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Ham Humanitarians K7RMA on 2/5/14
Hello all,

I've been inspired to read about hams doing emergency response work, and other hams on dxpedition who do humanitarian work in the field. Given that there are always problems going on somewhere in the world, and given that we can reach everywhere in the world with our radios, does anyone know of any ways that we can assist with humanitarian efforts on a daily basis from our base stations?

We are well-equipped international communicators; it shouldn't take a disaster in our immediate areas or a hugely expensive foreign trip to get us involved in volunteering. More hams make the world a better place; I'm looking for ways we can demonstrate that to some of the people who need help the most.

For example,how could hams in America use their radios to help war refugees, victims of natural disasters, and such in other places? There are a lot of people around the world that need help, and our efforts could also be seen as drills for future public service closer to home.

Example: an ARES-type emergency net on 40M would be quite something, but would require coordination with someone on the ground at the scene. Guess this would be the case with all scenarios.

In any case, I know a lot of hams are interested in public service. What I'm talking about is simply a wider definition of community. Any thoughts or ideas would be welcome.

Thanks and 73,
Rob / K7RMA

Free Log4OM Logging software Easter release. G4POP on 2/5/14
Thanks for making this available.Its price can't be beat!

I don't see any mention of user computer requirements. What operating systems will this software work with? Linux/Mac/Windows/etc?
Award Winners K7RMA on 31/3/14
The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award gets a lot of well-deserved attention, and at the bottom of the page ( ) there are links to see previous winners.

This is not the case with the Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award, nor with the International Humanitarian Award. I'm especially interested in the humanitarian side of amateur radio, so was hoping to find some inspiring stories of past winners, sort of an ARRL Awards Hall of Fame on the web site.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like there's a list of award winners anywhere on the site. The closest you can get is a search of the award name on the ARRL site and then plow through countless news item results asking for nominee submissions.

Seems like an ARRL Awards Hall of Fame would be a great idea in ARRL's centennial year. The winners and their stories would inspire hams for years to come.
Best Practice K7RMA on 21/3/14
Thanks Steve. I suppose it depends on the legal definition of transmitted recordings when section 5b "one-way communication" is considered.

I'm not interested in getting a fellow ham in trouble, just in learning more about what's allowed and not allowed. If it helps, the frequency in question is 28.425, and sure enough, the endless loop recording is playing again right now. Just seems weird, I haven't seen anything like this anywhere else.
Best Practice K7RMA on 20/3/14
Have a question here for anyone interested in "best practice."

Over a period of weeks now I have noticed a particular ham "occupying" a frequency. It sounds as though he plays a recording calling CQ for several hours every day, with the recording repeating every three seconds. This ham interrupts his broadcast only when someone responds to the call. I don't use the term "broadcast" lightly. He is playing a recording, repeatedly, for hours at a time.

To further complicate matters, the person in question is an Amateur Extra, and is transmitting within the narrow 10M HF bandwidth allowed to Technicians. Repeatedly playing a recording is bad enough; doing so with a powerful rig likely to drown out those being run by newly licensed Technicians seems both rude and predatory.

I've been a listener for forty years but am newly licensed as a transmitter. I'll be the first to admit then that I have little experience with operational etiquette, so maybe I'm reading this incorrectly. I feel like there's something wrong though when I can tune to the frequency in question and reliably hear the same voice reciting the same words in the same tone and cadence over and over. It's like finding the atomic clock broadcasts, but on an amateur frequency - and one of the rare frequencies that should be available to the newest hams, ones just building their shacks.

From that ham's point of view, I understand the health benefit of not using his actual voice to call CQ, and the contesting benefit of automatically calling CQ every three seconds. But if we go down that road, why not just automate the whole contact? Why not just allow our radios to contact to one another electronically? This would allow that ham to further spare his throat and to rack up even better contest numbers.

But then where is the human element in amateur radio?

I'd appreciate your thoughts on this. I don't know if what he's doing meets the legal definition of "broadcast" or if it offends anyone else's sense of "best practice." As I build my own operational etiquette I'd just like to find out more.

Thanks and 73,
Rob / K7RMA

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