ICQ Podcast Episode 304 – Training, Licencing & Growing the Amateur Radio Hobby

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In this episode, Colin Butler (M6BOY) discusses training, licencing and growing the amateur radio hobby with Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ), Chris Howard M0TCH and Dan Romanchik (KB6NU).

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NEW! Yaesu FT3D C4FM Handheld Review/Comparison C4FM Handheld Review/Comparison

 Yaesu FT3D C4FM Handheld Review/Comparison

 

 

 

 

 

FT3DR 
2 m/70 cm Dual-Band Handheld

5 W C4FM/FM Dual Band Digital Transceiver

320×240 full color TFT LCD display

1200/9600bps APRS Data Communication

 

 

Compact Design and Reliable 5W RF Power Output (Selectable 5W/ 2.5W/ 1W/ 0.3W)

C4FM Digital V/D Mode, Voice FR Mode, Data FR Mode and Conventional FM Mode

700 mW of audio power with C4FM clear and crisp audio quality

Dual Band Simultaneous Receive (V+V/ U+U/ V+U/ U+V)

Built-in Bluetooth Unit enables the easy hands-free operation (NEW!)

Highly visible 320 x 240 dot matrix Full-Color TFT Touch Panel Display

Band Scope Function enables monitoring up to 79 channels centered around the current VFO frequency with high-speed (NEW!)

CAM (Club Channel Activity Monitor) function (NEW!)

System Fusion II compatible such as AMS (Automatic Mode Select), DG-ID (Digital Group ID), and Smart Navigation functions

WiRES-X Portable Digital Node compatible

Built-in 66ch High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver

1200/9600bps APRS Data Communication

Snapshot Feature

Voice Recording function for the received and transmitting voice and audio

Built-in On/Off Timer, Automatic Power Off (APO) and Time-out Timer (TOT)

micro SD Card Slot (up to 32GB)

IPX5 Rating Water Protection

Supplied Accessories

Antenna
7.2 V 2,200 mAh Lithium Ion Battery Pack (SBR-14LI)
Battery Charger (SAD-25)
Belt Clip (SHB-13)
USB Cable
Operating Manual

Specifications

Frequency Ranges:
A(Main) Band RX: 0.5 – 1.8MHz (AM Broadcast)
1.8 – 30MHz (SW Band)
30 – 76MHz (50MHz HAM)
76 – 108MHz (FM Broadcast)
108 – 137MHz (Air Band)
137 – 174MHz (144MHz HAM)
174 – 222MHz (VHF TV)
222 – 420MHz (GEN1)
420 – 470MHz (430MHz HAM)
470 – 800MHz (UHF Band)
800 – 999.90MHz (GEN2, USA Cellular Blocked)
B(Sub) Band RX: 108 – 137MHz (Air Band)
137 – 174MHz (144MHz HAM)
174 – 222MHz (VHF)
222 – 420MHz (GEN1)
420 – 470MHz (430MHz HAM)
470 – 580MHz (UHF Band)
TX: 144 – 148MHz, 430 – 450MHz
Circuit Type: NFM/ AM:Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
FM /AM Radio: Direct-Conversion
Modulation Type: F1D, F2D, F3E, F7W
RF Power Output: 5W/ 2.5W/ 1W/ 0.3W (@ Batteery pack or EXT DC)
Memory Channels: 1256
Waterproof Rating: IPX5
Case Size(W x H x D): 2.44″x 3.94″x 1.28″ (62 x 100 x 32.5 mm)w/ SBR-14LI, w/o Knob & Antenna
Weight: 9.95oz (282 g) w/ SBR-14LI and Antenna

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Encore – Classical Music on Shortwave – Sunday and Friday

Encore – Classical Music on Shortwave – Broadcast on Sunday afternoon in Europe and USA – Radio Tumbril.

Encore – Classical Music this weekend is being broadcast as usual by Channel 292 (Europe) on 6070 kHz at 15:00 UTC Sunday 8th September
And by WBCQ on 7490 kHz at 00:00 – 01:00 UTC Monday 9th September
There is a repeat on 6070 kHz on Friday 13th September at 19:00 UTC.
This week’s programme starts with some Prokofiev, then a harp sonata followed by a Beethoven string quartet. Liszt Piano music and Schumann cello concerto to finish. Tune in if you can.
Both Channel 292 and WBCQ do live streams if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore – Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well/badly the signal is received where you live – reception reports welcome.
Brice Avery – Encore – Radio Tumbril – http://www.tumbril.co.uk
Regular Broadcast times are:
15:00 – 16:00 UTC Sunday, and repeated 19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz (Channel 292 Germany).
00:00 – 01:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz 9WBCQ – Maine).

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Reservation – ICOM IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Portable Transceiver

Icom IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Transceiver Reservation

Your New Partner for Field Operations

Grab your spot in the queue early! Click and order or call now to place your Icom IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Portable Transceiver RESERVATION+++  

DX Engineering is pleased to announce our reservation program for the exciting new Icom IC-705 HF/VHF/UHF Portable Transceiver.

Expected availability Spring 2020

The Icom IC-705 Transceiver brings the advanced features of the IC-7300, IC-7610 and IC-9700 to a portable QRP package. It features SDR Direct Sampling technology for low noise and low distortion receiver performance and incredible voice and digital transmission capabilities. Along with the same color touch screen and high speed, high resolution of the real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display, the rich set of features in the IC-705 will easily place this radio as the “Best Ever” All-Band All-Mode Portable!

Here are many of the advanced features for the highly anticipated Icom IC-705 Portable Transceiver:

* “Base Station” performance in compact package that you can hold with one hand!

* Dimensions (WHD): 7.9 x 3.1 x 3.3 in. (20.0 x 8.0 x 8.5 cm)

* All-band All-mode Transceiver Capability: 160-6m+2m+70cm; SSB/CW/RTTY/AM/FM/DV (D-STAR)

*Full D-STAR capabilities including DR mode and Terminal Mode/Access Point Mode

* Send, receive and view images on the IC-705 with no application software required  

* “General Receive” coverage from MW through 148 MHz, 430-450 MHz (product frequency coverage is subject to change)

* Receives AM and FM Broadcast Bands and Air Band

* Output power is 10W on external 13.8V supply or 5W with included clip-in rear panel battery pack (BP-272 Li-ion); supports QRP and QRPp operation down to 0.5 W

* 4.3 in. color touchscreen display – same as used in the Icom IC-7300 and IC-9700

*High-speed high-resolution real-time spectrum scope and waterfall display

*SDR Direct Sampling below 25 MHz and Down-conversion IF above 25 MHz

* Built-In GPS tracking logger, repeater locator and finds nearby D-STAR repeaters

* USB port (micro-B) for direct interface  

* Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) for remote operation

* Bluetooth – supports smartphone linking, remote control and Bluetooth wireless headsets and headphones

* microSD Card Slot (microSD card not included)

* Includes HM-243 Speaker/Mic with multi-function buttons

*Includes VHF/UHF Flexible Antenna; antenna connector is BNC

*Optional LC-192 Multibag Backpack for easy portable operations

When this new transceiver becomes available you will be entitled to a first right of refusal on a first come, first served basis. Once this transceiver has received FCC Type Certification and is offered for sale by Icom, with officially announced pricing, you will be contacted by DX Engineering to complete your order. Should you choose not to complete your IC-705 order, your non-refundable deposit will be converted to a Gift Card that you can use toward any product offered by DX Engineering.

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Hurricane Watch Net Activates as Dorian Exits the US for Maritime Canada

[UPDATED: 2019-09-07 1700 UTC] With Hurricane Dorian literally speeding up the east coast of the US, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has reactivated. As of 1500 UTC, Dorian, a Category 1 storm, was some 200 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and about the same distance southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The storm is moving to the northeast at 29 MPH. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the net will remain in operation until all propagation to the affected area is lost. “Once this occurs, we will suspend all operations for Hurricane Dorian,” Graves said.

In a follow-up notification, Graves said, “Due to no propagation between our net members and Nova Scotia on 7.268.00, we suspended operations until 2300 UTC. We will continue net operations throughout the day on 14.325.00 MHz.”

“Regardless of whether it is a hurricane or a post-tropical cyclone, Dorian is expected to have a significant impact in portions of Eastern Canada beginning later today, Graves said. “Dangerous storm surge is likely in portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, southwestern Newfoundland, and eastern Nova Scotia. Hurricane-force winds are also likely in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland later today and tonight.”

Environment Canada is issuing regular updates on Hurricane Dorian.

“As the Hurricane approaches your location, please be sure to secure any loose items in your yard that could become projectiles,” IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Doug Mercer, VO1DM, urged on the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) website. “Make sure you have food and water for 72 hours. Make sure you have batteries for all of your lights and radios and fuel for the generator. Monitor local VHF repeaters in case your assistance is needed, and be prepared for a call-out from your NGO or municipality.”

In Newfoundland and Labrador, a CANWARN net will activate at 9 PMNewfoundland time on Saturday and will relay “on-the-ground” observations to the Environment Canada Weather office in Gander. 

Source:ARRL

 

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Hurricane Watch Net Activates as Dorian Exits the US for Maritime Canada

[UPDATED: 2019-09-07 1700 UTC] With Hurricane Dorian literally speeding up the east coast of the US, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has reactivated. As of 1500 UTC, Dorian, a Category 1 storm, was some 200 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and about the same distance southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The storm is moving to the northeast at 29 MPH. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said …

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Hurricane Watch Net Activates as Dorian Exits the US for Maritime Canada

ARRL –

[UPDATED: 2019-09-07 1700 UTC] With Hurricane Dorian literally speeding up the east coast of the US, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has reactivated. As of 1500 UTC, Dorian, a Category 1 storm, was some 200 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and about the same distance southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The storm is moving to the northeast at 29 MPH. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said …

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SWLing Post meetup in Denver?

Photo by Cassie Gallegos

Next week, I’ll be in the City Park area of Denver on a short trip.

I’ve often thought about doing SWLing Post meetups when travelling, so why not start now?

If you plan to be in Denver on September 10th, please leave a comment here or email me and perhaps we can get a group together to talk radio at a local café or pub!

Oh, and sorry for the short notice!


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History of the Armed Forces Radio Service

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall being interviewed by the Armed Forces Radio Service (Source: Wikipedia)

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ron, who shares this article from Radio World:

We can’t fully appreciate the importance of news from home to those who served in World War II. In the Pacific campaigns, G.I.s, sailors and Marines fought bloody island-hopping battles; as each island was cleared, garrison troops and hospitals moved in and carried on their own war against mosquitoes, isolation and boredom. The island fighters were fortunate if dated mail caught up with them before they moved on to the next target. Timely personal-level communications were pretty much absent.

Radio programming from America was available but only on shortwave. And shortwave radios were not generally available. The fortunate few had been issued “Buddy Kits” that included a radio, a small PA system and a record player for discs sent by mail. But for most there was no way to receive short-lived information such as news and sports. They were left with enemy radio propaganda such as Japan’s “Orphan Ann/Annie” (aka one of several Tokyo Roses) and the “Zero Hour” program.

No wonder that the idea of having a local island radio station doing “live from home” was so fiercely supported. Enlightened commanders saw the idea as a terrific morale-builder. The only problem was how to pull it off.

A solution, not uniquely, came from within the ranks. It started with the work of some bored but talented soldiers in the Panama Canal Zone who in 1940 built a couple of 50 W transmitters and put them on the air without authorization, labeling them “PCAN” and “PCAC.”

In Alaska, 7,500 miles northwest of Panama City, what started as programming through a loudspeaker system became a bootleg radio operation at Kodiak. Coming on the air in January 1942 and calling itself “KODK,” it delivered a whopping 15 watts to the troops. Sources with hindsight later said that the Armed Forces Radio Service (“AFRS”) was born here, when one of its progenitors visited the Alaska operations and “came up with the idea.”[…]

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