DX Advisory Committee wants to put the screws to remote operation

In July, the DX Advisory Committee Report recommended several rules changes for the DXCC program. Among them, was a recommendation that rule I.9 be changed such that a QSO is acceptable for DXCC credit only when the remote station and the operator’s … [Continue reading]

If goTenna can encrypt, why can’t hams?

I've written here before about encryption and whether or not amateur radio operators should be allowed to use encryption. I'd like to throw another log on the fire. I just read an article in RadioWorld that describes the goTenna, a device that … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend

Here are a couple of reports of ham clubs taking part in International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. I actually worked W2GSB this weekend, but unfortunately didn't work the Irish lighthouse...Dan Ham radio operators participate in International … [Continue reading]

Operating Notes: Fun down at WA2HOM

The bands have been pretty good lately. I was down at WA2HOM this morning from 10am to noon and really had a blast. When I first got there, I tuned around a bit on 20m. 20m sounded to be in pretty good shape, so I decided to see if 15m was open. I … [Continue reading]

ARRL to promote diversity?

In the August 7 issue of the ARRL Letter, in the report on the ARRL Board meeting, there was this little tidbit: In other business, the ARRL Board of Directors voted, without offering specifics, to support "a significant increase in the resources … [Continue reading]

Love from my readers

One of the coolest things about writing my No-Nonsense study guides is the e-mail I get from my readers. At least once a week, I get an e-mail thanking me for the help that my study guides provided. Here are some samples: I wanted to thank you for … [Continue reading]

NASA Looking for Out-of-This-World Mars Communications Services

As you may or may not know, the ARRL has an award called the Elser-Mathers Cup that is to be awarded to the amateurs that complete the first amateur radio contact between the Earth and Mars. It's been sitting on a shelf at ARRL HQ since … [Continue reading]

CW Geek’s Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code: Learning the Code

My next book is going to be about having fun with CW. Below is the chapter on learning CW. Comments welcome....Dan Learning CW Of course, before you can make a CW contact, you are going to have to learn to send and receive Morse Code. This may seem … [Continue reading]

I’m ba-a-a-a-ck


In case you were wondering where I've been, I've just returned from a very nice week at a cottage on Elk Lake in northern lower Michigan. It's a beautiful spot, and for the past 20 years now (!), our family has rented a set of cottages up there. The … [Continue reading]

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]