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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ETH087 – Traveling With Your Ham Radio Gear

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Vance Martin, N3VEM, about traveling with your ham radio gear and operating while traveling. Tech Corner – Traveling With Your Ham Radio Gear Do you travel a lot for work or pleasure? Do you want something more to do in the evening when you’re not working besides stare at hotel room walls or something on TV? Why not bring your ham radio equipment with you and make some contacts? Vance…

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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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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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13 Colonies Special Event with Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO – ETH074

Everything Hamradio Podcast - Field Day

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, about the 13 Colonies Special Event Station over the 4th of July week. Question of the Week: What is your favorite special event?   Tech Corner – 13 Colonies Special Event Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO – WM3PEN Bonus Station Call sign http://www.13colonies.net/index.html   The special event goes from July 1 at 1300 UTC through July 7 at 0400 UTC. However, please check the 13 colonies website for more…

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Growing the Ranks vs. Growing the Enjoyment

Because I teach amateur radio classes and publish a series of popular amateur radio license study guides (www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/), I often get kudos for “growing the ranks.” In fact, Gordon West, WB6NOA, told me this just last week, when he stopped by the booth I was in at the Dayton Hamvention. I’m paraphrasing a little, but after telling me that he’s heard good things about my study guides, he said something like, “You’re doing good work in helping get more people into ham radio.” People say that as if this is—or…

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