The ARRL 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

How contesting skills can prepare you for public service communications

The American Radio Relay League‘s Ward Silver’s terrific webinar on leveraging contesting as training for public service communications.

VHF saves the day in Star Trek Beyond


Great to see the Star Trek crew use VHF to beat the bad guys in “Beyond”. 6 meters turned out to be the Magic Band, “when all else failed”.

MSUARC Memories – The 2015 Virtual Tailgates


Memories of the 2015 football season. MSUARC offered commemorative QSL cards for contacts made during our virtual tailgate parties prior to each home game, complete with a suitable-for-framing poster to display them. Thanks to Gregg WB8LZG for organizing the event and to Francie at the Michigan State University College of Engineering for her artistry.

MSUARC activates NPOTA AA07

Bruce, K2BET and Ed, W8EO at AA07 near St. Ignace, Michigan. Learn more about The ARRL’s National Parks on the Air here.

Ham Radio 101: How to read a resistor


The story behind “The NPR Sound”

Neumann_U87_Condenser_Microphone_-_Studio_A_In_Your_Ear_Studios-771x514For years, the Electro Voice RE20 was the studio standard we radio announcers loved. It seemed to enhance the bottom end of our voices, giving us a three-pack-a-day throat without the cigarettes. Today the SURE SM7B and the Heil PR40 often supplant RE20s in the control room. But NPR uses Neumann U87 mics, considered the best, and most expensive in the business. And they do one additional thing, enabling a bass-roll off setting to make the sound as flat as possible. This create’s NPR’s “signature sound”. Now days, we listen either in our cars or through the small speakers on our smart devices and flatter vocals are easier to understand in those environments. The U87 is a classic in the recording studio, but it’s price point ($3,000 a piece, the equivalent of about 6 RE20s) is a deterrent for budget conscious broadcasters. I use Rode NT1s for my analog work and a Blue Yeti in USB audio applications, still emphasizing those low frequencies that NPR rolls off. But how I wish I had just one U87 so I might try my hand at saying, “This is NPR, National Public Radio.”

A cool new NASA app for Apple TV Gen 4

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Space fans with 4th generation Apple TV’s are in for a treat with a new NASA streaming app.

The BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast 2016

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As heard on 5985 khz on June 26th.

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