All posts by Rich Donahue (K0PIR)

Jim Ward, KC0WVF – Silent Key

With great sadness, we report the passing of Jim Ward, KC0WVF, on May 9, 2015.

There will be a Memorial Visitation for him on Friday May 29, 2015 from 5 pm to 6 pm at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre. It will be followed by a Memorial Celebration of Life on Friday May 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm, also at Feigum Funeral Home.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect | Fox News

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Seeking reliable backup communication in a crisis, emergency managers are finding new solutions in an old technology: ham radio.

“It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate,” said Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Emory HealthCare is among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham radio. Hospital administrators and government officials took a lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, as landlines and cell towers failed.

Read more at: Ham radio: Old technology gets new respect | Fox News.

Dayton Hamvention 2014 – Makers… The Future of Ham Radio

Dayton Hamvention® 2014
Makers… The Future of Ham Radio

May 16-18 2014
Online Ordering Now Open!

Ticket orders will be sent out through May 5, after which orders may be picked up at will call at the HARA Complex.

Online ordering will close May 14.

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Read more at: Dayton Hamvention 2014 – Makers… The Future of Ham Radio.

 

Sources: Dayton Hamvention 2014 – Makers… The Future of Ham Radio

Midwinter Madness

The Maple  Grove Radio Club will be presenting the Midwinter Madness
Hamfest again this year.  There are some changes in the
works, but it should be similar to last year.  Here’s a
short summary:

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MIDWINTER MADNESS
Hobby Electronics show
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:00AM – 1:00PM
Buffalo Civic Center
1306 County Road 134
Buffalo, MN 55313
Talk-in on 147.000 +
Web site  http://www.k0ltc.org
MAPLE GROVE RADIO CLUB
PO Box 22613
Minneapolis, MN 55422

SD Hams Will Participate in Centennial QSO Party

Hams in South Dakota will be participating in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party during the 3rd week in May. If you’re a Ham in South Dakota and would like to participate, please use the contact form on this website.

Operating schedule is located here.

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The ARRL Centennial QSO Party is a year-long operating event that celebrates hams making contacts. In the end you will have accumulated points, worked new stations and made new friends all over the world.The Centennial QSO Party is made-up of two main activities: 1 W1AW operating portable in each state and most territories; and 2 The Centennial Points Challenge which is the accumulation of points from qualifying contacts made throughout 2014.  To have a score listed online in the Points Challenge competition, logs must be submitted through the  Logbook of the World LoTW system.W1AW will be on the air from every state and most territories, and it will be easy to work WAS working only W1AW portable operations. This is the first ARRL-sponsored operating event where every member is worth at least one point, so work as many points as you can during 2014! Earn awards based upon points, working all states or working W1AW portable in every state and territory. This is an on-the-air event like no other.

via Centennial QSO Party.

IC-7000 – A Brief Look – YouTube

ic7000I saw this youtube video and thought it might be interesting to show on our website.

He sticks to VHF/UHF, but I couldn’t find a review of the IC-7000 on HF. The filters used on HF are fantastic and fun to play with.

Icom IC-7000: I got this radio in January of this year and still haven’t figured out all of the features. So far I like it pretty much. It’s compact, got a fine receiver and the display is easy to read, even mobile.

There are lots of other features that I like, but I’ll let the video do the talking.