PARP 40 – All about Field Day 2010

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Podcast Number 40 – Podcast ver. 40.3 - May 31, 2010 (24.2 MB, runtime 26:24)

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The 2010 ARRL Field Day is less than one month away.  Can you believe it?  Are you READY?  Have you found a Field Day location to attend?  I break down these questions in this episode of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast.  I discuss using the ARRL Field Day Locator page and encourage you to print out the 2010 ARRL Field Day Packet and read all the information ahead of the big weekend.   I also mention a few tips on helping to get your ears tuned up for Field Day by using the WebSDR website and participating in the June VHF QSO Party coming up on June 12-14.

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Our featured website segment is the ARRL Field Day page.    

Our featured gadget is the grid tracking software application titled WorkedGrids created by Bertrand Zauhar, VE2ZAZ.  You can download WorkedGrids here

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK

Until next time…

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PARP 39 – Pay it Forward

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Podcast Number 39 – Podcast ver. 39.3 - May 2, 2010 (28.5 MB, runtime 31:11)

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The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast celebrates two years of providing educational content to the amateur radio community.  Thank you to all listeners who have helped make the podcast successful.  In this episode we discuss ways to “Pay it Forward” to help your fellow amateurs.     

Our featured website segment is the WebSDR website.  If you’re new to amateur radio and don’t yet own or have access to an HF receiver, WebSDR is a great way to listen to the HF bands.  

Our featured gadget is not really a gadget, but more like functionality.  Have you ever wished there was a way to lookup callsign information via SMS text message?  I discuss two options in this segment.  Please visit the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club or CallByTxt.org to learn how to use these services. 

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK

Until next time…

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PARP 38 – WSPR

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Podcast Number 38 – Podcast ver. 38.3 - April 18, 2010 (47.0 MB, runtime 51:25)

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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

Until next time…

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PARP 37 – The fun of working special event stations

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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.

Until next time…

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PARP 36 – APRS part II

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Podcast Number 36 – Podcast ver. 36.3 - March 28, 2010 (27.3 MB, runtime 29:47)
We conclude our two-part series on APRS. I provide a quick overview of episode 35 and then dig right in and explain my new APRS setup.  This setup allows me to view other hams around me on my Garmin Nuvi 350 and also provides two-way text messaging.  You can learn more about the global universal text messaging initiative here.

My setup consists of the following items: (Please note, these items are current as of March 28, 2010)

Yaesu FT-2800M – Discontinued and replaced as FT-2900R.  Either should work with this setup.
Argent Data Systems Tracker2 model OT2M
Garmin Nuvi 350 - Discontinued but available as refurb from many vendors.
Garmin Fleet Management Cable
Data Cable for OT2M to FT-2800
Tac-Comm Carrier
Garmin Friction Mount

When researching my setup, I benefited greatly from the efforts of Mike Wren, N2QDK.  Mike had already tested and documented the same setup I’m using.  As of Feb. 2012 it appears Mike’s Blog is offline.  I’ve removed the link from the show notes. 

I spoke about using your home weather station software to upload your weather data to the CWOP or Citizen Weather Observing Program.  You can find out more information about this program and how to sign up for an account here.

I also provide information about the new Depiction software.  Please visit the Depiction website to learn more about this software.  You can also read the November 2009 QST Magazine article here.   

Finally, I made a supplemental video to help provide a visual explanation to what my mobile APRS setup looks like and how the two-way text messaging works.  While I spoke about placing this content on Youtube, I’ve since decided to provide the video here on the MyAmateurRadio.com website.  Just look to your left for the menu box titled Videos and click the 2010 Video link. 

Thank you for listening (and watching)

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK

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