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  • The Amateur Amateur: We're Having a Bad Transmitter Day

    The Amateur Amateur: We're Having a Bad Transmitter Day. TAGS: uhf repeaters . 03/28/2010. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor March 28, 2010. I am one of several people who acts as the net controller for the weekly St Louis County ARES® phone net. The last time I had run the net had been a disaster. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Hammy-Grams

    Nov 24, 2009 ... But many radiograms have also been sent over land, often by Amateur Radio operators. Just remember that there was a time when not everyone had a telephone, and even those who did were loath to make a long-distance call. Telegraph Line. Long ago, the ARRL set up the National Traffic System (NTS) ... Learn More

  • Part 97 Text

    CFR Title 47: Telecommunication. PART 97—AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE - Updated March 5, 2018. Contents. Subpart A-General Provisions. §97.1 Basis and purpose. §97.3 Definitions. §97.5 Station license required. §97.7 Control operator required. §97.9 Operator license grant. §97.11 Stations aboard ships or aircraft. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Any-Bounce

    12/21/2009. Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. "Other than the ionosphere , have you ever deliberately bounced your signal off of something in order to improve your propagation?" That was the question asked during one of our recent ARES nets. I was surprised that most of the net participants responded "No . Learn More

  • Leadership For the Amateur Radio Club

    Congratulations! You have just been appointed to a leadership position of your Amateur Radio club. You may be on the board of directors or an officer of the club or you may be chairperson of an event like a hamfest or Field Day. Other positions of leadership may include heading up a team of Volunteer. Examiners or ... Learn More

  • Search for Amateur Radio News

    Feature. 04/28/2013 | The Amateur Amateur: I Think My Kit Is Missing a Piece. Some years ago, my wife Nancy and I dabbled in putting together electronic kits. Our efforts weren't entirely successful, so we drifted on to other interests. Recently , an opportunity to return to kit building presented itself, and once again I found ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: One Man's Trash

    02/17/2009. Many years ago, long before I became an Amateur Radio operator, I was a member of a local police scanner enthusiasts' club. Our meetings were held in various members' homes. Often, someone had an old scanner or other obsolete item to sell and there would always, always be a buyer. Now, you have to ... Learn More


    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Radiomobile

    11/17/2008. If you've read my earlier columns, you know that I'm part of an ARES ® team. And while I've yet to go on an emergency deployment, I've hauled my equipment to a lot of field exercises and demonstrations. I could just barely squeeze everything I needed into my old Prizm and still have room to get in it myself. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: APRS Sneaks Into the Shack

    07/06/2010. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. As I stated in my last column, APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) had interested me for some time. I just couldn't seem to find any documentation that was simple enough for me to understand. Nor did there appear to be any “starter kits” on the market. Learn More