According to the National Weather Service (NWS), summer brings an increase in lightning strikes.
While the warm weather invites many outside activities, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take a moment during National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 24-30) to learn how to stay safe in a thunderstorm with tips from NWS.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:38 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Skywarn is a good program to support local communities with information from the National Weather Service and to the local NWS County Warning Area.
The Voice Over Internet Protocol Weather Net has weekly nets during hurricane season with activations during landfalling hurricanes in support of the National Hurricane Center.
Please tune your Echolink and IRLP nodes to the WX-Talk Conference (7203) and IRLP reflector 9219 and see what's going on, especially during hurricane season.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:46 PM
Saturday, June 23, 2018
It's easy to forget to be weather aware when vacationing on the lake. There's not a cloud in the sky and then BOOM.
If you live in manufactured housing, even more substantial than these shown in the media report from KSWO, consider finding more substantial shelter NOW before the watch is issued. Don't wait for the warning to hunt.
When the watch is issued, be it tornado or severe thunderstorm, be closer to the substantial shelter than in one of these. Clearly, one would not want to be ON the lake during severe weather.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Social media is great. One can add lists on Twitter, Facebook, YahooGroups, Google Groups ... and then what?
There's an emergency management list that is orphaned on AOL (remember that?) and an active one on Yahoogroups.
There's a buy and sell on Facebook but one already existed on Yahoo and before that on QTH.net
How many is too many? Do you really have time for a new group?
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:40 PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Practice. Move to an area. Program the local repeater and simplex frequencies in your radio or scanner.
What do you hear?
Unless you find yourself in a major metropolitan area, pretty much nothing. Kerchunks? Repeater Identification?
It works like this. If you are going to put something up, have people monitoring it. One can't answer a MayDay, if one does not hear it.
Does the club NEED the added expense of maintaining an additional repeater when the primary repeater sits unused and unmonitored?
How much is too much?
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:36 PM
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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 10:00 AM
Amateur Radio Newsline Podcast
ARRL Amateur Radio News
South Coast Amateur Radio Service
- Amateur Radio Community
- Amateur Radio News on Wireless
- Amateur Radio on Wikipedia
- American Radio Relay League
- ARRL Oklahoma on Google+
- ARRL on Facebook
- Bible Gateway
- Brigada ... a missionary resource
- Collection of Links from AC6V
- DX Anywhere (DX Cluster)
- DX Watch (DX Cluster)
- Flying Pigs QRP Club
- Google News
- OffRoad Ham
- Oklahoma Area Google Alerts
- QSL Card Maker
- Save Money with Ebates
- Save money with TopCashBack
- Spotify Song List
- Storm Reports from Storm Prediction Center
- Ten-Meter DXcluster Spots
- Today in History
- Tweet Monitor
- WX5EM on Google+