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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.


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.




2014 Arkansas QSO Party Results

How'd you do? Check the results, hot off the press from the ARKAN group:

We were thrilled to get this handsome certificate (suitable for framing) from ARKAN for our participation as a bonus station:

Read our recap of the contest and our experience as a bonus station by clicking here.

Did you participate in the Arkansas QSO Party? Let us know in the comment section...


What People Searched For, Installment #2


It's been a while since the first time we did "YOU SEARCHED FOR WHAT?!" So, let's open the hood again; this time for

We're not making these up. These are actual search terms that brought people to

  • Naughty SSTV - Easy now. This is a family show, OM. But if you really want to know, read this.
  • - See above.
  • Grumpy Old Ham Operators - Why would anyone search for THAT? Grumpy Ham Ops are rare, right? Those that *do* exist check in nightly to the "Bickering Net."
  • 14.313 - Never fail - this is ALWAYS in our search terms. Still, we hope the searchers learned more about the National QRM Frequency.
  • Amateur Radio Dating Sites - Aww, some lonely OM searching late one evening stumbled across our site looking for a QSO, if you know what I mean. We hope the OM found a YL by reading this story.

Who knew that web analytics could be so entertaining? That's it for this addition of "YOU SEARCHED FOR WHAT?!" We'll keep an eye on the stats and report back with more soon.



AR QSO Party 2014: SUCCESS!

It's pretty fun to be a bonus station in a contest. We were like Santa Claus, handing out a perfectly wrapped package containing 200 bonus points to good boys and girls. There were at least two QSOs that ended with us hearing squeals of joy in our headphones. That made us happy.

40m and 20m were the best bands for us, with a few QSOs on 15m and 80m later in the day/evening. We worked SSB and CW, with two transmitters.

We stayed close to Twitter, posting frequency changes on @WR5P, which resulted in several QSOs from folks who were keeping up with us. High five!

Early in the evening, we received an email from Bob W0GXA letting us know that Laci OM2VL was looking for us in his portion of the 40m band. A quick turn of the dial got Laci a QSO below 7.200. Nice!

Then, a tweet from Mike VE7KPM asking for our frequency, got him in the log five minutes before the end of the party. Whew!

The ARKAN group does a great job coordinating the AR QSO Party, especially Don K5DB. We thank them for choosing us to be a bonus station this year. We ended with 421 QSOs on four bands.

See for instructions on submitting your log (and getting those beautiful bonus points).

Gary WBØRUR (left) and Kevin K5KVN (right) were the ops for the Noise Blankers in the 2014 Arkansas (AR) QSO Party:

UPDATE September 25, 2014: Our log for this contest has been uploaded to Logbook of the World and ClubLog.