100 Watts and a Wire

100 Watts and a WireEvery now and then, there is a development that helps change our hobby for the better. 100 Watts and a Wire is precisely that. The concept began as a podcast and has used the synergy of social media to create a community.

Check out the show and visit the Facebook Page. Whether you’re a newbie or an OM, you’ll find questions, answers and great conversation.

And if you like your 100 Watts and a Wire on the radio, 100 Watts and a Wire is on the air. Calling frequencies are 14287 and 7180. [+ or -] and there’s a NET every Thursday at 9p ET [01:00 UTC] on 7.180 [+ or -].

Dale’s Tales – September, 2015

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Dale Williams WA8EFK

SPECIAL EVENT: September 12 is the date for the Greater Louisville Hamfest. See http://louisvillehamfest.com/ for complete details. The Hamfest will be hosting the Kentucky State Leadership Conference with nine forums on the schedule. KY Section Manager Alan Morgan KY1O will kick things off with an update on Visions and Goals for the Kentucky Section. Forums include the KY EOC, Red Cross interfacing, Training goals, Search and Rescue, KY NTS activities, working with health care alliances and ARES Leadership. Your Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD and I will be there to meet with attendees and participate in the ARRL forum activities.

CONVENTION FINAL: My personal thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2015 Great Lakes Division Convention a successful event. The attendance exceeded expectations. The forums got rave reviews. The Wouff Hong ceremony welcomed 45 “novices” into “The Order”. Our Keynote Speaker Debra Johnson K1DMJ provided us with insight towards getting school students interested in Amateur Radio and the steps necessary to promote school ham clubs. Read the rest of this entry »

ARRL in the house!

L-R Gregg, WB8LZG; W8SH Vice President Tom, KE8BII; Ed, W8EO; Scott W9WSW; W8SH Club President Reece, KD8VNY; Katie, WY7YL; Sean, KXZ9X and ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale, WA8EFK

L-R Gregg, WB8LZG; W8SH Vice President Tom, KE8BII; Ed, W8EO; Scott W9WSW; W8SH Club President Reece, KD8VNY; Katie, WY7YL; Sean, KXZ9X and ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale, WA8EFK

This week WY7YL and KX9X visited MSU to talk public relations with the MSU Alumni Association team. Katie Allen is the chair of the American Radio Relay League’s PR Committee, while Sean Kutzko is the staffer who heads up the League’s social media and public relations activities.

In addition to a tour of the MSU Amateur Radio Club station, W8SH, hosted by Greg Mulder – WB8LZG and Ed Oxer – W8EO, Katie and Sean spent some quality time with Reece – KB8VNY and Tom – KE8BII, respectively club president and vice president.

Dale Williams -WA8EFK, ARRL’s Great Lakes Division Director joined us for a celebratory dinner at the Kellogg Center during the final evening of the visit. It was great to be able to talk radio with three of our ARRL heroes.

156 Years Ago Today: The Carrington Event

The Carrington EventToday is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event

On Sept. 2, 1859, a CME struck Earth’s magnetic field with such power that telegraph stations caught fire and people in Cuba read their morning newspapers by the red light of the aurora borealis.

If a similar storm struck our planet today, it might cause trillions of dollars of damage to society’s high-tech infrastructure.

Could the Carrington Event happen again? It almost did just a few years ago. Extreme solar storms–past, present and future–are highlighted on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com

Shouts to the Southgate ARC.

The ARRL VHF Conference Beckons

BeamsThe ARRL September VHF Contest gets underway on September 12 at 1800 UTC and wraps up on September 14 at 0259 UTC. This operating event provides a chance for radio amateurs at all levels to experience contesting on the most popular VHF and UHF bands, as well as on those less-frequented frequencies above 450 MHz. Newcomers and veterans alike will attempt to work as many 2 × 1 grid squares as possible on frequencies above 50 MHz from home stations, from the field, or from “rovers” that travel from grid square to grid square. With a heightened potential for tropospheric conditions, the September VHF Contest offers something that VHF contests at other times of the year often cannot. Read More>>

MUF Predictor – The Latest Maximum Usable Frequency

MUF helps hams decide which frequencies are best for long distance communications. The folks at Prolab provide this continuously updated shot of both MUF and the vaunted “Grey Line”. As the Gray Line, or Terminator as it’s sometimes called, pass over an area, skywave propagation is likely to be at it’s best. Check back here anytime for the latest and greatest graphical depiction of MUF.

5 Free Ham Radio Apps for iOS

5 Free iOS apps
Looking for helpful apps for your iPhone? DX Zone has some recommendations. Running Android? Here are 5 more just for you.

Ham Radio 101 : Wiring Microphone Cables

Wiring Mic CablesHere’s a useful link for those who may be wiring microphone cables.

K2BSA/8 In action..

Order of the Arrow is on the air in East Lansing

K2BSA/8K2BSA/8 QRV at Michigan State University. Shouts to MSUARC’s NF8M, WB8LZG, W8JRK, K8GVK & KA7MMM for getting things going.

From Dale’s Tales:

To celebrate this unique event the Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club, (MSUARC) W8MSU will be sponsoring a special event Amateur Radio station, K2BSA/8. The station will be located close to the exhibitor’s tents and will be operating on 20 and 40 M, the local repeater (442.900 + 77) and IRLP node (7930) in addition to Echolink (289654). The station will be manned by ham radio operators from across the nation Monday through Friday 9-12 and 1- 5 EDT. This event is supported by ICOM radio.