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!

 

Museum Ships Weekend! June 7 and 8!

Battleship New Jersey  NJ2BBOne of the things I enjoy about the hobby is to work special event stations.

Now I am not as dedicated as I should be but this weekend is Museum Ships Weekend. As someone who served in the Navy I guess you could say the old ships hold a certain fascination for me.

Well this weekend, conditions permitting, I am going to try for the certificate that is being offered.

The last time I worked toward a certificate was for the 13 colonies special event. Yep, it’s still hanging in the shack. I was especially proud of this one because I managed to get the extra Liberty Bell endorsement too.

Since my QTH is on a postage stamp sized lot, it takes additional creativity to get a barefoot rig to produce enough signal to cut through the massive amount noise which is crammed into a tiny slice of the band.

Why not try your hand at the certificate too? Click on the image for all the details about this special event and how to file for your certificate.

Enjoy!

Worked Em!

W8MHW_Jr_Op_

W8MHW_Jr_Op_

 

For years I have needed 2 states for WAS. Yep! That’s right – I needed SD and AK.

Well I don’t usually pound the brass in the evening any more but tonight for some strange reason I fired up the PC / DM780 and the old TS450S.

After a lot of huffing and puffing I got about 80 watts out of the old girl. Never thought I’d hear a pile up for South Dakota but guess what? I was wrong again! Now this is no exotic Island or rare DX but I managed to work W8MHW on 20 CW.

Now all I need is AK. LOL

Rejoining The Brookhaven National Lab Amateur Radio Club

Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club

The Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club

Recently, I rejoined BNLARC after being away from the group for many years. What a great group of guys and gals are part of the membership now. The fellowship offered is most enjoyable.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of some BNLARC members, the club is humming along once again. The club membership has been greatly expanded due to on-site Tech and General classes.

In addition to holding classes, the club is actively participating in Skywarn training, kit building, weekly technical nets, CW classes and more. Of course Field Day is going to be a fun and exciting event this year especially for the new hams.

Click on the image to visit the Brookhaven National Radio Club’s Web Site.

The WW1X Homebrew Buddipole / Buddistick System Inspired By W3FF

W3FFA few years ago a small group of us built the homebrew buddistick system inspired by the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick projects.

Rockwell WW1X  has done an outstanding  job constructing his versions of the W3FF homebrew projects.

Watch this video if you think you’d like to homebrew a set of inexpensive, great performing multiband antenna systems.

Constructing these homebrew antenna systems is a great project for yourself,  group or club.

Go to the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick site for the original homebrew construction details. Get Rockwell’s 6 meter beam construction details from here and his BALUN information from here.

World Amateur Radio Day – 2014

International Amateur Radio UnionThe World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is celebrated every April 18 to commemorate the 1925 creation of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris, France.

The purpose of the IARU is to monitor the interests of the Amateur Radio community worldwide. Each year WARD has a different theme. In 2014 the theme is “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication.”

Every one of the 150 countries within the IARU has a Member Society. For the US, the Member Society is the ARRL. Clubs worldwide that are associated with their Member Societies are on the air with their special event stations to celebrate WARD.

Find out more about the IARU here.