Silent Keys

I did not know this until today. Deceased Amateur Radio operators are referred to as “Silent Keys’. There’s a National Silent Key Archive . The goal of the National Silent Key Archive™ is to collect and preserve photographs, life event narratives,and data artifacts of deceased Amateur Radio operators, and to make The Archive’s digital library available to anyone wishing to …

An entire village lost its broadband at the same time every day for 18 months. Now we know why

From the article: For 18 months, residents of a village in Wales have been mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed every morning. Now engineers have finally identified the reason: A second-hand television that emitted a signal that interfered with the connection.A crack team of engineers-turned-detectives have become heroes in the village of Aberhosan after finally finding the source …

Elevator Pitch

(An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in what your organization does. You can also use them to create interest in a project, idea, or product – or in yourself. A good elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name.) The topic …

Urban Dictionary Definition of a Ham Radio Operator

I’m dying: Ham Radio A slang term for Amateur Radio. Generally speaking, “Hams” are older men (50 years+) with limited social skills and are generally viewed as misfits. – Dude, who is that strange old man living on the corner with all the weird antennas? Oh, that fat one? he’s a Ham Radio Operator

There’s No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

I’m always seeking validation, so it was great of Wired to publish an article entitled, “There’s No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek – Once considered a nerdy basement hobby, lo-fi transmissions from ordinary folks save lives during wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate disasters.”. So next time anybody wanders down into my basement to put a “KICK ME” …

I Passed the Amateur Radio General Exam!

I took my Amateur Radio general exam in Mill Valley yesterday, courtesy of the folks at the Marin Amateur Radio Society. I appreciate that these gentlemen took time out of a Sunday to administer this exam. I didn’t think it was much harder than the technician exam, I just had to put in the time. I used HamTestOnline to study …

Setting Up Raspberry Pi For Ham Radio Use

I’ve wanted for awhile to get a Raspberry Pi. The conversation with my wife usual goes: Me: I’d like a Raspberry PiWife: Why?Me: I don’t know But now I have an answer. I want a Raspberry Pi so I can set it up for use with a ham radio. I don’t know why, but I want to. From the article: …

KNX Celebrates Its 100 Year Anniversary

I did not know this: The station had humble beginnings, starting in a back bedroom of the Harold Way home of Fred Christian, who was a former ship-to-shore wireless operator.  He eventually started working at a radio supply store, the Electric Lighting Supply Company, one of only two radio stores in Los Angeles at the time. While working at the …