National WW1 Museum Event

National WWI MuseumEvent Date: October 8-9, 2016

Event Title: WW1USA

Location: National WW1 Museum, Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO

Website:

Talk In: 145.1300

Public Contact Info: National World War 1 Museum Amateur Radio Club
100 W. 26th St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Battles of Isonzo, Hosted by the Raytown ARC, www.k0gq.com

All licensed operators can get $5 admission to the Museum.

More info at QRZ as well

Pubic Contact Phone: 816-888-8100

Public Contact Email: ww1usa@theworldwar.org

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

WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY CELEBRATION

WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY CELEBRATIONEvent Date: 04/18/2015

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

 

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!

 

 

 

ARRL and FEMA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

A new memorandum of agreement between the ARRL and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency has been posted on the ARRL Web
site.

On July 18, 2014, ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a public
signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at the ARRL’s Centennial
Convention. Signing for the ARRL was President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and
signing for FEMA was administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ.

Here is the direct link to the PDF file:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public Service/FEMA/FEMA-ARRL-2014.pdf

An ARRL Web news article with photographs about the signing of the MoA
can be read at this link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/fema-and-arrl-sign-agreement-fema-administrator-calls-ham-radio-resilient

You can also find a link to this agreement (along with all of the other
national agreements that ARRL holds with other organizations) on the
“Served Agencies and Partners” Web page.

http://www.arrl.org/served-agencies-and-partners

ARRL Centennial Trip – July 17 – 19, 2014

ARRL Centennial Convention Center

ARRL Centennial Trip:

Our trip to the ARRL Centennial was all we expected and more.  Taking the car on the ferry is the way to go. Driving around is no big deal but taking the ferry makes the trip more fun and relaxing.

We took the 6 AM ferry across Long Island Sound, the remainder of the drive to Hartford was about an hour. Unlike Long Island, the commuter traffic into Hartford was minimal.

The Hotel and Convention Center were outstanding and my guess, based on the people attending the dinner;  is that there were about 1000 people who attended the full schedule.

The forums were well done and most has standing room only. I attended the DX, QRP, RFI and Amateur Satellite forums.

Once you have made the pilgrimage to Dayton as we did last year, any Hamfest/Flea Market is small in comparison. The ARRL did a good job of bringing the major vendors in as well as many groups and organizations from around the globe. I was surprised that TenTec was nowhere to be found.

Rick Roderick K5UR was the guest speaker at the Thursday luncheon. Let me just say Rick’s record of personal achievements and Ham Radio awards were truly amazing. Rick’s Ham Radio stories were great to listen to and also humorous in some cases.

Rick’s focus as a motivational speaker was to incite us older Hams to build an ARRL / Amateur Radio LEGACY for the next 100 years. Our takeaway was to elmer young people  and preserve the future of Amateur Radio.

 The True Magic of Ham Radio:

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance. John WA2KSM and Bob MD0CCE

 

When my friend John (WA2KSM) and I sat down at the luncheon which was attended by over 900 people, a man sat down next to John. He looked over at John’s name tag and said Your badge is labeled wrong!

Your name is Jack not John and you live in Hicksville, NY not Shirley. John looked at him and said… How did you know that? The gentleman’s name is Bob MD0CCE from the Isle of Man!

Bob proceeded to tell John that he originally lived in Westbury, NY and in 1961 John was his first ever CW QSO as a novice!

What other hobby could randomly bring together two Hams that had their first QSO 53 years ago.

 

Last Year Dayton Hamvention – This Year ARRL National Centennial

Hara Arena Dayton Hamvention 2013

 Dayton Hamvention 2013:

Last year, Tony KB2HRB and I had a blast traveling to the Dayton Hamvention. The Hamvention was all we had expected it to be.

Be sure to bring your walking shoes. It took us a whole day to go through the indoor exhibit and another 1/2 day to see most of the the outdoor flea market. As a former owner of a K1 and presently a KX3,  I spent an inordinate amount of  time drooling over the Elecraft booths. Of course Tony had to tear me away from the Begali display.

Natural Springs Resort Cabin - Dayton Hamvention 2013

Natural Springs Resort Lake - Dayton Hamvention 2013Having no idea of what we were going to get into, I booked us at the Natural Springs Resort in New Paris Ohio. At the end of a very long drive from eastern Long Island which took us past Dayton, we were beginning to believe that we would never find the resort. It really became disappointing when we hit the Indiana border and then had to make a UTURN to get to the resort. In the end,  it was well worth the few extra miles.

 

 

As it turned out, the cabins we reserved were perfect and lacked nothing. To make it even better, there was an awesome BBQ restaurant across the road. So if you are going to tent,  pull a trailer or want to rent a cabin in an awesome place about 15 minutes from Dayton Hamvention, Natural Springs Resort is a place I’d highly recommend.

 

My final comment about Dayton Hamvention is; if you are a Ham Radio Operator, you owe it to yourself to make the pilgrimage to Dayton Hamvention at least once.

 

On To The ARRL Centennial Convention:

With all the advertising the ARRL has bombarding us Hams with over the past six months, there can’t be too many hams that need an explanation of  what the ARRL National Convention is all about. While it will be small compared to Dayton Hamvention, it should be fun and interesting to attend the convention.  John, WA2KSM and I booked the Marriott early so we won’t have to trek around the city. Since John and I both enjoy more of the  traditional things about the hobby and are also QRP’ers, we should enjoy this trip as much as our trip to the ARRL HQ last year.

In any event, here is my schedule for the Convention. Hope to see you there!

ARRL Convention Schedule

Museum Ships Weekend! June 7 and 8!

Battleship New Jersey  NJ2BBOne of the things I enjoy about the hobby is to work special event stations.

Now I am not as dedicated as I should be but this weekend is Museum Ships Weekend. As someone who served in the Navy I guess you could say the old ships hold a certain fascination for me.

Well this weekend, conditions permitting, I am going to try for the certificate that is being offered.

The last time I worked toward a certificate was for the 13 colonies special event. Yep, it’s still hanging in the shack. I was especially proud of this one because I managed to get the extra Liberty Bell endorsement too.

Since my QTH is on a postage stamp sized lot, it takes additional creativity to get a barefoot rig to produce enough signal to cut through the massive amount noise which is crammed into a tiny slice of the band.

Why not try your hand at the certificate too? Click on the image for all the details about this special event and how to file for your certificate.

Enjoy!