Amateur radio in the news: London ARC, Skywarn

 

London ARC members activate the Blackfriars Bridge for Bridges on the Air.

London ARC members activate the Blackfriars Bridge for Bridges on the Air.

London hams bridge communciations gap. Since 1920, members of the London Amateur Radio Club (LARC) have filled the airwaves with banter both about the hobby itself, and about emergency preparedness. On July 19, a handful of LARC members put their talents on display at the Blackfriars Bridge in London.

SKYWARN WARRIORS: Local ham radio buffs work front lines for National Weather Service. The National Weather Service has radar, satellites, Doppler, and double Doppler. But even with all of that high technology, it still needs boots on the ground to know how the weather is affecting people. So when the power is out, many of its 6,500 Skywarn weather watchers in southern New England go the traditional route, using ham radio to file reports.

Hospital has SPARC of security. Beaumont is ready for any kind of natural disaster: the city and the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) have partnered to provide ham radio operations at City Hall in the event of a disaster that could interrupt communications between cities and residents. The service is now in place in the Emergency Services Department office at the civic center. Rick Cook, emergency services coordinator, said he is very pleased to be working with the amateur radio club.

Next year, let’s do a “maker” Field Day

A couple of minutes ago, I got an e-mail from John, KD8MKE, who wrote: I had this crazy idea that you could use a quad copter to hold up a dipole antenna AND power the quad from the ground (to save the battery weight).  Ed pointed out that the … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: Antennas!

Richard GW1JFV @gw1jfv Mr Cebik (W4RNL sk) Top 5 backyard multi-band wire antennas via N8SDR n8sdr.sopmcincy.org/images/Antenna…   Ian @MW0IAN The versatile endfed VK3YE home.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/gatew… #hamradio   Carl … [Continue reading]

ARRL needs to improve their support for clubs

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Often, when you hear ARRL officials speak, they extol the virtues of amateur radio clubs, saying things like, "Clubs are the lifeblood of amateur radio." For example, Dale Williams, WA8EFK, in response to my e-mail congratulating him on his … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: SDR, SWL, kits

sdrsharp @sdrsharp You want more and better rtl-sdr tools? Consider helping this initiative from Kyle Keen indiegogo.com/projects/a-mon…   Ulis K3LU @UlisK3LU Western radio broadcasters tuning out (excellent article on the demise of … [Continue reading]

Next one-day Tech class, Saturday, September 27, 2014

My next One-Day Tech Class will be held on Saturday, September 27, 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 … [Continue reading]

Get an FRN!

Richard, KD7BBC, recently posted this to the HamRadioHelpGroup Yahoo Group: It consistently surprises me how many people aren't aware that instead of giving the VE team your SSN you can get an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and give it to … [Continue reading]

Two hams busted for 14.313 MHz activities

If you operate 20m phone at all, you probably avoid 14.313 MHz. I know I do. Now, two hams, Michael Guernsey, KZ8O and Brian Crow, K3VR, have been busted by the FCC for their activities on that frequency. The Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) citing … [Continue reading]

FCC allows partial credit for expired licenses

You may have heard that the FCC has approved a rules change with regard to expired licenses. Yesterday, the ARRL sent out an e-mail for VEs explaining how this is supposed to work: Information regarding FCC Rule changes The FCC has revised the … [Continue reading]

Operating Notes: (Un)Clubs, certificates, W100AW

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Over the weekend, I made a few QSOs of note: WB2KQG. 20m wasn't in great shape when I called CQ on 20m CW on Saturday from the museum, but I managed to raise Vinny, WB2KQG. When I called up his QRZ.Com page, I found the banner below and a link to … [Continue reading]