Finally hams are getting some love from Facebook. Officially licensed amateur (ham) radio operators may now use their call sign as their Alternate Name, or nickname, on their individual profiles.

Jeff KB1PNB, who works at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found a petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he belongs, and then did some research, wrote the necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.

HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported this petition.

Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

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Congratulations, Rocco WU2M, for your awesome performance during the event.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us succeed.

Special thanks to:

Rob & Crystals All American Family Restaurant for providing the amazing catering service that kept us going strong during the event.

Sheri Gifford for making sure our coffee and doughnut supply was running smoothly.

We will add all the bonus points and provide the final score soon.

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New PIO Connie Cockrell

New PIO Connie Cockrell

Hello All,
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Connie Cockrell as the TRYON Armature Radio Club – Public Information Officer or PIO.  This position has been vacant since Daniel Nadareski left and he has been sorely missed.  Connie is a retired Air Force Master Sargent, she has a masters degree from Bowie State and has been involved with volunteer groups for nearly 10 years (Red Cross, 4-H, etc…).  In her retirement she wears many hats and this is one more she has agreed to wear for us.

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Radio supplier Baofeng has changed its product distribution name to Pofung for all sales outside China.

In an announcement on its website the company says that it feels it’s time to adapt its brand to the global stage.

It notes that the current name Baofeng is a literal translation of it’s Chinese character name, and as such it may be difficult for a hobbyist elsewhere in the world to pronounce.

The company say that its new product name of Pofung is easier to pronounce and more friendly to its customers, while maintaining the phonetic symbolism of its brand.

The company’s official web domain www.baofengradio.com will remain unchanged.

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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.”

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