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Our Mission:

Do radio stuff.
Have fun doing it.
Tell others how much fun it is.

Do radio stuff. Have fun doing it.
Tell others how much fun it is.


Woo Hoo! Look Who's Two!


To:       Noise Blankers Radio Group associates
From:   Kevin Thornton K5KVN, Public Information Officer
Re:'s 2nd birthday!

I am proud to tell you that we have hit another milestone for our award-winning group. Two years ago, we were jacking around when we should have been working came up with a brilliant idea - let's use our useless professional journalism and communications skills to start a website of hilarious ham radio news bits.

I remember when Gary WBØRUR said, "This is the stupidest idea I've ever heard!" "It'll be a hit!" He was right.

Nathan K5KAC was the first to ask, "Why would we spend our free time doing something like this?" "How can I help?" That's the kind of sour "can-do" attitude we can do without like around here.

Andy K5PO got it right when he said, "Forget you." "I'm in!"

I wish I had the time to find better employees thank each of you for your contributions to this project. Because I am so busy, I ask that you individually take a moment to ask yourself if you are pulling your weight pat yourselves on the back. 

I know many of you are wondering why no one is advertising with us and we are still doing this for no money asking yourself how you can help make this burden thing called a cash cow even better. 

Remember to just keep it funny, you LIDS team. Let's take the time to laugh at ourselves and our hobby every once in a while. Loosen up.

Please get back to work come to the breakroom today to enjoy some cake, topped off with two Baefeng candles.

Thanks for nothing all that you do.


Kevin K5KVN




Coming Up Next

The Noise Blankers Radio Group HQ has been sparsely populated lately, as many folks have "called in sick" to work the recent DXPeditions. Now that those are in the log, we might actually get some real work done.

Hamfest season is just around the corner and we are making plans to attend a few. Lookout Claremore, we are coming to your Green Country Hamfest and have reserved a table to sell some stuff! Then we will head down I-49 to Ft. Smith for the Hanging Judge Hamfest in April. Good times and cheap coax will be had by all. (p.s., did you see this study that determined the top reasons for attending hamfests?)

A couple of years ago, we activated Horseshoe Island on Beaver Lake for the first time ever. We have been talking about an excuse to do it again and this is probably it: the U.S. Islands Awards Program's One Day Getaway event on May 9, 2015. Look for a blog post about that in the future.



23cm Band Appreciation Day: December 29

Often, when sitting in the Noise Blankers Radio Group clubhouse, with the smell of burnt plastic in the air from leaving the hot soldering iron on the card table, and the sounds of malicious QRM in the DX pileup echoing off the particleboard walls, our minds wander... thinking about what we can do to advance the hobby we love.

This week's idea is courtesy of K5KAC, a nice guy who often seeks out opportunities to stick up for the little guy. In this case, it's a little wavelength. Tiny, in fact.

That's why we are creating "23cm Appreciation Day." It's a big day for a tiny wavelength!

On Monday, December 29, amateur radio operators around the world will pause to think about something they have never thought about before - the 23cm band. It's a band none of us have used, but we sure appreciate it!

Here's how you can get involved:

  1. Share the graphic at the bottom of this post on your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other social media pages and use the hashtag #23cmDay
  2. Designate a moment on December 29 to think about the neglected 23cm amateur radio band.

We don't have any way to operate in the 23cm band! But we love it! That's the spirit of #23cmDay!



Wreaths Across America 2014: Success!

Another public service event is in the books! It's one of our favorites - National Wreaths Across America Day, where cemeteries across the country decorate the gravesites of U.S. military veterans with a wreath. The Wreaths Across America organization leads the effort across the country each year.

We were happy that the weather was better than last year, which no doubt contributed to a great turnout of approximately 3,000 volunteers at Fayetteville (Arkansas) National Cemetery. Like the previous two years, we provided radio communications and traffic control around the cemetery. K5KVN's mobile radio provided a cross-band repeater that covered the cemetery and the parking area a mile away.

With five of us at the event, we had Jeff K3DEI at the parking area to let us know when shuttle buses departed; Nathan K5KAC at the back entrance to the cemetery to park the tractor-trailers and motocycles; Gary WBØRUR at the main gate to assist with disabled and VIP parking; and Kevin K5KVN and Andy K5PO at the main entrance to direct vehicles to the parking area.

It worked really well. But next year, someone will be assigned to remind Kevin K5KVN to start his truck at least once to recharge the battery. Even though it had enough juice to keep the Kenwood DM700 going, it wasn't enough to start the truck at the end of the day.

As excited as we are to wear an HT on our belt and put on our bright yellow vests with "RADIO COMMUNICATIONS" blazed on them, the real reason we enjoy the event is to honor the vets that serve our country. The spirit of the event is contagious.

Thanks to Gary WBØRUR, Andy K5PO, Kevin K5KVN, Jeff K3DEI, and Nathan K5KAC for doing this public service event.