Dan Romanchik - KB6NU
Although I’ve been licensed for a long time, I was not very active until I participated in our club’s 2002 Field Day 2002 operation. There, I made my first CW contact in several years and got hooked on amateur radio all over again.
Since then, I’ve become very active:
I’ve made more than three contacts per day on average since Field Day 2002, mostly on CW.
I blog about amateur radio at KB6NU.com.
I teach ham radio classes.
I love helping people have more fun with ham radio. If you ever hear me on the air, I hope that you’ll give me a call.
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I normally don’t include QSLs from stations whose calls require that the number be part of the word, but I’m going to make an exception in the case of WD0T:
A couple of weeks ago, I worked Dave, AB0DK on 40 meters. As it turns out, he’s also a ham radio instructor and uses my study guides for his classes. Thanks, Dave, for sharing the joy of amateur radio with others and for using my books.
Lately, it seems like I’ve been making more instructor sales. If you’re an instructor, I do offer an instructor discount. You can order as many copies of any of the three study guides for only $10/copy. Email me directly for more details.
Although I’ve been a member of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society for nearly a year now, this weekend, I finally got around to activating my first lighthouse: the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse. All I can say is that it was a blast.
A recurring theme of History related special events for August seems to be Manifest Destiny, the 19th Century American belief that the American people were destined to expand westward across the North American continent (and for some, southward into Central America and the Caribbean as well). The special event stations related to the telegraph, railroad, and the Pony Express commemorate events or entities that played a key role in the American settlement of the west. Other special events in August honor the United States Coast Guard and commemorate the only refugee shelter operated in the United States during World War II. Related to the Coast Guard (they absorbed the US Lighthouse Service in 1939), the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend is the weekend of 17/18 August.
The ARRL’s 2018 annual report has recently been published, and, of course, I have a few comments on it:
In his message from the president, Rick Roderick, K5UR, describes what he calls a “new generation” of hams and contrasts them to “classic hams.” I don’t think in those terms, and I think it’s a mistake to do so. Plenty of “veteran hams” are using amateur radio to “aid their communities, and for enhancing the fun they’re already having while camping, hiking, or doing other outdoor activities.”
The June 2019 issue of RadCom, the Radio Society of Great Britain’s equivalent to QST, contains the article, Building a strong local club structure, by Richard Thomas, G4JJP. In the article, G4JJP proposes changes to the way we organize amateur radio clubs.
Citing the dwindling membership of most local clubs, one of the proposals he makes is that instead of many small clubs, he proposes that we form more regional associations and that this regional association would exist primarily online, except for perhaps a club station. Organizing in this way would reduce the overhead costs of running a traditional club.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, 20m has been open more in the past couple of days. Today, for example, I made 7 20m contacts, including several in Europe. I don’t think this is a long-term trend, but it’s nice to make some contacts on 20m.
I copied the special bulletin for Field Day this year. My original plan was to copy the first Friday evening CW transmission at 20 wpm. So, just before the transmission was to begin, I tuned to 7047.5 kHz (I wonder how they chose that particular frequency?) and set up my digital recorder.
Southgate reported recently that there’s been a proposal by France to make the Aeronautical Mobile Service the primary users of the 144-146 MHz band and demote the Amateur Radio Service to secondary users. The report say that this is “part of a broader consideration of the spectrum allocated to that service.”
We ran four HF stations this year, including two CW and two SSB stations. Also shown in this photo are the GOTA station, the public information table, and the food tent. Photo: Larry Works, KD8MDM.
Well, Field Day 2019 has come and gone. We didn’t do quite as well as we did last year. This year, we made just short of 2,100 QSOs, compared to 2,245 in 2018. We also missed some bonus points that we scored last year, so our overall score is going to be lower this year.
The National Institute of Standards and Technologies has its fingers in many different pies. The electronics buffs among us know them for their work in electronics standards, such as voltage standards, and the WWVx time and frequency standards stations.
In addition to these activities, amateur radio operators should also know about their work with emergency communications. A recent blog post, “Mission Critical Voice Communications: Your Life May Depend on It!” discusses some of the latest work being done by the Public Safety Communications Research division (PSCR) in Boulder, Colorado.