This Week in Radio History


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Apr 22, 1993
Mosaic, the first Web browser, is released

Apr 25, 1874
Guglielmo Marconi born

Apr 27, 1791
Samuel Morse born

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Another "This Week In Radio History" segment from reporter David Hall.  The only thing from this list I remember is the launching of the Mosaic Web Browser in 1993.  It was quite a development in its day.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

FCC Cites WA Resident for Causing Interference on Amateur Frequencies:


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eHam.net Article: FCC Cites WA Resident for Causing Interference on Amateur Frequencies: – The FCC has cited a Woodinville, Washington, resident for operating an
incidental radiator” — apparently some sort of lighting device —
that has been causing harmful interference on Amateur Radio
frequencies.
– eHam.net is a Web site dedicated to ham radio (amateur radio).

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

It appears that the FCC is back in the enforcement game.  This time, it’s a case of intentional interference to amateur radio signals in the 7-8 MHz range.  Based on its investigation of the complaint, the FCC ordered Thomas Rogers to “take steps to eliminate all harmful interference or risk substantial fines and seizure of equipment.”  So far, Mr. Rogers has refused to answer FCC inquiries or to  take steps to reduce the interference.  Perhaps this guy needs to fly a kite in a thunderstorm and confirm what Ben Franklin discovered about electricity.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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The End of Free TV?


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The End of Free TV? – Some tech pundits are hysterically claiming that cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Carbonite, and Google Drive may be exposed to ruinous legal liability if the U. S. Supreme Court rules against Aereo in a copyright infringement case. Others say it’s the end of free TV, if Aereo wins. Learn more about Aereo, and its legal battle with TV broadcasters…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this in-depth analysis of the “TV” wars.  There’s a lot at stake here–advertising revenue, access to public programming, and the whole structure of commercial broadcasting as we know it.  My xyl and I rarely watch tv, anyway.  If we need a movie, we either check out the DVD from the public library or use a service such as Netflix.  Nowadays, many conventional tv services can be tapped through your tablet or smart phone.  Today (Wednesday, 30 April 2014), Hulu announced a deal to stream certain television programs to your smart phone, tablet, or other media device–something Aereo is trying to do on a much larger scale.  A lot is riding on the U.S. Supreme Court decision.  If I do need television news or public broadcasting programs, I just hook up my trusty Winegard Deep-Fringe tv antenna to a Radio Shack digital box and then on to the Panasonic color tv.  For those employed in the commercial broadcast industry (as I once was), the Supreme Court ruling could have a devastating effect on their careers.  Never a dull moment in this century.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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Wheeler Says FCC Won’t Allow Internet ‘Slow Lane’


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The nation’s top telecommunications regulator defended his latest proposal to protect an open Internet, warning cable companies that manipulating data traffic on their networks for profit would not be tolerated. Why This Matters: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler told The Cable Show on Wednesday that rules he’s proposed won’t permit Internet service providers to push most users onto a “slow lane” so others who pay for priority access can have superior service. Wheeler said if someone tries to divide the Internet between “haves” and “have nots,” the commission will use of all its power to stop it.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Interesting comment from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  The development of a special, high-speed internet available to those who can afford it has been “cooking” on the regulatory and Congressional burners for some time.  Wheeler apparently will use the full power of the FCC to make sure internet access is fair, equitable, and available to all.  Keep an eye on this topic.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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World ham-radio competition coming to Hollis this summer – Nashua Telegraph


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World ham-radio competition coming to Hollis this summer Nashua Telegraph The competition is a tougher version of the annual Field Day held by local amateur-radio clubs, in which teams set up a 40-foot antenna and try to make contact with as many…

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

This extreme version of the ARRL "Field Day" sounds like a real operating challenge. Good luck!  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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DJ Chris Evans says Hi to BYLARA – Southgate Amateur Radio Club


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DJ Chris Evans says Hi to BYLARA
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
The British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association (BYLARA) was founded on April 29, 1979 to further YL operating in the UK.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

A very nice gesture from UK radio announcer Chris Evans, who wished members of the British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association (BYLARA) a happy 35th birthday on his morning show.  Members of the BYLARA are using the special callsign B35BYL to commemorate the founding of the association. Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: Simple Ham Radio Antennas: A 5/8 wavelength vertical ground plane. Post #272


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KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Antenna Topics: Simple Ham Radio Antennas: A 5/8 wavelength vertical … http://t.co/JqRMxjqSI3 #ham #radio

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Here’s another page from my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics Blog.  This time, I’ve built a simple, inexpensive 5/8 wavelength vertical for 10 meters.  When propagation arrives at my Hawaii Island location in the late morning hours, I can get some decent DX with this homebrew "skyhook".  I’m also making versions of this antenna for 15 and 20 meters.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM).

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Sands Amateur Radio Contest Group (Morecambe): Samos Island 2014 DxPedition


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rt: @GB7MBC RT @g0ylm: Sands Amateur Radio Contest Group (Morecambe): Samos Island 2014 DxPedition http://t.co/5XSSRrOESO

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

The Sands Contest Group from Morecambe, England will activate SZ8S in the Aegean area from 14 May through 30 May 2014.  Operational parameters will be released soon.  You can EQSL or use the Bureau through M0SCG.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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One of my funniest experiences in disaster relief was a guy who showed up at my amateur radio station after… http://t.co/0ooBDxp3Vj

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Sometimes, good advice comes from the strangest of sources.  Check out this statement from a person who showed up at an amateur radio station and left this missive.  We live in strange times.  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM.

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The Amateur Radio General Exam


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I was off-the-air for decades until I returned in March of this year when I passed the Technician exam. Next up, the General exam. (The Amateur Radio General Exam. I take this exam this Saturday! Madly studying at the moment!

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

It’s always good to see a once active ham returning to the amateur radio community.  The author of this article has suspended his regular web site to study for the General Class License Exam, with the Extra Class License Exam coming in the near future.  Dedication and study will prepare you for these tests.  The author also offers a site where you can download the current General Class License Study Guide.  Good Luck!  Aloha de Russ, KH6JRM).

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