Monthly Archives: June 2012

Information Net for June 25

FBI Violent-crime Rates Show Safer Nation with More Gun Owners

By Emily Miller

Read by MARTHA KJ4RIQ

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Seal of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (credit: Wikipedia)

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.“This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.”Mr. Arulanandam pointed out that only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have “shall issue” laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

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Preliminary Field Day Results

The following is the preliminary Field Day result information from Jerry Hedgcoth, KE4ETY:

  • CW QSOs – 315
  • SSB QSOs – 669
  • Digital QSOs – 35

There were 1170 total QSOs for a score of 3908.

We would like to thank everyone for participating.

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Information Net for June 18

About QRZ

Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA

And what do the letters QRZ stand for? Well, back in the days when radio telegraphy was widely used, QRZ was a shorthand code which meant “Who is Calling me?” It’s still used today, even by voice operators during contests or when they simply didn’t hear the complete call.

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Contacting the ISS

Amateur radio operators interested in contacting the International Space Station (ISS) can get a list of frequencies from the ISS Fan Club web site.They also have a section with audio recordings of previous contacts.

Another source for ISS frequencies is from the AMSAT ARISS page. It also contains the following instructions to increase the chance of a successful contact:

To work ISS from your home, you should have at least the following Amateur Radio equipment. A 2-meter radio with an output rating of 5 watts or more. While it’s possible to operate with an omni-directional antenna and even a whip, a small beam antenna similar to the Arrow antenna works much better and will increase your chances of success. If you plan to operate in packet mode a standard 1200 baud AX.25 TNC should be used and connected to a computer running APRS or other packet communications software.

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Information Net for June 11

Your First Conversation and Contact on a Repeater

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

That most exciting day just arrived! You now have passed your Technician Class exam and have been issued your first call sign by the FCC.

You have your station all set up and you are ready for your first contact on a repeater! You chose a local repeater frequency and dial it up on your rig. You just keyed your mic, gave out your call sign and now you hear……..your call sign and someone coming back to you with his call sign…..he un keys and the repeater is waiting for YOU!

BRAIN LOCK SETS IN! “What do I do? What do I talk about? Will I remember all those rules, regulations, theory and all that other stuff I had to study?

The simple answer is…….probably not……but don’t worry!

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