November 27, 2022
November 13, 2022
|North Dakota and South Dakota|
November 11, 2022
October 24, 2022
|1500 US States Confirmed on QRZ.com|
North Dakota and South Dakota seemed to be my most challenging States. I often wonder if I have an antenna null toward ND and SD?
October 12, 2022
|Scouts BSA Radio Merit Badge|
Good Operating Practices
Be prepared - Think about what you are going to say before transmitting.
Be trustworthy - Take care of troop radios and return them in the same condition they were issued.
Be loyal - Keep your antenna in a vertical position and elevate it to improve signal strength. If you are in a structure, try moving near an open window or moving outdoors to improve signal strength.
Be helpful - Press the push-to-talk button and pause one second before speaking. There is a short delay before your radio begins transmitting. Pausing will prevent your message from being cut off.
Be courteous - When initiating a transmission, first identify your intended recipient then identify yourself. This avoids confusion on shared frequencies. Example: “Jill this is Jane, do you copy?”
Be kind - Give the person you are calling time to respond. Remember, they may have heard your call and are unable to respond immediately.
Be thrifty - Use short, clear, and concise messages over the radio to save battery life. Repeat essential parts of the message to help make sure it is understood. Keep your radio on and monitor for safety, accountability, and patrol/troop messages.
Be clean - Speak across the radio microphone rather than directly into it in order to produce a clear undistorted message.
Mayday - Used as a distress call in an emergency situation. When used, repeat three times: mayday, mayday, mayday.
Correction - I made an error in this transmission. I will continue with the last correct word.
Radio check - This means, “What is my signal strength and readability?” Responses include: “Loud and clear” (or 59), “Weak but readable,” “Weak and distorted,” “Strong and distorted.”
Over - I have finished speaking.
Say again - Please repeat your last message.
Stand-by - This means, I acknowledge your transmission. Please wait for me to respond.
Go-ahead - I am listening and can respond. Please proceed with your message.
I spell - Say this prior to spelling a difficult or ambiguous-sounding word.
Read back - Please repeat my entire transmission back to me.
Roger - Message received and understood.
Affirmative / Negative - Yes / No
Out - Our conversation is finished.
September 16, 2022
September 11, 2022
|Flag of the great State of New Hampshire|
The great State of New Hampshire is also well known as the Live Free or Die State. Each time I see the state's motto, I am reminded of the spirit of fierce American independence conveyed by Patrick Henry's 1775 speech.
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry, 1775
August 14, 2022
|Make your campsite better than you found it|
June 24, 2022
― ARRL Inc.,