30th International Marconi Day

International Marconi Day

Many registered award stations will be on the air taking part in the 2017 International Marconi Day that is on April 22, 0000-2359 UTC (starting on April 21 in US time zones).

This year marks the 30th IMD, held each year that honors the anniversary of the wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi born on April 25, 1874.

This event is not a contest but provides a way for Amateur Radio Operators to make contacts with Marconi sites using HF equipment.

For detailed information visit:

ARRL International Marconi Day Article.

Mint Drake MN75 Tuner

SOLD!

I have a mint Drake MN75 Tuner with original manual. This tuner is my personal equipment. Asking $200 shipped CONUS only. No trades please, serious inquires only! Contact me @ ke2yk.cw@gmail.com. Thanks for reading my ad guys!

 

Mint Drake MN75 For Sale

World Amateur Radio Day is April 18th 2016

World Amateur Radio Day

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is observed every April 18. The date marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) back in 1925.

Each year, radio amateurs everywhere will get on the air and celebrate Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

“April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” the IARU said in announcing World Amateur Radio Day 2016. “We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!”

 

Read the full ARRL article here.

Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day W4BOC

W4BOC is a special event in Stone Mountain, Ga. Event from 1pm to 5pm. A special QSL card is available from KK4KHS. Send a SADE to Mike Smith KK4KHS 5191 La Paloma Dr. SW. 30047

Public Contact Email: kk4khs@arrl.net
Pubic Contact Phone: 404.509.3104
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AMRC.TOTR/events/
Location: Stone Mountain Ga. Near the Welcome Center and City Hall
Event Date: September 19th, 2015
Event Title: Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day W4BOC
Talk In: 145.450 – Pl 107.2
Public Contact Info: W4BOC, Celebrating the first 43 years of Alford Memorial Radio Club http://totr-radio.org/,
Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day and Preparedness Month, we will be taking amateur radio to the street, downtown, featuring Emergency Power

Amateur Radio Awareness Day activities typically focus on increasing public awareness. According to DHS, National Preparedness Month is aimed at encouraging Americans to prepare for emergencies and to raise public awareness about the importance of being prepared.

This Stone Mountain Amateur Radio Awareness Day, September 19, the Alford Memorial Radio Club, will sponsor a 5-hour Emergency Power Operating Event for stations operating off the grid. “It is not a contest,” “It is simply a demonstration of what we amateurs can do without having to rely on the, internet or commercial mains, and what we will do whenever the need arises.”

There is no set exchange; contacts may be casual, but operators are encouraged to share information on their emergency power sources in addition to the traditional signal report, name and location. GOTA station maybe up and running so encouraging comments for newbies is always helpful.

 

Rochester Hamfest – June 6th

Come one, come ALL!

When: Saturday June 6, 2015

Where: MAP-> 360 Maiden Ln. Rochester, NY 14616

Gates open 7 AM – Rain or Shine

Website: www.RochesterHamfest.com

It’s “Back to Basics” with everyone’s annual favorite: The Rochester Hamfest.

Everything you want in a Hamfest is here: Good food, lots of fun, and a 16 acre flea market!

Only $8.00 per person admission and $10.00 per car to tailgate

  • Youths under 16 admitted free with a paying adult
  • Free VE Testing
  • Back at Barnard with over 16 acres of flea market space
  • Fantastic food
  • Hourly door prizes
  • 50/50 Raffle

County Comm GP-5/SSB Handheld HF Receiver Video Review

Video By W2AEW

Specs Are Found Here

 

Jamboree On The Air Today – October 17th-19th

Help support Scouting and help get young people on the air.  The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this is a worldwide jamboree. Look for K2BSA stations  or CQ JOTA. For More Information Click HERE!

 

 Here Is A List Of Possible Operating Frequencies: 

 

HF SSB Voice

Band Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.920 – 3.940
3.670 – 3.690 (1)
(1) Extra segment
40 m 7.180 – 7.200
7.270 – 7.290
(2) 7.090 not available in Region 2
20 m 14.270 – 14.290
14.320 – 14.340
17 m 18.140 – 18.150
15 m 21.360 – 21.400
12 m 24.960 – 24.980
10 m 28.350 – 28.400 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 – 50.200

HF CW

Band WOSM Calling Frequencies Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.570 (3) 3.560 – 3.570 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
40 m 7.030 (3) 7.030 – 7.040 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
20 m 14.060 14.050 – 14.060
17 m 18.080 18.070 – 18.080
15 m 21.140 (3) 21.130 – 21.140 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
12 m 24.910 24.900 – 24.910
10 m 28.180 (3) 28.170 – 28.180 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 50.150 – 50.160

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2 Meter FM Simplex

147.450, 147.480, 147.510, 147.540* * Use 147.540 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link. Avoid 146.520, the National FM Simplex Calling Frequency, as well as 146.550, which is commonly used by mobiles and RVers.

70 CM FM Simplex

446.000*, 445.950, 446.050, 446.100, 446.150 * Use 446.000 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link.

And Oldie Goldie – The Hot Water 8

Our Heathkit HW8A few weeks back my good friend John, WA2KSM offered me the use of a true oldie goldie! This old Heathkit HW8 CW QRP rig was so clean inside and out that it was hard to believe its age. No scratches or dings anywhere!

As you might imagine, the band control push buttons need cleaning but that’s about all the TLC it needs.

Not having a way to cleanly match this little gem to my G5RV, I purchased the “World’s Smallest Standalone ATU” from Elecraft.

Elecraft T1 Autotuner

Since I have owned Elecraft gear in the past and now get great pleasure from my KX3, I had no doubt that the T1 would be the right choice for the HW8. My assumptions were right. Tuning is a breeze and performance is all I’d expect from Elecraft.

The 20 meter band has been weak over the summer but I have already made a few contacts on this beautiful old QRP rig. Since I have the original manual, some of this winter will be dedicated to going over the entire alignment procedure.

If you are into QRP or low power operation and are in need of a portable Auto Tuner, take a spin over to the Elecraft T1 site for all the specs!

Elecraft KX3 SideKX Product Quickee Review!

GemsProducts Side KX With Cover

Enjoy taking your rig out into the great outdoors? If so, the Side KX with cover from GemsProducts.com may be a good choice for you. My product arrived via USPS in just 3 days.

Not only does it enhance the look of the rig but it does actually provide some useful protection. With the addition of the Side KX and the snug fitting cover, the face and controls of the rig are virtually free of those first few raindrops, dust and dirt.

It’s one of those kits that take a few minutes to install. Of course it’s a good idea to follow the suggested anti-static procedure during installation. Take a minute to insure all ground points on the inside of the  new side panels are clear of tape and paint. Mine arrived 100% clean.

Installation can be done without splitting the rig open but you may find it to be a hassle to get the mic connector back in place. Once it’s all together you will find the cover to be a snug fit but it is flexible and once you get the hang of it it is easy to install and remove.

 

KX3 Sees The Light of Day!

Ke2yk's Elecraft KX3

 

 

After being told by a fellow QRP’er that 15 CW has been up recently, I managed to drag my KX3 out of its Pelican case this morning.

Its been awhile since it has seen the light of day. Didn’t see much point to powering it on since my main antenna has been down for some time and the amazing Par End Fedz that I jury rigged in the yard some time ago has been beat to hell by the lousy winter and the high winds here in the Northeast.

After being very surprised by the fact that the auto-tuner was able to tune without moaning and groaning, I thought what the hell.

I tuned down to 21.025 and started hearing Europe. What was even more of a surprise is that I was able to work stations @ 5 watts on the first attempt.

That doesn’t say much about my skills but it says a HELL OF A LOT about that Par End Fedz antenna.