ARRL’s YouTube channel, ARRLHQ, has launched a series of amateur radio Technician-class license courses. This series of videos features Dave Casler, KE0OG, “Ask Dave” columnist, who leads viewers through . These videos supplement the manual and provide an overview of the sections you’ll be studying, along with a few videos on how things work. Share this excellent resource with those who are preparing to take their Technician exam, and visit the for more great amateur radio videos.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
I am taking a little editorial freedom here.
An example of what the title of this article is about.. A transceiver failed prior to a radio exercise. Thinking there might be time to just send it in for repair, got a Return Authorization number and sent it in. Now in need of a replacement prior to the exercise, looked thru the listing of dual band vhf-uhf with dual receive. Found a couple- looking at the prices. First mistake! Jumped on the phone and ordered
Super service! Ordered on Wednesday, arrived on Saturday. Wired it in place and began to program it. The book was not very friendly where the set up menu is concerned. Kept going from pages in the teens to pages in the 30's . Got the two main repeaters programmed in.. had to set them up in Split mode. OK, but could not raise the repeaters. The PL looked good (that took the longest) yet no go. After two solid hours of head scratching and button pressing.. reading the manual.. then finding out I could not do any of the digital modes... not what I thought I bought . Second Mistake.. should have read more of the specifications.
Packed it back in the box. One thing that radio has taught me.. is to keep the boxes that the unit came in for just such times.
Called the supplier about trading the unit back. It was within the days allowed for return and trade in.. after all it was only out of the box for three hours. They said sure thing. I had been looking through the catalog a lot better the second time and found the radio I should have purchased the first time if I wasn't so frugal (cheap) . they said to send it in ... they will examine it and let me know what the difference would be.
I received an email with the return authorization number. It also indicated that seeing I was returning the radio, the free delivery i got will not count and that cost was going to be deducted from the trade price.
You saw where I had sent the unit back... so I am paying for shipping to me and to send it back... The email went on to say that it is not unusual to have to pay at least 15% restocking charge.
So here we go... these figures are representative of the actual.
Radio one...... with free shipping $280 Restocking fee $42 Shipping both ways $38 Total radio one paid out $360
Radio Two ~$450 (the radio I should have bought the first time) My price After Trade in $260 This may not sound bad but considering the first cost.. ++ $360 the end result is paying $620 . As I said in the beginning... CHECK TWICE BEFORE YOU BUY...
(side note.. - my significant other does not read this page) 😃
Thanks to Scott, KB9AMM, for this bit of information. I hope it is interesting to you as it was for me...
Monday, September 13, 2021
It was a nice warm day with a soft breeze. Old and young alike gathered at Osprey Point for the first time in a long time. To be able to talk to someone without looking through the screen on the PC. It was a good time with good people.. Thanks to all that came out.. A thanks to the XYLs that were graced us with their presence.
Thanks to Dave KD9HJJ, our Club President, there was an abundance of door prizes. The MC for the event was Wes, W9WES the Vice-President as the Prez was enjoying a family camping event that was planned a long time ago. ..
As the tickets were drawn, it was obvious that everyone was going to get a door prize on the first go around. There was a second drawing for prizes that included some nice apparel. Believe it or not, there was a third drawing that included some nice gift cards... some valued at $50..
The meal was catered in from Julie's Cafe... Club member Scott, KD9LHY was our Chef/Server of the broasted chicken, beef tips, mashed taters, veggies, salad, buns and giant cookies. It was good and plentiful..
A big THANKS goes out to the co-chairpersons John WØLFE, Nick KB9UAE for helping to make the event a reality. Looking forward to our next couple of events as the year quickly gains speed toward the beginning of the next one..
Here are a few candid shots.... sorry, did not get a picture of feeding the Parana fish..
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Keep Frequencies Clear
It would be advisable to remember that anytime a hurricane comes near the coasts of the US, to keep the frequencies for the Hurricane Net open so that important messaging can go on without interference. They have a good system worked out and most likely we are not part of it. But if you want to become more involved in traffic handling, you may want to begin with looking up the National Traffic System. This system has been in existence for many years.. Many of the nets have openings where they ask if anyone has any traffic to send.. These are formal messages and you can find the forms online. There are many locations to also find directions on how to fill them out and how to pass them along..
The more you practice, especially if you have someone that has done it before to practice with.... the better you will be
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Looking for a class for the Technician Class license? There may be a few videos, I have found one that is on Youtube.. it is put on the Williamson County, TN ARES group.
Here is another... it may start out a little crude, but they do cover a bunch of items and they have more as you go along...
The FCC has a training video as well.. this link goes to the first of a series, just like some of the others. I am giving you a choice in case you do not seem to be getting what you are looking for in one circumstance.
Here is one that touts that it contains everything you need for the Technician License.. Only one hour This video presentation is based on the 'No-Nonsense Technician-Class License Study Guide' by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Between the two, it DOES have a lot of information but in taught in an understandable way...
Sunday, July 11, 2021
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission or as W8FLA sk would say "the Friendly Candy Company") has been making some more regulatory changes that involve Amateur Radio. It looks as if some stations may be required to show that they are in compliance with the rules. This may take place between now and 2025.
Having to prove that the emissions from your station are safe. There are hundreds of thousands of amateur radio operators ("hams") worldwide. Amateur radio operators in the United States are licensed by the FCC. The Amateur Radio Service provides its members with the opportunity to communicate with persons all over the world and to provide valuable public service functions, such as making communications services available during disasters and emergencies.
Like all FCC licensees, amateur radio operators are required to comply with the FCC's guidelines for safe human exposure to RF fields. Under the FCC's rules, amateur operators can transmit with power levels of up to 1500 watts. However, most operators use considerably less power than this maximum. Studies by the FCC and others have shown that most amateur radio transmitters would not normally expose persons to RF levels in excess of safety limits. This is primarily due to the relatively low operating powers used by most amateurs, the intermittent transmission characteristics typically used and the relative inaccessibility of most amateur antennas. As long as appropriate distances are maintained from amateur antennas, exposure of nearby persons should be well below safety limits.
To help ensure compliance of amateur radio facilities with RF exposure guidelines, both the FCC and American Radio Relay League (ARRL) have issued publications to assist operators in evaluating compliance for their stations.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Build a 4:1 Balun...
2 small zip ties, soldering kit, a 200 ohm resister.
Here is a project that does not cost an arm and a leg.. and you
other two were 12 turn wraps. Dave KD9HJJ wrapped the last
one with the 12 turns. They all checked good with the resistance test.
you read, the more confusing it gets. Graphs show the different
locations for the balun. To me, the key was the 1/3 - 2/3 setting.
But I did not take my own advice and used figures from one web
site.. after too many trims, there was not enough wire.
Found a few youtube sites that had setting for length... found out the
hard way again. Finally found one that set one up and showed the
analyzer results. For the OCF Off Center Fed Dipole, he used 88.4
feet on one side and 44.5 feet on the other. Some of this is factoring in
the size of the wire used.. calculations for velocity factor. That is
what I used and all three, regardless of the number of windings.
Letting you know that I used a L 15 toroid on one and the others were
140-43.. not too expensive. 6 with shipping at $25.
A lot of satisfaction building something that works and can be used ...
can be seen on Field Day...
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Here is a listing of upcoming Hamfests.
There are more in the State, but list shows the Eastern Side.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Everything was timed perfectly... 8AM we met for breakfast.. shortly after 9 we left the diner when we felt the first of the predicted rain. But we headed toward Pine Tree Park as the rain drops got closer together.
Determined, we rolled out the antennas, ropes, power cords, etc. I don't know if it was the rain, but we almost totally ready to begin by 11:30.
It took the first hour to finally get three contacts, but after that they finally started to come in. We began with three stations. One station was using a Wolf River Coil and the other two were using Off Center Fed dipoles. The third dipole was not set up.
The turnout of personnel was great. Everyone lent a hand. We broke for the annual dinner. The Club furnished the brats and burgers and fixin's .. the others came with dishes to pass - a good mix. The rain did not slow anything down.. the conversation was flowing as fast as the rain.. long after the meal was finished.. Is the meal ever finished? Not when you have young folks.. Later in the evening I walked to the shelter and smelled something good. . some of the gourmet cooks had some scours of kabobs covering the hot coals..
It became quieter after midnight.. just two of us left in the park.. I turned off the generator.. at 4:30 the sound of another generator woke me up.. so I filled ours and turned it on.. got out the Bunn coffee maker I had brought with some Starbuck's coffee grounds and made a pot expecting some early operators.. and maybe it was the waffling smell of the coffee, but soon we were warming up the dipoles as the bands became better.
Did I mention it was raining? Ever since we left the diner.. As noon drew near, the decision to shut down was given.. by this time there were a good number of members there to help take it down and clean up. Of course as we went down the road, the clouds began to break up and the sun shone the rest of the day..
If we were contesters, we may have been slightly disappointed with our score. But seeing we are just partly in that category and mostly hobbyists having a good time sharing stories and experiences .. Now we have another "remember when"..
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Did you know that dues are due within the first quarter of the year to stay as an active member and not removed from the list? Still $20.
Did you know that the Happenings newsletter is sent to more than 130 individuals.. not all belong to the M&K Club and some not licensed operators.
Did you know that Over the past year the Technician class has increased at an average rate of 18/day.
Did you know The Novice class has decreased at an average rate of 2/day.
Did you know the General class has increased at an average rate of 5/day.
Did you know The Advanced class has decreased at an average rate of 6/day.
Did you know The Extra class has increased at an average rate of 6/day.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Another offering separate from the WARAC, You can be a winner if you are a paid up member of the M&K Club and send in a copy of your QSO party submission and have logged the most counties in the State to "email@example.com" .. With some of the band conditions, 15 might be a winner.. There are 72 counties in Wisconsin..
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
January - an new year and planning has begun:
January 13.. We begin to monitor the warning sirens in Brown County. If you want to help with this on the Second Wednesday of the month at 11:45AM - Noon, send an email to the Club address : firstname.lastname@example.org to get a list of the sirens with their location.
January 14th. The Mike & Key Club meets on the Second Thursday of the month. Because of the CV19 the meetings are held on Zoom. at 7PM Links to the meeting will be sent via email.
This month there will be a Tech Talk prior to the meeting at 6:30PM Paul KB0P, will be introducing us to the HamShack Hotline. If you have something to share for the upcoming Tech Talks, please let us know.. contact any officer or send the club an email..
If you want to check your radio skills working out in the field, the Parks on the Air is for you. This latest activity has been growing. Look for Parks on the Air (POTA) on Facebook or contact Nathan KD9MVU.
Now is a good time to update your Club Dues. Send Checks to The Green Bay Mike & Key Club -- P.O.Box 13351, Green Bay, WI 54307.... or by credit card.. see the link
Did you know there is a Club net at 8:45pm on Tuesdays on the 147.120 repeater. Thanks to Dale WB9NRK who has been Net Control ...
10 Meter Contest ... see below.