Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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.
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.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:07 AM
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
It seems to me that Jesus would have been an amateur radio operator, though, realistically, He would not need a radio, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, or Google+ technology to reach the hearts and minds of men.
However, I'm a Christian ham ... a member of the Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship and have participated in the Bible Fellowship Net.
Here's some others who mix their hobby with the Faith.
"Ambassadors for Christ Net meets daily on 7.280 MHz. Monday thru Friday at 18:00 UTC, Saturday at 19:00 UTC"
A number of RemoteHams stations are dedicated to Christian Networks. Can't reach your favorite net because of propagation? Check the remotes.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The Storm Prediction Center has a tornado watch in your area. Your local weather service office has broadcast a tornado warning.
The radar went down 15 minutes ago.
What does one do?
With only a very few exceptions, the radar on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone is provided by your tax dollars.
Skywarn folks know the answer
In Oklahoma, Skywarn offers training to everyone so everyone know what's fake and what's not as well as how to report to whom the observation.
There are tools like MPING to help.see who is reporting what.
In Oklahoma, the Mesonet has a network of Stations giving wind speed and direction. For the public safety folks, there's a plugin that displays lightning using the Nationwide Lightning Network.
So, the storm has passed. Your weather radio went off while it was in the area. The radar will come back in six hours. In the mean time, what did you do? What were you supposed to do?
Skywarn folks know the answer. Find your local emergency manager and ask him or her how to be involved in Skywarn. Your life may depend on your being aware, especially when technology fails.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:04 AM
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