State Of The Hobby 2019 Survey Results!

The 2019 State Of The Hobby Survey Results Are In!!! There was a pretty good response this year, topping the total of last year by about 30%. The two graphs below show the response rate and times and the total number of people that responded to the survey. Just like last year, there was a lack of people that took the survey last year that took it this year. This kind of baffles me that there wasn’t more people that have taken the survey in the past that took it…

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24th World Scout Jamboree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/06/2019 West Virginia, USA, July 15th – August 2nd 2019 – Thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the globe will be descending on The Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 24th World Scout Jamboree where the theme is Unlock a New World. The North American Contingents of Canada, Mexico, and the United States will play host for this quadrennial event. Amateur Radio will have a strong presence at the event where they’ll be operating as NA1WJ, signifying North America’s First World Jamboree. The diverse team at NA1WJ…

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Getting loaded (antenna-wise, anyway)

A couple of years ago, I homebrewed a “Cobra” antenna. It’s a doublet antenna, meaning that it consists of two elements connected to a center insulator, where it connects to a feedline. The unique thing about the Cobra antenna is that each element consists of three parallel conductors connected in series. My antenna uses a lightweight, three-conductor rotor cable that used to be available from Radio Shack. The feedline is 450 Ω ladder line that connects to an antenna tuner to give me multi-band operation. Connecting the conductors in this…

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DX News – April 25, 2019

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD017 ARLD017 DX news ZCZC AE17 QST de W1AW DX Bulletin 17 ARLD017 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT April 25, 2019 To all radio amateurs SB DX ARL ARLD017 ARLD017 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB6Z, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. AZERBAIJAN, 4J. Alexander, 4J3DJ is QRV as special call 4JF1EU from Baku until April 28 to mark…

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ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program. “We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “This Memorandum of…

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Are Ham Radio Clubs Dying?

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. This month I was able to go back to my ham club meeting for the first time in about three years. The last time I went to a meeting, we had about 10!people in attendance, which wasn’t great to begin with. This month when I went, I walked into two people at the meeting and another that joined us a little bit later. It’s really sad to see our membership dying like it it. When we started the club in 1995…

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Top 5 Ham Radio Study Books For 2019

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! Today we are going to be talking about my top 5 choices for ham Radio study hard copy books! We have talked about several websites and apps in the past month or so, but there are those out there that still like the hard copy books. So here are my top 5 choices for hardcopy Study Books 5. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Number 5 on my list is the ARRL Ham Radio License Study Guide. This book comes in…

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DX News – April 4, 2019

QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 14  ARLD014 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT  April 4, 2019 To all radio amateurs    SB DX ARL ARLD014 ARLD014 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the URE, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all. MAURITANIA, 5T.  Evert, PA2KW will be QRV as 5T2KW from Nouadhibou from April 9 to 15.  Activity will be on the HF bands…

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Malcolm Keown, W5XX, Re-Elected Section Manager For Mississippi

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. this is the last post on the new Section Managers. I am actually missing James Ferguson, N5LKE, the Section Manager from Arkansas. I wrote him several emails and never heard anything back from him nor could I find anything online about him. So in this post we are going to be talking about Malcolm Keown, W5XX, from Mississippi. Malcom was licensed in 1958 as a Novice in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then got my Extra in 1964 at the FCC Office in Atlanta.…

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Modified Digital QST App Now Available for Apple iOS Users

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio. I saw something that I kind of liked today on the ARRL news feed. Have you ever heard someone raving about an article they read in the latest QST magazine but you are not a member of the ARRL? Up until now(I believe) you were out of luck unless your friend would let you borrow their copy. If you have an iOS device, you can download the updated QST app from the App Store and you don’t need to be a member…

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