Tropical Storm Gordon

We are currently being impacted by Tropical Storm Gordon. We are on the East edge of the storm, we are in Brevard County,  and will be getting those outer and first inner bands of this storm). Thankfully it will not be a direct hit for us.  Currently, we are overcast with scattered downpours and a [...]

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What is Bandwidth?

AF7KB, a great mentor and teacher of Amateur Radio explains it very well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBc5Wkzf4GQ&feature=share

Rick Scott or Write In

I try not to get over political in my writings. Though I needed to take a few moments to address my fellow Floridians. One of my Florida neighbors asked why I’m supporting Rick Scott for Senate (our current governor). Well to put it plainly Bill Nelson is not a friend of the Amateur Radio Community [...]

Turn the Bands Green

Since I am home and recuperating from the hospital I thought what better way to relax than to play on the radio.  Today being St. Patrick's Feast Day there is a contest going on called Turn The Bands Green. From the website for the contest: "Many people worldwide, annually celebrate St Patricks Day by going green, [...]

1.25 Meters

1.25M or 220 as it is affectionately called by me was my favorite band to hang around on when I lived in Maine. Since being here in Florida I haven’t made a single contact on that band. I sure do miss it. Miss the low noise as well. https://youtu.be/2TuD5b3btDw

ARRL Wake Up!

This is my response to the ARRL: I am a member and an accredited VE, I am against this and will be sure to inform the FCC about this if they open it for comment. Part of the incentive to upgrade is the opening of HF to General Class. As a Technician you start to [...]

New Ham Frustration

Are you a new Amateur Radio Operator? Have you been frustrated with the hobby or just don't know where to begin? Dave Casler offers some great advice to newly minted Hams! https://youtu.be/CmSFltIQamY

MAC & HAM

Note: this is not my Shack Calling all Amateur Radio Operators who use Apple/MAC computers! I came across this nice resource for us. Go to: http://macham.club/macham-club/ They are providing for us something completely free. "Free email service for ham radio operators who work with Apple/Mac."

K1NAT

My beautiful bride never ceases from making me feel so proud. As most of you should know by now Snowie passed not only her Technician Class but also her General Class Amateur Radio Operator Exam. She was originally issued the following call sign from the FCC: KN4GWP. However she didn't like how it felt on [...]

My Two Cents

After reading something on an Amateur Radio forum, I penned the following reply and thought the blogosphere would get some insight into it as well. The post was another Amateur Radio Operator complaining that we as a hobby are to slow to embrace newer technology. Here is my reply to him and all like him. [...]

CQ WW SSB

Today KN4GWP K1NAT (Snowie) and I went to the PCARS Club Station where I operated the club HF radio (under the club call sign W4MLB) for a few hours during  this contest (CQ World Wide Single Side Band) that started yesterday and ends tomorrow.  This is the largest contest for amateur radio in the year.  Even [...]

Proud

Today at the bi-monthly VE Test Exam for Amateur Radio sponsored by PCARS at the Melbourne Library. Snowie having completed taking the Element 2 (Technician) Class this past Thursday, sat today for the Licensing exam.  The other student from the Technician Class also passed his Tech Exam today.  I am a proud and happy Amateur [...]

Melbourne Hamfest

CQ! CQ! CQ!  This is KC1FLG.  Today marks the start of the: 52nd Annual Melbourne HAMFEST and ARRL State Convention Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS) October 13 & 14 2017 Note: The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY! Friday: 1 PM - 7PM Saturday: 9AM - 3PM Setup: Fri, Oct 13th - 9AM to [...]

Revised ARRL Frequency Chart

An updated ARRL frequency chart is now available for printing and downloading at http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations. The chart has been updated to include our new bands at 2,200 and 630 meters. Band Charts PDFs: 11x7 Color 8.5x11 Color 8.5x11 Black and White