Night of Nights XV: July 12, 2014

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From the Point Reyes National park website: July 12th every year from 3 pm to midnight at the Historic RCA Coast Station KPH In the annual "Night of Nights", historic Morse code radio station KPH returns to the air in commemoration of the … [Continue reading]

From the trade magazines: free design tools, DSP, education

Top Free DIY Tools Ever Engineer Needs. We're seeing a relative explosion in free tools for engineering electronics. Some of those online tools prove to be worthless, and it's back to blind searching or some paid tool. To help sort out the nonsense … [Continue reading]

Broadband-Hamnet adds Ubiquiti, 5.8 GHz support

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BROADBAND-HAMNET™ July 7 2014 Austin, TX/San Diego, CA Broadband-Hamnet is proud to announce a new firmware release, an update to the original Linksys WRT54G/GL/GS gear, and for the Ubiquiti firmware originally released for the 2.4GHz Ham band … [Continue reading]

Operating Notes: 7/3/14 – 7/6/14

I've had an enjoyable Fourth of July weekend from an operating point of view and thought I'd share it with you. Thursday, 7/3: Thursday evening, after considerable internal debate, I got over my laziness and walked down to the Hands-On Museum to … [Continue reading]

FCC Invokes “Red Light Rule” in K1MAN Situation

From the June 3, 2014 issue of The ARRL Letter: The curious Amateur Radio enforcement case of Glenn Baxter, now ex-K1MAN, of Belgrade Lakes, Maine, may be at an end. The FCC dismissed Baxter's long-standing license renewal application on June 23, … [Continue reading]

More QSLS: WA6YOU, WA1HEW

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More QSLs for my collection of QSLs from stations whose callsigns spell words. These are the first "YOU" and "HEW" cards. To hew is to "chop or cut (something, esp. wood) with an ax, pick, or other tool," according to dictionary on my Mac. A … [Continue reading]

Use VLF to detect lightning

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user's presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement.

Yesterday, my friend Ed, KD8OQG tweeeted: Edward Vielmetti @vielmetti a lightning detector, picking up lightning signals on VLF (!) blitzortung.org/Documents/TOA_… @kb6nu @hoopycat #hamr Ed is a bit of a severe weather geek, and is often … [Continue reading]

Field Day 2014: Smaller, but funner

That's me on the right coaching the first of eight newcomers in the GOTA station.

This year, the two local clubs, ARROW and the University of Michigan ARC, once again joined forces to do Field Day. It was smaller than Field Days we've done in the past—we were 2A this year instead of 4A or 5A—but it was a lot of fun, … [Continue reading]

Field Day media hits

Here are some Field Day "media hits," i.e. coverage of Field Day from different media around the country as reported on the ARRL Public Relations mailing list. AUSTIN (KXAN) — Radio operators can be a big help in a serious emergency. This … [Continue reading]

Hams that write books

[amazon text=www.amazon.com&asin=0743470656][amazon text=www.amazon.com&asin=0743470656]Lots of amateur radio operators have written books. Gordon West, WB6NOA, has his line of [amazon text=license study guides&asin=0945053797], Ward … [Continue reading]