Articles with tag “Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL)”

An ARES alert system using listservs

ARES LogoLast night I was having a conversation with Marty KB3MXM, ARRL Maryland-DC (MDC) Section Manager, regarding notification of ARES® members in times of need, quickly.  This isn't the first time I've written about the topic and not much has changed.  Taking another look at the subject has given me the …

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Calvert County ARES Emergency Coordinator

W4OTN Calvert County EC badgeEarlier this month I volunteered to take over the position of ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Calvert County. The previous EC had gotten busy in other areas and decided it was time to step down. I've held this position before but in a different location so while the job isn't …

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Brass Pounders' League

W4OTN's BPL CertificateLast December I was handling a lot of traffic on the National Traffic System nets.  I was the liaison between Virginia and 4RN, between 4RN and EAN, and was filling in on an open TCC slot.  Come to think of it, I was also handling quite a bit of traffic …

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2011 NTS Summary

A recent discussion on the Radiogram listserv got me wondering about my traffic handling numbers since I started working in NTS in 2010.  Here's what I came up with:

In 2010 I handled 960 messages, sending 250 of my own.  In 2011, however, I handled 1658, creating 365 myself.  That's …

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December NTS Numbers

NTS LogoDecember was a busy month for me.  Not only did I have a new harmonic join the family (callsign will be forthcoming in the next few years, I hope) but I also took some TCC shifts as well.  The NTS message numbers speak for themselves:

Originated: 3
Received: 212
Sent …

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Leave your Internet out of my Amateur Radio

I don't understand the use of the Internet in conjunction with Amateur Radio.  Echolink, Winlink 2000, and IRLP all setup a false sense of security for users.  Creating a dependency on something you cannot control means that resource won't be there when you need it.  Most recently the American Radio …

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