I’ve been QRT (ham speak for off the air) for about seven months now and I am missing the airwaves. My current situation doesn’t permit me a setup/shack area; I do have my HT, however, there is little activity and I’m in a propagation hole where my HQ is. Continue reading
I think it is high time for an update. First I’ve done some housekeeping here. New domain (BishopTatro.blog), new background…so my dear readers please check out the visuals.
My dear followers and brothers and sisters in Christ. It is with a heavy heart and sad soul that I make the following announcement.
The other evening I was spinning the dial on 80M looking to make some contacts. I came across a friendly chat going on…the frequency 3.916MHz. I threw out my call sign as a first-time check-in for the Freewheelers net that was going on, Ethan was the net control that evening; I was welcomed with warmth, open ears and arms.
I applied for membership, just waiting on my membership certificate! Besides my old club up in Maine, and the great folks at MARC these operators were so friendly and welcoming they made me feel at home. Last night I took part (at the tail end of) The Saturday Night Free For All. I was welcomed by Pete (KE5GGY) and a few other fine folks; I had a great time rag chewing with the group until it was bedtime.
For the 14th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 29, 2019. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:15 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.
My Ham Shack is in my home office. Here is what my Shack looks like currently.
My current base rig I have is the Yaesu FT-991A, it operates on VHF/UHF as well as the HF frequencies, the desk mic is the MD-100. My equipment sits on a simple wooden desk that has four drawers for storage.
I’m looking for recommendations on desks that will accommodate current equipment and any new equipment that will be added. In the next few months I will be adding an Icom ID-5100A Deluxe, a second power supply, Heil Pro Headset and foot switch. Come 2021 I will be adding an Icom IC-9700 and moving the Yaesu FT-991A to my Emergency Comm Equipment.
Any suggestions or ideas will be welcome.
Every Sunday evening I am a part of a Christian Net (round table) on our local repeater; it is called Ham’s for the Lamb (if you’re in the Montgomery Alabama area it happens at 19:00 Central Time on 146.84 with a tone of 123 Hz).
Last week I was asked about Romans 16:22. Lets get into the scripture. Let us read Romans 16:21 and 22 so we have some context.
The FCC gave me an early birthday present, they granted my Vanity Call Sign Application! I’m no longer KC1FLG, but I am now K1RET!
AF7KB, a great mentor and teacher of Amateur Radio explains it very well.
I try not to get over political in my writings. Though I needed to take a few moments to address my fellow Floridians. Continue reading
Since I am home and recuperating from the hospital I thought what better way to relax than to play on the radio. Today being St. Patrick’s Feast Day there is a contest going on called Turn The Bands Green.
From the website for the contest: “Many people worldwide, annually celebrate St Patricks Day by going green, with many amateurs running special event stations as part of the festivities. St Patricks Day is a celebration of an Irish legend and national holiday on air with our friends and family, whilst promoting on-air activity through a fun award, and a chance to show what an enjoyable hobby amateur radio is.”
The event runs over the full 48 hour period over the 17th March worldwide
(12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC)
The St Patrick Day Award is 48 hrs of fun noncompetitive on-air celebration of St Patricks Day. As we say “Go Green for St Patricks”.
Now, remember that Saint Patrick was Italian so this Italian will try and make as many contacts as possible during this event (so long as the propagation is with me). I will be operating on HF probably 20M or 40M in the General Class portion of the bands.
1.25M or 220 as it is affectionately called by me was my favorite band to hang around on when I lived in Maine. Since being here in Florida I haven’t made a single contact on that band. I sure do miss it. Miss the low noise as well.
This is my response to the ARRL:
I am a member and an accredited VE, I am against this and will be sure to inform the FCC about this if they open it for comment. Part of the incentive to upgrade is the opening of HF to General Class.
As a Technician you start to learn all that theory you learned to pass your exam. Gives you good operating practice. For myself it was in part (a huge part) of why I upgraded to General. Now as a General and have played on HF I’ve noticed that most of the good DX is in the Extra portion of the band. So I’m studying to upgrade again; and once I’m done with getting my Extra I will learn CW.
We have these incentives already in place, do not try to re invent the wheel, de KC1FLG.
The issue that sparked that:
ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.
This action will enhance the available license operating privileges in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the Amateur Service,” ARRL said in its Petition. “It will attract more newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and development of communications skills.”
Further thoughts on this (after I submitted my reply) is that the FCC Part 97 Rules specifically 97.1b-97.1d where not taken into account here. This section spells out the incentives in our general purpose.
97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
I’ve seen some saying change is good. However change for change sake is not good. Should we just throw out Part 97 Rules and let anyone get on the bands? No! We have a good way of doing things and a good reason too. Leave it as it is!
Having been an active ham and being able to play on HF outside the small window as a Tech (operating at Field Day and at club station) I really got the bug to upgrade. More should be done at the local level. Clubs need to wake up and really encourage their Technicians to further their training.
Part 97.1b-d shows a good reason why we have our incentives. I know my club is getting better at including lower level license in things…the biggest problem we face is we have a membership role of over 150 but it is only ever the same 20/25 people doing anything and Lord forbid you put out a call for volunteer. We should do what was done to us in the service when it came to volunteering!
Are you a new Amateur Radio Operator? Have you been frustrated with the hobby or just don’t know where to begin? Dave Casler offers some great advice to newly minted Hams!
After reading something on an Amateur Radio forum, I penned the following reply and thought the blogosphere would get some insight into it as well.
The post was another Amateur Radio Operator complaining that we as a hobby are to slow to embrace newer technology. Here is my reply to him and all like him.
“New technology does have its place. I love learning both the older and the new. They both have good and interesting properties.
However, the thing is even though technology has advanced what would we do in the event we couldn’t access certain parts of it. How would we communicate if all we had was SDR or echo link? Have to be able to make an antenna at least and know how to use a manual tunner. Remember when all else fails there will always be Amateur Radio!
One thing I am always proud to admit is that I am a Ham Radio Operator and when a youngster or a coworker asks what that is I can explain what we do and a little of how we do it. Then I watch the sparks take hold.
Remember this is not 11M (and even that has its place) we study and learn theory to pass our exams. We are ready at a moments notice to give aid to our communities and we are ambassadors of good will.
Ham Radio Operators have been some of the nicest people I have ever met and I’ve never met one that wouldn’t stop and help teach me something new. Our hobby is growing and slowly embracing the new technologies yet we need to hold on to the older parts of it too. That is what made us a great institution and hobby.
We are a family and not always does family get along but we all have something to teach someone else. Let’s put hostility aside and come to the table and learn a little from each other. Just my two cents de KC1FLG.”
CQ! CQ! CQ! This is KC1FLG. Today marks the start of the:
52nd Annual Melbourne HAMFEST
ARRL State Convention
Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS)
October 13 & 14 2017
Note: The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY!
Friday: 1 PM – 7PM Saturday: 9AM – 3PM
Setup: Fri, Oct 13th – 9AM to 1PM, Sat, Oct 14th 7:00AM to 9:00AM
Admission Tickets: $7 and Age 12 and Under Free.
· GREAT Outside TAILGATE Area
$10.00 per designated parking space – first come, first served after 12:00 Noon Friday. Tailgate areas not designated as regular parking are $2.00/linear foot, good for both days. These areas will only be assigned by special request. Come early – open at 6:00AM on Saturday! Admission tickets required in tailgate area. Continue reading
The Radio Amateur is
CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date. It is well-built and efficient. His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.
FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.
– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928