ARES Program Updated

It’s about time! I have been a ham now for over 20 years, and in that I have been a member of our local ARES group as well. During that time the requirements for being a member has changed on the program level but has changed on our local level. With the introduction of the NIMS system over 15 years ago, our local group implemented the requirements of the IC-100 and IC-800 course to be able to participate in the group. This was mainly done in response to the agencies…

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ARLD007 DX News

ZCZC AE07 QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 7  ARLD007 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT  February 14, 2019 To all radio amateurs    SB DX ARL ARLD007 ARLD007 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by CO3JK, EA4NF, W1UE, 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. MONACO, 3A.  Philippe, EA4NF is QRV as 3A/EA4NF until February 18. Activity is on 20 meters, and mainly on various FM and…

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ARRL Stepping Up Their Game

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. So it would appear that the ARRL is trying to step up their game. Over the past year or so, the ARRL has had some issues, to put it mildly. I know a lot of people lost faith in them entirely and really questioned some of the things that they did. There has been two news articles that have been released the past couple days that talks about the direction that the new ARRL CEO is planning on taking the League.…

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DX News – January 31, 2019l

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD005 ARLD005 DX news ZCZC AE05 QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 5  ARLD005 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT  January 31, 2019 To all radio amateurs    SB DX ARL ARLD005 ARLD005 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB2TJO, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. FIJI, 3D2.  Jim, WB2TJO is QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, IOTA OC-016, until March 7.  Activity is on the HF…

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Amateur Radio Applications Piling Up as Partial Government Shutdown Continues

01/23/2019 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators across the US are continuing to receive paperwork from Amateur Radio exam sessions held during the partial government shutdown. While it’s still possible to access the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and file applications, the FCC is not processing individual, club, and exam session — new and upgrade — Amateur Radio applications. The FCC closed most operations on January 3, when available funding ran out. According to the FCC public notice, aside from a few emergency and auction-filing systems, all other Commission electronic filing systems will be…

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DX News – January 24, 2019l

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news ZCZC AE04 QST de W1AW   DX Bulletin 4  ARLD004 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT  January 24, 2019 To all radio amateurs    SB DX ARL ARLD004 ARLD004 DX news This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by VE3FU, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all. TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY plans to be QRV as 3V8SF in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW…

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TYT Quad Band TH-9800 Review

Today we are going to be talking about the TYT Quad Band Transceiver, the TH-9800. This radio is a clone of the Yaesu FT-8900 but at about $180-200 cheaper! By clone, I am this thing LOOKS exactly like the FT-8900 with the exception of the brand name. Specifications With over 800 Alphanumeric Memory channels, you will never run out of memory channels. If you do, then you go to a lot more places than I do with my radio. One of the things that I look for in a radio…

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Make Ham Radio A Habit

Guest post by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU Every week, I get an email newsletter from Penguin Random House called Signature. Signature includes links to articles about books and writing. Being a writer, I clicked on the link to “5 Good Writing Habits You Need to Learn Now.” As I was reading the article, it occurred to me that the advice could also apply to amateur radio. So, with apologies to the author, Lorraine Berry, here are five things you can do to make ham radio a habit: 1. To get on the air more,…

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The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook

This new book is aimed at new or returning hams, to help them understand the practical aspects of the hobby, how to use their radios, build antennas and baluns, and get on the air successfully.  In it you will find explanations of how the various parts of your ham radio – the transmitter and receiver – work, plus how these are being implemented using software defined radio technology.  Operating techniques for VHF/UHF repeaters, HF radio DXing techniques, and the new digital modes are covered. Radio propagation, antennas, transmission lines, SWR and…

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Big changes ahead for ARRL board

The results are finally in. No, I’m not talking about the national mid-term election results. As I’m writing this, some of those votes are still being counted. I’m talking about this year’s ARRL board elections. ARRL members have spoken, and they have elected four new faces to the board in what was the most hotly-contested election in a long time. Three of the five incumbents, plus an incumbent vice director running for the Northwest Division director position, were defeated by candidates calling for more transparency and for changes in the way that the ARRL operates. Here…

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