Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Help for the 10-meter Operator

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 the Daily Nets yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. There's  a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation at a particular time.

DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters, are available to use as a guide for band conditions.

DXMaps offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place.

Also, there's 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 gives up a forecast for six- and ten-meter openings.

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".

Also, a list of beacons on Ten is available. 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, March 08, 2017

Can you participate in #SafePlaceSelfie

Do you know where your "safe place" is while you are at work, at home, or traveling?   In early April we will be launching a 4-day #safeplaceselfie campaign over social media to encourage everyone across the country to take the #1 preparedness action when extreme weather threatens.  Below are images we encourage our WRN Ambassadors to promote over the next month as we draw closer to April.  Participate using your organization social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or even your personal accounts.  Below are some talking points that provide more details on how you and your organization can contribute. It is fun. It is free. And it will go a long way to building a Weather-Ready Nation!

#SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.  
Knowing your "safe place" when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take.  To this end, a social media campaign will be launched the week of April 3, culminating in a TweetChat on Thursday, April 6.  
This action can be fun, is free, and doesn't require a lot of time commitment, but can open the door to greater preparedness actions (creating a family emergency plan, emergency kit, etc.)
Encourage other accounts on social media by tagging them and asking "Where is your safe place?"
Focus is broad across the spectrum of hazards, and not just tornadoes.  Hazards to consider: lightning, severe (tornadoes, high winds), extreme heat/cold, flooding, rip currents, wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis...
And your safe place may be very different for the various hazards.  For instance, a car may be a safe place from lightning, but is a dangerous place during flash flooding.  
Get creative!  Is there a beach nearby or are locals planning vacations to warmer climates?  Help spread rip current awareness by focusing on where your safe place would be (hint: between the lifeguard flags).






Thank you.

And if you aren't already...
Follow us on Twitter @WRNAmbassadors
  

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Hamfest season is here

Each year folks plan their holiday and vacation travel.  Some plan the hamfest attendance experience to their favorite event in order to find their bargains in new and used equipment or have those "eye-ball QSOs".

Helping with that effort, the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Calendar comes in handy.  One can search the Section, Division,

In fact, the first hamfest in the Oklahoma Section is coming soon.

Where and when is your favorite hamfest?

Why do you attend hamfests?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Open Signal data for your #hamradio operation


The folks at +OpenSignal may not realize the importance their service is to +Hamradio folks.  The site uses crowd-sourced data from people's cellular devices to portray the Radio Frequency, including WiFi.

The Open Signal Map shows which of the carriers are being used in an area.  The legend is for weak signal, strong signal, and no data collected.

The application on the smart phone also includes a speed test so the operator can determine the quality of the network, including the wifi network currently connected.

With more and more amateur radio operators moving to Digital Mobile Radio, DSTAR, +Echolink and Internet Radio Linking Project, especially mobile, it may be important to plan use during travel periods.

Are you using any of the linked systems over wifi or cellular networks?


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