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]

Do you have a cool QSL?

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Do you have a cool QSL that you'd like to share with KB6NU.Com readers?  If so, send me a scan, and I'll add them here. Now, here's a couple new ones for my collection of QSLs from stations whose call spell words: Greg was working a special … [Continue reading]

ARRL prez calls for hams to support for HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act

In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call to action to all radio amateurs to get behind a grassroots campaign to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014." HR.4969 would require the FCC to … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: SDR, KX3 news, IoT

SWLing @SWLingDotCom Designing a truly portable SDR goo.gl/fb/zCsyPI #shortwave #swl #dx   QRZ Now @QRZnow Elecraft Says It’s 2 Weeks Away! #hamradio fb.me/3xncqJtBg   Internet of Things @iot4all Pinoccio: Mesh All The … [Continue reading]