36th Annual Wilkes-Barre Hamfest

36th Annual Wilkes-Barre Hamfest, Sunday July 5th,

When: Sunday July 5th, 2015

Where: This year at a new – more convenient location. Just minutes from I-81 and the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino.

The 2015 Hamfest will be held at the MAP-> Polish American War Veterans, 2 South Oak Street,  Wilkes-Barre (Plains) PA 18705

Plenty of flea market space, one FREE tailgate space per vehicle – additional spaces only $5 each.

Public Contact: murgasarc@gmail.com



Having Fun Experimenting with RTL-SDR Receivers

Realtek RTL2832U R820T DVB-T Tuner ReceiveFor some reason I still can’t figure out, I recently got interested in the RTL-SDR Tuner Receiver craze. As you may already know, these (toys) can be found on eBay for well under $20.

Like everything else there is a wealth of information about this gear, software, experiments and more all over the Web but I began with the Quick Start Guide.

Not knowing much about it, I started off by grabbing one of these Dongles from eBay with the standard accessories.

Next step was to follow the guide and install the free SDR# on a Windows 10 Preview System I have. This receiver worked well for the standard stuff above 50MHz and I got a kick out of listening to local repeaters, police and fire calls for a few minutes. However, I really wanted to find out how well these toys could tune down on the low bands.

100KHz To 1.7GHz SDR Tuner ReceiverListening to the HF bands required a different receiver. There are plenty of receivers listed on eBay which cover 100KHz to 1.7 GHz. Poking around on eBay, I found one here for around $55. Since I had an SMA to SO-239 adapter in the junk box, it was easy to connect the receiver up to the G5RV. 

After getting the unit going with the SDR# software I noticed that I didn’t hear diddly-squat on the low bands. Going over the Quick Start Guide didn’t help since it is only set up to get you up and running.


Sampling Rate and Mode Change For HF Tuning
I had to poke around for awhile and found the answer back at the source, the eBay page where I bought the receiver. If I had been a bit more observant up front and scrolled down the page, it would have saved me time Googling.

The settings within SDR# software requires that the Sampling Rate and Sampling Mode have to be temporarily changed for listening in on the low bands. —>>>

Once these settings were made, the receiver played well when connected to the outdoor antenna.

I’d have to add that if you want to experiment with these receivers it’s a minimal investment to get started. Like anything else, it’s also a fun learning experience.



World Radio Network: Special WARD IRLP net
1600-1730 UTC via the World Conference Server (IRLP Node 9251) and the Hi-Gate Server (IRLP Node 9250).
KD2HWN, net control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.

Website: http://www.iaru.org/world-amateur-radio-day.html

Public Contact Info:
ARRL  Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.
Email: kx9x@arrl.org
Phone: 860-594-0328


100th Anniversary Special Event – Lusitania

Lusitania 100th Anniversary CommemorativeSpecial Event Station May 1st to May 31st

In Great Britain and Ireland there will be Special Event Stations to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. She sailed to New York on 1st May from Liverpool when she was torpedoed and went down. 123 US citizens lost their lives.

An amateur radio special event station will operate from the Lusitania home port of Liverpool with the call sign GB100MFA and I understand in the Republic of Ireland EI100MFA as the survivors were taken ashore in Queenstown.
More About The Lusitania: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania

CQ WW CW 2014 and Antenna Testing

Originally posted on Klown Time is Over:


Although I no longer chase band mode slots or DXCC Challenge, I do like to use the DX contests to test my antennas. The zones that have always been tricky have been 21 and to a lesser degree, 37. Zone 34 has a few entities that can be tricky as well.


When I worked FT5ZM earlier this year, my nested moxon on 20 and 15M did the trick, and the 40M phased array and low band vertical worked like a charm. But as it turned out – FT5ZM was actually TOO easy to work, and not really a great test of my antenna system. Far better was working E30FB on 20M and then FT4TA on 40, 30 and 20M.

This weekend sealed the deal – working 7O2A on 20M CW (I only had SSB QSO’s with Yemen on 17 and 20M before), and 9K2HN on 40M CW – on the…

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W5KUB Live Webcast Tonight – 10/30/14

From The Desk Of: Tom Medlin, W5KUB  http://w5kub.com

arduino ham radio projectsThis event will be webcast from W5KUB’s personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC).  Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for ham radio operators, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators.  Glen will discuss Arduino and its many applications. Glen will show and demonstrate projects from his book.  He may even bring some surprise projects not in the book.

Glen’s projects include:


Random Code Practice Generator Talking GPS/UTC Time/Grid Square Indicator
CW Beacon and Foxhunt Keyer Iambic Keyer
Fan Speed Controller Waveform Generator
Digital Compass PS/2 CW Keyboard
Weather Station Field Day Satellite Tracker
RF Probe with LED Bar Graph Azimuth/Elevation Rotator Controller
Solar Battery Charger Monitor CW Decoder
On-Air Indicator Lightning Detector
Talking SWR Meter CDE/Hy-Gain Rotator Controllers


To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!  For the first time, there will be a telephone line for viewers to join the webcast.  Viewers can ask questions or discuss their own Arduino projects.  During the live webcast, viewers can chat with us or other ham radio operators from around the world.


Viewers can win prizes, including autographed Arduino for Ham Radio books and some Arduino items donated by Glen Popiel.  To be eligible for prizes, you must have a registered chat room login account on W5KUB.COM.  If you don’t already have a login, go to “W5KUB” and click on “Live Events and Chat Room” where you can either log in or set up a new user account.  This year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded to viewers of our webcast!  Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize because we don’t sell anything!!  W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies.


Following Arduino, our guest will be John Amodeo, NN6JA, Producer of ABC’s hit TV show Last Man Standing featuring Tim Allen.  John will provide an update of the recent K6H Special Event.


Please join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ for more details and to keep up with our webcasts.


Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!




The New TS-590SG HF Transcevier – New Technology?

Kenwood TS-590GAccording to Kenwood, the TS-590SG HF transceiver pushed technology and performance to the limits! While roofing filters are nothing new (I have that technology in my 2 year old KX3), the TS-590SG receiver is configured to make the best of roofing filter performance and the IF AGC due to advanced DSP (also in my KX3) technology.

Kenwood claims the TS-590SG is yet another generation that steps forward into the world of high performance transceivers to meet the needs of DX’ers.

For the past 30 years I have been a lowly CW operator who enjoys working DX without amplifiers and beam antennas. I have never been or will ever be one of those BIG GUN stations.

My only point here is to comment about the glamorous wording used in these sales brochures. These brochures in some way remind me of new car advertisements! What would our World be like without car salesman and marketing people!

If you have a TS-590SG or care to comment on its revolutionary technological breakthroughs, please share your information with us. I’d like to know what separates this HF rig from the rest of the flock.

Want to read the glossy details? Click HERE

Digital Voice? A Replacement For SSB?

According to this article, Amateur Radio is now transitioning from analog to digital voice. This is similar to the 1950’s – 60’s transition from AM to SSB it goes on to say. Suppose one company held the patent for SSB back then and forced you into their technology. Amateurs would be under their control indefinitely! As we all know, that is going on with digital voice right now.

Enter FreeDV. FreeDV is a GUI application for Windows, Linux and MacOS (BSD and Android in development) that allows any SSB radio to be used for low bit rate digital voice.

Find out more about FreeDV Here!