “re-brand” amateur radio

This Week in Amateur Radio recently reported (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/this-week-in-amateur-radio/e/51325707) on a speech given by ARRL president, Rick Roderick, K5UR, at the 60th annual West Virginia State ARRL convention held August 25th at WVU Jackson’s Mill Conference Center. Here are some things that he had to say: “Are we even relevant anymore as ham radio operators? Well, let’s see: We’re world communicators. We provide public service. We help in emergencies and disasters. We help save lives. We talk to the jungles of Africa…to the beaches of the South Pacific. We bounce signals…

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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 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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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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Propagation Forecast – February 16, 2018

  QST de W1AW Propagation Forecast Bulletin 7  ARLP007 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  February 16, 2018 To all radio amateurs   Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14). Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3. Predicted solar flux is 71, 70 and 69 on February 16-18, 68 on February 19-22,…

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ETH097 – An Oopsy Causes A Big Scare!

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Tech Corner Hawaii’s recent ballistic missile scare    http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2017/07/ham-radio-license/   http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2018/02/contesting-killing-hobby/   Ham Radio 360 – All Good Things Must Come To An End   West Mountain Radio The Epic PWRgate is West Mountain Radio’s 3rd generation power gate product. It uses advanced technology to achieve a very low power loss and has maximum flexibility to charge modern batteries. Epic PWRgate is a 12 volt backup power system rated at 40 amperes continuous from either a Power Supply or…

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DX Bulletin 7 – February 8, 2018

DX Bulletin 7  ARLD007 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  February 8, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. GEORGIA, 4L.  Furkan, TA7AOF and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as 4L/TA7AOF and 4L/TA7AZC, respectively, until February 12.  Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on various digital modes.  This includes being entries in the CQ World…

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DX News – February 1, 2018

DX Bulletin 6  ARLD006 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  February 1, 2018 To all radio amateurs This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. VIET NAM, 3W.  Chuck, W0DLE is QRV as 3W9DLE from Ho Chi Minh City until April 30.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being entries in the upcoming ARRL DX…

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