Monday, March 4, 2013

Amateur Radio in Hollywood

from Sparky's Blog

In an episode tentatively scheduled to air Friday, March 15, the hit ABC comedy Last Man Standing — starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, KA0XTT — will feature a secondary ham radio storyline. This is the first time that the show will highlight Amateur Radio in its plot, showing various cast members on the air and communicating via ham radio.

In Episode 217 — called “The Fight” — Mike’s daughter Mandy (played by Molly Ephraim), gets her cell phone taken away as punishment. She discovers Mike’s home shack in the basement and uses ham radio to make faraway friends. According to Last Man Standing Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, the home shack is a brand new set built just for this episode. The ARRL provided many of the awards and certificates — including 5 Band DXCC, 5 Band Worked All States, 5 Band Worked All Continents, VUCC (for 50 MHz), the Diamond DXCC Challenge and the Morse Code Proficiency Certificate — seen on Mike Baxter’s home shack wall. READ MORE

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Free Repeater Directory for iPhone & Android, a fantastic source for Amateur Radio information, now has a FREE repeater directory app for Android & iPhone! Armed with a UHF/VHF/HF radio and this handy app, you'll have repeater communication all over North America! 

RepeaterbookPowered by the popular community database of and software of RepeaterBook enables you to easily find repeaters across the USA and Canada, for free and without a network connection.

• No network connection required.
• Use network, GPS or a grid square to find Repeaters.
• Displays your grid.
• Comprehensive selection and sorting options.
• Displays distance, heading and full repeater details.
• Fast and flexible, designed to help you use the repeater network.
• Easily submit updates from within the app.

All Ham Radio Repeaters listed on your Android, or iPhone!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cape Cod Field Day 2010 Demos many Ham Radio Modes

Burt Fisher K1OIK, shot a video back in 2010 of the Falmouth MA Ham Radio Club's Field Day. It has great examples of some of the many different modes of radio communication you can do with Ham Radio, as well as how each year, the last weekend in June is when Hams all over "take to the field" and do radio. What are your plans? Find out where a local Ham Radio Club near you will be doing field day & stop by. It's a great way to learn more about the hobby, meet local Hams, and even get a chance to get on the air yourself. 
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