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

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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]

Tech instructor manual available for free download

This from the June 19 issue of  The ARRL Letter. I haven't downloaded it yet, but there's bound to have some useful info. You do have to be a registered instructor to download the manual. The sixth edition of the ARRL Technician Instructor Manual … [Continue reading]

From my Twitter feed: new EchoLink for Mac, SDR

dusty_s @dusty_s EchoHam (formerly EchoMac) update in Mac App Store" <- glad to see an update! feedly.com/e/G5x1odQW   Dangerous Prototypes @dangerousproto OHM2013: Hacking the radio spectrum with GNURadio … [Continue reading]

Amateur radio in the news: emergency communications in FL, Museum Ships Weekend

This TV report highlights the emergency preparedness of hams in Tampa Bay, FL.

Amateur radio operators 'vital' to emergency response. They're some of the most critical people for a hurricane response, but you may be surprised, even concerned, when you first hear who they are: amateurs. 10 News looked at the people our rescuers … [Continue reading]