Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What is your favorite band?

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.  What is your favorite band?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Humanity Road (@humanityroad) has training set #HMRD

New Volunteer Orientation - Saturday, July 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern time
Volunteers will need access to a phone or Skype and access to the Internet. 
Please see this link for more information and to register:
Media Monitoring & the Disaster Desk - Tuesday, July 23, 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern time.
Volunteers will need Skype and Internet access.
Please see this link for more information and to register:
All Hands Meeting - Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern time.
All volunteers are welcome!  Access to phone or Skype is required.
Leading Self-Directed Work Teams - Wednesday, July 31, 11:00am-12:30pm Eastern time.
Volunteers will need Skype and Internet access.


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  • The WEA notification is designed to get your attention and notify you with a unique sound and vibration.
  • Public safety officials use WEA to send you essential information whenever you are near the location of a life-threatening event.
  • You do not need to register to receive WEA notifications. You will automatically receive alerts if you have WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program.
  • To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving WEA alerts, contact your mobile device carrier or visit CTIA The Wireless Association
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarnell Fire donation information #OKfire

We received this information today and believe it to be of great importance and interest to many in Oklahoma's Fire Service and to our Friends.
"I'm sure you are all aware of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, Arizona.  The Arizona Local Assistance State Team (LAST) was deployed last night.  John Proels, the national coordinator for LAST, left for Arizona this morning.  Chief Compton has been involved since he is in Arizona and Chief Siarnicki has been conducting television and radio interviews."
A donation page has been set up with the link The link can also be accessed from
We would appreciate if you share the attached press release with your membership and post it to your website.

Thank you,
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Barbara King, Assistant to the Executive Director
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
2130 Priest Bridge Dr., Suite 6, Crofton, MD  21114
410.721.1548; fax 410.721.621t

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Are you a National Park visitor?

If your vacation or weekend plans include visits to national parks and recreation areas, consider getting a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Benefits of the Pass
The pass provide entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States. Entrance covers:
  • Pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single private vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged.
  • Pass owner and three accompanying individuals ages 16 and older where per-person entrance fees are charged (children under 16 are admitted for free).

    Types of Passes
      • Annual Pass - It's $80 (ages 16 years and older) and valid for one year.
      • Annual Pass for Military - Members of the U.S. military and their dependents are eligible for a free Annual Pass. 
      • Senior Pass - It's $10 and valid for the lifetime of the pass owner. You must be 62 years or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
      • Access Pass - It's free for the lifetime of the pass holder with documentation of a permanent disability. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
      • Volunteer Pass - You can earn this pass with 250 or more hours of volunteer service on public lands. The pass is valid for one year.

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