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The Noise Blankers Radio Group

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.


Tuesday
Jul012014

Field Day 2014: Success!

The Noise Blankers put on another successful multimedia field day. This included the live webcam and a ton of updates to social media.

Like last year, we operated on generator power as category 2E.

The traditional Australian Crawl took place at midnight, which featured a round of Foster's. Also making a return this year was "topless hour" on the webcam. Kevin K5KVN was nice enough to give us the elected official bonus (city council) and Nathan K5KAC gave us the served agency bonus (fire department).

The WR5P Field Day, by the numbers:

 Our 2014 and 2013 Field Day logs have been uploaded to Logbook of the World and ClubLog.

Thursday
Jun052014

Field Day Plans 2014

The Noise Blankers Radio Group will be at the WR5P club station using emergency power. And once again, we will present a high-energy, multimedia view of what it's like to work field day.

This will include a live webcam (with audio directly from the radio), real-time updates posted to Twitter and photos uploaded to the photo galleries here.

Tune in to the webcam for features such as Topless Hour, Oilcans at Midnight, WAS dance party, and Nodding Off At Nine O'Clock.

We will look for media opportunites, too, including local news outlets, the QSO Radio Show, etc.

It's fun for us ham ops to watch, plus it gives the "public" a view into to what ham radio contesting is all about. Follow along on field day here.

Here's a look back at what we did last year: 2013 Field Day

 

Look for WR5P on the air for field day 2014! Let us know what you are doing for field day in the comments below!

p.s. We need some band pass filters. 10m - 160m, please.   

Wednesday
May212014

Dayton Hamvention: SUCCESS

Kevin K5KVN and Andy K5PO can now check "Dayton" off of their ham radio bucket list. This was the first trip to Hamvention for both, and it was a memorable one.

Along the way, the guys were on 146.520 using the club callsign WR5P. Several simplex contacts were made while on I-70 in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, including many hams that were also heading to Dayton. WR5P-1 was beaconing on APRS, too. The drive from Northwest Arkansas took about 12 hours.

The Crowne Plaza hotel was base camp for the Noise Blankers. Many DX clubs were also there, holding forums and events like Contest University and the RTTY dinner.

Getting to Hara Arena wasn't as difficult as one might imagine. There are bus passes and taxis, but there also appeared to be plenty of parking at businesses and residences near the arena. Every car dealership, church, strip mall and house driveway near the arena was offered up as a parking lot, for a fee (see pic to the right). Andy and Kevin parked the Tahoe in a yard directly across from the flea market.

And since the flea market was right there, that's the first thing they visited. It's massive. So much so, that there were rows of stuff that they never saw. Despite on-and-off rain showers and at least two bouts of hail, the flea market was heavily visited.

Being the media hounds that they are, Kevin and Andy were interviewed by Dayton's Fox45, HamRadioNow.tv and QSO Radio Show. In the interviews, they talked about HamHijinks.com, emergency communications and general ham radio topics.

The best part of Hamvention? The people. The Friday and Saturday tweetups and Reddit meeting was fantastic. It's really cool to meet folks in person that you talk to on the air or on social media.

And what did they buy while there? A jumper cable and some powerpole connectors.

After leaving Hamvention on Saturday, Kevin and Andy visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton. Judging by the antennae in the museum parking lot, there were many other hams there, too.

Photos and videos:


Kevin and Andy were interviewed by Fox 45:

 

Our Dayton slideshow: (see full gallery at this link)

 

And this is how it ended at 2:39 a.m. Sunday, after driving straight to Northwest Arkansas from Dayton:

 

Monday
May122014

The Noise Blankers Go To Dayton!

The Noise Blankers have packed their bags and loaded up the Tahoe.

Be on the lookout for the Noise Blankers at Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, this weekend! Kevin K5KVN and Andy K5PO are representing the group, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the world's greatest gathering of ham radio operators.

Dayton is a 13-hour road trip from Northwest Arkansas, so the guys have stocked up on Slim Jims, astronaut diapers and extra gas cans. There is a gentleman's agreement that the Tahoe will not stop until it gets to Hara Arena.

Will they purchase the new Duck Dynasty transceiver? Will they finally purchase a flashing LED callsign badge? Will Andy strap 10 sections of Rohn tower to the roof of Kevin's Tahoe? Follow them on Twitter to see what happens: @WR5P, @K5KVN and @K5PO. Use the hashtag #Hamvention.

UPDATE: There will be a tweet-up at 11 a.m. local time Friday and Saturday at the loading dock area of Hara Arena. See you there!

Got any tips for taking it all in at Hamvention? Let us know in the comments...