Photo posted on: 22nd Apr, 2017

Just a reminder as we are now in severe weather season. The Kan-Okla repeater system covers a large area. Please be alert and leave lots of space for storm spotters to break in when there is bad weather anywhere in the system coverage area. If skywarn needs to start a net or to make reports please yield the system to them. The weather may be OK where you are and very dangerous somewhere else in the coverage area. When a Skywarn net is in progress one of the best ways to help is to listen. If the net control needs a report from your geographical area they will ask for hams in the area of interest to report. If they don't ask for hams to check in from the area you are in then the best thing you can do is just listen to limit the radio clutter and congestion. Obviously if you have eyes on a tornado on the ground throwing debris that hasn't been reported then by all means break in.

Link posted on: 19th Apr, 2017
NEW HF OPERATORS - THINGS TO DO How's that microphone working out for you? Different audio qualities are needed for different tasks, and you may find that by adjusting your audio chain for the characteristics required for contesting will result in more contacts. Jim, K9YC, published an article last year in NCJ entitled "Clean, Punchy, Competitive Contest Audio Without Splatter" that is also available on his website (PDF).

Status updated: 19th Apr, 2017
April 22 QRP to the Field UK/EI DX Contest, CW SP DX RTTY Contest Nebraska QSO Party April 23 Nebraska QSO Party BARTG Sprint 75 - View Post

Status updated: 19th Apr, 2017
OPERATING TIP Check those RTTY AGC Settings RTTY demodulators are designed to extract signals from audio tones that have been received through the ionosphere using HF radios. For those decoders to have their best performance, it's best to limit the action of any radio AGC by using the slowest setting possible, or even turning AGC off if possible, using the RF gain control instead. While RTTY signals typically use a shift of 170 Hz, typically a radio filter bandwidth in the range of 350-400 Hz works well for decoding. It really depends on your radio, and the roll-off characteristics of your filters. Some radios have a dual peak filtering function available, which may help, or could over-process the signal. Different RTTY decoders perform differently, which is why some contesters have more than one RTTY decoder per signal. The best way to find out what works best for you is to experiment with the settings under various conditions outside of a contest period. - View Post

Status updated: 5th Apr, 2017
At the WARC meeting tonight there were four digital stations set up which were used to demonstrate a number of digital modes and software including SSTV and FLdigi. Also demonstrated simple portable 50 Mhz antennas which was the band used for the demonstration. We were also able to see several different radios and methods of connecting the radio to the computer for digital modes along with several different types of computers. Several were interfaced to video projectors which provided easy viewing for all the attendees. Sorry I failed to take pictures of the stations and the antennas. If some one else did maybe we can get some posted. - View Post

Status updated: 5th Apr, 2017
The 444.650 Broadcastify feed is operational again, with improved audio quality. - View Post

Link posted on: 5th Apr, 2017
ARRL - the National Association for Amateur Radio
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Photo posted on: 5th Apr, 2017

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Status updated: 4th Apr, 2017
April WARC meeting Wednesday 4/5/17 6:30 PM at the Red Cross 1900 E Douglas anyone interested in ham Radio is welcome. - View Post

Status updated: 4th Apr, 2017
The 444.650 Broadcastify feed will be offline for a couple of days while I migrate it to a new server platform. - View Post

Link posted on: 1st Apr, 2017
Wichita Amateur Radio Club
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Status updated: 1st Apr, 2017
April Fools Ham Radio Story. I was reminded today of an April1 back in the 1970's when my contester friend Dave from Michigan and I were visiting the shack of a well know DXer in Arkansas. His son Stan an avid CW contester was tuning across 20M and came upon a big CW pileup. Stopping to see who the DX station was, Stan soon started to chuckle and Dave did as well. As a new ham I was puzzled, so Stan explained "did you catch the call sign it's CLØWN" and Dave said "he's telling everyone to QSL via UFØOL." Stan said "here watch this this" as he fired up the transmitter and smoothly dropped a quick call into the pile up. The DX station responded immediately with a 599 report and Stan replied with 5NN. The DX station quickly moved on with a TNX for the new one and we all burst out in laughter. While my CW wasn't very fast yet it was good enough to catch the call sign Stan had used which was RG8AU. They taught me that day when in doubt a DXer will always work the station first then investigate to see if they are legitimate. - View Post

Status updated: 30th Mar, 2017
Just Ahead in Radiosport April 1 -- LZ Open 40-Meter Sprint Contest (CW) April 1-2 -- 15-Meter SSTV Dash Contest April 1-2 -- Mississippi QSO Party (CW, phone, digital) April 1-2 -- Missouri QSO Party (CW, phone, digital) April 1-2 -- Texas State Parks on the Air (CW, phone, digital) April 1-2 -- SP DX Contest (CW, phone) April 1-2 -- EA RTTY Contest April 2 -- North American SSB Sprint April 2 -- RSGB RoLo SSB April 3 -- RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) - View Post

Status updated: 26th Mar, 2017
There was some type of rogue connection to the Kan-Okla system. During the WARC net on 3-26. There was a cw ID with a 1x2 zero call sign. The ID did interfere with net communications several times. It was not one of the known repeater call signs for the system and did not occur enough to verify where it was getting into the system. This is just a reminder that personal cross band repeat radios should not be connected to the Kan-Okla system because it is too easy for them to generate interference and lock up the whole system and can require a lot of time for the system control ops to locate the source when they malfunction. If you can copy cw and happen to hear a new 1x2 call sign ID please report the call so we can locate the source. Thanks it takes the cooperation of all the hams the keep the system working correctly. - View Post

Status updated: 26th Mar, 2017
Okay.. Question time. The question is this: How many read the Grounded Grid, and do you get anything out of the articles? Just curious.. - View Post