Apple Recalls iPhone 5 Batteries!

iphone5 battery recallFree Replacement Ends 8/29/14

Hurry. Check your iPhone battery to see if it qualifies for a free replacement. How? Visit the Apple page to find out if your Serial Number qualifies. My battery is good. What about yours?

Here’s the Apple Recall site HERE!

And Oldie Goldie – The Hot Water 8

Our Heathkit HW8A few weeks back my good friend John, WA2KSM offered me the use of a true oldie goldie! This old Heathkit HW8 CW QRP rig was so clean inside and out that it was hard to believe its age. No scratches or dings anywhere!

As you might imagine, the band control push buttons need cleaning but that’s about all the TLC it needs.

Not having a way to cleanly match this little gem to my G5RV, I purchased the “World’s Smallest Standalone ATU” from Elecraft.

Elecraft T1 Autotuner

Since I have owned Elecraft gear in the past and now get great pleasure from my KX3, I had no doubt that the T1 would be the right choice for the HW8. My assumptions were right. Tuning is a breeze and performance is all I’d expect from Elecraft.

The 20 meter band has been weak over the summer but I have already made a few contacts on this beautiful old QRP rig. Since I have the original manual, some of this winter will be dedicated to going over the entire alignment procedure.

If you are into QRP or low power operation and are in need of a portable Auto Tuner, take a spin over to the Elecraft T1 site for all the specs!

Elecraft KX3 SideKX Product Quickee Review!

GemsProducts Side KX With Cover

Enjoy taking your rig out into the great outdoors? If so, the Side KX with cover from GemsProducts.com may be a good choice for you. My product arrived via USPS in just 3 days.

Not only does it enhance the look of the rig but it does actually provide some useful protection. With the addition of the Side KX and the snug fitting cover, the face and controls of the rig are virtually free of those first few raindrops, dust and dirt.

It’s one of those kits that take a few minutes to install. Of course it’s a good idea to follow the suggested anti-static procedure during installation. Take a minute to insure all ground points on the inside of the  new side panels are clear of tape and paint. Mine arrived 100% clean.

Installation can be done without splitting the rig open but you may find it to be a hassle to get the mic connector back in place. Once it’s all together you will find the cover to be a snug fit but it is flexible and once you get the hang of it it is easy to install and remove.

 

ARRL and FEMA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

A new memorandum of agreement between the ARRL and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency has been posted on the ARRL Web
site.

On July 18, 2014, ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a public
signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at the ARRL’s Centennial
Convention. Signing for the ARRL was President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and
signing for FEMA was administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ.

Here is the direct link to the PDF file:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public Service/FEMA/FEMA-ARRL-2014.pdf

An ARRL Web news article with photographs about the signing of the MoA
can be read at this link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/fema-and-arrl-sign-agreement-fema-administrator-calls-ham-radio-resilient

You can also find a link to this agreement (along with all of the other
national agreements that ARRL holds with other organizations) on the
“Served Agencies and Partners” Web page.

http://www.arrl.org/served-agencies-and-partners

ARRL Centennial Trip – July 17 – 19, 2014

ARRL Centennial Convention Center

ARRL Centennial Trip:

Our trip to the ARRL Centennial was all we expected and more.  Taking the car on the ferry is the way to go. Driving around is no big deal but taking the ferry makes the trip more fun and relaxing.

We took the 6 AM ferry across Long Island Sound, the remainder of the drive to Hartford was about an hour. Unlike Long Island, the commuter traffic into Hartford was minimal.

The Hotel and Convention Center were outstanding and my guess, based on the people attending the dinner;  is that there were about 1000 people who attended the full schedule.

The forums were well done and most has standing room only. I attended the DX, QRP, RFI and Amateur Satellite forums.

Once you have made the pilgrimage to Dayton as we did last year, any Hamfest/Flea Market is small in comparison. The ARRL did a good job of bringing the major vendors in as well as many groups and organizations from around the globe. I was surprised that TenTec was nowhere to be found.

Rick Roderick K5UR was the guest speaker at the Thursday luncheon. Let me just say Rick’s record of personal achievements and Ham Radio awards were truly amazing. Rick’s Ham Radio stories were great to listen to and also humorous in some cases.

Rick’s focus as a motivational speaker was to incite us older Hams to build an ARRL / Amateur Radio LEGACY for the next 100 years. Our takeaway was to elmer young people  and preserve the future of Amateur Radio.

 The True Magic of Ham Radio:

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance

Two Old Friends Meet By Chance. John WA2KSM and Bob MD0CCE

 

When my friend John (WA2KSM) and I sat down at the luncheon which was attended by over 900 people, a man sat down next to John. He looked over at John’s name tag and said Your badge is labeled wrong!

Your name is Jack not John and you live in Hicksville, NY not Shirley. John looked at him and said… How did you know that? The gentleman’s name is Bob MD0CCE from the Isle of Man!

Bob proceeded to tell John that he originally lived in Westbury, NY and in 1961 John was his first ever CW QSO as a novice!

What other hobby could randomly bring together two Hams that had their first QSO 53 years ago.

 

Last Year Dayton Hamvention – This Year ARRL National Centennial

Hara Arena Dayton Hamvention 2013

 Dayton Hamvention 2013:

Last year, Tony KB2HRB and I had a blast traveling to the Dayton Hamvention. The Hamvention was all we had expected it to be.

Be sure to bring your walking shoes. It took us a whole day to go through the indoor exhibit and another 1/2 day to see most of the the outdoor flea market. As a former owner of a K1 and presently a KX3,  I spent an inordinate amount of  time drooling over the Elecraft booths. Of course Tony had to tear me away from the Begali display.

Natural Springs Resort Cabin - Dayton Hamvention 2013

Natural Springs Resort Lake - Dayton Hamvention 2013Having no idea of what we were going to get into, I booked us at the Natural Springs Resort in New Paris Ohio. At the end of a very long drive from eastern Long Island which took us past Dayton, we were beginning to believe that we would never find the resort. It really became disappointing when we hit the Indiana border and then had to make a UTURN to get to the resort. In the end,  it was well worth the few extra miles.

 

 

As it turned out, the cabins we reserved were perfect and lacked nothing. To make it even better, there was an awesome BBQ restaurant across the road. So if you are going to tent,  pull a trailer or want to rent a cabin in an awesome place about 15 minutes from Dayton Hamvention, Natural Springs Resort is a place I’d highly recommend.

 

My final comment about Dayton Hamvention is; if you are a Ham Radio Operator, you owe it to yourself to make the pilgrimage to Dayton Hamvention at least once.

 

On To The ARRL Centennial Convention:

With all the advertising the ARRL has bombarding us Hams with over the past six months, there can’t be too many hams that need an explanation of  what the ARRL National Convention is all about. While it will be small compared to Dayton Hamvention, it should be fun and interesting to attend the convention.  John, WA2KSM and I booked the Marriott early so we won’t have to trek around the city. Since John and I both enjoy more of the  traditional things about the hobby and are also QRP’ers, we should enjoy this trip as much as our trip to the ARRL HQ last year.

In any event, here is my schedule for the Convention. Hope to see you there!

ARRL Convention Schedule

From Bad Name Worse? Baofeng to ????

Baofeng Rebrands Itself To Avoid The Confusion :-)

 

According to the Baofeng Website, the company has decided to re-brand its products for the international markets. Baofeng states the change is necessary due to the explosive growth on the international scene and the confusion with the pronunciation of the name Boafeng! In their infinite wisdom they plan to change the name to POFUNG!BAOFENG TO POFUNG

IMHO, whether it’s Szechuan or Cantonese, none of these names like PUXING, BAOFENG, WOUXUN or now POFUNG makes any difference. I guess renaming it to POFUNG is better than trying to place some derivative of an Chinglish name on it. Why not call the radio Moo Goo Gai Pan or Chow Mein, something we can all relate to?

In any event, the next time you visit one of those stores listed in the News at Baofeng article, be sure to take the BAO out of the FENG and add the PO into the DUNG… sorry I meant FUNG! Please remember not to flung your DUNG or FUNG in my direction!