HRN 327; EmComm Extra #12: Rick Palm K1CE on HamRadioNow HamRadioNow
Published on Jun 9, 2017
Rick Palm K1CE writes the Public Service column in QST Magazine for the ARRL. He also publishes the monthly ARRL E-Letter, with a compilation of ARES and other public service Amateur Radio activity.
In this EmComm Extra, Rick joins HamRadioNow hosts David Goldenberg W0DHG and Gary Pearce KN4AQ for what's basically an EmComm Bull Session (but we stuck with the EmComm number, not a BS number, in a futile attempt to keep it simple).
Streamed live on May 30, 2017
Tonight internet problems at our studio in Memphis so the show was streamed by Marty Sullaway KC1CWF in MA.
Join Katie Breen Allen, Dave Casler, and me Tues night for Amateur Radio Roundtable at 8:00 PM Central (May 30) on W5KUB.COM See pic for show details. This week, magnetic antennas, Dayton, shack pictures, next month's CQ, and much more.Phone lines and chat room open. This show is also simulcast of world famous international shortwave station WBCQ on 5130 Khz. We invite you to join our ham radio facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/
Ham radio/shortwave radio show on w5kub.com every Tuesday night at 8 PM central. We are also on shortwave station WBCQ on 5130 Khz from Monticello, Maine. Special remote guests, chat room, and call-in phone lines for our viewers. send signal report to email@example.com Please join our Facebook ham group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/
HRN 328: Carl Laufer's RTL-SDR on HamRadioNow HamRadioNow
Published on Jun 10, 2017
Carl Laufer isn't a ham (yet), but he got caught up in the RTL-SDR craze in his home town, Auckland NZ, as he was completing his PHD. He began writing about them, and selling them, on his blog at www.RTL-SDR.com, and soon discovered that the little SDR receiver dongles could stand some improvement.
So he designed ways to make them work better, and contracted a Chinese manufacturer to build them with his mods. That just about doubled the price, from $10 to about $20. Yeah, big deal.
TAPR invited Carl to come to the 2017 Dayton Hamvention to talk about them at both their Friday Forum (part of HamRadioNow Episode 324) and as the main speaker at the TAPR/AMSAT Banquet.
And we got him for a conversation with HamRadioNow's KN4AQ and PhasingLine's Chicken With Fries in the SIB back in Tent City.
Streamed live 7 hours ago
Vintage Tube-Type CB Radios (1958-1978) on the air LIVE from Central California on 27.085MHz CH.11 8-10pm PDT. Join us on the air at 27.085MHz or listen from anywhere to the live audio stream at: http://oldtuberadio.net/#liveShow
Published on Jun 11, 2017
One of the popular numbers stations, G3 was a regular broadcaster during the height of the Cold War and was heard around Europe. It made a quick exit a few months after demolition of the Berlin Wall...
Some info on the activities of the foreign intelligence branch of the Stasi, HVA under the notorious spymaster, Markus Wolf popularized as 'Karla' in the John Le Carre's novels. https://www.cia.gov/library/center-fo...
"Interesting Footnote. The thawing of the "Cold War", initiated by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, which lead to the Brussels conference of world powers in November 1990, finally silenced the East German numbers stations on the evening of Wednesday, 9 May, 1990, when final messages were sent out to agents in the field. As the West German DPA news agency reported;
"They were always preceded by a gong being struck several times. Then on shortwave, a frequency of 3220 kHz, (really 3258kHz) one heard a synthetic voice speaking in a metallic tone: eg. one, seven, five, three, eight, combinations of numbers in groups of five conveying coded news from East Berlin to agents in the FGR and neighbouring foreign countries. Once again the routine broadcast was expected on Thursday evening by the FGR counter intelligence service, but it never came. The voice of espionage has fallen silent." http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page7... http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page3...
Streamed live 11 hours ago
This was an attempt at comparing a Grundig 750 tabletop shortwave radio to an SDR. Unfortunately, things did not go well. I could not see anyone in the chat room. Apparently, I did not have is setup correctly because I can see messages in the chat room after the show. Oh Joy!
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Streamed live 2 hours ago
Here I managed to get some good footage working the ARRL VHF June contest on 6 meters. Excuse the quality of the stream, and the beginning/end of the stream, YouTube is pretty third world quality when it comes to streaming live. 73
Published on Jun 11, 2017
I was able to get a tour through the WRMI shortwave station out at Okeechobee. 1.4 megawatt transmitter site. If you want to see some huge antennas, tubes and transformers, check out this video.
Published on Jun 11, 2017
This is officially a PhasingLinePodcast, recorded in the SIB that we shared with Marty KC1CWF (the Chicken With Fries). So if you subscribe to their show, you've probably already heard this show. All we can offer is this video.
But just in case...
Emily Saldana KB3VVE is (was) a self-described NPOTA addict. NPOTA is National Parks On The Air, the ARRL's year-long on-air celebration of the centennial of the USA National Parks system. It was a follow-up to the ARRL's own centennial celebration with W1AW stations operating from each state the previous year. While the W1AW event stations were limited to a select few in each state, NPOTA allowed for every ham who wanted to activate a national park to get out and create pile-ups.
Emily activated 53 parks, including the Statue of Liberty and several parks in the Washington DC area. That made here one of the top activators, as well as being one of the top chasers working as many parks as they could.
And the "Rapid Response" activity that Gary fumbles to remember is actually the RaDAR Rapid Deployment of Amateur Radio group. They don't have a web site per se that we've been able to find. A Google search will turn up a bunch of sites, including their Google Group that seems to be the focus of their activity.
The Final Voice of America VOA Radiogram June 17 2017 on 17580Khz Shortwave Radio TheScottytr6
Published on Jun 17, 2017
Here is my (auto muted due to 2 copyright claims) decode of the final VOA News radiogram broadcast today on 17580Khz shortwave radio at 1600UTC in MFSK32 and Olivia64-2K, and with 7 SSTV images. There is news of the end of the VOA radiogram and the start of the Shortwave Radiogram with photos of the transmitter site and the people who run it. Signal was variable mostly S9+. The broadcast was received in Toronto on my Icom IC-R9500 radio and decoded with the Linux version of FLDIGI. Many thanks to Kim Andrew Elliot for the last of many interesting VOA broadcasts. Looking forward to the new broadcasts on WRMI.