Help a Ham 2018 – MTC Radio

Hey everybody! One of the things that’s I have always loved about this hobby is that people work together and help each other so much. This holds true with MTC Radio as well. The past few years they have been doing a special around Christmas time where people could donate as little as $1 and it will be added to a pot and then around Dec 20, they pick a ham in need and give them some ham radio gear. People from around the hobby can nominate people to receive…

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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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Have you taken a break from Ham Radio?

I’m sure everyone has sometime in their “ham radio career”. Every person has a reason for it too. It could be just plain lose of interest, family reasons , financial reasons, or several other reasons as well. Over my 23 years of being a ham, I have taken several breaks myself. Most of them have been a combination of the three above. There were times when my radio went out and I couldn’t afford to get it fixed or buy a new one. One time my antenna went out and…

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Are You Still Alive?

Hello everybody! I’m sure that yall might be wondering where I have been. Well, let’s see if I can make a long story short. However, before I do that, I want to thank all of yall for sticking with me for all the new people that have signed up for my email list. If you have listened to my last podcast, ep 100, then you will have some sort of idea where exactly I have been. If you haven’t here is the jist of the episode. After making 102 podcast…

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2018 State Of The Hobby Survey Results Posted!

The results are in!   About a month ago, I posted a blog post where I talked about a survey that was titled “2018 State of the Hobby Survey.” The author of the survey, did a survey last year, in 2017, and decided to do it again in 2018. In the survey that he did in 2017, he only had 688 people respond and take the survey. This year, in 2018, he had a whopping 2919 people answer his survey from all across the globe. This is an increase of…

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ARRL Finally Realizes Status Quo Isn’t Going To Cut It

An item in the July 2017 ARRL board meeting caught my attention. It notes that a committee of staff members was tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and possible solutions. The August 3, 2017 issue of the ARRL Letter ran the following report: “ARRL Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, presented the report of six Headquarters staffers who had been tasked with identifying the challenges facing ARRL and devising feasible solutions. Specifically, the committee addressed market research findings that have continued to reveal that only a small percentage of…

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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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RFinder with Bob Greenberg, W2CYK – ETH075

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about RFinder with the programs maker, Bob Greenberg, W2CYK. Facebook Question of the Week: How was your Field Day? Did you participate in it? What were some of your issues and what might you do different next year? Tech Corner – RFinder http://www.rfinder.net What is RFinder? The RFinder (RepeaterFinder) Worldwide Repeater Directory is a steadily growing worldwide repeater directory including IRLP, Echolink, AllStar, DStar, MotoTRBO, and even Winlink information.  We currently…

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The Amelia Earhart Project

A couple of weeks ago as I was preparing a list of topics that I wanted to talk about in the future podcast episodes I came across a subject that was interested in. That topic was Automatic Link Establishment or ALE for short. So I got to looking at some of the websites dealing with this topic and came across a yahoo group specifically for it. Trying to find someone to interview for it I join the group set hello and got a maybe later response. While waiting for a…

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Noise floor report does not inspire confidence

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU Last June, the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee asked licensed and unlicensed users of the electromagnetic spectrum to answer some questions about the noise they were experiencing and whether or not it was affecting their services. Specifically, they asked:  * Is there a noise floor problem?  * Where does the problem exist? Spectrally? Spatially? Temporally?  * Is there quantitative evidence of the overall increase in the total integrated noise floor across various segments of the radio frequency spectrum?  * How should a noise study be performed? Well,…

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