Category: General

How HAM radio operators are your friends (Nevada)

A recent radio conversation between two HAMs raised a disturbing issue that surprised both of them. The conversation involved the NTS (National Traffic Service) that uses amateur radio operators throughout the United States to relay information during large-scale emergencies, such as earthquakes. When phone connections are down, residents in stricken areas want to contact relatives […]

via the ARRL: ARRL to Leverage Social Media for Hamvention Coverage

ARRL will be taking to social media from Hamvention®, when the show gets under way on May 19 from its new venue, the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The ARRL Hamvention team will be posting updates, observations and videos, and may even do live shots via Facebook Live video. “This will […]

via the ARRL: Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Car Pool, if Possible

Hamvention® organizers say those planning to drive to Hamvention 2017 at its new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, should take along a 2-meter radio and be ready to use it, in order to make their arrival safer and easier. Gary Mullins, K8UW — chair of the Talk-In Committee […]

Nominations Open for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

It’s time to nominate candidates for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election. Four directors’ terms expire this year — Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Bob McGwier, N4HY. In addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for 1-year terms. A valid nomination requires either one member society or five […]

No more online sale of wireless radios (India)

Decision comes from Centre as unlicensed equipment could leave law enforcement agencies vulnerable. Following a complaint by a group of ham radio operators that wireless equipment being sold online on e-commerce sites can pose a serious national security threat, the union Telecommunications ministry has now ordered the ecommerce websites to stop selling wireless equipments online […]

via HACKADAY: Measuring Capacitors at the Birth of Rock and Roll

The late 1950s [Bill Haley], [Elvis Presley], and [Little Richard] were building a new kind of music. Meanwhile, electronic hobbyists were building their own gear from Heathkit. A lot of that gear shows you how far we’ve come in less than a century. [Jeff Tranter’s] YouTube channel is a great way to look at a […]

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.” “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the amateur radio […]

FBI Part Of Investigation Into Dallas Outdoor Warning Siren System (Texas)

City of Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax wants residents to know there won’t be a repeat of this weekend’s siren debacle. “I am confident the fixes we put in place this weekend ensure we will not be compromised again,” he said Monday morning in reference to steps to protect the city’s Emergency Alert Outdoor Warning […]

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