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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.


Tuesday
Aug202013

When We Were Granted ARRL Affiliation

Once again, the phone rang. And just like the last time, it was first thought to be a prank call. However, today it wasn't money they wanted to give us. It was perpetual friendship.

As of today, the Noise Blankers are an ARRL-affiliated club. Club president Gary WBØRUR offered these words when Kevin K5KVN told him the news: "Someone find out what sort of responsibility that entails."

Heck, we are as surprised as anyone. If we were a national amateur radio organization, we wouldn't accept us as an affiliated chapter.

Even the shack cat reacted to the news with jaw-dropping amazement:

 

 

Tuesday
Aug132013

Ham Hijinks QSYs To New Web Site

When we launched Ham Hijinks in January 2013, we had no idea what we were doing. And that still holds true today.

Now eight months into it, we've decided to give her a makeover. A brand new Ham Hijinks website is ready for you! Go now and be one of the handful of visitors we will have today!

Please QSY:

New website: hamhijinks.com

New RSS feed link: http://hamhijinks.com/feed/

New Feedburner link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HamHijinks

Our club website and blog will remain here at noiseblankers.com. But, for the ham radio funny, update your bookmarks to hamhijinks.com.

73, and thanks for reading. -- Kevin K5KVN

Friday
Aug022013

Arkansas QSO Party: September 14

Our friends at Amateur Radio Klub of the Arkansas Northwest (ARKAN) are coordinating the Arkansas QSO Party once again this year. This is your chance to work some rare DX, Arkansas style.

The Noise Blankers will be working the party from individual home stations, so look for K5PO, K5KVN and K5KAC on the air. Gary WBØRUR will use special event callsign W5A for the QSO Party. [Read his blog for more info on that.]

  • QSO Party is Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m - 9 p.m. Central Time.
  • Get rules, maps, etc., here:  http://arkanhams.org/QSOParty.htm
  • Got questions?  Email the QSO Party Manager, Don Banta K5DB: k5db@arrl.net
  • Where is Arkansas? See map to the right.
Monday
Jun242013

Field Day 2013: Success!

The Noise Blankers were at the shack of K5PO once again this year as 2E AR using generator power. It was another field day multimedia extravaganza.

  • We finished with 1,339 contacts and talked to all but a few of the sections.
  • Our shack webcam was viewed 369 times.
  • Watch archived webcam video. Be on the lookout for "topless hour" and the "Australian crawl."
  • Check out our photo gallery.
  • WBØRUR did a live radio interview with The QSO Radio Show.
  • Bonus points for the win! Kevin K5KVN is an elected official; K5KAC is a local firefighter. We did press releases on our website and Twitter feeds. And "Genny" provided the emergency power bonus.
  • We were all over Twitter using hashtag #FD13.
  • This website had several thousand page views and visitors in the days preceding and including field day. (Thanks for visiting!)
  • Our claimed score is 3,414.

See you next year for #FD14.

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