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, [...]

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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

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

The Ham Code

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 [...]

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. 

What Ham Radio Operators Do

One of my dearest friends and followers asked me to explain what we do as Ham/Amateur Radio Operators. So this post is devoted to the subject of Ham Radio and what we do. First let me define Amateur Radio per the ARRL: "Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, [...]

Congress You’re Fired!

Senator Nelson you sir are a cad. You do not speak for this Floridian thanks to you we have to start all over again!  This Amateur Radio Operator will vote you out next election! From the Facebook group 100W and a Wire. 12/09/2016 The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as [...]