JW/KH0PR active from Svalbard | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Yoshi JJ8DEN / KH0PR is planning to operate from the Svalbard archipelago, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, from June 27 to July 3 (Amateur Radio – JW/KH0PR active from Svalbard: Yoshi JJ8DEN / KH0PR is planning to operate fro…

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Cool off your hot summer day with a contact from the Svalbard archipelago in the arctic.  Yoshi (JJ8DEN/KH0PR) will be operating CW and RTTY from this frigid region until 03 July 2014.  He will be using the call sign JW/KH0PR.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Chinese X108 QRP transceiver can now be ordered | AmateurRadio …

G1KQH has told me that the 9-band multmode transceiver, the X108 from China, can now be ordered.

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The Chinese are coming.  According to Roger Lapthorn (G3XBM), the 9-band Chinese "X108" QRP transceiver kit is ready to ship from the Peoples Republic of China.  Although Roger prefers a Yaesu-817ND for his QRP operations, he acknowledges that the "ugly" Chinese radio may be up to the task.  Just wait a few months for some more "back engineering", and the Chinese will make a big impact on the amateur radio market, especially if the price is competitive and the quality improves.  Remember when Japanese electronics were dismissed as "toys?"  The same pattern is developing in this case.  Just look at your smart phone or your iPad.  Most of these communications marvels are made outside the U.S.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Stealth 9310 Automatic Tuning Whip Antenna for all HF Amateur …

WiMo GmbH, his the distributor of STEALTH TELECOM antennas – Summer discount 2014 price: €.1319,67 (incl 19% german VAT for EU countries). WiMo expected at the Exhibition HAM Radio 2014 in Germany, …

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This is the ideal, if somewhat expensive, gift for the mobile operator who wants nothing but the best for his/her mobile station.  A NVIS kit can be ordered to expand the capabilities of this hardy antenna. This antenna was exhibited at the recently concluded International Ham Convention at Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance.  According to the attached brochure, the antenna is derived from the Type 9300 Military Antenna.  Nice item, if you can afford it.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL: – eHam.net

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
Using his ham know-how, he managed to stay on the air using improvised equipment, antennas, and power, even after the radio room was flooded.

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Another fascinating segment of "A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL" from Al Brogdon (W1AB).  Al continues his exploration of ham radio in the 1950s, including amateur radio service during the Korean War; the heroic exploits of ship captain Kurt Carlsen (W2ZXM/mm),, who stayed with his sinking ship, relaying vital information, until he was rescued; the birth of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES); and the development of "extreme" mobile antennas.  Great series overall.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Full Schedule of Youth Activities Featured at ARRL National Convention: – eHam.net

Full Schedule of Youth Activities Featured at ARRL National Convention: eHam.net “The Discovery Station will have a range of hands-on exhibits to help visitors to understand the basics of radio waves, and projects that young operators can explore…

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According to the "ARRL Letter" of 26 June 2014, the ARRL National Convention in Hartford, Connecticut between 17-19 July 2014 will have special programs  aimed at younger and prospective hams.  On the agenda will be two youth forums, a hidden transmitter hunt, a scavenger hunt, and a Youth Radio Lab.  Also featured will be "The ARRL Discovery Station", which will help visitors understand the basics of radio waves and encourage their interest in building electronic kits.  ARRL Headquarters is going all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Episode 156: Propagation… for Field Day… If You Hurry – YouTube

OK, not just Field Day! Gary talks with Tomas Hood NW7US, propagation columnist for CQ and Spectrum Monitor, and general Space Weather enthusiast. Field Day?…

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Although the 2014 ARRL Field Day has passed, the propagation information in this excellent program is worth reviewing.  Gary does a superb job of interviewing Tomas Hood (NW7US), the propagation columnist for "CQ" magazine.  Lots of good, practical information in this enjoyable YouTube video.  For details, visit http://HamRadioNow.tv.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Rebuild MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna for Ham Radio HF | m6ceb

Rebuilding and repairing a Rebuild MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna for Ham Radio that I had in storage for a while. The Coax is kind of cheep. A better quality co… Video Rating: 4 / 5. No related posts. Tagged as: 1622, Antenna …

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A nice rebuild article and video focusing on the MFJ-1622 apartment antenna.  I have a similar antenna built by Barker and Williamson (B & K) back in the mid-1970s.  I believe the MFJ-1622 is a copy of that idea.  Once I replaced  the old coax to the antenna, it worked very well as a portable antenna.  I have one of the old B & K apartment antennas clamped to my outdoor porch ("lanai" in Hawaian) rail and it works well with a decent counterpoise wire.  There’s nothing wrong with product if you understand its limitations.  Thanks to M6CEB for the article and for the amateur radio operators who replied offering tips for improving this portable antenna.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

South Seattle College – West Seattle Blog (blog)

South Seattle College
West Seattle Blog (blog)
This is not your grandfather’s amateur radio service. As a group, some of us just built our own software defined radios. The only analog part of these radios is the antenna connection.

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During the course of the recently finished 2014 ARRL Field Day (28-29 June 2014), there have been many excellent media reports on the thousands of amateur radio operators who took to the field in one of the largest emergency communications exercises in the United States.  This article from "westseattleblog.com" has a slightly different emphasis.  While acknowledging the contributions of the past, amateur radio operators from South Seattle College have taken some length in describing the forward thinking now dominating ham radio.  The hams belonging to this club say "We are not your grandfather’s amateur radio", and they  demonstrate that by showing how they use software defined radios (SDR), microwave networks to set up their own homebrewed internet services, and explore digital modes that use a fraction of the power employed a decade ago.  The student operators note "We are amateurs, like Olympic athletes are amateurs. That is, we are not paid, but we are very good at what we do."  Excellent…’nuff said.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

The Best First Antenna, Hands Down

eHam.net Article: The Best First Antenna, Hands Down – If you don’t already have one, try a time-proven classic!
– eHam.net is a Web site dedicated to ham radio (amateur radio).

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I found this interesting and at times inspiring antenna article on the eham website (http://www.eham.net/articles/32122).  Tony Kurlander (N3WAK) has written an excellent article on the joys, frustrations, and value of home made wire antennas.  Tony’s preference for "homebrewed" dipoles and inverted vees follows a philosophy attributed to the Israeli Air Force–K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid).  For many of us living on fixed incomes or with little resources to spend on amateur radio, Tony’s article comes as a welcome "peptalk" for these tough economic times.  For most of my amateur radio "career" (37 years), I’ve found myself limited by space, HOAs, and CC &Rs.  My antennas were stealthy and usually fell into the category of low-lying dipoles and inverted vees made of thin wire and supported by a roof and a nearby tree.  Most of the time, I couldn’t see the antenna when I was out in front of my house.  Sometimes, I used a ground-hugging full wavelength loop strung through the garden and attached to various shrubs around my rental house.  These temporary lash ups were good for local nets and occasional DX.  The dipoles and inverted vees suggested by Tony are cheap, reusable, portable, stealthy, and fun to make.  Most of the materials can be found at the nearest hardware store or home improvement center.  Tony also offers advice on the type of feed lines available, ranging from RG-213 coaxial cable (monoband use) to 450 ohm ladder line (for multiband use with a suitable balun and an antenna transmatch).  Wire antennas let you learn antenna theory while you’re having fun making contacts.  While inverted vees and dipoles may not be "the best antenna hands down", they get you on the air at a modest cost.  Besides, there’s nothing like building something for yourself.  Good luck!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Ham radio club members reach toward space during annual Field Day – TriCities.com

Stacey Page Online Ham radio club members reach toward space during annual Field Day TriCities.com Bristol amateur radio operator Chris Brooks spent the afternoon aiming his antenna toward the sky, repeating the club’s call letters, W4UD, hoping to…

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Nice article from the "Bristol Herald Courier" e-newspaper.  As mentioned in the story, the Bristol Amateur Radio Club not only worked Field Day stations on HF and VHF but also tried several times to contact amateur radio operators on board the International Space Station (ISS).  Although that effort wasn’t successful, the club managed to contact many stations across the country under emergency, field conditions.  The article contains some excellent photographs of club members operating their Field Day station.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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