01JAN 2018
Yaesu Ham Radio Outlet

Yaesu Ham Radio Outlet

Ham Radio Outlet Founder and Robert G. “Bob” Ferrero, W6RJ (ex-K6AHV), of Danville, California, died on December 4 after a period of ill health. He was 78. An ARRL Life Member, Ferrero was a California state trooper and US Navy veteran when he acquired Ham Radio Outlet in Burlingame, California, in 1971…

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12DEC 2017
Amateur Radio spectrum

Amateur Radio spectrum

Spectrum at 2.3 and 3.4 GHz that once was allocated to Amateur Radio is going on the auction block in the UK. Telecommunications regulatory agency Ofcom announced this week the steps it will take in selling off the shared spectrum it took back after the military no longer needed it. Ofcom announced in April 2014 that it was ending Amateur Radio access to significant portions…

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22NOV 2017
Renew Amateur Radio License

Renew Amateur Radio License

QRZ, in association with the W5YI-VEC, offers FCC authorized online license update and renewal services for USA Amateurs. These services include: All licensing information is now published online at the FCC website and sites that use this data including QRZ.COM. Corrections or Change of Address: make spelling and/or mailing address corrections to your existing license. License…

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02NOV 2017
Ham Radio Satellite Tracking

Ham Radio Satellite Tracking

My favorite ham activity is making contacts via satellites. Not only is there the romantic notion of sending messages into outer space, but you have to trace the orbit of the satellite with your antenna while tuning the radio, to compensate for the Doppler effect. The satellites AO-51, SO-50, and AO-27 orbit the Earth acting as repeaters. Repeaters are automated relay stations…

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13OCT 2017
ICOM Amateur radios

ICOM Amateur radios

Over 170, Scouts have been introduced to Amateur Radio through Scouting The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Icom America’s sponsorship renewal of their support for amateur radio programs. Through this agreement, Icom is the official amateur radio transceiver supplier for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, will provide equipment and technical support for the K2BSA radio…

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23SEP 2017
Amateur Radio Astronomers

Amateur Radio Astronomers

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers has voted to appropriate $6, in support of student and teacher grants for projects in the 2014-2015 fiscal year. This will be divided up into several smaller grants of no more than $200 each to ensure that the money reaches the largest number of students and teachers. There are a number of well documented projects to get anyone with…

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03SEP 2017
New Ham Radio call signs

New Ham Radio call signs

For more than two decades, U.S. Amateur operators have been systematically issued station call signs by the Federal Communications Commission as part of the initial licensing process. Until May 31, 1996, radioamateurs were not allowed to choose their station call signs. New amateurs may get on the air once their license has been granted and their call sign has been assigned…

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31AUG 2017
Free Ham Radio logging Software

Free Ham Radio logging Software

Logbook of the World Logo Logbook of the World (LoTW) is a web-accessed database provided by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to implement a contact verification service among amateur radio operators. Using LoTW, radio amateurs (hams) can claim and verify contacts (QSOs) made with other amateurs, generally for claiming credit for operating awards, such as DXCC. This kind…

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28AUG 2017
Listen to Live Ham Radio

Listen to Live Ham Radio

To listen to a feed using the online player, choose Web Player as the player selection and click the play icon for the appropriate feed. To listen using other methods such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, or Winamp, choose your player selection and click the play icon to start listening. Feed archives can be found by clicking the additional feed details icon for each feed…

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25AUG 2017
Ham Radio numbers Stations

Ham Radio numbers Stations

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. It is 13:03 on a Tuesday in a cramped room with some fairly advanced radio equipment. What is suddenly heard on a shortwave receiving station is a 10-minute message in Morse code. There is a small community of aficionados…

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