ARRL to sign MOA with FEMA, PRB-1 to extend to HOAs?

FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ

In addition to the news about a new director for the Great Lakes Division, this week's ARRL Letter also had two other items of interest: ARRL, FEMA to Sign Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention The ARRL and the Federal … [Continue reading]

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes

Dale Williams, WA8EFK

Here's an interesting item from Thursday's ARRL Letter. I know Dale fairly well, and served as his Affiliated Club Coordinator for a few years when he was the Michigan Section Manager. I would encourage all of you to bombard him with your concerns … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: WRTC 2014, clubs


Bozeman resident to compete in world radio competition. There is an old saying among the licensed amateur radio operators that says, “When all else fails, ham radio goes through.” And this month, Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, will go through with the 2014 … [Continue reading]

Night of Nights XV: July 12, 2014


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


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 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 (!)… @kb6nu @hoopycat #hamr Ed is a bit of a severe weather geek, and is often … [Continue reading]