Radio Resource Magazine: Hams Fill Communications Gaps During Colorado Floods

By Kristen Beckman, Assistant Editor

Public-safety communications networks in Colorado suffered minimal damage and outages during historic flooding in early September, and amateur radio operators made considerable contributions to the disaster’s communications efforts.

Read More at: Radio Resource Magazine: OnlyOnline.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant – Special Event Station

Here’s a special event you might be interested in. I just got this in an e-mail this morning:

Just wanted to send you a note about our ‘Special Event’ this weekend. If you have the time, please try to get in touch with us for the: ‘Little Town on the Prairie’  radio event.  I will be out ON the Laura Ingalls Farm with the Huron Amateur Radio Assoc. Group, ‘tending’ a station!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant – Special Event Station at De Smet, South Dakota  — June 29 & 30, 2013. W0NOZ –  June 29, 2013 Start at 1600 utc and run until June 30, 2013 2359 utc.  Operating frequencies- 14.265 Mhz and 7.265 Mhz and 18.155 Mhz.

We will provide you with mailing envelope, mailing label, postage, certificate and Qsl  when you send $2.00 to: Huron ARA,Inc., PO Box 205, Huron, SD 57350.

Website:  http://www.huronarc.info/

AMSAT-LU Ham Radio High-Altitude Balloon to fly FM Repeater and SSTV | AMSAT-UK

AMSAT Argentina is pleased to announce that on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 1400 GMT, weather permitting, it is planned to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon FM repeater ‘Betty II’ from Victorica, La Pampa, 665 km. west of Buenos Aires, it is expected to travel east. – LU7AA, AMSAT-LU

Read more: AMSAT-LU Ham Radio High-Altitude Balloon to fly FM Repeater and SSTV | AMSAT-UK.

Press Release | Field Day June 22-23 in Pierre, SD

PageLines- arrl-c_png.png“Who ya’ gonna call? Pierre Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 22-23 Pierre / Ft. Pierre,  SD June 22-23 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Pierre / Ft. Pierre “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Pierre / Ft. Pierre ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available.

“We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Pierre / Ft. Pierre area, the Pierre Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Capitol Heights Baptist Church on Hwy. 14 N. of Pierre, June 22-23. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air.

If you’re interested in helping out this weekend or finding out more about Amateur Radio, please leave your comments below and someone will get back to you.

Thank you!

BHARC Swap Fest

activitiesThis just sent to me via e-mail concerning the BHARC swap fest:

BHARC Swap Fest July, 13, 2013

The Black Hills Amateur Radio Club will be hosting its annual tail gate swap and equipment auction on July 13,2013 at the Club House located on Plymouth Drive, just off Radar Hill Road. The gate to the site should be open by 9:00 AM and we plan on being done by around noon. Bring any items you would like sell / swap and set up your display area (trunk, tail gate, your own table or on the ground). The following equipment is from the estate of Rick Guth (KC0RMQ) and will be offered for sale. The IC7800 will be sold by email auction which will begin a few weeks before the sale, details to provided shortly.

Item

Ham Transcievers

IC7000

IC706 MK2G

IC7800 XCVR

IC910 UHF/VHF multi-mode Transciever

Yeasu VX7R Transciever

Ham Transmitters

Hallicrafters HT-32A SSB xmitter

Hallicrafters HT-37 SSB transmitter

Communicatons Receivers

Drake R8B

Hallicrafters S-107

Hallicrafters S-108

Hallicrafters S-38C

Hallicrafters S-38D

Hallicrafters S-40A

Hallicrafters S-40B

Hallicrafters S-53A Rcvr

Hallicrafters S-85

Hallicrafters SX-101A

Hallicrafters SX-43

National NC-121

Realistic DX-302

Station Accessories

AH-4 tuner pieces

Diamond SX100 swr meter

Diamond SX400 SWR meter

Heathkit SB-604 Speaker

Heil ICM mic

Heil PR780 Mic

Icom HM 12 mic

Icom SM20 desk mic

Icom SM20 desk mic

Icom SP7 Speaker

Johnson Speedex bug

MFJ 554 code practice osc

MFJ 945E Mobile Tuner

Palstar AT1500DT

RS speaker pair & fuse block

Speaker in metal cabinet

Vectronics DL650M dry dummy load

Vibroplex &Vibrokey paddles

Power Supplies

Astron SS-30M 12v PS

Radio Shack 12v 10A PS

Radio Shack 22510 12vdc 25A ps

Scanners

AOR AR8000

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2042

RS Pro 2052

RS Pro 26

RS Pro 37

RS Pro 39

RS Pro 43

RS Pro 64

RS Pro 92

RS Trunking Pro-96

Uniden BC235xlt

Uniden BC95xlt

Antenna

Cushcraft A50-6S 6 element 6m beam

Cushcraft D3W 12,17,30m rotatable dipole

Cushcraft D4 40,20,15,10 rotatable dipole

Cushcraft X7 7el 10,15,20 new beam in 2 boxes

Delta-4 Coax Switch

Diamond MX72N VHF – UHF Diplexer

DYMEK active marine whip ant

lots of scanner antennas

PD8040 80,40,15, wire dipole

R8 40-6m Vertical

RS 15-853 am loop

Yeasu G800DXA rotator and controller

Rohn 25 50ft / concrete base

coax – many various lengths

Misc

several boxes of misc items

various CQ magazines

various Monitoring Times magazines

various scanner oriented magazines

W5YI code course

Marine & CB

ALN200 Loran Navigator

Cobra CB

Cybernet marine cassette stereo

Hercules CB Marine

Lowrance depth finder

Marine direction finder

radar detector

Ray Jefferson Hailer

Enjoy the fun. 73 – Rich K0PIR

AA9PW Amateur Radio Exam Practice

ve patchIn the spotlight today is an excellent website for taking amateur radio practice exams.  The AA9PW amateur exam practice website is built and maintained by Simon Twigger, aka AA9PW.

If you live in or around the Pierre area, once you feel you’re ready then please contact us to take the actual exam for your ham radio license. PARC usually holds testing during the Amateur Radio field day event in June. More on that to come.

Here is an excerpt from AA9PW’s website:

Using this site you can take a full practice test by using the form on the top left of this page – pick an exam to try and click ‘Take Exam‘. Alternatively, you can visit the TechnicianGeneral or Extra license pages where you can pick and choose the topics to practice so you can build up to a complete exam.

Read more at AA9PW FCC Exam Practice » Amateur Radio Exam Practice.

Ham radio: the original social network

Here’s an interesting article from the Lowell Sun Online. The Lowell Sun is in Lowell, MA. Yes, Ham Radio is a social network!

CHELMSFORD — Andy Stewart and his friends could be considered revolutionary.social media

“The jokes that I hear are that ham radio was the original social network,” he said.

Stewart, 50, a ham radio enthusiast, belongs to the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, which is open to residents of surrounding towns.

“I’ve been in the club for a little over five years now. I was teaching a computer Linux class with Chelmsford Community Education mid- to late 2006 and I met a couple of gentlemen in class that were amateur experts,” he said. “They suggested I would be a good fit for this hobby.”

Like people who text, the ham radio community uses certain abbreviations and shortcuts, so even people who don’t speak English can communicate with one another. Stewart, who got his first license in January 2007, says he communicates for pleasure, speaking with people in other countries. – Read more By Marie Donovan, Sun Correspondent by clicking on the link below.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_23034582/ham-radio-original-social-network#ixzz2QihZ61LE

2013 Dayton Hamvention

The Dayton Hamvention ® — the largest gathering of radio amateurs in the US — is just around the corner, May 17-19. Held annually at the Hara Arena Conference and Exhibition Center in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood, Ohio, Hamvention is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA).

This year’s “ARRL Dayton Team” includes more than 100 people — volunteers, officials and Headquarters staff. The centerpiece of the ARRL’s participation isARRL EXPO 2013, a large exhibit area in Hara’s Ballarena Hall. First introduced in 2005, ARRL EXPO has become a popular mainstay at the event. “ARRL EXPO is a show-within-a-show, and the area will be filled with membership program representatives and exhibits that cover a variety of Amateur Radio topics and interest areas,” explained ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who also serves as the ARRL EXPO Coordinator. “The ARRL has put together dozens of exhibits, programs and activities to help represent the very best of our programs, services and information. There will be something for every ham at ARRL EXPO.” – Read more from the ARRL website, see below.

via Get Ready for the 2013 ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention®.

Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon

I was reading  a discussion post on the Internet the other day and was wondering just how Hams helped out at the Boston Marathon. Here’s the answer:

As has happened many times in years past, over 200 Amateur Radio operators participated in communications for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Unlike prior challenging situations such as very warm weather for the runners or other weather-related challenges, this year’s marathon will be remembered for the bombings that took place at the finish line. Despite this heinous act, professional first responders, medical volunteers from the American Red Cross that staffed the route, and Amateur Radio operators performed magnificently in the face of adversity.

“Within minutes, cell phone systems became overloaded and making phone calls and text messages was difficult. Amateur Radio operators performed communication duties under duress and performed admirably. No Amateur Radio volunteers were injured on the course in this terrible act,” said Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, who is the Amateur Radio Course Communication Coordinator and associated with a consortium of clubs and groups known as Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC). – Read more from the ARRL website by clicking the link below.

via Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings.

PARC – Pierre Amateur Radio Club