100th Anniversary Special Event – Lusitania

Lusitania 100th Anniversary CommemorativeSpecial Event Station May 1st to May 31st

In Great Britain and Ireland there will be Special Event Stations to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. She sailed to New York on 1st May from Liverpool when she was torpedoed and went down. 123 US citizens lost their lives.

An amateur radio special event station will operate from the Lusitania home port of Liverpool with the call sign GB100MFA and I understand in the Republic of Ireland EI100MFA as the survivors were taken ashore in Queenstown.
More About The Lusitania: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania

CQ WW CW 2014 and Antenna Testing

Originally posted on Klown Time is Over:


Although I no longer chase band mode slots or DXCC Challenge, I do like to use the DX contests to test my antennas. The zones that have always been tricky have been 21 and to a lesser degree, 37. Zone 34 has a few entities that can be tricky as well.


When I worked FT5ZM earlier this year, my nested moxon on 20 and 15M did the trick, and the 40M phased array and low band vertical worked like a charm. But as it turned out – FT5ZM was actually TOO easy to work, and not really a great test of my antenna system. Far better was working E30FB on 20M and then FT4TA on 40, 30 and 20M.

This weekend sealed the deal – working 7O2A on 20M CW (I only had SSB QSO’s with Yemen on 17 and 20M before), and 9K2HN on 40M CW – on the…

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W5KUB Live Webcast Tonight – 10/30/14

From The Desk Of: Tom Medlin, W5KUB  http://w5kub.com

arduino ham radio projectsThis event will be webcast from W5KUB’s personal ham shack on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 PM CT (0100 UTC).  Arduino devices are powerful and inexpensive microcontrollers, and they are an easy way for ham radio operators, students, and professionals to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators.  Glen will discuss Arduino and its many applications. Glen will show and demonstrate projects from his book.  He may even bring some surprise projects not in the book.

Glen’s projects include:


Random Code Practice Generator Talking GPS/UTC Time/Grid Square Indicator
CW Beacon and Foxhunt Keyer Iambic Keyer
Fan Speed Controller Waveform Generator
Digital Compass PS/2 CW Keyboard
Weather Station Field Day Satellite Tracker
RF Probe with LED Bar Graph Azimuth/Elevation Rotator Controller
Solar Battery Charger Monitor CW Decoder
On-Air Indicator Lightning Detector
Talking SWR Meter CDE/Hy-Gain Rotator Controllers


To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!  For the first time, there will be a telephone line for viewers to join the webcast.  Viewers can ask questions or discuss their own Arduino projects.  During the live webcast, viewers can chat with us or other ham radio operators from around the world.


Viewers can win prizes, including autographed Arduino for Ham Radio books and some Arduino items donated by Glen Popiel.  To be eligible for prizes, you must have a registered chat room login account on W5KUB.COM.  If you don’t already have a login, go to “W5KUB” and click on “Live Events and Chat Room” where you can either log in or set up a new user account.  This year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded to viewers of our webcast!  Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize because we don’t sell anything!!  W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies.


Following Arduino, our guest will be John Amodeo, NN6JA, Producer of ABC’s hit TV show Last Man Standing featuring Tim Allen.  John will provide an update of the recent K6H Special Event.


Please join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ for more details and to keep up with our webcasts.


Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!




The New TS-590SG HF Transcevier – New Technology?

Kenwood TS-590GAccording to Kenwood, the TS-590SG HF transceiver pushed technology and performance to the limits! While roofing filters are nothing new (I have that technology in my 2 year old KX3), the TS-590SG receiver is configured to make the best of roofing filter performance and the IF AGC due to advanced DSP (also in my KX3) technology.

Kenwood claims the TS-590SG is yet another generation that steps forward into the world of high performance transceivers to meet the needs of DX’ers.

For the past 30 years I have been a lowly CW operator who enjoys working DX without amplifiers and beam antennas. I have never been or will ever be one of those BIG GUN stations.

My only point here is to comment about the glamorous wording used in these sales brochures. These brochures in some way remind me of new car advertisements! What would our World be like without car salesman and marketing people!

If you have a TS-590SG or care to comment on its revolutionary technological breakthroughs, please share your information with us. I’d like to know what separates this HF rig from the rest of the flock.

Want to read the glossy details? Click HERE

Digital Voice? A Replacement For SSB?

According to this article, Amateur Radio is now transitioning from analog to digital voice. This is similar to the 1950’s – 60’s transition from AM to SSB it goes on to say. Suppose one company held the patent for SSB back then and forced you into their technology. Amateurs would be under their control indefinitely! As we all know, that is going on with digital voice right now.

Enter FreeDV. FreeDV is a GUI application for Windows, Linux and MacOS (BSD and Android in development) that allows any SSB radio to be used for low bit rate digital voice.

Find out more about FreeDV Here!



Jamboree On The Air Today – October 17th-19th

Help support Scouting and help get young people on the air.  The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this is a worldwide jamboree. Look for K2BSA stations  or CQ JOTA. For More Information Click HERE!


 Here Is A List Of Possible Operating Frequencies: 


HF SSB Voice

Band Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.920 – 3.940
3.670 – 3.690 (1)
(1) Extra segment
40 m 7.180 – 7.200
7.270 – 7.290
(2) 7.090 not available in Region 2
20 m 14.270 – 14.290
14.320 – 14.340
17 m 18.140 – 18.150
15 m 21.360 – 21.400
12 m 24.960 – 24.980
10 m 28.350 – 28.400 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 – 50.200


Band WOSM Calling Frequencies Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.570 (3) 3.560 – 3.570 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
40 m 7.030 (3) 7.030 – 7.040 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
20 m 14.060 14.050 – 14.060
17 m 18.080 18.070 – 18.080
15 m 21.140 (3) 21.130 – 21.140 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
12 m 24.910 24.900 – 24.910
10 m 28.180 (3) 28.170 – 28.180 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 50.150 – 50.160



2 Meter FM Simplex

147.450, 147.480, 147.510, 147.540* * Use 147.540 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link. Avoid 146.520, the National FM Simplex Calling Frequency, as well as 146.550, which is commonly used by mobiles and RVers.

70 CM FM Simplex

446.000*, 445.950, 446.050, 446.100, 446.150 * Use 446.000 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link.

Special Event Webcast Today – from the Desk Of Tom Medlin, W5KUB

It’s time for the K6H Special Events Webcast from the TV set of “Last Man Standing” in Hollywood


Please join us during our very special webcast of the Special Events Station K6H Sept 27th and 28th.  Hosts for the event will be Amateur Radio crew members of the ABC television series “Last Man Standing”.  On the show, actor Tim Allen plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.  The show’s producer is our friend and GSBARC Club Member John Amodeo, NN6JA.

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An Evening With Mr. Bob Heil – K9EID

Bob Heil K9EID

Bob Heil K9EID


I recently attended a SKYPE session at the local radio club meeting. The 90 minute presentation was given by the amazing Bob Heil.

Bob spun his fantastic tale of Ham Radio memories, coupled with his inventions and the famous people he met in the world of rock bands and ham radio over several decades.

Click HERE to find out more about Bob K9EID and his rather amazing career.