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Rattail Antenna Booster & Emergency Communication

The Rattail Antenna Booster is a small pocket sized device that clips onto an emergency VHF handheld radio. It doubles the range of the radio typically. It w...
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Nice tutorial. The device apparently converts your stock HT antenna into a half-wavelength antenna.  You can do something similar by attaching a 19-inch (48.26 cm) wire to your HT's antenna connection. The wire, in combination with your antenna, will give you a half-wavelength antenna.  I believe ARRL staffer Zac Lau called this a "tiger tail."  Aloha de KH6JRM.

 

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Netherlands Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Look for the special event station PA6SAIL to be active between August 19th and September 10th (Netherlands Special Event | Southgate Amateur Radio News http://t.co/m9XqOmeBMJ)...
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Special event station PA6SAIL will be active from 19 August to 10 September 2013.  The station is part of the "SAIL De Ruyter" maritime event at Vlissingen.  A special QSL card will be issued for contacts with this station.  Reply to PA3GEO (direct or through the buro).  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Mystery Signals

Mystery Signals of the Short Wave (USSR - WOODPECKER - as recorded by World Amateur RADIO HAM network back in 1985 >> http://t.co/M3YFZ0shRe)
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A historical trip back in time...remember the obnoxious over the horizon radar facility in Ukraine?  How could we forget that "woodpecker" sound?  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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YORK TWP: Biofuel processing, wireless transmitters subject of ordinance ... - Heritage Newspapers

YORK TWP: Biofuel processing, wireless transmitters subject of ordinance ...
Heritage Newspapers
Anyone operating an amateur radio transmission and reception antenna is required to visit the township zoning office for a zoning certificate.
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More antenna controls are coming.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Working Greenland to Get Easier:

Working Greenland to Get Easier: | 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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Bjorn (OZ5BD) and Mia (OZ5MD) will be in Greenland for at least two years operating on a variety of modes.  This is a good time to snag that elusive Greenland contact.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Top Best Sellers Today - NOS NEW OLD STOCK SYLVANIA ELECTRONIC RADIO/HAM/TV TUBE 6CB5A

Top Best Sellers Today - NOS NEW OLD STOCK SYLVANIA ELECTRONIC RADIO/HAM/TV TUBE 6CB5A | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
NOS NEW OLD STOCK SYLVANIA ELECTRONIC RADIO/HAM/TV TUBE 6CB5A (NOS NEW OLD STOCK SYLVANIA ELECTRONIC RADIO/HAM/TV TUBE 6CB5A: $9.95 End Date: Wednesday Aug-28-2013 19:23:52 PDT...
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This could be of interest to "boat anchor" collectors.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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JAXA plan CubeSat deployment from ISS - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

JAXA plan CubeSat deployment from ISS - Southgate Amateur Radio Club | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Southgate Amateur Radio Club JAXA plan CubeSat deployment from ISS Southgate Amateur Radio Club A figure of 26 CubeSats has been quoted on the IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination page but it is unclear how many of those will be carrying...
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According to Masa (JK1GKG) four Cubesats will be carried to the International Space Station on 04 August 2013.  The little birds will be deployed between October 2013 and March 2014.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club | Southgate ...

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club | Southgate ... | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Klaus, DL7UXG of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club.
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The latest IOTA (Islands On The Air) update from Klaus (DL7UXG) of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Amateur Radio: NR5M on 50 Mhz / 6 Meters … Antenna FARM! | 4G ...

Amateur Radio: NR5M on 50 Mhz / 6 Meters … Antenna FARM! | 4G ... | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Amateur Radio: NR5M on 50 Mhz / 6 Meters … Antenna FARM! 21. July 2013 12:35 / Alan Spicer. Apparently there is a 6 Meters VHF – 50 Mhz band opening today … also seems to be a VHF contest going on. I've work NR5M before, don't ...
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Impressive antenna farm at NR5M.  The contest operating consoles are a thing to behold.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Amsterdam Island FT5ZM DXpedition Preparations Moving Forward

Amsterdam Island FT5ZM DXpedition Preparations Moving Forward | 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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Despite some funding problems, FT5DX is still scheduled to be on the air in January2014.  Amsterdam Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is currently the 7th most wanted DXCC entity, according to Clublog.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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DRAKE CO. SSR-1 COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVER HAM RADIO WORKING "NICE" VINTAGE

DRAKE CO. SSR-1 COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVER HAM RADIO WORKING "NICE" VINTAGE | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
DRAKE CO. SSR-1 COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVER HAM RADIO WORKING "NICE" VINTAGE in Consumer Electronics, Radio Communication, Ham, Amateur Radio | eBay (DRAKE CO.
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I had one of these Drake receivers a few years ago.  I used it for shortwave listening and for a backup receiver in the ham shack.  Nice radio.  As always, be careful when you buy equipment over the internet.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Dominica op planned - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Dominica op planned
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Operators Gerry WA6POZ and Terry N0TW will be active as J79GF and J79TW, respectively, from the Sea Cliff Cottages on the NE side of Dominica (NA-101) between July 30th and August 7th.
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J79GF and J79TW will be operational from Dominica from 30 July to 07 August 2013.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Canadian Liberation March Special Event - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Canadian Liberation March Special Event
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Canadian Liberation March Special Event.
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Special event station OQ4CLM ("Canadian Liberation March) will be operational between 16 October and 15 November 2013 from the Dutch town of Knokke.  Canadian forces liberated that town in 1944 during World War II.  QSL via ON3AIM.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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EtherKit

EtherKit | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
a small business devoted to bringing you open source amateur radio products makers of openbeacon under Manufacturers/QRP Kits (RT @dxzone: EtherKit: A small business devoted to bringing you open source amateur radio products.
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This company offers some interesting qrp kits, including a beacon kit.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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- AA5FR – Welcome to the AA5FR Ham Radio Anomaly

- AA5FR – Welcome to the AA5FR Ham Radio Anomaly | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
#hamradio Consumer Radio - HAM / Amateur Radio - Antennas: Tecsun PL-398MP FM / SW Radio http://t.co/cJCEhgkgzv #hamr
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Robert (AA5FR) provides an excellent video review of the Tecsun-398MP.  The 22 minute, 35 second video is well done.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Top Promotions Today - NEW GENUINE ROHN 25G 60' tower/base plate/brackets Ham CB Radio wireless TV foot

Top Promotions Today - NEW GENUINE ROHN 25G 60' tower/base plate/brackets Ham CB Radio wireless TV foot | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
NEW GENUINE ROHN 25G 60' tower/base plate/brackets Ham CB Radio wireless TV foot (NEW GENUINE ROHN 25G 60' tower/base plate/brackets Ham CB Radio wireless TV foot: $1,099.99 End Date: Thursday...
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Check this out if you need a tower for your amateur radio station.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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FT5ZM – Amsterdam Island DXpedition - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

FT5ZM – Amsterdam Island DXpedition
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
WB9Z and his crew have prepared over 10,000 feet of radials for the Amsterdam low band antennas. Thanks go to NV9L, K9NU, N9TK, K9TP, ...
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An update on the upcoming FT5ZM DXpedition to Amsterdam Island.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Important message from WIA on EMR - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Important message from WIA on EMR
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
... of Australia's Phil Wait VK2ASD has an important message for all Australian Radio Amateurs, and particularly for those amateurs taking part in the current High Power Trial.
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Some vital information for Australian amateurs participating in the high power trials.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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MDA to Develop Concept to Provide Communications Capability for Commercial Shuttle Replacement | SpaceRef

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has signed a US$1.7 million contract with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to develop an engineering concept solution to provide on-board communication signal processing capabilities for its Dream Chaser crew transportation vehicle. SNC is one of only three companies funded under NASA's Commercial Crew Program aimed at developing a reusable spacecraft to transport crew and critical cargo to the International Space Station and then return to Earth.

If successful, this work could form the basis for an operational communications solution to be incorporated into the future reusable crew transportation spacecraft.

 

 


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The Dream Chaser crew transportation vehicle is making good progress.  The development of a new on-board communications signal processing capability is just one of the sub systems being completed.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Amateur Radio News - Ham Radio Operators Help Crew of ...

Amateur Radio News - Ham Radio Operators Help Crew of ... | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
The Latest Ham Radio News. ... Tuesday night's excitement began shortly after Big Island Amateur Radio Club member Richard Darling made contact with fellow club member John Bush around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
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An interesting search and rescue effort begun by two Hawaii Island hams.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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

Final Modifications to My 20 Meter Extended Double Zepp ... | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
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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Convert PC Power Supplies for use by Ham Radio Part II

Converting a PC Power Supply for use by Ham Radio Part 2 (I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/s2GbqsoCKs Convert PC Power Supplies for use by Ham Radio Part II)...
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Excellent tutorial.  The project seems pretty much straight forward.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Vintage Tube Lot Radio Ham Tv Sorted 6g, 6h, 6j, 6k, And 6l On Sale

Vintage Tube Lot Radio Ham Tv Sorted 6g, 6h, 6j, 6k, And 6l On Sale | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Vintage Tube Lot Radio Ham Tv Sorted 6g, 6h, 6j, 6k, And 6l: Current Price: $ 157.50 I had a thing for colle... http://t.co/yw5vLAPlvb
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Owners of vintage ham receivers and transmitters might find this tube collection worth buying.  Tubes are getting harder to find these days.  This collection may be just what you need to keep that classic rig on the air.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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Eye on the East Bay: Hamming it up on origins of ham radio - Contra Costa Times

Eye on the East Bay: Hamming it up on origins of ham radio - Contra Costa Times | KH6JRM's Amateur Radio Blog | Scoop.it
Eye on the East Bay: Hamming it up on origins of ham radio Contra Costa Times HAMMING IT UP: Amateur radio enthusiast Bob Firehock, who participated in the national emergency preparedness field day June 22, can tell you everything you want to know...
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Amateur Radio Operator Bob Firehock briefly explains the original of "ham" as it applies to amateur radio operators.  Nice, brief summary.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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HF Weekend - Southgate Amateur Radio Club

HF Weekend
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Amateur Radio Society (M0OCT) are holding an HF Weekend during August from Saturday 10th till Sunday 11th August.
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A major HF event being held 10 August to 11 August 2013 on nearly an acre of campground between Chesterfield and Matlock at 1,000 ft. asl.  The special event callsign is GB4HFW.  For details, visit http://www.m0oct.com.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

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