Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Don't say the band is not open without checking #hamradio #ARRL @tentennet

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.

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.  What is your favorite band? 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Are you checking into your local nets? #ARRL #hamradio

There are some local and Section nets that are available for your enjoyment.  

Monday, the Ponca City 146.97 net is available on Echolink for Statewide use.

Tuesday, there's a YL net on the Kan-Okla System.

Wednesday, the Wheatstraw net is on 146.01 mHz.

Thursday, the W5IAS system has a net.

Friday, the 220 group in the Tulsa area has a net.  It's available on Allstar.

There are plenty of others.  Do you have a favorite net?  Is it registered on the League net directory?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Atomic Energy for Military Purposes #ARRL #hamradio

These words apply to amateur radio very well.  

How informed are you in matters of #hamradio?  Who writes policy?  How does new policy apply to you?  How do you get policy changed or initiated?

The majority of the answers rest with the American Radio Relay League

While everyone can request the Federal Communications Commission to make a new rule or change a Part 97 way of thinking, the League has a history of representing the BEST hobby on the Planet.  Sometimes, they get it wrong.  Most of the time, they get it right.

One of the things the League does well is inform the membership ... and amateur radio as a whole ... about issues impacting the hobby.  

One of the things you can do be be informed is ... at least ... read the League news.  The BEST think you can do to be informed is be a MEMBER.  The League has a robust Section leadership in place.  They and the Division folks do a good job keeping people informed.  Get their number in your speed dial and address book.

Within weeks of the atomic weapons falling on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the subject publication was printed.  That's an example of transparency in Government.  That's right.  It was printed in 1945.  The reprint received with InterLibrary Loan was printed in 1948.  

Please remember YOU are responsible for the Hobby.  Apply the quote above in your amateur radio life.  You'll get more enjoyment from the Hobby if you are not nescient.  After one does that, apply the concept to other spheres in Life.

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