I’m glad to see they were having fun with FT8 but…..

With Club log reporting that more then 1/2 of today’s contacts are made by FT8 (Feb 2018) I’m wondering how many out there understand this is a low power mode. As you can see by Randy’s latest video they don’t seem to follow the steps below, but their having fun and maybe that’s what it’s all about. Maybe I’m missing something, should you really crank it to 100 watts to make a contact?? Continue reading

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Why Not Try Another Band?

Fired up the rig today (Saturday) and saw quite a few on the waterfall on 20m. Made a few contacts but couldn’t help to think I was being lost by other stations over top of me. I’m use to this especially on a Saturday when their seems to an upswing Of hams on. Continue reading

Millennials Are Killing Ham Radio

I just wanted to write this to start the conversation in order to disrupt amateur radio’s status quo, in response to K0NR’s blog, “Is The Internet Destroying Amateur Radio?” This was a great analysis by Bob, and it really paints a picture of the current state of the hobby, including the apparent distaste for internet-connected…

via Millennials Are Killing Ham Radio — NØSSC’s Ham Radio Blog

IARU President: Traditional Aspects of Ham Radio May Not Be Attractive to Newcomers

For many years myself along with others have been wondering aloud about amateur Radio and where we are heading getting younger people not only licensed into the hobby but making them involved and participating at the same time.  Take a read on what the IARU president has to say about this subject.  The comments are open if you wish to voice your thoughts. Continue reading

Sue Cauhape: How Ham Radio operators are your friends

I found the following story on Southgate ARC and found it interesting about the changing world we live in.  From my own point of view, being a ham, I’m wondering even how I would handle it.  To start with my call display would be showing some number I’ve never heard of.  My first thought is Am I getting a call that my windows computer is corrupt, then when I hear the story about my loved one how much money do I have to send and the list goes on and on.  30 years ago my reply would be thank you for the update and send along a thinking of you reply.  But today, of course, the jaundice eyes are thinking scam, evasion of my privacy and all of that.  Oh how times are changing and probably not for the better. Being a volunteer myself I know from personal expoerence that 97% of the people are thankful for our donated time and the other 3% as what happened yesterday just come to abuse a volunteer.  I’ve opened up the comments section, let us know what are your first thoughts when the phone rings and it’s not a familiar number and are you going to believe the ham on the other end with news from a loved one or friend?

Lahontan Valley News reports on the Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association

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 outside the area. HAM radio operators offer this volunteer service to anyone able to come to their locations

One of the HAMs in the above conversation stated that sometimes in calling people with such information, he is met with suspicion and even hostility. Is he a telemarketer? Is he a drug dealer? Or worse yet, is he a terrorist?

Surprisingly, most people haven’t even heard of amateur radio. If they have, they consider it an obsolete technology. HAMs still perform many services for their communities by providing communications for large sports events, parades, and point-of-delivery vaccination operations.

In Carson Valley, SIERA (Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association) has stepped in during last winter’s floods. Many members also work through CERT, DCART and other emergency organizations to provide assistance, either at the 911 Call Center or in setting up the Red Cross shelter for residents of a Gardnerville mobile home park.

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