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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FEMA Region 10 Communication Exercises Will Make Use of 60

  QST de W1AW Special Bulletin 1  ARLX001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  January 9, 2018 To all radio amateurs Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct a Communications Exercise (COMMEX) on January 17 and on the third Wednesday of subsequent months during 2018, 1500-2100 UTC. These exercises will use the 60-meter channels and will test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) for use during a major disaster in which the conventional telecommunication infrastructure has been significantly damaged or destroyed. FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910. Other…

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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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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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ETH056 – Lightning Protection

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk about lightning protectio, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby! Tech Corner – Lightning Protection Ham radio gear typically is pretty expensive, and being as such, we want to protect it. One of the things that we need to protect it from is lightning! Lightning is one of those things that we dread happening,…

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ETH050 – Winter Field Day

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be talking about the cold season cousin of The ARRL Field Day, Winter Field Day and some of the challenges that come along with it, we talk about the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service in our amateur radio club spotlight, we talk about some upcoming events/contests and hamfests over the next two weeks and wrap it up with some news from around the hobby! Donations Thank you to Brian Stanford for you $1…

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ETH024 – Field Day 2016 Recap

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to recap my experience with Field Day 2016, we are going to talk with a couple local hams during Field Day and with a few hours left of Field Day talk about how it is going so far. My local Field Day station is sponsored by the Johnson County ARES team and is hosted at the Johnson County Emergency Operation Center. We ran a 3F station and ran under the call sign of…

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ETH011 – Go-Packs

Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of the Everything Ham Radio Podcast. This will be episode 11! In today’s episode we are going to be concluding our Emergency Preparedness mini-series by talking about something that I touched on in the last episode, Go-Packs! So what exactly is a Go Pack? Well, there isn’t a standard or generic answer to this question. Some would answer this question very simply, other would have a very complex answer. I put out a question to all of yall in the last episode.…

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Here comes Hurricane Patricia

Hello everybody and welcome to Everything Hamradio! He in my home state of Texas, we had record rains back in May that filled up all our lakes to over capacity after a three year drought. Come June we were right back into the drought and had a BUNCH of fires including one about 150 miles south of me that, last I heard, had burned over 5000 acres! That all ended Thursday. In the past 48-56 hours, where I live, have gotten about 8 inches. About 60 miles south east of…

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