The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast has returned with another full-featured episode. In this episode I discuss WSPR or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter. This is an awesome digital mode and if you are already setup for PSK31, then you should have everything you need to get started running WSPR on the bands. The WSPR client can be downloaded here and the user guide is located here. The WSPR database can be viewed here and here. You can also learn more details about WSPR here on this wiki page. No, WSPR is not for everyone…but I do hope you will at least give this mode a try.
Before you try WSPR, please make sure you have a copy of the US Amateur Radio Band Plan hanging in your shack or at least easily accessible from your operating position. You can print a full-color 8 1/2 x 11 version from the ARRL website. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with needing to refer to the band plan from time to time. It’s better to have it available and use it, than not and make a mistake. I keep a copy hanging on my ham shack wall and also have copies in my go-kit and portable operations kit.
Our featured website segment is the new ARRL website. Please visit and see for yourself all the exciting new changes.
Our Fellow Amateur this time around is Andrew Herron, K8DJK. Please take a few minutes to watch his amateur radio presentation from 2010 Ignite Detroit. Please follow Andrew on Twitter.
Our featured gadget this time around is the Kill-A-Watt. Visit the Kill-A-Watt website for more information.
All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK
Podcast Number 37 – Podcast ver. 37.3 - April 1, 2010 (32.2 MB, runtime 35:08)
We return within a week of releasing episode 36 with another Practical Amateur Radio Podcast episode. No this is not an April Fools joke. During this episode we discuss the fun of working amateur radio special event stations. I provide a little discussion on proper on-air etiquette for working a special event station (or really any on-air activity).
One important etiquette subject that gets abused is the use of the ITU phonetic alphabet. If you do not know the ITU phonetic alphabet, please visit this website and do use it. A lot of the standard etiquette and procedures should also be followed when participating in amateur radio contests. Cal Darula, K0DXC wrote a contest guide which can be found here.
Learn more about the upcoming W0S special event station commemorating the efforts of Harold McBride and John “Jack” Phillips as they sat at the Marconi radio in the Titanic sending the first ever SOS.
Finally, we wrap up with a small audio surprise which is fitting with the W0S special event station. I hope you enjoy.
Also, don’t forget to watch the almost 2 year old video I did on Anderson Powerpoles. You can find it by clicking the 2009 and Older link in the blue menu box to your left titled Videos.