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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Here comes Hurricane Patricia

Hello everybody and welcome to Everything Hamradio! He in my home state of Texas, we had record rains back in May that filled up all our lakes to over capacity after a three year drought. Come June we were right back into the drought and had a BUNCH of fires including one about 150 miles south of me that, last I heard, had burned over 5000 acres! That all ended Thursday. In the past 48-56 hours, where I live, have gotten about 8 inches. About 60 miles south east of…

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Technician Class Series – Call Signs

Hello everybody and welcome back to my Technician Class Series. I hope that everyone enjoyed part one of this series any hopefully you might even have learned something. Today we will be talking about Call Signs. This series is based loosely on the Technician Class book written by Gordon West, WB6NOA, with Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, click on the link below or goto the Buy Ham Radio Stuff link at the top of the page. As I mentioned in…

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Has it already been a year?

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! A couple weeks ago, I was doing my normal morning routine, part of which is looking at facebook to see if there is anything that I find of interest. As, I’m sure, most of yall are aware of, Facebook recently started showing a flashback list of any post that you have posted. One of those posts was my very first blog entry. My first blog post was on June 11, 2014. I thought that I would go back and do a kind…

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Ham-Com 2015

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. This post we are going to talk about Ham-Com. Ham-Com is one of the major ham radio conventions and it based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. It is always on the second weekend of June, on Friday and Saturday. When I first got my license it was on Sunday to which was good because you could get those last night, don’t want to take this stuff home with me type deals at the swap meet part of it. Unfortunately, they no longer…

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Tying It All Together…

  Hello and welcome back to my blog. In the last three posts we have covered RACES, ARES and Skywarn and how they work individually. In this post we are going to discuss how they work together. As you have probably figured out from my posts of the three, RACES operations occur during an event, and ARES is more during the aftermath. Skywarn is kind of lumped in the middle of the two and only deals with natural disasters. Often times, at least around these parts, RACES, ARES and Skywarn…

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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services(RACES)

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. First off I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new people that have followed my blog here recently. Thank you so much for helping make my blog a success. Please share my blog with your friends and help me grow it even more. I am creeping up on the 100 likes on my facebook page. Now, on to the topic of the day, RACES. First off, as the topic title, says RACES stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency…

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Skywarn

Hello and welcome back to my blog. This post we will be talking about Skywarn. Skywarn is a little different from ARES and RACES in that it is not as much of a club type organization like ARES and RACES is. With Skywarn you don’t even have to be an amateur radio operator to be a skywarn spotter. Skywarn was start by the National Weather Service in the late 1960’s, but it didn’t really take off until the mid 1970’s. Since then it has grown to nearly 290,000 trained spotters…

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Amateur Emergency Radio Service(ARES)

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today we will be talking about the amateur emergency radio service (ARES). So what is ARES? ARES is an organization started by the ARRL that consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur is eligible to apply for ARES membership. There or four levels to the ARES organization: national, section, district, and local. The national level is handled by the ARRL membership and volunteer program manager. At the section level…

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Event Training Standards – NTS(Radiograms)

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. Thank you for coming back and reading my blog. In my last post I talked about general message handling and briefly touched on the Standard ARRL Radiogram message format. In this post we will go into further detail of it. Above is a example of a filled out radiogram. If you read my last post, then yo have already seen this, but I figured I’d show it again before we break it down and talk about it in more detail. The first…

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