Category: News

Fldigi is the perfect digital mode tool for all radio amateurs

Are you into creating Amateur Radio Digital Modes via your personal computer (PC)? Then you’re in the right place. We recently came across a tool known as Fldigi (Fast Light Digital Modem Application) and while we’re no expert, we still came away with a lot to say. OK, so here’s the thing about Fldigi you need to know. It […]

Reversing course: Kettering OKs resident’s controversial radio tower (Ohio)

Kettering officials on Tuesday night reversed the Board of Zoning Appeals and now will allow a resident to build a 50-foot radio tower on his property in the 4800 block of Mad River Road. MORE: Radio tower request pits Kettering man against neighbors Last year, Wynn Rollert, 77, a HAM radio operator, had requested a variance […]

Nellie Ohr: Ham radio not used for Russia contacts (Massachusetts)

A transcript made public on Thursday by a GOP lawmaker in Congress shows that the wife of a top Justice Department official said she got a ham radio license as part of an effort to help with local community emergencies, not as part of any effort to communicate with anyone overseas, or to monitor broadcasts […]

A vast, unseen world: Amateur radio operators use old, new technology to communicate globally (Mississippi)

Allen McBroom stands in the backyard outside his home west of Starkville pointing up toward the sky.  “You see that?” he asks.  Barely perceptible against the dusk-darkened tree line stretches a 102-foot long, 14-gauge wire, narrower than a pencil.  “Over the past two weeks,” McBroom continues, “I’ve talked to people from as far away as […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateurs Aid Isolated Settler in Chile

Radio Club de Chile reports “a short story with a happy ending.” Don Martin, a settler living in an isolated location south of Cochrane — a town in Chile’s Capitán Prat Province — has a small government-issued radio that allows him to communicate locally. The set failed, however, and when an acquaintance learned of the problem, he […]

Deltona man impersonating police officer uses public warning system on real cop (Florida)

A Deltona man playing policeman caught up to a real one and used an illegal public address system and lights to warn a sheriff’s sergeant driving an unmarked vehicle in Pierson, Volusia sheriff’s officials said. Shortly after that, Sgt. Todd Smith turned on his real blue lights and pulled over Thomas Farmer, 64 (NOTE: QRZ […]

via the ARRL: US Navy Explores Amateur Radio as a Training Adjunct

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has adopted Amateur Radio training as a possible new approach to basic RF and electronics instruction. More than 20 NAWCWD employees took part in a week-long class in Point Mugu, California, in December. The class, which culminated in an examination session for the Technician licensed, […]

Can learning ham radio make for better engineers and software developers?

When a group of Navy engineers and software developers took time away from their day jobs in December, they spent the time pursuing a task long considered passe: they became licensed amateur radio operators. Some 23 employees from Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) took a week-long class in amateur radio at Point Mugu, […]

Scanning for fun: Toledo man reflects on 50 years in radio business (Ohio)

What other people might call a museum, Jerry O’Reilly calls a hobby. Mr. O’Reilly has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life. Now, at 73 years old, he owns thousands of models, spread across three stories in a brick building in downtown Toledo. CB radios. Ham radios. Heathkit radios, which he […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager to Step Down

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010. “Mike has accomplished much during his nine years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, […]

Long Island man who found bones in his basement opens up about grisly find: ‘This is almost a perfect crime’ (New York)

The Long Island man who dug up bones in the basement of his childhood home searching for his long-missing father now sits in his cluttered living room wondering if he has unraveled a darker mystery. Michael Carroll, 57, believes the remains are those of his father George Carroll, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran who has […]

via the ARRL: FCC Releases Plan in the Event of a Partial Government Shutdown

The FCC has released its Plan for Orderly Shutdown in case funds become unavailable to continue operation. “If a potential lapse in appropriations is imminent, the FCC will determine whether and for how long prior-year funds are available to continue agency operations during a lapse,” the FCC said in its plan. According to the plan, if prior-year […]

Ham amateur radio operators ready to respond in Alaska

A hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down. Ham amateur radio operators erect a “do-it-youself” antenna at a training session. Photo courtesy of MARA. Ham amateur radio operators function as first responders relaying crucial information to emergency management officials in disaster situations. […]