Wednesday, September 06, 2017

What part of "Whole Community" are you?

You saw the Tweet that said "Hattiesburg church hosts tornado recovery town hall meeting"

The tornado that struck that community last January is still producing recovery. If a #teamJesus group is hosting a meeting, there's other word to be done. Were the Baptist folks in town with their chain saw crew? Did the Masons have a shelter open? Did the Salvation Army feed folks and offer comfort? Did the #hamradio folks provide Skywarn and communications effort?

The effort continues well past the initial event.

How are you involved in the "Whole Community" where you are?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Do you use Ten Meters? #ARRL #hamradio #RSGB

Where is 10 meters open now?

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Even when it's not "open", it's frequently open. With the sunspots on the rise, so should the activity on the band increase.

Have you found yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. If you look at, one will see a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation. or will also give you DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters.

At, one can get email alerts when six meters is open. If SIX is open, it's almost a given that TEN is open. also offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place. a map and paths band openings over a 24-hour time period. The site lists the stations and who heard who over PSK.

Another propagation tool is one will find forecast for six- and ten-meters.

There's a number of 10 meter software defined radios that one can use to see where's the band is open. Two are dedicated to the "Beacon Band". is a list of beacons on Ten. Tune here to see where the band is open, even when it's not.

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, there's plenty of tools to take some of the Magic out of the Band.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Who is on FM Simplex? #ARRL #hamradio

Are you using FM Simplex?  What frequency or frequencies do you monitor and your location?

Locally, I use 147.51, 146.52, and 446.000 in the scanner.  Traveling, I use 146.52 mostly but occasionally monitor the APRS alert (144.39 with 100 PL tone).


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