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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A New License Class, Really?!

Do we really need a new license class? I am mean really! We use to have one: remember the Novice, Tech +, and Advanced class licenses? We got rid of those to help simplify things, now there is talks about adding a new one lower than Technician. My other question is, where did this idea come from in the first place. It is not that hard to pass a technician test! It is 25 questions that are relatively easy, all it takes is a little studying. Do they want it…

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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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Kicking It With the Ham Radio 360: Workbench Podcast Crew – ETH077

Everything Hamradio Podcast - Field Day

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are kickin it with George and Jeremy from the Hamradio 360: Workbench Podcast Question of the Week: What’s on your workbench? Tech Corner – Mini Data Radios, HR360 Workbench Podcast and Reflections on Hamvention 2017 In this episode we are kicking it with George, KJ6VU and Jeremy, KF7IJZ from the Ham Radio 360: Workbench podcast. If you don’t know what the Workbench podcast is, it is a spin off of the Ham Radio 360 podcast…

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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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Software Defined Radios with Ria Jairam, N2RJ- ETH076

Everything Hamradio Podcast - Field Day

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about Software Defined Radios with Ria Jairam, N2RJ. Question of the Week: How Was Your Fourth of July? Tech Corner – Software Defined Radios In this episode we talked with Ria Jairam, N2RJ about Software Defined Radios. SDR’s can view up to 30 MHz of bandwidth at one time. Some SDRs can show you a waterfall display for up to eight different frequency ranges at one time. Links mentioned in this…

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Station Identifiers – Should I Use Them?

Should I Use Identifiers?

Yesterday I was looking through the Amateur Radio sub-Redit and came across a question that was being asked about how he should identify himself as he is driving through an area. Did he need to use /mobile or /portable or some other suffix after his call sign. This question reminded me of another question or comment that I remember reading not too long ago. The person was told by someone that he needed to use a / whatever the number area he was in when operating in a different number…

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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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