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]



Just a couple more QSL Cards for my collection of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: Edinburgh Morse, hams hear old spacecraft,

David De Silva @G7AGI I've just discovered @edinburghmorse. Looking forward to seeing the new web site go live. Planetary Society @exploreplanets Amateur radio enthusiasts were able to detect the carrier signal of a decades-old NASA spacecraft: … [Continue reading]

My new (to me) key

Whoever owned this key took all the parts off a Vibroplex Standard paddle and mounted them on this slab of steel.

Last Saturday, I added to my collection of Morse Code instruments. I bought a modified Vibroplex Standard from a guy who was selling it from an SK estate sale. It's amusing for a couple of reasons: Whoever owned it before I did, took all … [Continue reading]