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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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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Is Contesting Killing The Hobby?

I recently read an article posted on QRZ (QRZ Forum Article) in the post the author wrote about how he thought that contesting was “a concern of amateur radio”. The article was originally posts here. While some of his points, I can see where he is coming from, I just don’t know if I would go that far to say it’s a cancer. Contesting One of the points that he made is that in contesting you just give a little bit of information and get off to let someone else…

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AX Prefix will be on the Air for Australia Day

01/18/2018 The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) allows all radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, Friday, January 26, the Wireless Institute of Australia reminds. Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson, with the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur Phillip. Akin to Independence Day in the US, on Australia Day many celebrate the country and its culture, flying the national flag and celebrating with fireworks. K5CLMCreator and Owner…

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Propagation Update de K7RA

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 51  ARLP051 From Tad Cook, K7RA Seattle, WA  December 29, 2017 To all radio amateurs: SB PROP ARL ARLP051 ARLP051 Propagation de K7RA There were no zero-sunspot days over the past reporting week, December 21-27. Then on Thursday, December 28 there were no sunspots.  So far in 2017 there have been 102 days with no sunspots, or 28%. Average daily sunspot number was 17.4, up from 2.3 the previous seven days. The previous week had such a low average because only one day out of that week…

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FT-8: I’m Not Really Feeling The Magic

Partly out of curiosity and partly because my friend Jeff, KE9V, shamed me into it, I setup my Signalink interface, downloaded WSJT-X from https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html, and started operating FT-8, the latest “shiny object” (as the ARRL dubbed it) from the K1JT team. As you probably know, this mode has really caught on with the digital crowd, and the waterfall is chock full of FT-8 signals. Part of the reason for this is that it has some of the characteristics of JT-65, but is not as excruciatingly slow. Over the past couple…

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ETH092 – The HamCasters

  Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode, I went on the HamRadioNow show along with several other ham radio content creators. Tech Corner – The Hamcasters In this episode I join Gary and David from the HamRadioNow Program along with five other podcasters, Youtubers and bloggers.     Sterling Coffey N0SSC (Phasing Line Podcast, YouTube star) Phasing Line Podcast http://phasinglinepodcast.com/ N0SSC Blog: http://n0ssc.com/ Dan Romanchik KB6NU (ICQ Podcast, author, blogger) ICQ Podcast https://www.icqpodcast.com/ KB6NU Blog http://www.kb6nu.com/ Curtis Mohr K5CLM (Everything Ham Radio…

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Catalogs Are About Possibilities

When I was a kid, I used to regularly get catalogs, such as the Allied Radio and Lafayette Radio catalogs shown below, and pore over them for hours. Even if I couldn’t afford to buy the latest Knight-Kit or Lafayette shortwave radio, I could imagine what it would be like. These catalogs were chock full of possibilities. I spent many hours poring over the Allied and Lafayette catalogs as a kid. These two are from 1968, when I was 13 years old.   So, you can imagine how I felt…

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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…

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