Saturday, April 12, 2014

CQ ENCE 2014: Ham Radio Emergency Communications Exercise

CQ ENCE 2014: Ham Radio Emergency Communications Exercise

The 5th Emergency Communications National Exercise (ECNE or ENCE) takes place Saturday, April 26 and this year will also use the 5 MHz (60m) band

Despite the name, Emergency Communications National Exercise, the event attracts interest from the ham community outside Spain and a version of the message template translated into English is provided.

The exercise will be held on Saturday April 26, 18:30-19:30 UT and is open to international participation.

The frequency chosen for the 60m band is: 5.311,5 kHz USB. Also some activity is expected in other HF ham bands, such as 3.760 kHz (80m), 7.110 kHz (40m) and 14.300 kHz (20m), as well as in VHF, CB and PMR frequencies.

The purpose of the exercise is to provide an opportunity for those radio amateurs interested in practicing operating skills.

An English guide on how to participate is available at

Anyone can participate, even as a listener, sending reports to:

CQ ENCE is organized by FederaciĆ³n Digital EA and Liga EspaƱola de Asociaciones CB y Radioaficionados.

More information in Google English at


Saturday, March 29, 2014

The 2014 CQ World-Wide WPX Contest

World Wide Contest

SSB: March 29-30, 2014  CW: May 24-25, 2014
Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday

Only the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used. 
Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

Have fun!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Message from the Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society

I found this posted on the QRZ.COM site and thought I would pass it on to other Hams who might not go there:

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Message from the Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society 

The Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES/9M4CME) is calling all ham radios particularly in india, Indonesia, Sri Langka, Mauritius, Syechelles, Thailand to participate in the search and rescue of the missing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER bearing registration 9M-MRO flight MH370.

The flight has gone missing from ATC radar at 1.21am local time 8 March 2014. SAR was initially done within the vicinity of South China Sea. However, new confirmed evidence revealed yesterday has shifted the SAR activities in the vicinity of Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. This ia a huge area to cover roughly 21,000 sq km. To date, SAR efforts have combined assets from at least 14 countries involving more than 50 aircrafts and 30 vessels making it the single largest SAR mission ever.

In light with the multinational effort taken and also so many rumours of the plane crashing or landing in islands within the SAR area, MARES is calling all ham stations, especially those from the countries within the search area, to participate in a daily reporting session. The objective is for ham stations to provide any sightings, info or evidence that might help the authorities to find the missing MH370. Details are as follows:

Daily Check-in and reporting session will be done at UTC1300hrs - 1500hrs at 14.250 MHz and 21.250 MHz (+- QRM)

Any urgent message beyond the specified DX session time shall be communicated via email to

All information and evidence obtained will be forwarded to the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysian National Security Council by MARES.

On behalf of Malaysia, MARES would like to thank in advance all participating stations for their time and effort in helping us to find the missing 9M-MRO / MH370. Let us all do our bit in this moment of crisis.

Please do spread this effort to stations and clubs you think might be helpful in our effort.

Thank you, 73

9W2FG on behalf of MARES

Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to program multiple radios using CHIRP

Chirp is a wonderful program that supports a number of different radios.
The software is located at: on the Internet.

As of Feb. 27, 2014 these are the radios supported by the software.
They are adding radios on a regular basis.

  • AT-5888UV (in daily builds)
    Also includes the Intek HR-2040
    Also includes the Polmar DB-50M
  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • DJ175T
  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-208H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H
  • IC-T8A
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • ID-51A (in daily builds)
  • JT220M


  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777
  • TH-UV3R
  • TH-UVF1
  • KG-UV6D/UV6X
Note that not all functionality is supported on all radio models. Take a look at overview of what features are supported for each model.

Other Data Sources

File Formats

I suggest loading the Daily Build version of the software to give you all the recent radios that Chip can work with.   The Daily Builds are located at   and it is always best to load the ZIP version.

There are versions of Chirp that support the Macintosh as well.

I found this wonderful demonstration on how to run the software and program multiple radios using Chirp:

Baofeng Model Comparison Chart

I found this very handy comparison chart posted by BAOFENG TECH.

For best viewing you can RIGHT-CLICK the Image and save it on your hard disk to view with Microsoft Picture Manager.

It outlines all the features of the different Baofeng radios available.    

Check out the UV-82 as right now it is the best bang for the buck and is supported by Chirp.

The new GT-3 is the second generation of the the UV-5 but it is not yet supported by Chirp.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Build a Fox Hole Radio

With a  few parts and a little creativity people used build fox hole radios out of a coil of wire, a transistor radio earphone, paperclips, thumb tacks, a pencil and a few feet of wire.  

Back in the 1960's my father and I built one of these and it actually worked.

I found this great video on how to make a radio on YouTube:

Click this link to see how it is done: