Saturday, February 02, 2008

Hamfest season is coming! 

Well even though old Phil saw his shadow today and is predicting six more weeks of winter we can look forward to the fact that ham fest season is on its way again.

On a side note I just can't keep from wondering why some reasoned soul doesn't make sure that if that little critter sees his shadow it is through a third eye. Guess you can tell I'm not a fan of winter.

I received an email today with the announcement of the Monessen Amateur Radio Club's upcoming ham fest on Sunday March 30th 2008. Here is a link to a web site where you can get all the details and download a PDF file if you like.

Click here for more details on the MARCfest.


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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Excellent web site for mobile operators 

Thanks to Bob, N3DOK, for the pointer to this web site. Give it a look.

Here is an excellent website. It has information about Batteries. The gel cell, lead acid battery is so misunderstood. The sad part is these devices is that they can kill,burn or hurt people. Along with batteries, Allen K0BG goes into lots of material for proper amateur operation. I believe that you will enjoy the material.
Do you believe in Alternator Whine? Read Alternators & Batteries

K0BG web site

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Company fined for putting illigeal frequencies in radios 

Thanks to Otto NO3U for the pointer to this story.

WestCom Wireless, Inc. of McKeesport was cited by the FCC for
programming GMRS frequencies into the radios of the Harrison Township
Water Authority. The HTWA was not licensed for GMRS, and the FCC broke
from their usual practice of citing the radio users rather than the
radio system programmers. The FCC stated:

Section 90.427(b) states "[e]xcept for frequencies used in accordance with S: 90.417, no person shall program into a transmitter frequencies for which the licensee using the transmitter is not authorized."

WestCom Wireless, Inc. programmed eight Kenwood TK-8160K mobile
radios with a frequency for which Harrison Township Water Authority is not authorized.

See the full citation at:

FCC Citation Issued To WestCom

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Do you Google? 

I don't normally cross post to my blogs but once in a while I write something that I feel will appeal to more than one group. I just wrote an entry on Around The Town In Oakmont that I think would be of interest to both radio and Linux folks.

It deals with using the on line applications that Google offers for generating and sharing information. If you would like to read it please click on the link below.

Have you tried Google yet?

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

I knew this one was going to stir up a hornets nest 

I was checking some of the web sites that I usually haunt after the scanner net this evening and ran across this posting. I have to admit that some times I have these feelings myself, that I could never be as good as the old timers I knew when I got into the hobby. When I pull out a copy of the written exam that I had to pass for my Technician license, in those days you took the General class written and the five word per minute Novice code test to get the Tech license, some of the new comers look at me like I'm crazy.

It is true that now days we have a lot of people coming into the hobby that don't now which end of a soldering iron gets hot let alone what the various parts inside the boxes do at the component level. I do not look down on these folks as they have achieved the requirements set by the FCC to obtain their license so as far as I'm concerned they earned it. If like to poster of this article on eHam they want to learn more all the better. Take a look at the article and some of the comments that follow and see if you agree or disagree. It is food for thought either way.

Article on eHam web site.

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