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A Few New Ham Radio Podcasts By K0NR

I'm always looking for new information and resources.  Today I came across K0NR's blog with links to audio podcasts that I really enjoyed.  Please have a read and enjoy like I did! - Tim Listening to podcasts has been part of...

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ARRL Newsletter for 8/27/2015

ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, expects to see the list of cosponsors for the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R. 1301 -- top 100 soon after Congress reconvenes following its August recess. As of August 27, the measure had attracted 94 cosponsors. A US Senate version of the bill -- S. 1685 -- also has been introduced. President Craigie again encouraged ARRL members to urge their congressional delegations to cosponsor the bills. Summertime ARRL conventions have also been affording more members a chance to make their voices heard.

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Hoosier DMR adds new MV-DMR Bridge

From Hoosier DMR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HoosierDMR/posts/1472842543034680?notif_t=page_tag As we sit back and relish where Hoosier DMR has come from since its inception and the struggles we have endured, I am overwhelmed by the growth we have seen in just under a year....

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HAM-RADIO "TALKING POINTS" by Myron A. Calhoun, W0PBV

HAM-RADIO "TALKING POINTS":

1) Because it's shorter, we usually say "HAM" instead of "amateur radio". No one actually knows where the word "HAM" came from, but some of us think it might stand for "Hardly Any Money"!-)

2) Speaking of MONEY, it costs CONSIDERABLY LESS to be a HAM than it does to have a cellphone:

* HAM-license study materials are available on the Internet

* It costs about $15 to take the test

* It costs less than $30 for a dual-band VHF/UHF "handi-talkie" radio from Amazon.com or eBay.com

* On the other hand, if you have gobs of money, you can spend it in HAM radio ... just as you can spend gobs of money on other hobbies (fancy cars/boats/airplanes, golf clubs, horses, home-entertainment systems, giant-screen TV's, ....) [FWIW, while I have owned and still own more-expensive radios, I paid $200 in 1975 (about $800 in today's inflated greenies) for my favorite HAM rig, a Ten-Tec Triton IV (aka Model 540) which is still going strong!]

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JULY 2015 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS

JULY 2015 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS By DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM

Field Day 2015 was an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio to the community and provide practical hands on experience that can be utilized during actual disasters or emergencies.

July 2015 ARRL MO Section NewsI appreciate the efforts of the net control operators on the MO Traffic Nets to facilitate the handling of Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator traffic. One of the important upgrades in Field Day, in recent years, is the improved messaging through TV news, print news outlets and social media. I don’t know if every MO Section Field Day operation experienced a rain storm during Field Day this year but, at my club’s Field Day site, the rain seems to arrive on schedule like the buzzards returning to Hinckley Ohio. I hope everyone had a safe, fun and productive Field Day 2015 and are looking forward to an even better Field Day 2016.

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FM Repeaters – An Introduction

FM Repeaters – An Introduction

Article by Stu Turner, WØSTU

Operating on VHF/UHF FM repeaters is one of the most popular activities in amateur radio. For the new ham, FM repeater ops are often the first and most common on-air experiences, but accessing repeaters also represents a significant initial vexation for the new ham to overcome. Mastering the integrated concepts of frequency pairs, tones or other squelch methods, transceiver channel programming, and repeater on-air protocols is the first significant operational challenge that many hams will encounter in their new hobby.

BCR Repeater Installs

This article introduces fundamental concepts of FM repeater operations for the new ham and depicts a high level view of typical FM phone repeater anatomy and functioning. The goal is to demystify repeaters and help the newly licensed Technician overcome any initial bewilderment about repeaters. Let’s get off to a great start in ham radio with solid footing in repeaters!

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BridgeCom visits Ham-Com 2015 Irving, TX

Here are some thoughts and pictures from our visit to Ham-Com 2015 in Irving, TX.

BridgeCom Systems Ham-Com 2015 BoothRon and I left the Kansas City, MO area on Thursday morning and it was 80+ degrees.  When we got to TX it was 90+ degrees, so summer is officially here.  

Driving from MO to TX without the radio on leaves for a lot of random conversation, good, but random.  Ron and I discussed our thoughts and expectations for Ham-Com.  We expected to have a good booth location, plenty of foot traffic, and generate a positive buzz surrounding BridgeCom Systems and our products.  We packed with us three repeaters (BCR-50V, BCR-220, BCR-40U), the new BCM-220 mobile, and our MV-DMR server in a 2U chassis, plus the assorted banners and spec sheets.  

We arrived in TX about 3:30p Thursday and went straight to the Irving Convention Center to unload and set up.  The people of TX are very nice, lots of yes sir, no sir.  We got set up pretty quickly, we like to keep the booth small with just a few products and brochures.  I'm not a fan of the table across the entire front of the booth, but it seemed to work well this time giving us some shelter from the masses.  However, I should have put the banners out front on the corners where people could have seen them better.

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