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 (!) 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]

ARISS to go quiet this winter

From Weaver's Words, the e-mail newsletter of Jim Weaver, K8JE, Great Lakes Division Director. Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, of the ARISS program reports there will be no amateur radio operations from the International Space Station beginning 10 November … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: wire splicing, SDR, BCB loop

Jerry Taylor @kd0bik How-To: Splice Wire to NASA Standards fb.me/3BMl1CsL0   <b">rtl-sdr.com @rtlsdrblog Using and RTL-SDR and RTL_433 to Decode Various Devices rtl-sdr.com/using-rtl-sdr-…   Jeff Davis @ke9v @AA7EE goes … [Continue reading]

Cheat sheets for Field Day


On our club mailing list, a guy who doesn't get on HF very often suggested that each Field Day station have a cheat sheet containing the following: a list of bands for that particular station, a band plan showing the frequencies that can be … [Continue reading]