Commentary

Welcome back, K9JY

Looking back over the blog, I see my last post was from May, 2010. Eleven years ago. Doesn’t seem that long ago, but then, time flies. I stopped operating longer than before that – I think I had gotten bored with the hobby. There were a few reasons: I moved to Washington State from the

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Clubs

Is Your Ham Radio Club a General Purpose or Specialty Club?

Ham radio clubs are often thought of as the bedrock of amateur radio. As one who has both criticized ham radio clubs as well as made suggestions for helping improve them, I want to take some time to talk through what makes a great ham radio club. The very first decision that needs making when

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Clubs

Lose your ham radio club members in one easy step

For the first time in a long time, I went to a ham radio club meeting. It was not a pleasant experience. In fact, I left after the half hour business meeting; I didn’t even wait to see the program for the night. It’s not that I was angry or frustrated or whatever; no, it

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Clubs

Ham radio web sites need improved marketing

Atlanta Radio Club Banner by The Rocketeer When I moved to Seattle from Illinois, I wanted to join a ham radio club. Great — I hit the Internet and started looking. Once I found a club that I thought I would like, I tried to get directions to where the club meeting was located. Google

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Software

If you were thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 for ham radio

You may want to reconsider that notion and just buy another Windows PC. Or a Mac. I still have an XP laptop and I’d never go through the exceptional hassle of upgrading to the greatness of Windows 7. Here’s the chart: Here’s the operative statement to upgrade from XP to Windows 7: All of the

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Commentary

Signals!

You see, if you turn the radio on and have an antenna, you can hear signals on the air! Now to connect the radio to the iMAC. Hmmmm….

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Commentary

K9JY Hacked!

The K9JY site was hacked over the last couple of days and you should have seen some weird screen renderings of the site. All should now be good. At least I hope so. I’m security-minded I try and not go nuts on the security stuff, but ever since I started putting out the K9JY WriteLog

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Software

The iMac: Will ham radio be the same?

Well, I took the plunge. I bought an iMac. Interestingly, it was over two months ago, but I haven’t gotten around to doing any ham radio stuff with it yet. Too busy getting the rest of it setup for the business (Cube Rules). I’ve seen a bit of software out there for ham radio on

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Contesting

How to learn from every ham radio contest

When taking notes at the end of the contest — what went well and what could have been better — what should you consider for inclusion? Here’s a short trigger list for what you can learn from every contest: Equipment Radio working properly Amplifier working properly Keyer working properly Computer issues Contesting software issues Interface

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