For global real time lightning information visit: http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime
With this map you can predict if a storm will bring lighting and unplug your antennas to protect your equipment.
The ARRL has launched a new online resource that allows users to take randomly generated practice exams using questions from the actual examination question pool. ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio™ is free, and users do not need to be ARRL members. The only requirement is that users must first set up a site login (this is a different and separate login from your ARRL website user registration).
“The ARRL’s online Exam Review is designed to help license examination candidates review their progress as they study,” said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “As you complete a chapter or section of a license manual, you can turn to the online program to review all of the related questions taken directly from the examination question pool. After answering each question — right or wrong — the correct answer is shown, and a page reference to the license manual is displayed for further review.”
Cheap homebrew antenna for working the Satellites on FM. Dave (KG0ZZ) Shows his inexpensive antenna design used to communicate with satellites. Dave has many other antenna designs and projects. Be sure and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
An individual who had been jamming cellphone traffic on interstate 4 in Florida was located by FCC agents with the assistance of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies. The individual had reportedly been jamming cellphone traffic on I-4 for two years. The FCC is now proposing a $48,000 fine for his actions. They say the jamming ‘could and may have had disastrous consequences by precluding the use of cell phones to reach life-saving 9-1-1 services provided by police, ambulance, and fire departments.
UPDATE 5/2/2014: Man was tracked down. Read the full article.
We encourage everyone to visit and bookmark it: http://qsl.net/kc2auo.
MVARA maintains the KC2AUO repeater: 147.195+ CTCSS: 156.7Hz and the Packet Node: KC2AUO on 146.445
For those who don’t know Tryon ARC works very closely with neighboring clubs. The reason for this is emergencies do not know county borders and in the event of a disaster we most likely will end up working with other clubs in the area providing emergency communication assistance.
This video showcases the “Dorothy Grant Elementary School Ham Radio Club” K6DGE. In the video you will be able to see elementary age kids making contacts and learning about the hobby. The ARRL has an Outreach to Teachers and Schools page in case this is something you want to implement in your schools.
A few dozen special event stations will take to the air April 26, 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC, to commemorate International Marconi Day (IMD). Among them will be GB4IMD, in Cornwall, England, OE14M, in Vienna, Austria, IY0IMD in Italy, VO1AA, on Signal Hill in St Johns, Newfoundland, VK2IMD in Australia, and WA1WCC on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. All stations planning to participate are urged to register. A list of registered participants is on the IMD 2014 website.
International Marconi Day is a 24 hour Amateur Radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on April 15, 1874. IMD is held each year on a Saturday close to Marconi’s birthday, with Amateur Radio stations on the air from around the world, including some Award Stations operating from historically significant sites.
The event is not a contest; it is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques similar to those used by Marconi, and to earn an award certificate for working or hearing a requisite number of Marconi stations.
— Thanks to The Daily DX; International Marconi Day