Inside Look of Ham Radio as a Hobby
by George Zulu on May 02, 2010
Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ
1. Ham Radio as a Hobby
The Hobby Ham radio is often referred to as amateur radio and is a hobby that is enjoyed by millions of individuals across the globe. A ham radio operator uses a two-way radio to broadcast with other amateurs for the purpose of entertainment, public service or other venture. Click here for more in on ham radio accessories
Community Service The use of ham radio may actually help to save lives as operators often support the local community with emergency and disaster communications. On a recreational basis, ham radio can help to increase an individual’s self awareness of electronics, the operations of radio and communication. In addition, ham radio is often used to showcase entertainment for listeners and may even help to launch a new career for an amateur. The World Wide Web Ham radio was once confined to an actual radio, but the progression of the world wide web has changed the way that people both listen and communicate via radio. In fact, there are a number of radio stations that actively communicate with listeners online. This activity paved the way for ham radio to reach a broad audience via the internet.
Bob KB4PYP would like to have the CW classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at 9am. On the nights that we have a meeting scheduled the class will start right after the meeting.
The first class will be next Tuesday May 7th at 7pm at the Lock Two club house.
This will be a great opportunity to learn or improve CW skills.
Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings — UPDATED
Read by: JERRY KE4ETY
As has happened many times in years past, over 200 Amateur Radio operators participated in communications for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Unlike prior challenging situations such as very warm weather for the runners or other weather-related challenges, this year’s marathon will be remembered for the bombings that took place at the finish line. Despite this heinous act, professional first responders, medical volunteers from the American Red Cross that staffed the route, and Amateur Radio operators performed magnificently in the face of adversity.
“Within minutes, cell phone systems became overloaded and making phone calls and text messages was difficult. Amateur Radio operators performed communication duties under duress and performed admirably. No Amateur Radio volunteers were injured on the course in this terrible act,” said Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, who is the Amateur Radio Course Communication Coordinator and associated with a consortium of clubs and groups known as Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC).
The Nashville Office of Emergency Management still has some space available in the FREE Community Emergency Response Team training which starts this Saturday, May 4th and continues next Saturday May 11th. Class will be held from 8am – 4pm each day at South Police Precinct at 5101 Harding Place.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program to train citizens from the community who can work together during large scale disasters to assist their neighborhood and surrounding areas affected. This training program includes classroom lectures and a lot of hands on activities. The training concludes with a simulated disaster situation that the class will need to work through as a team by combining everything they learned in the class.
Citizens will learn:
- disaster preparedness,
- how to cut off utilities,
- how to physically put out small fires, (yes…you will put out a fire yourself!)
- how to administer disaster first aid,
- how to safely search for and rescue victims,
- how to organize themselves and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
- much much more!
We have trained the young and the young at heart, church groups, community groups, businesses, teenage groups and everyone in-between.
Space is limited for this next class; to register please email Angela Roscoe (email@example.com) or Heidi Mariscal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 862-8530 to register before Thursday May 2nd.
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday!
OpEd by Olav Phillips
April 8, 2013
Read by: ED KE4JWS
MID-WEST, UNITED STATES — Within hours of South Korean news sources breaking a story that several Sang-Ho class submarines had disappeared from their North Korean bases, a ham radio operator named Tim, picked up a “numbers station” broadcasting on the same frequency as “The Voice of Korea” propaganda station. What makes this even more interesting is that at the tail end of the numbers transmission there was a long duration digital transmission as well.So why is this important and alarming?
There are several reasons why this new development is particularly alarming. The first being the existence of the numbers station coming on line shortly after the submarines put to sea, but more importantly is the digital transmission apparently tacked onto the end of the transmission and the ramifications of that transmission.