Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to build a 10 meter dipole antenna

Great video from Randy at K7AGE:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Version of Chirp - is anybody else having problems?

Two friends of mine got new Baofeng radios, went to the Chirp site and downloaded the latest version of Chirp.  Both users had previous versions of Chirp and when they tried to read their radios the software could not read their radios.

They contacted me and I suggested trying an older version of the software, which worked.

We are putting this out to our extended Ham Radio Family to see if anyone had been able to get latest Chirp version in the daily builds to work.  


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rookie Roundup

From my friend, Devon Day, KF6KEE:

Dear Very Important Ham Radio Operators,

My two amateur radio teams from Wilson and McBride High Schools will be participating in their very first ARRL Rookie Roundup contest on Sunday April 19th from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time.

Enduf Buckley, KG6FLY is the event chairman.  We have adult advisors posted at each band station from our adult amateur radio club here in Long Beach, ARALB.

We will be using the McBride Club Call Sign K6MHS but each operator will also use their individual call sign.  Just listen for "CQ Rookie Roundup" and come back to give these kids an exciting day.

Please forward this to a few of your favorite hams and send it out to your local club.  I dream that this flier could reach 1000s of radio operators by the time the contest takes place on the 19th.

Thank you for your support of amateur radio in the schools.

Devon Day, KF6KEE

This flier was approved for distribution by
Matt Wilhelm, W1MSW
Contest Branch Manager
ARRL - The national association for Amateur Radio

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ham Radio Class Announcement: Southern California

Date: Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
Time: 0800 - 1700
Location: Cerritos Station Operations Center     MAP
                18135 Bloomfield Ave
                Cerritos, CA 90703

Call: 562 860-0044

Monday, February 16, 2015

Video from Quartzfest 2015

Get some licensed Hams out in the Arizona desert and what do you get?

Great informational video, thanks to K7AGE!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Quartzfest 2015 - A gathering of Amateur Radio Operators in RVs near Quartzsite Arizona.

A gathering of Amateur Radio Operators in RVs near Quartzsite Arizona..

This is an ARRL approved Operating Specialty Convention 

Dates: January 18th thru 24th
(T-Shirt Weather in the winter)
Location: about 6 miles south of Quartzsite Arizona

Quartzfest is a Ham Radio gathering in Quartzsite AZ during the RV show in January. Quartzfest is a 7 day event full of seminars and workshops on Ham Radio and operational techniques, Alternative Energy (mainly solar) and RV'ing…and to my knowledge is the only event of its kind in the world. Included in our schedule are seminars and classes (crafts, etc.) for those who attend but are not interested in gaining technical knowledge.

Click for more information

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rumors about Fidel Castro's death

There was a rumor that went viral recently about the death of Fidel Castro.

The rumor turned out to be a hoax from a Spanish language satire site, which was reported by the iRumor Mill:

The world knows that Mr. Castro has fewer days ahead of him than he has behind him and that he is not long for this Earth. Such rumors have been circulating since about 2011 and we can expect more to surface in the future.

This may be a good time for ham radio operator to point their ears towards Cuba as well as tune into Cuban radio on the short wave bands. 

Frequencies for Radio Havana can be found at: