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Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ gets the last laugh in its new home on Fox

QRZ Now - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 7:14pm
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The 20th Century Fox Television series, “Last Man Standing” is about Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), a marketing executive for “Outdoor Man,” a fictitious sporting goods store in Colorado.

Mike, is a “man’s man” and involved in many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and boating.  These days, all these activities have some technology associated with them.  Mike (and Tim) has a love for all technology and the electronics.  Among Mike’s interests is Amateur Radio (Ham Radio).

In the episode 114, “Odd Couple Out”, we established Tim’s character (Mike Baxter), as KA0XTT.  This call sign is fictitous and was “cleared” for use on air.  “XTT” is a bit of a private joke as Tim’s character name on “Home Improvement” was Tim Taylor. So, ex T. T.

There is some use of amateur radio in episodes 217, “The Fight” and 309, “Thanksgiving”.  All the episodes of “Last Man Standing” can be sceen on syndication all over the country.

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Mike and Vanessa Baxter are engaged in dining table banter  in a scene from Fox’s revived “Last Man Standing” (Friday, 8 EDT/PDT), but between takes, the actors continue the comedy. . 

Tim Allen, who plays Mike, cracks jokes and chats with crew about his Detroit Lions. Travis, who plays Mike’s wife, Vanessa, goes faux put-upon at one point, saying, “I can’t work like this.”….READ MORE

 

 

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Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

QRZ Now - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:10pm
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Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ORARI and other volunteers have been providing emergency communication for community and government interests. The quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power and telephone connections, as well as the cellular communication infrastructure.

New IARU Region 3 Disaster Communication Coordinator Dani Halim, YB2TJV, said Amateur Radio operators in Indonesia immediately responded to the unfolding disaster, establishing an emergency net on 7.110 MHz. Amateur Radio volunteers from other regions also pitched in to support radio communication for emergency news on 7.110 MHz and 7.065 MHz. ORARI has asked that radio amateurs not involved in the emergency response avoid those frequencies. ORARI also activated the LAPAN-ORARI IO-86 satellite as a back-up communication channel. Some radio amateurs with mobile stations have traveled to the affected region to help.

According to Budi Santoso, YF1AR, on Java Island, the local Palu ORARI representative Ronny Korompot, YB8PR, was among the first contacted. Through his mobile station, he reported on conditions and the response, including evacuations. Sutrisno Sofingi, YB8NT, was also heard on 7.110 MHz using an emergency station he assembled at the disaster site. He said Amateur Radio was the only available communication with the outside world.

Amateur Radio also has assisted government agencies following severe damage to the telecommunication infrastructure. Hams operating on 2 meters were communicating information on which roads were open to allow traffic from the outside.

Halim reported that communication was established from the Luwuk Disaster Management Agency some 430 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter to obtain information on landslides and blocked roads and highways.

Salmin Sahidin, YB8IBD, in Southeast Sulawesi has been live streaming audio of the activity on 7.110 MHz via his Facebook page.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami has claimed upward of 900 lives and caused widespread devastation. Some victims have been reported to be trapped in the debris. The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has told news media that, in addition to communication, heavy equipment for rescue operations is limited.  — Thanks to IARU Region 3 and Budi Santoso, YF1AR 

Source:ARRL

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Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World

ARRL News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 11:15am

Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society ORARI and other volunteers have been providing emergency communication for community and government interests. The quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power and telephone connections, as well...

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ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2019-20 Academic Year

ARRL News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:43am

The ARRL Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from eligible radio amateurs planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2019-2020 academic year. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2019. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. Applicants for all scholarships must be acti...

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New Zealand prohibits unrestricted Baofeng , Pofung and Wouxun

QRZ Now - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:16am
Baofeng prohibits unrestricted

New Zealand’s regulator RSM reports:
In August, we mentioned creating a prohibition notice for unrestricted two-way radios. This was to limit the availability to the general public for radios that don’t meet the Radio Standards. 

The prohibition notice is ready to gazette and will come into effect on 18 October 2018. 

The notice will affect the supply of two-way radios like Baofeng, Pofung and Wouxun to the amateur market, but not equipment factory locked to the Amateur bands.

Amateur radio operators or suppliers need to hold a ‘Licence to supply radio transmitters’ to import and supply this equipment.  
When you’ve received your Licence to supply number, email us atsupply@rsm.govt.nz. We’ll add special conditions to your licence to allow the import and supply of this equipment.  You’ll need to supply us monthly returns of your imports and sales, including nil returns.

Application for licence to supply radio transmitters – Individual

Application for licence to supply radio transmitters – Organisation

Source:http://www.southgatearc.org

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QRZ Now - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 8:41am
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A sequence of earthquakes and a tsunami in the Indonesian areas of Donggala and Palu on 28th September have left hundreds of people dead and many more injured. Dani Halim, YB2TJV, as the new IARU R3 Disaster Communication Coordinator reports, Amateur Radio Operators in Indonesia immediately activated to respond to the disaster unfolding in Central Sulawesi Province.

Following the magnitude 7.7 earthquake at 17:02 Local Time (11:02 am UTC), electricity, cellular and all communication facilities in the area are cut off. Communications have been established from the Luwuk Disaster Management Agency located 700 km from the epicenter of the Earthquake with YD8MII (Net Control) and YC8OBM to get information on landslides occurring in the area and that communications routes were blocked. Many photos and videos now circulating on social media, show the enormity of the earthquake.

The Indonesian National Society ORARI immediately established an Emergency Net on 7.110 MHz and also activated the Lapan-Orari IO-86 satellite as a back up.

Communications have now been established with YB8NT and YB8PR in Palu who are using mobile stations.Due to QRM on 7.110MHz though, a second net has been set up on 7.065 MHz.

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QRZ Now - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 5:10pm
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The 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is just ahead. The primary ARRL-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers, as well as those affiliated with other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response. Although the main SET weekend this year is October 6 – 7, local and Section-wide exercises may take place throughout the fall. Those who already take part in public service and emergency activities are getting ready for the annual SET, a dress rehearsal, next month. But, the 2018 ARRL SET is an open casting call for all radio amateurs interested in expanding their emergency preparedness knowledge and skill.

The annual SET encourages maximum participation by all Amateur Radio operators, partner organizations, and national, state, and local officials who typically engage in emergency or disaster response.

In addition to ARES volunteers, radio amateurs active in the National Traffic System, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), SKYWARN™, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and a variety of other allied groups and public service-oriented radio amateurs are needed to fulfill important roles in this nationwide exercise.

The SET allows volunteers to test equipment, modes, and skills under simulated emergency conditions and scenarios. Individuals can use the time to update a “go-kit” for use during deployments and to ensure their home station’s operational capability in an emergency or disaster.

At the national level, ARRL has established formal working relationships with partner organizations and agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American National Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the National Weather Service, the National Communications System, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials- International (APCO-International), Citizen Corps, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), REACT International, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), United States Power Squadron, and Boy Scouts of America. Details on these organizations and how they work with ARRL and Amateur Radio operators are on the ARRL website.

To get involved, contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager. Check on upcoming planned activities through local, state, or Section-wide nets. If you don’t know already, find out who the Emergency Coordinator is and where the nearest ARES group meets. Your ARRL Section Manager should be able to assist.

Additional background on the annual SET is presented in the article, “2017 Simulated Emergency Test Results,” in the July 2018 issue of QST. Guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for ARRL Section and Field Organization leaders are posted on the ARRL website for use by Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers, or by Section leaders in charge of reporting this year’s SET activity. — Thanks to Steve Ewald, WV1X

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ARRL Audio News - September 27, 2018

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available!

ARRL News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 1:15pm

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

 

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Baofeng DM-9HX – DMR VHF/UHF Dual Band Two Way

QRZ Now - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:18am
Baofeng DM-9HX

 

Why Choose Baofeng DM-9HX?

***Tier II Dual Time Slot,vhf uhf Dual Band, Built-in 3800 mAh Battery, is trying to come out as the most cost-effective and powerful DMR on the market, with both solid construction in hardware and easy programming in software.

***Transceiver Compatible with Motorola TYT DMR Radios. Also Tried unit on local DMR Repeaters (Tier 1 and 2), through Hotspot and Analog repeaters. Reports were all good. You can carry along for daily chatter on the local DMR talkgroups and OpenSpot

*** The radio has excellent sound and I was told by many hams that sounded like i was in the room next to them.

*** The scenes to be used are varies—outdoor activities, school, construction sites, property management, business occasions, hotel, hospital, etc. Baofeng DM-9HX enables a quick response to any situation with a crystal clear sound and you can use it when you need timely coordination or constant communication.

*** Equipped with the latest Firmware Version V2.1.00,Runs more smoothly

***supports text messaging from radio to radio using no mobile data, making it ideal for communication in places where cell phones can’t go.

*** utilize Baofeng 5R accessories except for the programming cable. 

  1. Text receiving and sending with at most 64 characters.
  2. Manual programming: Support VFO Mode
  3. Frequency editing under Channel mode
  4. Digital Monitor Mode: support communication when frequency, time clot and color code is paired, regardless of Contact ID, RX Group list
  5. Customize shortcut keys: including long-press and short-press with Side Keys. Edit shortcut keys with Programming Software.
  6. FM Radio
  7. LED Flashlight
  8. Support analog repeaters and digital ones
  9. Driver-free programming cable, plug and play
  10. With SMA-Male antenna base, compatible with all SMA-Female antennas
  11. Dual-standby and dual display
  12. The radio has the ability to operate on GMRS, FRS and listen in on public safety. (Not in all areas)

FAQ

1. Is it a Motorola ?

Answer: No, not. The radio does do its job though, and it does it well at a price almost anyone can afford. an excellent low cost addition to your radio collection.

2. Is it easy to program?

Answer: Yes. Just need to downoad the software and set up, NO drivers needed to connect the radio to the computer with the supplied USB data transfer cable. you can simply connect the radio, turn it on and upload the code plug with no further steps required, it was a breeze.

3. Does the Chrip software work?

Answer: No, only the program software of DM-9HX work.  Download link is   http://www.mediafire.com/file/675ycphhqptvzs0/DM-9HX_Program_Software.zip/file

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Package Included

1 x DM-9HX DMR 

1 x Dual Band High Gain Antenna

1 x Belt Clip

1 x Hand Strap

1 x Desktop Charger

1 x Battery

1 x User Manual

1 x Earphone

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The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 6:56am

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Spotless but Unsettled: Solar Storm Shortie 09-27-2018

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“After dishing out a set of solar storms over the past couple of weeks, the Sun finally calms down, but it hasnt gone completely quiet. We have a remnant coronal hole that is sending us some disturbed, and slightly fast solar wind. This has kept Earth at unsettled conditions and will continue to do so for the next couple of days. Sporadic aurora will likely be visible at high latitudes possibly through the weekend. GPS users should enjoy some decent reception on both the day and night sides of Earth, even at low latitudes where it is often troublesome, which is good news. However, amateur and shortwave radio operators will continue to struggle with poor radio propagation as the solar flux continues at solar minimum levels. Learn more details of the coming conditions and see what else the Sun has in store for us this week.”

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Baofengs illegal ?

Today Dan KB6NU published in his blog a great article questioning if now the radios of  Baofeng would be illegal according to FCC rules.

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QRZ Now - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:19am
Ailunce HD1 Review

A few weeks ago, I received my Ailunce HD1. This is my full review of the radio.

 

The radio itself is high quality. The quality of the build is excellent and this is a very durable radio. In the past few weeks I have had it, it has taken some hard falls. Looking at the radio now, you would not have known.

There are no scratches, marks, or blemishes of any kind and it looks just like how I took it out of the box. I have opted to leave the screen protector on as all it did was give me some peace of mind but I have no doubt that the screen would do just fine even without it. In your hands and on your belt it is bigger than most radios. I personally do not mind at all, I even prefer a beefier radio, and the large size has not interfered with anything yet.

The HD1 is very similar in looks to many motorola radios, so sometimes I have had people point to it and ask if I was in law enforcement or the fire department. Only dislike is that the screen is hard to read in bright daylight, the backlight is too dim to see clearly in bright conditions. Something nice to add though is the IP67 rating. I have experienced heavy rains with the radio and it has held up just fine. I am extremely pleased with the physical quality of the radio.

 

The interface is Okay. But a beauty of upgradable firmware is that it can change. Currently I am using version 1.48-gps and this is my review of that version. The HD1 was made for amateur radio operators. I’m sure you have heard it before, but what it means to me is that it is easily programed direct from the menu options. You can do almost everything including naming a new channel (something on other radios that require a computer) only using the keypad. That is only after you learn how to use the menus. This is where I would like to see some improvements. On the menu options you either use the MENU key, up and down arrows, EXIT key, the keypad, the top knob, or even the scan key. This is confusing because there is no consistency between the options. Here’s what I mean; when trying to set a ctcss code you find the the menu named C-CDC. In the option it says off.

 

The first thing you would think to do is use the arrow keys to change it, but they don’t work. After some experimentation you find you need to press the scan button to change it between ctcss, dcs, etc. Then you can use arrow keys. If you go into contacts you can only select between contacts with the top knob. I just think that the interface is not as intuitive as it could be. There is a learning curve that comes with this radio. I would like to see in future updates something easier to use for new users. Otherwise, it works great and I am pleased to report that I have not had any major problems with it. (The only one minor issue, that has only happened once, was that I had chanel A selected and it said it transmitted on B channel, the next time I keyed up it was fine, that’s all I meant by Major problems)

 

For this next section, it will be different for everybody. Regarding this topic do not rely only on my review. How well it works, for my case it is different than most. I live in the middle of the rocky mountains in colorado. My repeater is 10 miles away however, to reach it a signal has to do some serious diffraction. For me, using the stock antenna was not an option, so I upgraded to a 17 inch whip and It work just fine. The stock antenna still works however the on-air reports say that the noise level is high (background white noise) but I am still readable most of the time. With the whip on high power, reported low noise level from my house and good clarity. On the note of output power, specs say 10w on VHF 8w on UHF but I cannot say for certain what exactly the radio puts out. I will have access to equipment soon to measure power and when I get results I will post them here. All I know it that I do have a stronger signal compared to my old 5 watt handheld. When I am in a city with a DMR repeater, digital works just as well as any DMR radio I have tried. The HD1 does just fine with tier I & II DMR use. Not exceptional but not bad either.  No complaints there. When receiving, the speaker is at a good volume. I would not call it loud, but the volume is high enough to work well and be heard clearly from a distance.

HD1 main features

The main advertised features that really stood out to me are the following.

-The fact that it is Dual band and can do both DMR and analog are must haves to me, enough said.

-100,000 contacts makes it nice and easy to see who is calling. The number of DMR users just broke 100,000 so I expect to see some expansion, but for now filtering works fine.

-3,000 channels is a bit overkill for me, I haven’t even used 100 yet. Where it’s nice for me is organization. I have it laid out so channels below 100 are simplex, 100’s are comercial frequencies, 200’s are analog repeaters, 300’s are DMR repeaters, ect.

-IP67 rating, I touched on this earlier, but it goes along nicely with the durability.

-Promiscuous is one of those things that once you have it, you will never give it up again, it makes it so easy and convenient.

-GPS is pointless right now. I am hoping some updates will give it more functionality but right now all you can do is look at your current gps coordinates and altitude in meters (not even in feet!) as well as transmit and receive them. In the future I would like to see APRS like functionality like seeing how far away someone is and in what direction, and some updates to DMR repeaters might be able to let you do more with gps on digital systems.

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-Password lock, I used it when I first got it but after a while it just got annoying so I turned it off.

-Encryption, have not used it once yet.

-I was disappointed not to see DTMF codes. A

– 3200mAh is amazing. I have gone all day with it on, kept it on at night, and went the rest of the next day before dropping down below 20%.

Those were the main advertised features that stood out to me for good and bad reasons.

Bottom line is: this is a nice radio. I would say the cost at right around $200 is justifiable. You really are getting a quality radio. If new to retevis, don’t be fooled that just because they are a chineese radio manufactuer that they are bad. But retevis has done an exelent job on this one. This will be my favorite radio because of the quality. The Ailunce HD1 is a high quality radio and I am very pleased.

I was sent this for review but my oppinions are my own. This is a great radio and I’m saying that not because I was asked to, but because it is.

I will have Measurements, videos on features and tutorials, and a review on the RT3S (Retevis’s newest radio) comming soon. Once I have these I will add them below.

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Go to New Features in WSJT-X 2.0 for a detailed description of its new features.  Further technical information (primarily of interest to programmers)... Read more

New version of FT8CALL released September 15, 2018 No comments

“Alright. Enough jib-jab. Here are the notable changes in 0.6: * Version 0.6 is not backwards compatible with 0.5 so you should upgrade ASAP. *... Read more

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