Saturday, January 06, 2018

What does the League do for #hamradio?

Has the American Radio Relay League done stuff you don't agree should have been done?

Probably everyone will answer that question with YES!

However, the ARRL remains the only truly active voice for amateur radio operators in the United States.

Please ask yourself these questions.

1.  Who has an office in Washington, DC and staff to advocate for amateur radio before Congress?
2.  Who has the ear of the Federal Communications Commission for amateur radio operators?
3.  Who has the most active volunteer examiners who recently held a record-setting VE session?
4.  With over 700K licensed amateur radio operators in the United States, why do International amateur radio operators join the League but only about 20% of USA hams have joined?
5.  Who has the most active awards program in amateur radio?
6.  Who has the most active field organization in the hobby?
7.  Did you know about the Social Media links?

Now, ask yourself one more question.  Why have I not joined?



Monday, January 01, 2018

Have you heard that 10-meters is OPEN? @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 http://ten-ten.org/daily_nets.html yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. If you look at http://www.qsl.net/steelcity/nets/whichnet.html, one will see a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation.

http://www.dxwatch.com/dxsd1.php?f=92 or http://hamspots.net/10/ will also give you DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters.

At http://www.vhfdx.info/spots/warnings.php, one can get email alerts when six meters is open. If SIX is open, it's almost a given that TEN is open.

http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=28&ML=M&Map=W2L&DXC=N&HF=N&GL=N 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".

http://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/bcn.htm 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?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Firefighter Fatality Report issued by @USfire #OKfire

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2016," identifies and analyzes all on-duty U.S. firefighter fatalities that occurred last year to better understand their causes and how to prevent them.


Eighty-nine firefighters (56 volunteer, 23 career and 10 wildland agency) died while on duty in 2016.

  • Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 36 firefighters.
  • Seventeen firefighters died while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire.
  • Ten firefighters died while responding to emergency incidents.
  • Nineteen firefighters died as the result of vehicle crashes.
  • Heart attacks were the most frequent nature of fatal injury with 40 firefighter deaths.
  • Nine firefighters died while they were engaged in training activities.

The 2016 report, and past reports from 1986 to 2015, is available for download from the USFA's website.

Download the free report

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