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  • Ham 101 at Smithville Fire Station
    March 17, 2016 Tim King

    Ham 101 at Smithville Fire Station

    The next Ham 101 event is Saturday March 19, 2016 at the fire station in Smithville, MO.  341 Park Dr, Smithville, MO 64089The event starts at 8:00 AM. Agenda • What are “Public Service Events”? • Why do we serve...

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  • March 16, 2016 Tim King


    MARCH 2016 
    Cecil Higgins MO SM
               I want to thank all the volunteers that are continuing to
    serve the ARRL Missouri Section in their appointed positions for the
    Section. You are a great group and I really appreciate you all. 
             Don’t forget that the Missouri QSO Party, sponsored by the
    Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society, will be April 2nd and 3rd. You
    can check out all the information about the MOQP at the BEARS website
    by using the link  Look
    over the whole site and use the links about the rules and other
    information that will prove quite valuable. 
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  • 65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine
    January 7, 2016 Tim King

    65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine

    Clearly written by hams for hams. 65 great things about ham radio from CQ Magazine
    BridgeCom Systems Booth Ft Wayne Hamfest 2015
    1. It works when nothing else does
    2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
    3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
    4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
    5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
    6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
    7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
    8. Lifelong friendships
    9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
    10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
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  • What's a Tiger Tail? How to make one
    January 5, 2016 Tim King

    What's a Tiger Tail? How to make one

    Did you know you can increase the performance of a rubber duck antenna by adding a counterpoise antenna wire, often called a Tiger Tail? What is a tiger tail and how does it work? How do I make a tiger tail? Can I add one to my Handy Talkie for better range?

    BCH-220 HT and Tiger Tail Antenna

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  • Get Your Ham Radio License! by WØSTU From
    December 10, 2015 Ron Kochanowicz

    Get Your Ham Radio License! by WØSTU From

    Get Your Ham Radio License!

    You want to get your ham radio license, huh? Good! I know it can seem chaotic and confusing at first. There is a ton of jargon to cut through. A room of five ham radio operators will hold at least a dozen opinions on the best methods. Let’s get past all that.

    The aim of this article for the brand new initiate is to dispense with the jargon, limit pure opinion, and provide some plain, simple, and practical information about getting started in ham radio, or how to get your ham radio license. Let’s get right to it.

    How do I get a ham radio license -WG0AT Yagi

    Steve WGØAT operating portable in the Rockies.

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  • Hamfest Back in Vegas
    December 2, 2015 Tim King

    Hamfest Back in Vegas

    Nevada State Convention 2016After an absence of nearly three decades, Las Vegas is once again poised to host an amateur radio convention.

    NVCON, the ARRL Nevada State Convention will take place April 29, 30, and May 1, 2016 at the new Eastside Cannery Hotel/Casino Event Center.

    Las Vegas was once the site of the long running SAROC, the Sahara Amateur Radio Operators Convention. SAROC was second only to the Dayton Hamvention is size and attendance.
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  • KB6NU No-Nonsense Study Guides Now Available
    December 2, 2015 Tim King

    KB6NU No-Nonsense Study Guides Now Available

    Get the study guide that makes passing your Amateur Radio License Test EASY!  The No-Nonsense Study Guide is only what you need in an easy to read and and comprehend book.  Whether you are studying for your Technician, General or Extra Class this guide is a must! The guides are available for download in three versions: pdf, Kindle or Nook.

    No-Nonsense Study Guides

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  • What is: Data Radio and Telemetry?
    November 2, 2015 Tim King

    What is: Data Radio and Telemetry?


    Radio technology – traditionally understood as the wireless broadcasting of audio signals like music and speech – has had a fresh lease of life in recent years.

    In simple terms, radio technology leverages the electromagnetic radiations (EMR), which can be oscillate at desired frequency and allow trans-reception of data when attuned to the correct value. EMR waves travel at the speed of light, through any media (or even vacuum!), and may be used for either near-field or far-field communication based on the frequency specifications. In short, radio waves are just low-frequency versions of what we call “light”. Range of these EMR wave frequencies comprise a particular ‘channel’, which is precisely what the radio stations adhere to.

    Commercially, the need for transmitting information over geographical distances has skyrocketed in recent years, as has the demand for radio to meet those needs. From radar, sonar, GPS navigation systems, wireless networking, and cellular data plans at industrial scale to Bluetooth technology and near-field communication (NFC) for your hand-held devices, radio is omnipresent.

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