Next one-day Tech class, Saturday, May 3, 2014

My next One-Day Tech Class will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 221 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI. Immediately after the class, the Technician Class license exam will be administered.

Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee to take the class, but the fee will be waived for anyone under the age of 18. We often fill the class and have to put people on the waiting list. So, if you would like to take this class, send a check or money order to reserve your spot to:

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
1325 Orkney Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

You can also pay by sending money via PayPal to

Prospective students should download the study guide IMMEDIATELY. Read through it a couple of times and take some online practice tests (URLs for practice test websites can be found in the study guide) before coming to class. Studying beforehand greatly increase the chances that you’ll pass the test.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or phone 734-930-6564.

From my Twitter Feed: Hamvention record, SW radio

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A great idea to engage new hams

Every once in a while, you hear an idea, slap yourself on the forehead, and think, "Why didn't I think of that?" This morning, I came across one of those ideas. Dave, W8RIT, is a friend of mine here in SE Michigan. He volunteered to review the new … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: Boston Marathon, ham radio revival

  Marathon hams took on vital role after Marathon bombings. Manchester native Harrison Williams, now a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was at his ham radio command post in Brookline on April 15 of last year, coordinating the … [Continue reading]

More QSLs: WD9GUT, 9A2NO


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Wanna review my new study guide?


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Coiling Cables

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From my Twitter feed: digital TV, vintage computers, 10 GHz

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Who else is on Twitter?

Follow Me on Twitter

For the past year or so, I've been fairly active on Twitter. My id there is @kb6nu. I've found it to be a great adjunct to my ham radio operations. Whenever I turn on the rig, I also open a window on the computer and log into Twitter (via … [Continue reading]

Kindess of Strangers


In the closing moments of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Name Desire, Blanche DuBois utters her most memorable line, "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Amateur radio operators are sometimes like that. I … [Continue reading]