ETH086 – Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI)

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk Bill Stearns, NE4RD, about the upcoming Scouting Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. Tech Corner – Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet Please help me welcome by guest for today’s episode, Bill Stearns, NE4RD. You might have heard of Bill from the Amateur Radio Newsline podcast or from the Linux in the Ham Shack Podcast. Bill is a great advocate for the Boy Scouts. He is highly…

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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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ETH085 – JT Modes with Ria Jairam, N2RJ

ETH085 - JT Modes

In this episode, I have the privilege of talking with Rai Jariam, N2RJ, for a third time. This time we are talking about the JT Modes, JT65, JT9 and the newest addition FT8. Here is a typical conversation over JT65: “CQ K5CLM EM12” CQ call from K5CLM with his locator “K5CLM N2RJ FN21” N2RJ replies to K5CLM with her locator “N2RJ K5CLM -12” K5CLM sends his signal report “K5CLM N2RJ R-08” N2RJ replies with her signal report “N2RJ K5CLM RRR” K5CLM says Reception Report Received (all OK) “K5CLM N2RJ 73”…

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ARRL Finally Realizes Status Quo Isn’t Going To Cut It

An item in the July 2017 ARRL board meeting caught my attention. It notes that a committee of staff members was tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and possible solutions. The August 3, 2017 issue of the ARRL Letter ran the following report: “ARRL Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, presented the report of six Headquarters staffers who had been tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and devising feasible solutions. Specifically, the committee addressed market research findings that have continued to reveal that only a small percentage of…

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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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Remote Operations with Ria Jairam, N2RJ – ETH083

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk Remote Operations with Ria Jairam. We had Ria on the podcast before back in episode 76 where we talked about Software Defined Radios. Question of the Week: Have You Ever Operated A Remote Station? Tech Corner – Remote Operations Remote Operations – Software Solutions Ham Radio Deluxe Remaud RS-BA1 – Icom Remote Operations Software   Remote Operations – Hardware Solutions Remote Rig Remote QTH Elecraft FlexRadio Systems   Remote Operation Services…

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Controlling Your Radio With Your Phone – An ID-4100A Review

I recently heard about a new radio that has a feature that I really wish more radios had. I talked a little about it on both the RFinder and RepeaterBook podcast episodes. What I am talking about is a way to control your radio from your phone or tablet. Both of those apps had limited functionality to it, and was limited to only a small number of radios. Also they were limited to Android devices. Well it seems that someone at Icom has found a way to make this work…

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Amateur Satellite, the ISS and More – ETH082

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk Gabriel Zeifman, NJ7H, about Amateur Satellite, the ISS and More… Facebook Question of the Week: Have you ever made a contact through a an object in space? Tech Corner – Amateur Satellite, ISS and More… I first heard about Gabriel in the ARRL Letter on July 27, 2017. There was an story in there that was titled, “Oklahoma Radio Amateur is First to Score Satellite VUCC from Greenland” A couple things…

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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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