QRP Event! CQ! CQ! CQ!


Just Us Owls

QRP

CQ! CQ! CQ! For those that like operating QRP I have an event for you. I will be hopefully participating in this event on Echolink (my node is: 638195) and plan to be on the following frequencies: 144.775MHz, 147.105MHz, 146.400MHz, 223.50Mhz, 224.840Mhz, 444.950MHz, and 446.500MHz. If these are open: 52.5250, 28.365 MHz, and 28.400MHz. My AQR Number is: AQR049. I will post times as the weekend gets closer!

AQR Field Weekend.
The dates have been selected. The event starts on Friday 8th July at 18.00 UTC and goes in for 48 hours until Sunday 10th July at 17.59 UTC.  This is NOT a contest, repeater QSO’s and Echolink are perfectly acceptable for this event. If you haven’t yet registered for your personal unique (for life) AQR participant number, now’s your chance.  Click the graphic to go to the FaceBook page, join the group (in doing so you get access to the…

View original post 5 more words

PARC Field Day 2016


2016 Field Day Logo

This past weekend was Field Day, for Ham Radio operators it is a time to practice skills in Emergency Communications and Operations, make contacts and just plain old have fun!  Our designation/section was 4AME.

I was able to Get-On-the-Air under an Extra Class License and use HF to make 11 different contacts!  I want to thank WA1JMM for allowing me to operate under his license and have a good time doing it!

Photos were taken by both KB1WEA and KB1WRY.

WA1JMM in his A/C Photo Credit: KB1WEA
WA1JMM in his A/C
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950). Photo Credit: KB1WEA
K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950).
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire! Photo credit: KB1WRY
KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire!
Photo credit: KB1WRY
KC1FLG (Ed Tatro's) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA's KX3)
KC1FLG (Ed Tatro’s) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA’s KX3)
PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck... Photo Credit: KB1WEA
PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck… Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.
Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.
WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters. Photo Credit: KB1WEA
WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes. Photo Credit: KB1WEA
Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA
KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.
KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.

NPOA


Print

QST! QST! QST! de KC1FLG.  QST! CQ! QST! I will be activating NP01 (Acadia National Park) tomorrow (Sunday) roughly between 9AM to 3PM EST. I will be on Portable (my handitalki or HT) using 5W (QRP). I will be on these VHF/UHF frequencies (as I’m only a Technician Class): 146.52MHz, 146.58MHz, 147.57MHz, 446.00MHz, and 446.50MHz. Hope to make some QSOs…if I do hear you please understand I am hard of hearing so I may ask you to repeat your Call Sign a few times. Also I am awaiting LOTW to issue me a new certificate as I have a new computer and it won’t allow the old certificate to be used so any QSOs will be uploaded as soon as I get that. de KC1FLG

Continue reading NPOA

My Shack


Well I’ve been an amateur radio (ham radio) operator now since 5 April 2016 (just a little over two months).  I figured it is time to show you my followers what my Ham Shack looks like!

13339433_1736579926582392_4059588285091139281_n

My humble shack consists of a Kenwood TS-140S (with optional CW filter installed), Baofeng UV-5RA, TYT MD-380 (UHF), Yaesu FT-8900R, HF with 6M Antenna Tuner (MFJ-945E) and a 30W power supply (SEC-1235M). I have the following antennas: G5RV, 2M/70cm roll up J-Pole (Ed Fong DBJ-2), and a 6M Telescoping.

QRP Event! CQ! CQ! CQ!


QRP

CQ! CQ! CQ! For those that like operating QRP I have an event for you. I will be hopefully participating in this event on Echolink (my node is: 638195) and plan to be on the following frequencies: 144.775MHz, 147.105MHz, 146.400MHz, 223.50Mhz, 224.840Mhz, 444.950MHz, and 446.500MHz. If these are open: 52.5250, 28.365 MHz, and 28.400MHz. My AQR Number is: AQR049. I will post times as the weekend gets closer!

AQR Field Weekend.
The dates have been selected. The event starts on Friday 8th July at 18.00 UTC and goes in for 48 hours until Sunday 10th July at 17.59 UTC.  This is NOT a contest, repeater QSO’s and Echolink are perfectly acceptable for this event. If you haven’t yet registered for your personal unique (for life) AQR participant number, now’s your chance.  Click the graphic to go to the FaceBook page, join the group (in doing so you get access to the guidelines and PDF Files)!

QRP

CQ! QST! CQ!


A Ham’s favorite time of year is coming…very quickly! On behalf of the Piscatacquis Amateur Radio Club and Amateur Radio Operators everywhere I warmly invite you to join us for a weekend filled of fun and experimentation!

ham-radio-field-day

Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club to Participate in National Emergency Communications Test June 25 and 26
Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 25 – 26 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service. Members of the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25 – 26 at Stickney Hill, Brownville, Maine. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.” “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.” Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Piscataquis County. For more information about Field Day, contact Bill Welsh, Amateur Radio Call Sign KB1WEA at 207 717-7838 or visit https://www.facebook.com/parcradio/.
###

Oh Say Can You See


🇺🇸🇺🇸I love my country, our standard “Old Glory” and the exercise of freedom that our Founding Fathers began (though I fear my government).

Why is it that we fail to acknowledge that our National Anthem has more than one verse?

It is a wonderful song and poem. It’s about time that all those that claim to be Patriots push for the full song to be sung. Yes it is a song but maybe just maybe it will bring a sense of what this country is about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Continue reading Oh Say Can You See

ARES


AREScolorlogo%20copy

Well it is official…I was just notified today that I am an official member of ARES, Maine District 4: Piscataquis County, by my county coordinator.

What’s that you say?! What is ARES?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

From the ARRL “Public Service Communications Manual”
Chapter One: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES.

Piscatiquis River Race


Today was the 44th Annual Kiwanis Piscataquis River Race and you could not have asked for a better spring day.  The Piscatiquis Amateur Radio Club provided the communication check points.

I was Check Point 8 stationed at the Rural Grove Cemetery in Guilford, I was transmitting on my 5W Baofeng UV-5RA Handitalki. Laura was my second set of eyes and Babe the Basset Hound provided entertainment.

There were a total of 63 boats including the sweep boat.

CQ! CQ! CQ!


Calling all Amateur/Ham Radio Operators in Maine and Northern Massachusetts! ARRL: Maine Section is calling for volunteers!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

2016 Tour de Cure of the Kennebunks

This year’s American Diabetes Association bike event, the Tour de Cure, will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Start/Finish will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells , Maine.

This will be an all day event. The event will include five different length courses 5K (3 mi), 25K (16 mi), 50K (32 mi), 100K (62 mi) and 100 mile. We are looking for many ham radio operators to man communications at Rest Stops and in SAG vehicles.

Required equipment would be a 2 meter mobile radio. A Hi-Viz safety vest would be beneficial.

For more information or to volunteer please contact Barry Kray, KB1VX at KB1VX@arrl.net.

The Ham Code


$_35

The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

Yaesu FT-8900R


It is here and all but the antenna hung.  My first rig is a Yaesu FT-8900R which is technically a mobile rig but I am using it as a base for now. It is a quad band radio which covers 2M/70cm/6M/10M. It’s only FM so no SSB.  I will hang a 2M antenna tomorrow and see how it sounds on 2M.  Let the fun begin!


Continue reading Yaesu FT-8900R

davetheprayerguy

Fueling God's Mission with Prayer

Our HAM Station

Our notes on the construction and operation of a multi-op Amatuer Radio Station

Granny Smith: Unleashed

Observations and random thoughts from a "not so teenager."

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Lichtielass

B Change

The Sting Of The Scorpion Blog (T.S.O.T.S.B.)

.......................Because Everything Else Just Bites!

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

HA Fortman Books ~ Romantic Suspense That Captivates

Welcome to the world of the UGS Constellation!

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

Deep Thoughts from the Shallow End of the Pool

lindafrindt

<img src="http://nanowrimo.org/widget/LiveParticipant/linda-cat.png" />

Life, Love, Poetry, & Other Randomness

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

Rendezvous With Renee

'She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.' ~ Steve Maraboli~

Let's Have Another Piece of Pie

Sometimes life cries out for a nice break from the daily routine ...... a pie break, so to speak. A time to sit, to listen, to reflect. To taste the sweetness of life.

%d bloggers like this: