2018 State Of The Hobby Survery

How is the ham radio hobby doing? Is it thriving? Is it dieing? What is the State of the Hobby? That is a question that I’m sure all of yall have asked yourself at one time or another. Dustin Thomas, N8RMA, asked himself last year, this question and decided to see what others thought as well. Dustin is an analyst by trade, so he took the information that he wanted to gather, turned it into a survey, and made a really nice page displaying his findings. Last year, I stumbled…

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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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Government Shutdown, Just Great!

At the risk of getting a little political, I’m posting a blog post for this article instead of just as a news item. It is sad that we seem to go through something like this every few years. The thing is, it not only affects the FCC, but is also affects other agencies as well. Agencies like the National Weather Service. Here we are coming into storm season, the NWS has storm spotting schools scheduled typically up through the first part of June, at least in my region. A couple…

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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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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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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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ETH090 – WSPRnet with John Jacobs, W7DBO

  Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with John Jacobs, W7DBO, from the Hamradio 360: Field Radio Podcast about WSPRnet and More. Tech Corner – WSPRnet What Is WSPRNet? WSPRnet stands for Weak Signal Progagtion Reporting. It is a system devolped by , who also developed all the JT modes. It allows you to transmit and receive automate signal heard reports from other stations around the world. You can see who is hear your signal and who…

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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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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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