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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.


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.




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.