ARRL Straight Key Night 2012

The annual ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) is not considered a contest; it is “dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage”. For 24 hours beginning on Jan. 1 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve for those in the US) until 2359 UTC, hams are encouraged to go on air and make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. No points are awarded, no fast exchanges, no sequential serial numbers–just get on the air and send CW for the fun and joy of it.

Dan, N1ND, outlined the full details:

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Amateur Radio Study in Tax Relief Bill

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 (HR 3630) includes a provision about an amateur radio study to be conducted by the FCC. The Senate passed this bill on Saturday, Dec. 17 with amendments and it previously passed the House on Dec. 13 (vote details). ARRL has said that they long sought after such a study.

In the bill, Title IV, Sec. 4205 states that the FCC will study the uses and capabilities of amateur radio service communications in emergencies and disaster relief. This study will be submitted to committees in the House and Senate. Details of the study include:

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What Amateur Radio Means To Me

On an afternoon in Montana, a chance encounter on 10 meters has Tomas, NW7US involved in an amazing story. He tells this story and how this experience along with amateur radio means to him.

His story: What Amateur Radio Means To Me

Perhaps we can all reflect how amateur radio has affected us, enriched our lives, or allowed us to make new friends.

8th Annual Santa Net

Tony, KF4KFQ will be hosting the 8th annual Santa Net on the 145.23 and associated repeaters. The event will start at 7:00 PM on Christmas Eve. We encourage everyone to check in and let those little hams get on the air to have a QSO with Santa! He is scheduled to transmit from North Pole One!

In addition to Tony, one of Santa’s elves, Bruce will be around to assist. The event is also made possible through Tom’s (K1KY) graciousness in allowing the use of his repeater.

We encourage everyone to participate and let other hams know.

When: Christmas Eve, 12/24
Where: 145.23- (114.80 PL) and associated repeaters
Time: 7:00PM


To make the QSO with Santa special, Tony has requested the following information prior to the Santa Net:

  • The child’s first name (last name is optional)
  • The street or area of residence (general area and not the exact address)
  • Mention any special toys that Santa “knows” he is packing just for them
  • Any other info that would make the child’s QSO from Santa special

Information should be sent via email to

Introduction to Amateur Radio – 1999

The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society (RARS) produced in 1999 a video that showed an introduction to ham radio. While there have been changes since then, such as elimination of the Morse Code requirement, it gives a glimpse on the state of amateur radio at that time.


The video was posted by Gary Pearce (KN4AQ) who is a regular contributor on the TWiT Ham Nation Netcast. From the video description, he writes:

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