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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Wow! - Yesterday, when I QSYed to 40m, I found the California QSO party in full swing. I know from trying it once, not to participate in this contest, at least not with my callsign. Despite signing KB6NU/MI, I got bombarded with calls from people thinking that I lived in California.
So, I tuned up to the old Novice band. Even when a CW contest is in full swing, a portion of the old Novice band from 7110 to 7125 kHz is open for contacts, mostly slow-speed contacts.
The ARRL’s Lifelong Learning program is now officially underway. About a month and a half ago, ARRL registered teachers were sent an email asking us to provide those running the program with the following information:
A brief explanation of our teaching backgrounds
Our areas of expertise related to amateur radio
Our experience with online learning and course development
As you are aware, the ARRL has spent more than two years working with the FCC developing an enhanced program to support the FCC Enforcement staff with monitoring and reporting alleged problems arising on the Amateur Radio bands. The time has come to transition from the former Official Observer (OO) program to the new Volunteer Monitor (VM) program. The OO program will officially sunset on Monday September 30, 2019. The new Volunteer Monitor program will become effective on Tuesday October 1, 2019.
A recent study, Learning Morse Code Alters Microstructural Properties in the Inferior Longitudinal Fasciculus, has shown that learning Morse Code increases neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but from what I’ve read neuroplasticity is a good thing. It helps us learn new things, recover more quickly from injury, and overcome some brain deficits, depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive compulsive patterns.
Here we go again. I’m not sure why the ARRL think that they can push this through this time when they were unsuccessful last time, and when, as noted below, “The parties to the ARRL-arranged talks declined to forward to the FCC joint recommendations on which conditional agreement had been reached.” Do they think that the opponents are just going to give up?
Resistance is futile?!
FT8 really is reshaping amateur radio. Even if all DXpeditions swore not to use FT8 bots (but you know they will), hams are moving to FT8 and related modes in huge numbers. Here are a couple of related items that I ran across yesterday.
In a recent editorial, the editor of Evaluation Engineering, the only trade magazine left that specializes in covering the electronics test and measurement industry, asked the title question. In asking the question he brought up the 2017 collision between the USS John McCain and a Libyan oil tanker.