Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ham Nation promotes Ham Radio

Ham Nation is a great program that promotes a wonderful hobby and service. Hosted by Bob Heil K9EIU, Ham Nation airs on www.twit.tv each Wednesday at 6PM PT/ 9PM ET. Besides being a great ham, Bob is also the creator of Heil Microphones and "The Heil Sound". (I worked him once right after I got my General License)  This is episode #1 and features Eagles Guitarist and lifelong Ham Joe Walsh WB6ACU. Check it out!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Glen Beck talks about Ham Radio

Glen Beck featured Ham Radio  on his GBTV show, interviewing Walt Mayfield / KD5WSV, who covered a lot of ground in the short segment. Here's Walt explaining a lot about Ham Radio & showing some Ham Radio gear. Great Segment!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Backpack Radio with a 2kW punch


KC3VO's 2kW ham radio backpack amplifier gets the attention of the FCC! This is a preview from ARVN's "Dayton Collection" from the 2009 Dayton Hamvention. This clip comes from the "Unauthorized" Dayton TOUR. Details at www.arvideonews.com.

Friday, November 9, 2012

An Affordable Gadget for all Weathergeeks

Ooooooooo...
A pro weather station has always been a "Gee, I wish I could afford one of those..." gadgets that any Ham with a eye on the sky would love to fit out in their shack, but just can't swallow the hundreds of dollar price tag most of the complete "bells & whistles" models carry. (At least that has been the case for me, who always wanted one but could never justify the expense.)
Now, while the adage "You get what you pay for", may apply here, there are Weather Stations that offer wireless connectivity, full features, AND Internet connectivity & streaming on a beer-bottle price ...the line of weather stations badged by Ambient, Weatherwise, & others made by Chinese Manufacturer, Fine Offset Ltd. They've been around for about 3 years, and have recently come down from the $150-$200 range, to crack the sub-$100 sales offerings...down into the budget-minded WX Geek price range. (and just in time for the Holidays too!)

Monday, October 29, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY/IMPORTANT LINKS & INFO

Artists rendition...
The biggest storm in recent US history is  approaching the Northeast Atlantic Coast. Hurricane Sandy is forecast to make landfall approx 8PM EST Oct 29 near Trenton NJ bring 90+MPH winds and 6+' storm surges to much of the NJ/NY coastline. This dramatic storm is expected to effect the majority of the northeastern US with heavy winds, rain, snow & ice.

As Ham Operators, we stay poised to offer aid for any emergency, & no doubt there are Hams in the effected region now taking action in support for their community. During the brunt of the storm you can expect that wide-spread power outages may occur throughout the region, but more importantly, the days following the storm may be critical as communications may become compromised. Ham Radio operation may be one of the only methods of communications available until normal communication links can be restored.
The following links & services may offer good status info for anyone, especially Ham Radio operators assisting in keeping lines of communication open and passing traffic. 

Google Maps have a crisis map of the storm... Click On Image to Link


 The Hurricane watch net is Amateur Radio's pipeline to the National Weather Service with operators working inside the NHC. Listen on 14.325.00 MHz and 7.268 MHz and 3950 MHZ, or via the web. 

If you are 300 miles inside the approach of the storm and have a weather report you can submit it via the WX4NHC Online Hurricane Weather Report Form.


The 14.300 MHz Mobile Maritime Net. Another service net offering coverage & co-ordination for weather reports particularly for ships at sea. Any ship over the horizon can count on the Maritime Net to help keep them communicating with dry land.  Listen live via the web here.


SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) provides emergency communications support to the Salvation Army wherever needed on site, at the local level, via VHF/UHF Nets. During wide-spread emergencies (hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, etc.), the 14265 kHz Net becomes emergency traffic and H&W Net providing tactical assistance to those on site and handling outgoing H&W messages. The 14265 kHz Net is generally on the air from 1200Z to approximately 0100Z during times of wide-spread emergency. Check our web site at www.satern.org to determine the alert status of the SATERN Net.


Naturally, the point source for recovery & response is Federal Emergency Management Administration with TONS of links & info. (Hint: It's not your Daddy's FEMA anymore...they've learned a LOT from Katrina.)

As the East Coast faces an onslaught of weather, count on Ham Radio to serve in a unique capacity, and fill a most critical need. Hams everywhere stand ready to aid in any way they can. Preparing is a watchword Ham Radio speaks everyday. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Do the Internet without the Internet...

What would we do without the Internet? Everyday our lives are completely wired into the Internet in ways we now take for granted.  The majority of people in all developed countries now get their mail, news, television, music, photography, telephone...the majority of things that make up modern life, directly from the Internet. It's the information superhighway, and while you doubt you depend on it, just try to go a day or an hour, without access.

But what if you do have to go without it? What if some calamity happens where you live, which wipes out cellular & Internet access...totally. No set-top boxes streaming netflix, no desktops or laptops with wifi working, no digital cellular service for your smartphone? No cellphones! No Internet! What's left but to play shadow puppets on the wall cast by the glow of your blank PC screen? More importantly, now that you no longer have wired telephone access at your house since you switched over to a VOIP dataplan, how do you contact the outside world.
 

CAPTAIN! I HAVE A LOCK ON THE SIGNAL!
How about Digital Modes in Ham Radio? Huh? What? Digital what?
We Ham operators can take a loss of cellular, cable & internet access in stride. Beyond the "original digital" of Morse Code", ham radio has a army of digital modes, and some freely available computer software, which allow us to send text, photo, video, and sound via RADIO! 
Here's a short sample of digital radio techniques available to Ham Radio Operators:



Winlink 2000 (WL2K) is a worldwide system of volunteer resources supporting e-mail by radio, with non-commercial links to internet e-mail. These resources come from Amateur Radio, the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), and other volunteer organizations. The system provides valuable service to emergency communicators, and to licensed radio operators without access to the internet. The all-volunteer Winlink Development Team (WDT) is committed to continuous improvement using modern computer and networking technology with the most efficient and effective radio modes and digital protocols for local, regional and long-distance applications.
You must hold an Amateur Radio license or be a member of a supported organization or agency to use the Winlink 2000 system. Usage and software is free for all who qualify. LEARN MORE HERE.

Slow Scan TV (SSTV) While it's not NETFLIX, it is images sent via the magic of radio. And since it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, sending an image showing your situation may convey much needed information to those who may offer assistance. There is a slew of free & low-cost software available which can take an image from your computer and send it around the world & into space.
One of the most popular is the always free MM SSTV.


Many conversations on one frequency

Phase Shift Keying (PSK) When you hear psk on the radio, you liken it to a crowded cocktail party with several conversations all talking at once. (Give a Listen) In a way that's exactly what it is. On one frequency, several operators can send text to each other, back and fourth at the same time. Think of it as a big chatroom on steroids, only that it's done with radio, and you can chat directly to someone around the world. PSK is a very popular digital mode, with several multi-mode software packages offering it, along with a slew of other digital modes... a very popular software package is the free combo of Ham Radio Deluxe/DM780.

These are but three examples of how you can still do some of what you take for granted doing on the Internet, which you can also do with a PC and a Ham Radio. There's hardware & software that makes this happen, and with some tinkering, any ham can "work"digital. To get started & learn more, check out the info the Amateur Radio Relay League offers, and to hear some samples of the different digital modes don't forget to visit WB8NUT's webpage, which offers descriptions of the different modes along with a sound sample.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Getting Crossed Up is a Good Thing...

Over in the APN Facebook Open Group, a wonderful question came up which inspired this article about being cross... or actually crossbanded.

Every ham knows operating UHF & VHF allows wonderful point to point, close range communications, however, effective signal range can be another matter. With handheld radios transmitting with only a few paltry watts, and frequencies which travel line of sight, and often subject to scattering by obstacles like buildings, terrain or vegetation, the distances which UHF & VHF radios can get a signal out, can often be too limited. For the most part, most activity on the upper bands involve using signal boosting repeater operations, where each individual point is actually communicating to a powerful repeater, instead of the intended receive point directly.
It's a system that works like gangbusters. Repeaters allow UHF/VHF communications far past normal ranges...it's THE thing to do. But what of the lowly handheld which, for one reason or another, can hear the repeater, but just doesn't have the stuff to get a signal to the repeater? That's when you need to get cross... as in Crossband Repeat.

Crossband capable Icom IC-2820H
One of the neat features some mobile UHF/VHF dual-band radios offer, is the ability to simultaneously receive on one band, and transmit on another band... to crossband repeat. That neat feature adds the ability to boost a weak signal...like from your little handheld...and give it the power it needs to be heard several miles away at the big repeater, or to any receive point far beyond the range of the handheld. Besides a crossband capable mobile or base radio, you need a handheld radio with dual-band capability...usually 2 meter and 70 centimeter (440 Mhz.), and able to operate "split", or able to transmit on one frequency & receive on another, (most dual-band handheld radios do). The method of setting up a crossband radio would depend on the individual model radio, but in essence the crossbanding radio is usually set up to receive a 70cm discrete frequency...say 444.600MHz... and transmit on the target 2 meter repeater frequency, or the discrete 2 meter simplex frequency your receiving party is monitoring. Then you would transmit to your crossband radio on the 70cm frequency, and split receive the repeaters 2 meter transmit frequency, or whatever frequency your receiving party is operating on. The following diagrams may help visualize this method...
Neat-o Diagram made by yours truely!
It's easy to see that crossbanding can extend greatly the operating range of a small handheld radio, allowing greater ability to operate in less than optimal conditions, as well as enabling you far greater capability to set up remote net operations free of additional outside support... perfectly suited for emergency ops. If you like to learn more about crossbanding, here's a great article on the Worldwide Radio Forum, which may help you further.
So the next time you can't get your signal into the local repeater, don't get cross... just get crossbanded!        '73 from KI4HEE

Thursday, July 5, 2012

QRP Low Power Radio = High Power Prepper Potential

Lights dim all over town when I key up...
The adage, "If a little is good, a lot must be better..." isn't always true. With Ham Radio, there is a lot that can be done with a lot less than you'd expect.
Although Ham Radio stations are allowed up to 1500 watts of power to transmit a signal, on the other side of the spectrum, low power or QRP operation... 5 watts or less, has in some circumstances, the exact same potential of getting a signal transmitted. Add to that, the cost of the equipment required to operate at high power, verses low power operation, the opportunity and potential of low power operation becomes a very attractive option, particularly for those intending to operate in emergency or field conditions free of outside support.

A blowtorch radio may be preferred, but along with high power operation comes greater demand for electrical energy.  Keying down a high power radio transmitter and you'll see a electrical meter spin off it's pole as the house current gets drawn into the atmosphere. Not so bad when your electricity is supplied from the power company, but not so good when the electricity is coming from your generator, battery, or solar panel. Often, a high power radio can't be worked into your energy budget. From a Prepper perspective, a low power Ham station makes a lot more sense, with less demand for electricity, and greater options of obtaining power, along with how versatile and portable your equipment can be.
K1DOD's Yeasu FT-817 & LDG Autotuner does great QRP!

Take a very popular low power radio set-up as an example, the popular Yeasu FT-817 HF/UHF/VHF portable. The fully functional rig offers battery powered portability with up to 5 watts of power. Tuned into a portable antenna, the little radio can span the globe with everything...radio, tuner, battery, antenna, packing down into a shoulder bag.

From a bug out perspective, QRP operation offers the best potential, versatility, and utilization, bringing full communications capability in a manageable package. Check out how a FT-817, with a 20 watt battery powered amplifier can talk to Hawaii from California... from a bicycle!
Ready to learn more about QRP Radio? Here's a great list of links for a start...
The biggest group of low power enthusiasts is QRP Amateur Radio Club International...low on power BIG in potential!
If you are into "Rolling Your Own" - building your own radio gear check out QRP HomeBuilder, with Ham Radio Projects as well as other electronic ideas.
There's a cottage industry of QRP Homebuilding Kits on the web, one of most extensive is Hendricks QRP Kits, with affordable QRP Kits at exceptional value.
'73 for now...we'll see you ON THE AIR! -KI4HEE

Friday, June 22, 2012

Field Day: When the Rubber meets the Road

The Scamp Shack in 2005... it'll do it again this weekend too!
The day of days of all of Ham Radio is upon us! Ham Radio Field Day! This weekend, June 23 & 24, Hams all across the nation take their Ham Radio gear and demonstrate operating under field conditions.

The versatile nature of Ham Radio... to set up and operate literally anytime, anywhere, is a valuable aspect of the hobby, and a vital skill of the Amateur Radio Service. From the beginning of radio, Hams have often served as last resort communicators in a disaster, and the ability hasn't lessened in importance today.
That's why the last weekend in June has traditionally been field day, where Hams take to the field to set up tents, trailers, generators, antennas in the trees, and communicate all over the country.

Interested in finding out more about Ham Radio or even get a chance to operate? Field Day is the perfect chance to learn about Ham Radio firsthand and see for yourself what it takes to prepare, set up, and communicate under "Field Conditions". Thousands of Ham Radio Clubs and Groups operate Field Day nationwide, you probably have a group near you that would be happy to show you what they do. Check out the "Official" Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day Locator for the closest field day activity near you.


 This weekend I'll personally be participating with my friends in the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, as we set up field operations on the grounds of The American Red Cross on the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, in Myrtle Beach SC. We will be operating on several ham bands under our club callsign W4GS. Come join us, we'll start setting up early Saturday morning, and will be operating by 2PM, and continue operating all night long into Sunday afternoon.  Stop by, have a burger & dog, a cool drink and check out how it's done "in the field".'73 KI4HEE

Monday, May 21, 2012

A new Hurricane Season is soon upon us.

Hurrican Ivan visits the Gulf Coast
With kids keeping a real close eye on the calendar, counting down the days till summer vacation, summer is swiftly on it's way. Along with the hot summer fun, for everyone living along the Atlantic & Gulf Coasts, there's another seasonal pastime to look forward to... Tropical Storm & Hurricane season. While the Midwest states have already had to contend with Tornado outbreaks, each summer, the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane builds as ocean temps warm up in the northern hemisphere. While the cycle of storm threats seemingly on a downward trend, (depending on which propeller-head weather forecaster is speaking), it's still prudent to take time to refresh your preparations now before any need arises.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ham Radio? They got a app for that...

HamSat satellite tracking App for the iphone
Strike up a conversation with someone about Amateur Radio, and you'll likely hear "...ham radio is old fashioned now that there's the internet & smart phones...", as if all the propellerheads of the world
Clear for takeoff
are all in lockstep, marching to the drumbeat tune of internet connectivity. Actually, the opposite is true as more tinkerers & electro-geeks than ever before are finding what Ham's have always known... Ham Radio offers great ways to tinker & communicate with radio & the web world wide.  And with smartphones now the new "thing", it's the "apps" that are calling the tune.

Like any Ham, I live by the motto "If it's free...it's for me!", frugal ain't the word for how I'm am, but it's a lot less wordy than other descriptions. Free Apps, especially Ham Radio Apps, hold special appeal.

That's why I give my personal radioactive thumb's up for James Thomas's free app, Ham Tech for offering a quick, easy way to study for the Technician Class Ham Radio License Exam. Ace the element 2 (Technician class) licensing exam by studying with this iPhone and iPod touch application. Review the exact questions and answers as published by the FCC. Also available are apps for General & Extra Class, those you pay for, THIS ONE'S FREE!

Another app is the vanguard of Amateur Radio VOIP (Voice Over the Internet Protocol), Echolink, by Synergenics, LLC. You need a Ham Radio License and a free echolink account, but with this app you can use your smartphone communicate all over the world thru tens of thousands of echolink-equipped radio repeaters, and hundreds of thousands ham operators directly. Think of it as the original Magic Jac that's FREE!


A pretty neat and simply named Ham Radio Utilities App is Ham by Smerty Software. This handy callsign lookup, band condition monitor, & PSK(phase-shift keying) reporter makes life on the radio more convenient. Available in iTunes for the iphone, & Market for Android smartphones.

Ham radio is more accessible and more functionable than ever before, and with more apps being developed, you can count on Ham Radio to continue to be integrated into how we communicate, mixing reliable technology and fresh tech ideas.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

When you least expect it--Your radio CAN help!

Editors Note: The following article is from www.qrz.com...
Dateline Baja 03:15 UTC……..Okay, I just always wanted to say that!

What follows is not much of a story—it was simply HAMs helping fellow HAMs—and reminds me why I keep the radio turned on.

It's Friday night and I’m working at my computer in the motor home here in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico—the grandkids are here raiding my potato chips and M&M stash (I need a better hiding place)—even with all that QRM in the background I am able to hear a scratchy call on the PARC repeater (147.730) across the border in San Diego County.

It went something like this: "This is KJ6KPR...... I need someone to make a call to my propane company as we are up here at Mount Laguna and are out of gas for heating, and it’s freezing up here."

Monday, March 26, 2012

SKYWARN, the vital groundtruth

by Robert Hawkins, KI4HEE
Tornado descending from a thunderstorm over New Mexico.
Springtime. While always a welcome change to warmer weather, the changing weather patterns often create unstable conditions that sometimes become catastrophic. It's the mission of the National Weather Service to serve the public with the most accurate weather monitoring information available, and has become technically able to give weather warnings down to the neighborhood level. But while the most sophisticated Doppler Radar, and the fastest Super Computers do spot trouble from the skies, it's the "eyeballs" on the ground, the eyewitness reports that the National Weather Service relies on, that makes sure their super-keen hardware is giving them accurate data.

The NWS SKYWARN program is the front line resource for accurate weather reporting. Reports from trained weather spotters in and out of the SKYWARN program is the "ground truth" the weather forecasters rely on.

It's not difficult to become a SKYWARN spotter, anybody can become one. But first, you need to learn just what the NWS is looking for, and how to report it accurately. National Weather Service Offices nation-wide schedule informal classes & there are online presentations, like here, from the Wilmington office of the NWS, that teaches you the basics.


Many Hams are involved in SKYWARN. The nature of instantly coordinating a spotters network in response to a local weather event is a skill that comes easily to ham radio. You too can participate, and in doing so, offer the most important tool in the National Weather Services Forecast & Reporting Arsenal.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"How about a APN Ham Radio Net?"

CQ CQ Bob Hawkins, KI4HEE here with a word about Ham Radio Nets...

According to Tom Martin, (one of the APN head cheese's) there's a clamor for a APN Radio Net here in the Southeast US.  Hams in FL,GA NC & SC wanting to crank up Ham Radio's version of "Meet Ups". Back in 2009 I helped get started what is now the American Preparedness Radio Net (TAPRN) on Sunday Nights 9PM, on 3.180 MHz. But with pretty limited conditions on the 75-80 meter band at night, unless conditions are good, the net is pretty much regional to Virginia, W.VA., PA. If it's still on the air, it's a great net to check into, and I definitely recommend it. Listen for it Sundays, 9PM EST, on or about 3.180 MHz.

One of my 40 meter nets...
To the uninitiated out there, (and those of you who don't have a Ham Radio License), a "net" is generally an established meeting on the radio, on a scheduled date, time, and frequency, where Radio Operators would "check-in'. The net is "moderated" by a net control operator who directs the net through it's litany of activities like checking in operators to a roll call, conducting a "rag-chew" discussion session, passing radio traffic or making announcements, or organizing those checking in who have announcements to make. The net control position is often shared on wide-range nets with other operators who can assist in getting stations that the main net control may not be able to hear directly. But generally speaking, the net control position in a net is of glorified traffic cop directing traffic.  

Ham Radio Nets offers great way of getting radio operators together on a common topic, more importantly, they serve as practice for conducting the standard methods of real world emergency radio nets. Being proficient in participating in a informal net gives you the basic knowledge necessary to conduct your own net, or be able to assist a net if there's an occasion that merits it.

While there's nothing stopping APN Ham operators holding any formal nets, but there's some actions necessary to undertake and consider before keying up and calling a net.  Ham Radio operators all know that they have free access to designated portions of the Radio spectrum, but no one person or group "owns" any given frequency. There's always other activities that can interrupt or preclude any scheduled net. Just because you've published a time & place, if someone is there on frequency, you can't barge in and take over. (Sadly, some organized nets, or actually some organized net participants fail to realize that.)  The first thing to do is to scout out where and when a net can be held that will not disrupt already established activities. We want no net wars here.  The best way to achieve that is to monitor some frequencies over a period of several days, different times of the day, noting what activities are going on, learning the rough pattern.  It's difficult, but after a while, spots on the bands on certain days will begin to stand out as likely candidates. Even after vetting a particular time and place, you can count on finding some activity on your precious "turf", and flexibility in net times and frequencies (on or about x hour & on or about x frequency) is necessary. Pay heed that there are some who have met on a particular patch on a band, on a particular time of day for years. Again, even though no one "owns" any frequency, it's always prudent to be a good neighbor, and treat others as you yourself wish to be treated. Consider yourself as a newcomer and try to accomodate the best you can.


Occasionally sparks do fly from my fingers..
 If any APN operators wants to try to establish a net,  I'd offer some suggestions... (please note: these are only my personal suggestions, if you wish to say I'm all wet, I won't mind).
I'd lean toward doing a net on 20 meters, above 14.350 MHz. on a weekend afternoon, or morning. Once a week is much more doable than on a daily basis, 20 meters seems the most workable band nation wide, and with the Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN), the Salvation Army( SATERN)  & the Hurricane Watch Nets (HWN) inhabiting that region of the dial, it seems a good neighborhood to hang out. But... I strongly suggest monitoring spots well up above 14.350 MHz., and check first if there's a spot up there that's out of the way of anything already organized. Weekends are about the only time most Hams of working age, (yes, there are a few of us who do have jobs...) and can't work the bands on mornings & afternoons.   Unfortunately, weekends means CONTESTING, (a topic all to its own), so finding a contest free spot, outside of WARC bands, would be problematic.

Don't get between him and FOOD!
Concerning WARC (World Administrative Radio Congress) bands,  The 17 (18) meter band, 18.110 - 18.168 MHz., offers hope as a place to hold a net. While there's a gentleman's agreement of no contesting on WARC bands, there are nets there, although few and scattered. A lot of folk can't work 18 meters, but it's contest free. Some may gruff who think the agreement should include nets as well, but that equals out from what gruff you get anywhere in Ham Radio where you try to shoulder-in a net on a busy band.

Watch for further reports here on this blog. We'll aim to promote any net activity anyone wishes to announce, just shoot me a message.

Personally, I'm all for getting a net started.  I already have a APN Net Preamble available, located on it's own page here on the Blog. Feel free to use it, and send in your net report.  Since I'm my local clubs Net Manager, with extensive NCS experience, you can count on me to to help with whatever we come up with, plus I'll check in and ask to be added to the payroll whenever I can.  Anyone wishes to assist, please let your presence be known by commenting to this article, include a email address so we can co-ordinate.


'73 you all... KI4HEE 


Monday, March 19, 2012

A Realistic Approach to Prepper Communications

Can't do Morse Code or key a Mic Button
All the hysteria over the economy failing, threat of impending wars, and massive natural disasters tossing us all into the dark ages, has everyone scrambling around wondering whats going on? This article isn't going to address any of that. Instead, what it will do is offer some perspective as to what you can do to insure you have the tools necessary to reach the outside world & communicate effectively in the event that normal means of communications are interrupted.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If I can become a Ham, so can YOU!

Over on our APN Facebook Group page, a good question came up..."We are looking into getting a couple of HAM radios. One for my parents and one for us. Which one is a decent one that can reach over 200 miles, but not something that costs an arm and a leg to get?" Of which I posted an answer which, while totally long winded, may be handy to post here...

It's the conditions and circumstances that determine how far a radio can communicate. For instance, using a 2 meter handheld radio with 5 watts of power, I've talked from my back yard in South Carolina, to a Ham in Great Falls Montana. Quite a feat since 2 meter UHF range is usually line of sight, (meaning, on average 30 miles at sea level).
In this case, I made my contact using the International Space Station's Ham radio acting as a repeater, it relayed my signal from Montana & back. Since the ISS is 250 miles up in orbit, it's location allowed "line of sight" communication much further than here on the ground. BTW, I've talked often with the astronauts up there too.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Solar Flare Event Heading to Earth

Incoming Full-Halo CME
Incoming! The new WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction is calling for a direct CME impact during the middle of tomorrow (March 8). The solar wind is expected to increase to over 800 km/s and Strong Geomagnetic Storming will be possible. This plasma cloud is the result of the X5.4 and X1.3 Solar Flare event very early this morning. In the new movie below, you can see that the plasma cloud is Full-Halo and heading this way.



Arrival Time Update Please note that the expected arrival time of the plasma cloud will be between 0600-1000 UTC.(1AM-5AM EST) This means sometime after 2am EST, we can expect the first signs of the incoming Coronal Mass Ejection   READ MORE HERE


RADIO BLACKOUT INDICATOR

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Radio Days Are Back: Ham Radio Comeback

iPhone, beware?
The newest trend in American communication isn't another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high, with over 700,000 licenses in the United States, according to the Federal Communications Commission. READ MORE

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Tech: Spray-On Antennas

If you often find yourself lacking wireless signal, there may soon be a simple solution. Scientists have developed a spray-on coating that can boost your phone's reception, make your home amplify signals instead of attenuating them, or even turn a tree into a transmitter. Read More
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