PARC Field Day 2016

*From the archives of my old blog Just Us Owls* 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 [...]


Stop the Nay Saying

I want to take a moment and address something I've been seeing in our hobby. I've seen plenty of arguments both online and in person about the less expensive HT and mobile rigs put out by Chinese manufacturers. My first radio was a Baofeng UV5RA and it saw me through four ARES events (including Hurricane [...]

The Aftermat

Hurricane IrmaI was stationed at Melbourne High School for Hurricane Irma, it was one of the hurricane shelters opened by the county. We spent four days in the shelter, where I was the amateur radio operator.  This was the first year that the American Red Cross was no longer in charge of the shelters and [...]

Irma Update

I will be the radio operator at one of the shelters here in Brevard County during Hurricane Irma. Tomorrow I will packing last minute things and then Friday I will do a double check of my go bag. I will do my best to keep ya'll informed. Prayers are appreciated.

Hurricane Irma…

  Hurricane Irma may impact Florida, for those that follow this blog, I am in Brevard County, which is on the central East coast about 45 minutes south of Kennedy Space Center.  Have your Go Kits/Emergency bags packed. Gov. Scott declared a State of Emergency for all Florida Counties, to quote him "Florida prepares for [...]

Phonetics Part 2

From N1BUG ELMER TIP OF THE WEEK: Using Phonetics, Part 2. Last week we looked at use of the phonetic alphabet to communicate anything which must be spelled out: call signs, other mixed letter/number groups, proper names and uncommon words. It was noted that use of standard phonetics is considered good practice. Remember that amateur [...]

2017 Hamfest Maine

It’s almost that time a year again… HamFest time, so mark your calendars!  What you haven’t heard of HamFest, it’s the next best thing since sliced bread?! Okay this is what it is: ” a hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and flea-markets for Amateur Radio operators or [...]

ARRL Surprise

I had a wonderful surprise in today's mail from the ARRL! I am now a Volunteer General Class V.E., I have to say I love my hobby more and more each day, I'm learning so much. My accreditations thus far: General Class Operator, Licensed Technician and General Class Instructor and ARES member. 

Elmer Tip

From one of my good friends and my first Elmer, N1BUG. ELMER TIP OF THE WEEK: Order of Call signs. Convention on which call sign goes first (calling station or station being called) varies by radio service. In amateur radio the call sign of the station transmitting goes last. Let’s look at an example. I [...]

Elmer Tips 

From N1BUG.  ELMER TIP OF THE WEEK: Station Identification Requirements. FCC Regulations require us to give our call sign every ten minutes during a communication and at the end of a communication. Remembering to identify can be a challenge for those coming to amateur radio from unlicensed personal radio services. Of course nervous mistakes happen [...]

Grief Transforms to Opportunity

Everyone in amateur radio, those in the military and those who are history buffs may already know this...but I had to do a little research to confirm something I read on Facebook and it was true read on. Samuel F. B. Morse Artist/Inventor (1791-1872). Samuel F.B. Morse was an accomplished painter before he invented the telegraph [...]

One Year

CQ! CQ! CQ! This is KC1FLG! CQ! CQ! CQ! Today marks my one year anniversary of getting my amateur radio license! My first contact ever was Bill Welsh, KB1WEA, both on EchoLink and the N1BUG repeater!   It has been a wonderful year in this hobby, I've gone from a Technician to a General Class [...]

FCC to Reinstate CW

FCC to Reinstate Morse Code TestApril 1, 2017 by Dan KB6NU Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2017 – Today, the Federal Communications Commission's previously approved Report and Order 17-987af which reinstates the Morse Code test for Technician Class, General Class and Amateur Extra Class licensees goes into effect. “It was a big mistake eliminating the [...]