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2013 Central States VHF Conference

Posted by KD6KPC on Jan 27, 2013 - 07:51 PM
Hello !

Please remember to mark your calendar for the 2013 Central States VHF Conference - July 25-28. The Chicago location will be the Elk Grove Village Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village Illinois.

Distracted Driving Update – Ontario Regulations Changed

Posted by KD6KPC on Dec 22, 2012 - 09:37 PM
RAC Bulletin 2012-071E - Distracted Driving Update – Ontario Regulations Changed 2012-12-22

D-Star Live show

Posted by KD6KPC on Dec 17, 2012 - 10:28 PM
Live internet broadcast on "D-Star Live" on Dec 29 from 10:00AM -4:00 PM central time. Icom is coming in for the broadcast and also other hams for the show. Robin Cutshaw AA4RC the co-inventor and developer of the dongle and the DVAP will be here. Tune in and take part in the broadcast. There will be a chat room where you can interact with our guests. Watch it at We have viewers in over 100 countries. Thanks, Tom W5KUB

Wireless, Landline Networks Hold Up to Irene

Posted by KD6KPC on Aug 29, 2011 - 04:16 PM
Power Outages Remain the Biggest Issue by Karl Bode

Ham Radio Operators Fill the Void ‘When All Else Fails’

Posted by KD6KPC on Aug 29, 2011 - 04:14 PM
How a hobby serves as the last line of communications in a worst-case scenario

Foot notes: For more information on ham radio, log on to the American Radio Relay League’s website at

Ham Radio Networks

Posted by KD6KPC on Aug 29, 2011 - 04:11 PM NORTHWOODS - The Ham Radio has been connecting the world for decades as operators sending their signals to pass the time or to pass important information.

Foot notes: Story By: Michael Crusan

Prevent Car Prowls

Posted by KD6KPC on Sep 15, 2008 - 10:35 AM
Please read this information carefully and take the following steps TODAY to avoid being the victim of these crimes.

A few SIMPLE steps can prevent your car from being a target for a car prowler or thief. A car prowl is when someone breaks into a car to commit a crime. Typically, car prowlers break into a car because they see something that may be of value. That includes shopping bags, backpacks, change, anything that is visible to a passerby as they look into your car.

Follow these steps every time you park your car and decrease the likelihood of being a victim!

  • Keep personal and valuable belongings out of sight. Do not invite a break-in by leaving valuables such as cameras, CDs, IPODs, money, computers, stereos, bags, packages or shopping bags (including re-usable bag) in plain sight. Take them with you out of your car or discreetly lock them in your trunk if you cannot remove them when you park. DO THIS EVERY TIME YOU PARK!

  • Keep all doors locked and windows up at all times when you park. A lock is only effective if you use it!

  • Secure your vehicle in your garage or park in a well-lit and highly visible area. Criminals look for cars that are isolated and parked in dark areas.

  • Use your alarm system at all times.

  • If you have a GPS system, remove it when you park your car. And, remove the GPS holder as well. Criminals know that a GPS holder means there is probably a GPS somewhere in the car! Out of sight, out of mind!

  • If you see a person looking into cars and appears suspicious, call 9-1-1.

Beacon signal accidentally turned on from wreckage of plane

Posted by KD6KPC on Jun 15, 2008 - 09:40 PM
Associated Press - June 11, 2008 3:35 PM ET

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A HAM radio operator driving along I-5 near Roseburg picked up an unusual signal recently.

It was the beacon from an Emergency Locator Transmitter from a downed aircraft.

Sergeant Dave Marshall of the Douglas County Sheriff's office says the HAM operator also happened to be a volunteer for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.

He contacted 911 and followed the source to a hangar at the Roseburg Regional Airport.

The signal was coming from the wreckage of a home built plane that crashed on a Roseburg street May 26th. The pilot, 70-year-old Clyde Floyd, amazingly walked away from the wreck.

But on Saturday, he was showing the plane to some friends when 1 of them accidentally triggered the beacon. It was quickly turned off.

If it hadn't been, the Air Force would have launched a search for the wreckage of the plane.

Ham radio to the rescue where cell phones failed

Posted by KD6KPC on Mar 31, 2008 - 01:14 PM
Ham radio to the rescue where cell phones failed
March 28th, 2008 @ 10:15pm
Alex Cabrero reporting

When a woman crashed her truck over a cliff in Logan Canyon, witnesses tried to call for help on their cell phones, to no avail. There is no cell coverage in the canyon. But one man was still able to call for help, using old-fashioned technology.

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