A photo from Field Day 1948

A.Radio News Sept 1948

I love this photo of Field Day 1948. It's a reminder that it's time to start thinking about this year's Field Day...Dan Here's the accompanying article. … [Continue reading]

New clock accurate to within 1s every 300 million years


The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has officially launched a new atomic clock, called NIST-F2, to serve as a new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard, along with the current NIST-F1 … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: amateur radio course, SwiftKey, BeagleBone

Radio Guy @Radio_2_Radio Amateur Radio: Ken Green's Amateur Radio Course - Clovelly Donkeys ow.ly/2FczP1 Laurent Haas - F6FVY @f6fvy Typing revolution : SwiftKey for physical keyboards bit.ly/1fkNPq6 #contesting #ohWait DIY … [Continue reading]

Amateur Radio in the News: N4KPS SK, nine-year-old ham

John William Simpson, Sr.

N4KPS is a ham that I would have liked to have known. John William Simpson, Sr., N4KPS, 82, ham radio enthusiast and 30-year engineering technician with NASA. John William Simpson, Sr., a native of Covington who resided in the Tabb area of … [Continue reading]

The future of ham radio?

This is a guest post by my friend Ovide, K8EV... I was underwhelmed by an article on the future of ham radio in the April QST.  There was no mention of future technical developments driving and changing ham radio as a hobby! I asked myself the … [Continue reading]

FCC to reinstate Morse Code test

This just in... Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2014 - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) approved Report and Order 14-987af which reinstates the Morse Code test for General Class and Amateur Extra Class licensees. "It … [Continue reading]

From my inbox: radio demos, free EM simulation, radio builder’s BBS

Here are some items of note from my inbox: My partner in crime down at WA2HOM, Ovide, K8EV, is working with Professor Ray, who does science shows for kids down at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, to develop a show about radio. In researching this, … [Continue reading]

Station Activities: Paddle repair, Iambic A vs. B, first dipole

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a highly-modified Vibroplex Standard paddle. Apparently, in making the modification, the previous owner had lost one of the trunnion screws and decorative red dots. As you can see in the photo below, the previous … [Continue reading]

ARROW News, circa 1999


A local ham, Wallace, WA1TFW, recently passed, and his daughter donated some of his things to the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum. While looking at what she donated, I ran across the September/October issue of the ARROW News. ARROW is the club here in Ann … [Continue reading]

ARRL Executive Committee meets Saturday, 3/29

The ARRL Executive Committee is meeting this Saturday. I received the agenda for the meeting yesterday. They will be addressing a lot of interesting issues, including: RM-11715; Mimosa Networks, Inc. Petition for Rule Making, proposing Part 90 … [Continue reading]