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.
Read by: RANDY KJ4TFU
The World Wide Web– Some use ham radio as a way to talk with friends, meet new people who share common interest and discuss topics that are relevant to a specific idea. Some use ham radio to send and receive emergency notifications relating to severe weather, emergency situations, disaster relief and other forms of scenarios that call for fast action that are of interest to the public. Ham Radio Equipment Like traditional radios, ham radio equipment is often portable enough to accompany the operator while on vacation. In order to use ham radio, individuals must be licensed and cannot successfully travel with the equipment otherwise. The only way that an individual can become licensed to operate ham radio is to successfully pass an exam, which is created to confirm the individual’s knowledge and understanding of key radio concepts. Unlike CB radio, individuals broadcasting on ham radio must possess a valid license to do so.
Radio Licensing The best way to learn about ham radio operator licensing is to stop by a local club and speak with the owner. He/she will be able to direct most hopeful operators in the right direction. Once licensed, individuals will gain additional information on regulations and rules surrounding ham radio use and broadcasting. In addition, ham radio broadcasting equipment will be made available to licensed amateurs and can be found at a variety of internet specialty stores.
Live broadcast of Hamvention
Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN
It’s time again for the W5KUB.com world wide broadcast of Hamvention. This is our 11th year to broadcast.
After 34 years outside in the fleamarket, W5KUB.COM had moved inside the building for Hamvention. Space SA302.
Our live broadcast begins on Wed May 15th at 8:00 AM Central time as we broadcast the 550 Mile drive from Memphis to Dayton live.
The broadcast will be up Thurs as we show various vendors setting up. Then the show Friday- Sunday.
As in the past, we will be giving out thousands of dollars of ham prizes to our viewers.
Join in on the fun at W5KUB.Com chat room and talk directly to us or other hams around the world. Last year we have 47,300 viewers follow us during this trip.
See you soon when the fun starts.
Hurricane Watch Net Seeks New Members for Net Control Stations
Read by: RICK N9GRW
With the 2013 hurricane season approaching, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami and the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) are gearing up for what could be a very active storm season. In preparation for the upcoming season, the HWN is currently seeking new members who can serve as net control stations.
The HWN provides on-the-ground, real-time weather data from Amateur Radio operators who volunteer their time to monitor their calibrated home weather stations. The stations report that data to the HWN, who in turn reports it to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the NHC. “The Hurricane Watch Net relies on volunteer operators — our members — who serve as our net control stations,” HWN Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, told the ARRL. “HWN members are hams who have above-average stations, are capable of effectively conducting HF net operations and are willing to commit their time to operating in support of the HWN’s mission during net activations. The net sessions can be long and, at times, very stressful.”
The HWN primarily operates on 14.325 MHz, but Graves said that given the current solar activity, the HWN is looking for new members who can help with net control station duties on the low end of the 40 meter phone band. “If 20 meters goes away, we lose the ability to effectively communicate with our reporting stations or the NHC,” he said. “By expanding our operation to 40 meters, we can easily change over when propagation changes.”
Read by: JERRY KE4ETY
Graves told the ARRL that the HWN is especially looking for new members with stations that can effectively communicate with Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico, the Gulf Coast, the East Coast and South Texas. “As we head into the 2013 hurricane season, we’re looking for qualified amateurs who are located anywhere within North America or the Caribbean,” he said. “We are also looking for bilingual hams. We recognize that some Latin American operators hesitate to check in and send reports to us if they aren’t fluent in English, so we’re also interested in hearing from hams who are fluent in both Spanish and English. When we’re working storms that are either affecting or threatening areas where Spanish is the language of choice, we always try to have one or more bilingual HWN members on hand to help with reporting.”
While HWN membership is required to serve as a net control station, radio amateurs do not need to be an HWN member in order to participate as an HWN reporting station that provides observed or measured weather reports, or relay assistance as required by HWN net control. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hurricane Watch Net, please visit the Membership Information page on the HWN website.
The Hurricane Watch Net is activated either at the request of the National Hurricane Center and/or when an Atlantic basin hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall. Although hurricanes can happen any time of the year, hurricane season for the Atlantic and Caribbean runs from June 1-November 30, and usually peaks anywhere from late August through September. The Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15-November 30.
Concerns over loss of amateur radio repeaters
Read by: LARRY KC4ZOA
Ruidoso News reports that the removal of ham radio repeaters from a tower worries emergency service personnel. Tony Davis, president of White Mountain Search and Rescue, said he learned late Wednesday that the tower on Buck Mountain holding the amateur radio repeater that is owned and maintained by Rick Sohl of Southwestern Wireless, also a member of Sierra Blanca Amateur Radio Club, was sold to American Tower Corporation.” Despite attempts by Rick to negotiate an arrangement, American Tower has decided to terminate ham use of the tower, effective (Friday),” Davis said. “There are other towers there, but they are largely occupied.”The lack of backup communications could have serious implications for public safety in Lincoln County, Davis said.