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Final Modifications to My 20 Meter Extended Double Zepp ...

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Nice sunrise, eh? But, wait, what is that funny wire with holes in it at the top of the photo? Well, actually, that is the feed line from my VK2ABQ that sits on a mast at the side of the house, but before I go there in a follow-on post, ...
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Nice antenna mod for 20-meters by Casey (TI2/NA7U).  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Tweet from @QRZnow

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RT @QRZnow: Ham Radio Antennas #hamradio http://t.co/mSBAFeCEaN
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A nice invitation to subscribe to QRZ.net.  Check out this fantastic antenna arrangement.  Dream on.....Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Prince Edward Island man set to compete in world radio team championships - The Guardian Charlottetown

Prince Edward Island man set to compete in world radio team championships - The Guardian Charlottetown | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The Guardian Charlottetown Prince Edward Island man set to compete in world radio team championships The Guardian Charlottetown “If the communications system as we know it today ever went down, there would be millions of amateurs around the world...
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Well-written article about Canada's first ham participant in the upcoming World Radiosport Team Championship in Boston.  Prince Edward Island amateur radio operator Jeff Briggs (VY2ZM) will join his son as the only father and son team in the championship.  Good luck to both of you!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Everyday Hero: Teen creates backup emergency communications system for ... - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Everyday Hero: Teen creates backup emergency communications system for ...
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Florida's Bay News 9 reports on how an Eagle Scout project turned into an Everyday Hero nomination for a Pinellas County teenager.
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According to the "Southgate Amateur Radio News", the Eagle Scout project of Parker Mitchell has resulted in a new backup communications system for the Palm Harbor Fire Station 35. With $4,000 worth of contributions, Mitchell built the emergency station and found a volunteer to climb the fire station tower and install the antenna.  This project could help save lives during during a disaster or emergency.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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LF antennas : resource detail - The DXZone

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... our evolving product line is the result of our dedicated research efforts primarily in the areas of lf vlf mf and hf . This resource is listed under Manufacturers/Antennas/Marine, at LF antennas resource page at dxzone.com ham radio guide.
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This company seems like a good source of antennas for those amateur radio operators interested in LF and VLF experiments.  For details, visit http://lfengineering.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves - The Commercial Dispatch

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Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves
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Chris Howard stands in front of his antenna in Lowndes County. Howard wants to create a Golden Triangle radio ...
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An interesting and enlightening story of amateur radio operator Chris Howard who has a new concept for radio--"Classic Book Radio"--programming consisting of the reading of public domain literature over the airwaves.  Chris already has a FCC license for a low-power FM station at 95.5 MHz.  All he lacks is money to buy the necessary equipment to get on the air.  As a former broadcaster, I can appreciate the challenge of getting a station on the air.  You need money and lots of time.  Contrary to what Chris envisions, he won't be able to do the project alone.   None the less, I salute him for trying to add some quality programming to the broadcasting mix.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Steady frequency: McKinney Amateur Radio Club tests service, gains youth

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Younger club members attracted to electronics, wireless integration.  (Amateur Radio: Steady frequency: McKinney Amateur Radio Club tests service, gains youth http://t.co/2oavdY4ZCe)...
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Exceptionally well-written article from "starlocalmedia.com.", focusing on last week's (28-29 June 2014) Field Day activities of The McKinney Amateur Radio Club.  Club spokesman, 18-year-old Mike Baker, said amateur radio is more than a hobby, because "we provide service to the city, state, and country."  Because of the relative inexperience of many younger members of the club, this Field Day centered on training and basic communications procedures.  The McKinney Amateur Radio Club had fun, but knew, deep inside, that what members were enjoying on a beautiful weekend could be used to save lives in the event of a disaster.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men | AmateurRadio.com

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
To quote Robert BurnsThe best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley,An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy! That sums up my weekend.
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Enjoyable post from Andrew Garratt (M6GTG).  It's not every day a famous poet (Robert Burns) has verse applicable to amateur radio. Andrew takes a few artistic liberties with Mr. Burns in describing how he finally was able to support his homebrew Moxon antenna...a plan that finally got the approval of his housing manager.  Sounds, familiar to those of us plagued by CC&Rs and HOAs.  In the end, creativity and determination win the day.  Good photographs and a well-written text are the highlights of this article.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur radio enthusiasts have a 'Field Day' in Surrey - Surrey Now

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Amateur radio enthusiasts have a 'Field Day' in Surrey Surrey Now SURREY — With cell phones, email and the Internet bringing the world to our doorsteps in just a few button presses or mouse clicks, one might think the fate of old school amateur...
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An excellent post Field Day Report from the Surrey, Canada, publication "The Now."  Many Canadian amateur radio clubs participated in the 2014 edition of Field day, 28-29 June 2014.  Among them was the Surrey Amateur Radio Club which amassed 1,510 unique contacts, nearly double the total it made last year.  The highlight of the event was John Schouten's (VE7TI) contact with Reid Wiseman (KP5LKT) aboard the International Space Station.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Making Plans for the Colorado 14er Event | AmateurRadio.com

Making Plans for the Colorado 14er Event | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The Colorado 14er Event (Aug 3) is less than a month away so it is time to get ready. This event was born out of the basic observation that many hiking hams were taking along their radios (typically, a VHF/UHF handheld) ...
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Nice note from Bob Witte (K0NR) about the upcoming "Colorado 14er Event" on 03 August 2014.  The event is part of the larger Summits on The Air (SOTA) Program, "opening up over 1m700 summits in Colorado for ham radio activity."  The "14er" will focus on the 54 peaks in Colorado with elevations of 14,000 feet or more.  Bob advises climbers to train well, adhere to accepted safety standards, and provide backup communications.  For hams operating the event at home, you can contact the climbers on 2 meter FM, beginning with 147.42 MHz simplex.  The article provides a link to other FM and HF frequencies that will be used that day.  Good Luck!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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X108 20W transceiver | AmateurRadio.com

X108 20W transceiver | AmateurRadio.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
G1KQH informs me this Chinese transceiver is available for an introductory prce of £399.99. Personally I think this is MORE than I would expect. To me it still looks like a "back shed" design. I notice this supplier has sold out.
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A quick review by Roger Lapthorn (G3XBM) of the new Chinese X108 20 watt transceiver.  Roger doesn't think the new radio is worth the price, noting "To me it still looks like a 'back shed' design."  Roger adds that the "price is for the basic version without TCXO and noise blanker."  In Roger's view, the Yaesu FT-817ND is a better value "with cash back offers, and, to my mind, is a well-proven MF-UHF design."  Roger believes the Chinese aren't quite ready to compete in the low power segment of amateur radio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio Technology in Action Symposiums - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Radio Technology in Action Symposiums
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
The Johannesburg RTA will be held at the National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 23 August and the Pretoria RTA on 13 September at the Innovation Hub.
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If you'll be in South Africa in August and September, you may want to check out the "Radio Technology in Action Symposiums being held on 23 August in Johannesburg and on 13 September in Pretoria.  A limited number of registrations is available. For details, visit http://www.sarl.org.za/.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amazon.com: Superbat Antenna 433Mhz Omni 3DBi tilt-and-swivel SMA Male Plug Connector for Ham Radio: GPS & Navigation

saFind the largest selection of car electronics, GPS, MP3 players and their accessories at the lowest price at Amazon.com. (#3: Superbat Antenna 433Mhz Omni 3DBi tilt-and-swivel SMA Male Plug Connector for Ham Radio: Superbat Antenna ...

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This might make a good, temporary antenna for your HT or mobile unit.   I haven't used one of these antennas, so I can't give a fair appraisail of its quality.  The price seems cheap enough.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre
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The call sign ZS9HQ was assigned to the South African Radio League by ICASA and will be operated from the National Amateur Radio Centre during the IARU HF Championships.
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The South African Radio League (SARL) has activated call sign ZS9HQ for the IARU HF Championships this weekend (12-13 July 2014).  The station will operate from the National Radio Centre during the international event.  SARL President Geoff Levey (ZS6C) needs South African hams to run the station during the contest.  You can reach Geoff at:  contest@sarl.org.za.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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A Contesting Confluence this Weekend: The IARU HF Championship and WRTC ... - ARRL

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A Contesting Confluence this Weekend: The IARU HF Championship and WRTC ...
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Competing teams will deploy to essentially equivalent stations that run 100 W to a wire antenna for the low bands and a Yagi for the high bands.
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This weekend (12-13 July 2014) will be a busy time for amateur radio operators.  Ham operators will have their hands full with the World Radiosport Team Championship in New England and the International Amateur Radio Union's (IARU) HF contest.  I don't think I'll get much sleep this weekend. I'll just fire up the old Argosy II and see what happens.  It's anothe caffeine weekend (Kona Coffee, of course, since I live in Hawaii.).  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The ARRL's 100th birthday - EDN.com (blog)

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The ARRL's 100th birthday EDN.com (blog) Over time, the original vision was complemented by amateurs' interest in all aspects of wireless communications, such as learning how to build their own radios and antennas, trying for longer distance...
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An excellent article from reporter Doug Grant of the "EDN Network."  Grant does a capable job of tracing the history,  mission, and future role of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) on the eve of its centennial celebration.  Grant says there are few organizations  that have been around for 100 years and fewer yet that remain true to their original purpose.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Antennas in locations with CC&R restrictions HR.4969

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If passed, it will require that homeowners associations and other locations with antenna restrictions to accomodate ham radio operators with "Reasonable antennas" and lift those antenna restrictions. We all need to pay close ...
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HR.4969 has been introduced in the House of Representatives.  The resolution concerns amateur radio antennas in locations with CC &R restrictions. For more information and for a copy of a petition concerning the resolution, visit http://bit.ly/hr4969. ; Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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FCC to Radio Pirates: $15,000 Arrgh!

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FCC fines couple $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station

Via David Hall
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Thanks to reporter David Hall for this strange tale from Austin, Texas.  According to "the Austin Chronicle", has fined Walter and Rae Olenick $15,000 for operating an unlicensed radio station--"Liberty 90.1 FM."  The Olenicks claim the FCC have no jurisdiction in Texas and that United States laws don't apply to them.  In a similar case, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC had the authority to issue a Forfeiture Order.  It takes all kinds of people to make life interesting and frustrating for those of us who follow the law.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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QRZ Forums

This is a discussion forum for amateur radio operators (Amateur Radio: Icom IC-706 MKIIG UHF/VHF/HF ham radio http://t.co/bjkK1Qp4DI)
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An interesting place to find out what's happening in the world of Amateur Radio.  Just enter a topic and join the discussion.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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http://www.zazzle.com/floralbyfred/gifts?cg=196481711788910656&rf=238304596697812645

RT @FotosFred: Gifts for the Amateur Radio Enthusiast found here! http://t.co/y9PD8qGrS6 From Florals by Fred #zazzle #gift #photogift #ham…
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If you need a gift for that special ham in your club or family, check out the items offered by www.zazzle.com.  The site contains quite a range of gift ideas.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Public health conducts emergency response Ham radio exercise

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Thursday, June 26, 2014, Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Public Health conducted a HAM radio communication exercise with health care coalition partners throughout the county simulating an event which disrupted normal lines...
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Days before the scheduled 2014 ARRL Field Day, amateur radio operators from the Ukiah, California area participated in an emergency communications exercise conducted by the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) on 26 June 2014. Thirty-five hams volunteered their expertise to man health care facilities, including area hospitals, during the simulated emergency exercise.  Public safety agencies participating in the exercise told the "Ukiah Daily Journal" that "HAM" Radio is a vital emergency tool in times of disaster if other methods of communication are not available."  Nice, positive article about amateur radio and the types of service it can give to local communities.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1925 – July, 4 2014

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1925 – July, 4 2014

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1925 with a release date of July 4 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.
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Here's the latest update from the "Amateur Radio Newsline", report 1925.  Included in the report are these topics:

ARRL works with Congress to extend provisions of PRB-1.

Hams in Italy get temporary use of 70 MHz (4 meters) until 19 December 2014.

World Team Radiosport Championship to be held in New England, 12-13 July 2014.

Brendan Trophy attempt about to start (bridging the Atlantic Ocean on 2 meters).

Upcoming DXpeditions.

 

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Distant learning | AmateurRadio.com

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Here we go again. We have just started a new 6 month distant learning course for the advanced exam. Our recent in class success of 100% pass rate for the.
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Dan Trudgian (M0TGN) is using the social learning platform "Edmodo" to conduct a 6 month distant learning course for the UK advanced amateur radio license exam.  His success with a previous distant learning course was excellent, with 100% pass rate for the intermediate license test.  This seems to be an excellent way to present an amateur radio license course.  Universities and colleges have used some form of distance learning for many years.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Beckwith Chosen for Amateur Competition - Bartlesville Radio

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Beckwith Chosen for Amateur Competition
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Bartlesville resident and top amateur radio operator Mark Beckwith has been selected to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.
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A great example of a radio press release supporting amateur radio and the World Radiosport Team Championship. The article features a short biography of Bartlesville, Oklahoma resident and amateur radio operator Mark Beckwith, who has been chosen to compete in the 2014 WRTC  from 09 July-14 July in 16 New England locations.  Beckwith has been a ham radio operator since 1971 and has been involved in community service activities for many years.  According to the radio press release, WRTC "evolved as a method of practicing emergency communications, but also serves as a laboratory for technology innovations and experimentation...."  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL - YouTube

Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL #K3YTL (J'aime une vidéo @YouTube : "Ham Radio Club Fox Hunt May 2014 K3YTL" à l'adresse http://t.co/ZZgZ73TxbE.)...
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If you've never been on a ham radio "foxhunt", then this video from K3YTL will give you an idea of what's involved.  Some of these "foxhunts" can be quite exciting and challenging.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Antennas - i1wqrlinkradio over 10000 ham radio links

page containing amateur radio topic (Antennas - i1wqrlinkradio over 10000 ham radio links http://t.co/xYAM3ioGrl)
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A fascinating website specializing in "Antennas in the World" by PP7PY.  You could spend most of the afternoon looking at a wide range of completed and "in-progress" antennas.  Some of the "antenna farms" are quite impressive.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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