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lundi 26 septembre 2022

  • Amateur radio in the news: Club aims to generate interest in ham radio,
    West Allis Amateur Radio Club aims to generate interest in ham radio NEW BERLIN, Wis. — Although long distance communication is easier than ever with the internet and cellphones, the West Allis Amateur Radio Club is showing that ham radio is not only still going strong but also evolving. Every (...)

samedi 24 septembre 2022

  • Tech Exam Cheat Sheet
    One of the problems with the Technician Class amateur radio license exam is that so many questions can be answered correctly only by memorizing the answers. If any of these questions came up in real life, one would consult a book for the correct equation or information. That being the case, I’m (...)

mardi 20 septembre 2022

  • How do we make hamfests more fun?
    On the amateur radio subreddit, someone complained about the amount of junk that one finds at a hamfest. I can’t seem to find the exact post right now, but the gist of it was that if you expect people to show up at hamfests, then there has to be something more than just junk for […] The post How (...)

dimanche 18 septembre 2022

mardi 13 septembre 2022

  • ICQ Podcast #385: Is 10 W enough?
    For this episode, I joined Martin Butler M1MRB, Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the following topics: PRESENTER OPINION : How Healthy is your Club? New Zealand acts over Importation of Handheld Transceivers Special 9/11 Call Sign Regulations change (...)

lundi 12 septembre 2022

  • General in a Day…Kinda
    At Hamcation earlier this year, I got to talking to Tom, K8TB about classes, and he mentioned that the Holland (MI) Amateur Radio Club has been doing a onen-day General class. I’ve been doing one-day Tech classes for a long time, and know the amount of work that’s involved, so I was kind of (...)

samedi 10 septembre 2022

  • Sans titre
    This story has been making rounds, so you may have seen it already, but I think it’s still a good story…Dan Broadstairs eight-year-old to feature on NASA website after radio chat with ISS astronaut A Broadstairs eight-year-old has chatted with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (...)

  • Amateur radio in the news: 8 yo talks to ISS, QSLs a highlight of ham history
    This story has been making rounds, so you may have seen it already, but I think it’s still a good story…Dan Broadstairs eight-year-old to feature on NASA website after radio chat with ISS astronaut A Broadstairs eight-year-old has chatted with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (...)

dimanche 4 septembre 2022

  • Operating notes: CW Open
    I’m not a big contester, but I am a member of CWops, and the CWops host a contest every year called the CW Open, and this contest takes place on Labor Day weekend. This year, I decided to take part. My participation actually got started in a funny way. One of the things that I […] The post (...)

lundi 29 août 2022

  • How healthy is your club?
    I just got back from HamXposition in Marlboro, MA. The ARRL had a booth there and were passing out these Radio Club Health Check checklists. The checklist includes the following items: Meetings Regular meetings Presentations Welcome new members Building projects Classes New license class (...)

mercredi 24 août 2022

dimanche 21 août 2022

  • A belle time on Belle Isle
    After announcing the Michigan Lighthouse Award, I felt bad about not qualifying for it myself. So, since this weekend is International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), I decided to activate lighthouse number 5, so that I could award myself certificate #1. The lighthouse closest to me is (...)

samedi 20 août 2022

  • From QST: August 1922, 1972, 1997
    Some interesting articles—at least they’re interesting to me—from the 1922, 1972, and 1997 issues of QST… More on Super Regeneration (August 1922). In the early 1920s, regenerative receivers were a hot, new thing. This article describes some of Edwin Armstrong’s latest work and includes a circuit (...)

jeudi 18 août 2022

  • Where are all the amateur radio Tik Toks?
    My boss at ARDC has asked me to take a look at TikTok and come up with some ideas as to whether it’s worth it for us to spend time on creating our own videos. So, today, I created a TikTok account and browsed around for a while, searching for amateur radio content. Honestly, I […] The post Where (...)

mercredi 17 août 2022

  • DEFCON 30 was overwhelming
    Why anyone would want to spend any time in Las Vegas in the middle of August is beyond me, but that’s exactly what I did. I attended DEFCON 30 last week. The trip was interesting, exhilarating, and exhausting all at the same time. I flew in Wednesday, so that I could teach a one-day Tech […] (...)

dimanche 7 août 2022

  • My new WTH Card
    I’ve updated my WTH card, a card that I can give out to folks when I’m doing a POTA or lighthouse activation that tells them what the heck I’m doing. What do you think? One thing that I’m having trouble with is getting the black-and-white photo to look good. I started with a 300 ppi […] The post (...)

samedi 6 août 2022

  • Activate 5 Michigan lighthouses and get an award!
    Because: I have so much fun operating from lighthouses, Michigan (my home state) has the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S. (the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society lists 203 sites in their database), and I would like to promote operating from Michigan lightouses, I’m proposing the Michigan (...)

lundi 1er août 2022

  • POTA! Lighthouses! Fun!
    I just returned from a short vacation “up north,” as we say here in Michigan. My wife Silvia and I visited the Tawas City area on Lake Huron. For the first three nights, we stayed at some cottages just south of the city on Lake Huron, and for the final night, we stayed with a […] The post POTA! (...)

vendredi 29 juillet 2022

  • QST Now Offering a Column for Radio Clubs
    From the 7/28/22 issue of the ARRL Letter… ARRL invites you to be part of “Club Station,” the newest column in QST. This column is a space for radio clubs to share the different ways in which they’re successful to help other clubs grow. They do this by offering advice, and practical solutions to (...)

lundi 25 juillet 2022

vendredi 22 juillet 2022

  • ICQ Podcast Episode 381: Friedrichshafen 2022 Interviews Part 2
    In this episode, I joined Martin Butler (M1MRB), Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss: Indonesia Prepares to Launch its First Amateur Radio Satellite EMF – Resources for Tutors and Clubs Proposed New Ham Radio Regulations in Slovakia Unknown Intruder in 21 (...)

mercredi 20 juillet 2022

    Here are two more QSL cards for my collection of QSLs from stations whose call signs spell words. James, KI4TOE, writes, “Appreciate you taking the time for a new CW operator.” It was my pleasure, James. If the more experience operators don’t take time to work the new operators, our numbers will (...)

lundi 18 juillet 2022

  • ARRL should rethink the Gil mug
    At Hamcation last January, I renewed my ARRL membership for three years. One of the reasons that I chose three years is that they were offering two premiums for doing so: the book Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur and an ARRL coffee mug. When neither the book nor the mug showed up in (...)

jeudi 14 juillet 2022

mardi 12 juillet 2022

  • Yaesu FT-710: What’s the big deal?
    There has been a lot of buzz about the Yaesu FT-710 (above) on Twitter and YouTube over the past week or so. For the life of me, though, I can’t figure out what the buzz is about. Here are the specs from the Yaesu website: TX Frequency Range: 1.8MHz band – 50MHz band (Amateur bands […] The post (...)

lundi 11 juillet 2022

  • Is having a club chaplain appropriate?
    On reddit, someone asked: Hello, newbie here. I am studying for my test, and just connected with my local group. Everyone was really nice and helpful. But. They have a “club chaplain ” who began the meeting with a convocation. It was short and mumbled. And I can’t be sure what he prayed for, buy (...)