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Cloud Warmer - DX Ham Radio in Costa Rica, projects, antennas, dx, morse code, digimodes: What We All Like Best About Amateur Radio

Cloud Warmer - DX Ham Radio in Costa Rica, projects, antennas, dx, morse code, digimodes: What We All Like Best About Amateur Radio | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
An overview of some of the best aspects of the worldwide and wide-world of Amateur Radio (What We All Like Best About Amateur Radio
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Nice, positive article by Casey Bahr.  One of the aspects of Amateur Radio I enjoy is being a ham in what some would call an exotic place--Hawaii. I've had many excellent contacts from people who want to know more about my location.  I've met a few of these hams in person....great experience!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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TVTechnology: Mic Companies Await FCC Auction Rules

TVTechnology: Mic Companies Await FCC Auction Rules | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it

onlTVTechnology Having lost access to the 700 MHz band a few years ago, wireless microphone operators are now eyeing the FCC’s proposed broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction with understandable trepidation.


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Broadcast stations and amateur radio operators aren't the only ones fearing loss of rf spectrum.  Wireless microphone operators who support the entertainment, broadcast news, and sports industries are also facing cutbacks from proposed FCC realignments of their shared frequencies.  As mentioned in earlier posts, the consumer demand for broadband services will reconfigure how the rf spectrum is shared.  Ofcom in the UK has already stripped amateur radio operators of their place in the 2.3 GHZ and 3.4 GHZ bands.  Similar moves are coming to the United States.  I know it's trite and overstated, but "use it or lose it" may apply here.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Amateur radio operators play important role - WKBN.com

Amateur radio operators play important role - WKBN.com | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Amateur radio operators play important role
WKBN.com
Those antennas are not being used to pick up a favorite song in another city. In fact, those antennas may be used to communicate with other people from halfway around the world.
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A short, well written article describing the emergency communications role that amateur radio operators play in times of emergency.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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GB1STG St George's Day - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

GB1STG St George's Day
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Later used as a racecourse and golf course, it's now a nature reserve and a popular location for walks, kite-flying and now: Ham Radio.
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On Wednesday, 23 April 2014, The Essex Hams will celebrate St. George's Day at Galleywood Common, Essex (UK).  Amateur radio operators will be using call sign GB1STG on 40 meters and higher bands, looking for CW/SSB contacts.  A 2 meter station will also be on the air.  For details, visit http://www.m0pzt.com?gb1stg.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna

A small hand held portable amateur radio dual band 2 meter / 70 cm satellite antenna.
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A perfect VHF/ UHF antenna for portable or emergency use. Aloha, Russ ,KH6JRM.
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Ham Radio club provides critical communication for marathon | Southgate Amateur Radio News

CBS reports on amateur radio involvement in the Boston Marathon which takes place Monday, April 21 (Ham Radio club provides critical communication for marathon: CBS reports on amateur radio involvement in the B...
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Amateur radio will be ready. Let's hope everything remains peacefully. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM
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Excalibur Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna

A 21 element 2 meter and 70 cm yagi antenna for working SO-50, the ISS and other amateur radio satellites.
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Nicely produced video tutorial from Dave Tadlock on the use of the 21-element Excalibur Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna.  The yagi covers both the 2 m and 70 cm bands, making this antenna suitable for contacts with SO-50 and other amateur radio satellites.  Aloha dr Russ (KH6JRM).

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ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014: - eHam.net

ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014: eHam.net Some U-K hams have openly speculated that the reason these statistics are no longer available is because the regulatory body had stopped undertaking enforcement action, at least in regard to those...
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This edition of the "ARNewsline Report" is quite extensive and includes articles on the commissioning of the new ISS ham radio digital TV system, 40 meter interference from Sudan and Somaliland, an appeal to Ofcom from UK hams for the resolution of repeater problems, and the approval of the VK9MT (Mellish Reef) DXpedition for DXCC credit.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Napier Amateur Radio Club “Q” VHF/UHF Antenna Project ...

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This antenna was recently developed by Laurie, ZL2TC as a Club project for the Napier Amateur Radio Club. The design brief was for a simple, rugged 2 M/ 70 Cm antenna that is easily constructed by club members in an ...
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Do you need a simple, rugged, and easily assembled antenna for 2m/70 cm?  This basic end-fed design from the Napier Amateur Radio Club, Inc (ZL2GT) could be your ticket to hitting those distant repeaters.  According to the club's press release, the antenna can be easily assembled and works as an end-fed dipole on 2 meters and a 3dB collinear antenna on 70 cm.  The club has a limited amount of these antennas available for sale.  For details, contact leezlal@gmail.com.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Broadcastify

http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ "The world's largest source of public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine radio live audio streams."


Via David Hall
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This is one of the better monitoring programs.  With broadcastify, you can listen to aircraft, rail, marine, public safety, and some amateur radio frequencies.  This site could be useful for ARES teams, search and rescue groups, and public safety organizations.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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This Week in Radio Histor

Apr 16, 2005 
NRSC adopts NRSC-4 (United States RBDS) and NRSC-5 (United Sates IBOC) standards

Apr 17, 1934
WLW licensed to operate at 500kW

Apr 19, 1928
Harry Nyquist publishes Nyquist Sampling Theorem

Apr 19, 1965
Gordon Moore describes Moore's Law

Apr 20, 1961
FCC authorizes FM stereo standard


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Thanks to David Hall for another edition of "This Week In Radio History."  I remember all of the above except for the granting of 500 kW to Crossley's WLW-AM powerhouse.  The groundwave coverage of that super station was considerable.  Nowadays, WLW-AM coasts along at 50 kW--still a lot of juice.  The WLW website is fascinating.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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200 Meters & Down: The Story of Amateur Radio: Clinton Desoto, Clinton B. Desoto: 9780872590014: Amazon.com: Books

200 Meters & Down: The Story of Amateur Radio

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This is one of the classic studies of Amateur Radio development in the United States, covering the years 1914 to approximately the early 1930's.  What makes the book so valuable is that Desoto was there when amateur radio made its first uneasy steps into communications history.    His account of how concerned volunteers and the nascent ARRL leadership (under Hiram Percy Maxim--"the old man) prevented "commercial interests" and the U.S. Navy from controlling the entire rf spectrum is worth a read.  There are lessons to be learned from this book, even in today's internet world.  When those opposed to amateur radio consigned hams to "200 Meters & Down",  they had no idea how productive those "useless" frequencies were.  Amateurs from the United States, France, Britain, Italy, and Australia conducted  experiments on these shortwaves and proved that long distance communications were possible with modest antennas and low power.  Because of this experimental work, medium wave and shortwave broadcasting "took off:..a true legacy of amateur radio's determination, public service, and "advancement of the radio art."  This book belongs in your amateur radio library.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).
 

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Hollister recognized by state for years of volunteer work - Sierra Vista Herald

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Hollister recognized by state for years of volunteer work Sierra Vista Herald beatrice.richardson@svherald.com Robert Hollister explains the capabilities of the Cochise County Mobile Communication van at the Cochise Amateur Radio Association...
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An excellent article about one amateur radio operator's service to his community by "The Herald" reporter Derek Jordan.  Jordan interviewed Robert Hollister, a Sierra Vista, Arizona resident who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor's Office for his many years of volunteer service to Cochise County.  Under his guidance, Cochise County was able to expand its fleet of emergency communications vehicles, upgrade the communications capabilities of public service agencies,  and help coordinate search and rescue operations.  Speaking before a meeting of the Cochise Amateur Radio Club, Hollister said his "fascination with radio as a teen" led him to a career in electronics and communications.  During the Vietnam War, Hollister was a MARS operator, relaying radiograms and phone patches from service personnel to their families.  The award will be presented on 25 April 2014 at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Sierra Vista.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM). 

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St. Lucie County Community Calendar, updated April 17 - TCPalm

nSt. Lucie County Community Calendar, updated April 17
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Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association: “How To Talk Around The World With A Basic Antenna.” 7:30 p.m. April 23. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 N.E.

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Antenna experimenters in the Port St. Lucie area are urged to attend a special program sponsored by the Port St. Lucie Amateur Radio Association.  The topic is "How To Talk Around The World With A Basic Antenna."  The discussion will be held Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Prima Vista Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.  For details, call 561-654-4444.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Survival

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How to Build Several Easy Antennas for Amateur Radio (How to Build Several Easy Antennas for Amateur Radio - Pinterest http://t.co/Ho4BgsJGmU #ham #radio)...
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A good, basic tutorial on simple antenna design for amateur radio operators.  The article covers safety, wire selection, feed lines, construction practices, and antenna theory.  I'll make a copy of this for my antenna notebook.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Special prefix for ANZAC Day - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Special prefix for ANZAC Day
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
All Australian radio amateurs may substitute their VK prefix with AX on ANZAC Day, April the 25th.
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Australian amateur radio operators will be allowed to use the prefix AX instead of their usual VK prefix for ANZAC Day on 25 April 2014.  The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) recommends that those who use the special prefix also confirm contacts using a QSL card with the AX callsign.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific - Gizmodo

When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific - Gizmodo | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
When A Sleepy California Town Was At The Center of War in the Pacific Gizmodo Born in Santa Paula, a rural Ventura County town, Stuart received one of the country's first shortwave amateur radio licenses when he was only thirteen, but he had to...
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Fascinating story of Dr. Charles Stuart and his important role in World WarI Ii. Great story about amateur radio, too. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.
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Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites - Southgate Amateur Radio Club | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Southgate Amateur Radio Club Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites Southgate Amateur Radio Club On the KickSat updates page Zac Manchester KD2BHC has announced a competition to receive the first amateur radio signals from the...
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Some more background info on the successful launch of these satellites. Aloha de Russ , KH6JRM
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PhoneSAT and KickSAT active

PhoneSAT and KickSAT active | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
...it's all about one thing (Amateur Radio #KickSat and #PhoneSat active http://t.co/vexmLu4m9R #amsat #hamradio #hamr #cubesat)
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The satellites are in business...good hunting. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM
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A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL: - eHam.net

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
eHam.net
Articles in QST described modern VFO and transmitter construction, small portable stations, antenna advances, and VHF/UHF equipment and techniques.
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Another excellent installment of "A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL" by Al Brogdon (W1AB).  In this segment, Al recounts the gradual restoration of amateur radio frequencies following World War II, the reassignment of call sign areas, and the world-wide 10 meter QSO party of 1946 to celebrate the return of 10 meters to amateur radio use.  Great article.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Building a Ground Plane Antenna | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video showing how to build a 1/4 wave ground plane for the amateur radio 2m band.
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If you're "fed up" with the mediocre rubber ducky antennas that come with HTs these days, you may want to build a simple 1/4 wave ground plane antenna to give your HT a real "boost" into those distant repeaters.  Thankfully, Randy Hall (K7AGE) has produced an excellent, step-by-step video tutorial to  guide you through the process of building this little gem.  Later on, you can try your hand at building a slightly more complex 5/8 wave vertical for your 2 meter rig.  Given sufficient height, both the 1/4 and 5/8 wavelength antennas can add some needed "punch" to your signal without spending a lot of money.  Randy's antenna is a good place to start.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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The Massive Russian Radar Site in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - Newsweek

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The Massive Russian Radar Site in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
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From its surface emanate pairs of cylindrical wings, the “active element” of the antenna. These make the whole thing look like a flight of white butterflies ...
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An excellent, personal memoir of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the infamous "Russian Woodpecker" that tore up the amateur radio and shortwave broadcasting bands in the early 1980s.  Alexander Nazaryan takes on a tour of this once bustling military and commercial site in Ukraine that was changed forever by the nuclear accident of 26 April 1986.  The massive Duga-3 over-the-horizon HF backscatter radar station still stands as a reminder of just how tense geopolitics were more than 30 years ago.  The massive antenna now serves as a mecca for climbing and jumping enthusiasts...quite a change from its former intelligence gathering duties.  A cautionary tale, indeed.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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TV Fool

Locate TV transmitters, choose antennas, look at coverage maps, and optimize your HDTV setup. Learn about digital TV and how to incorporate it into your home theater system. Rediscover over the air (OTA) TV. Looking for something more accurate than antennaweb?

Via David Hall
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Don't let the title of this handy tool "fool" you.  The TV Signal Locator is a useful device that will determine which broadcast tv signals are available in your area.  You can also determine signal strength for each broadcast, over-the-air tv signal you can receive.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18

World Amateur Radio Day is Friday, April 18 | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
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World Amateur Radio Day will be observed on Friday, 18 April 2014.  Events of the day celebrate the 1925 founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris, France.  Eversince its creation in the early 20th century, the IARU has supported Amateur Radio around the world.  According to the ARRL, "Several IARU member-societies and associated groups are expected to sponsor special event stations this weekend to mark the occasion.  This might be a good way to spread some international goodwill and collect a some interesting QSL cards at the same time.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).
 

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The K7RA Solar Update

The K7RA Solar Update | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
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In addition to his excellent analysis of solar and propagation conditions,  K7RA has a brief article about the return of WWV to 25 MHz--a frequency abandoned in 1977.  According to WWV officials, the  broadcast is "carried on a base-fed broadband monopole antenna."  Since the transmissions are experimental, the signal may be withdrawn at any time.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Florida QSO Party (FQP) - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Florida QSO Party (FQP)
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
There are many sponsored plaques and certificates for new and experienced contest operators alike.
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This year's edition of the Florida QSO Party (FQP) will feature a true "multi-multi/mobile cw only station, using the call sign K4OJ/m.  The station "will be active in-motion" on 40 - 10 meters simultaneously through 46 Florida counties during the FQP on 26-27 April 2014.  The FQP "is the 2nd  largest state QSO Party with many mobile and fixed stations activating all 67 Florida counties on both cw and phone."  For details, visit http://www.floridaqsoparty.org.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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