AMSAT Offering Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink

AMSAT Offering Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink

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AMSAT will be streaming audio from its Annual Meeting Saturday, October 11, 1945 UTC until 2115 UTC via EchoLink on the *AMSAT* Conference channel. The 2014 AMSAT Symposium is taking place October 10-12 in Baltimore. The Annual Meeting will include a report to the membership by the president and senior officers and include a question-and-answer session. EchoLink participants may send questions using EchoLink’s text-messaging feature.

AMSAT said that some Friday and Saturday Symposium presentations may also be available via EchoLink, as the system is tested prior to the Annual Meeting.

Before accessing EchoLink, new users must download software and validate their licenses. EchoLink use is restricted to Amateur Radio licensees. EchoLink software is free for Windows, Linux, OSX, iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms. An Internet connection is required. After starting EchoLink, search for and select the *AMSAT* Conference (node #101377) and click “Connect.” (The channel name includes asterisks before and after the name AMSAT.) — Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Steve Belter, N9IP, and the AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee


via AMSAT Offering Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink.


The AMSAT annual meeting will be held between 10-12 October in Baltimore, Maryland.  Portions of the 11 October (Saturday) meeting will be broadcast via Echolink on the *AMSAT* Conference Channel.  Echolink participants will be able to ask questions using Echolink’s text-messaging system.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

An Extra class on EchoLink? – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog

An Extra class on EchoLink?

october 5, 2014 by dan kb6nu 4 comments

After reading my post on the latest Tech Class, a reader e-mailed me, “I’m looking for an Extra Class. Do you know where I can find one.”

Very few clubs teach Extra classes. I think the main reason that there are so few is that there’s so much material, which, in turn, translates into a loooong class.  From the teacher’s point of view that means that you not only have to find a teacher (or teachers) who is comfortable with all that material, but who is also willing to prepare the class material. This is not a small undertaking.

Another consequence of having to cover so much material is student fatigue. It has been my experience that students get tired of coming to class every week for the eight-week General class, so you can imagine how many will stick it out for a 12-week or 16-week Extra class.

Having said all that, I’m thinking of taking a different approach. What I’m thinking of doing is starting an informal Extra Class “Elmer net” on the W8UM repeater on Monday nights.The W8UM repeater has an EchoLink connection that would allow hams—both students and teachers—from all over to participate. I do hope that several teachers would be interested in helping out, so the teaching load wouldn’t fall only on one person.

When I say “informal” what I mean is that the class would not be structured to cover all the topics on the test and that we’d march through them week by week. Instead, someone would select a topic from the Extra Class question pool and the net (remember this is taking place on a repeater) would discuss that particular topic.

My thought is that participants would e-mail me, or whomever the net coordinator is, with the topics that they would like to see covered. The coordinator would choose the topics that the net will discuss, scheduling them several weeks in advance. The schedule would be available on my website, or a website set up expressly for this net. Students could then see what topics are going to be covered and decide whether or not to attend.

Would you be interested in participating in something like this if we got it started, either as a student or a teacher? If so, please comment here, or e-mail me. You can also try me on the W8UM-R EchoLink node. I normally participate in the University of Michigan ARC net at 0000Z on Sunday evenings and randomly monitor the repeater at other times.

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Excellent idea from Dan Romanchik (KB6NU).  Because of a shortage of Extra Class instructional opportunities, Dan has floated the idea of holding an “Elmer’s Net” for those aspiring to an Amateur Radio Extra Class License on the W8UM repeater.  Dan says that repeater has an Echolink connection, so students and teachers from around the country can pitch in and help those needing study guidance for the Extra test.  This sounds like an excellent idea.  This “Elmer’s Net” is a lot better than studying this material on your own.  If you would like to help out, please get a hold of Dan at:  cwgeek@kb6nu.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

K6H Special Radio Event. Post #4480.


Reporter:  John Amodeo.

The Southern California based PAPA Repeater System in  association with BEARS (Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Association) and DEARS (Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service), will be holding a special event radio station K6H “Hamnado”–Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio.  The operators will be hosted by the licensed amateur radio station on the hit ABC television series “Last Man Standing.”

K6H will take place on Sunday, 28 September 2014, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific time and will operate on 10, 20, and 40 meters o HF and D-STAR on reflector 12A.  The event will also use DARI (Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect) to link the WB6AJE repeater in Los Angeles to Disney/ABC sponsored repeaters in Mahattan, Bristol, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Florida.  Various IRLP and ECHOLINK nodes will be available.  The event will be coming from the legendar Stage 9 (aka The Seinfield Stage) on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, California. Contacts will receive the limited edition QSL card.  Tom Medlin (W5KUB) will be on Stage 9 to interview the participants and bring you the actionlive.  For details, visit

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

RFinderPi – a free open-source realtime radio programmer! | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Based on the Raspberry Pi, RFinderPi is a real time radio programmer. Radios that are controllable by software such as HRD will work with the RFinderPi.


Thanks to W2CYK for this informative article.  The versatile Raspberry Pi microprocessor is finding more communications applications every day, including the “RFfinderPi”, a real time radio programmer.  For details, visit  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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