Bad news for SW broadcasting

Several months ago, I participated in a survey of shortwave listeners by the Broadcasting Board of Governors. According to their website, "The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is both the name of the independent federal agency that oversees all … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: London ARC, Skywarn

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 … [Continue reading]

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…   Ian @MW0IAN The versatile endfed VK3YE… #hamradio   Carl … [Continue reading]

ARRL needs to improve their support for clubs


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…   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]