Friday, October 12, 2018

SWL - Shortwave Listening

I ran across a story on shortwave listening and it inspired me to write about SWL. One of my first shortwave stations heard was the Radio Havana Cuba and it was actually a 30 minute ham radio show. Here is a YouTube with a show from this October 2018. Listen to this and then continue reading below. Sunday nights on Radio Havana Cuba on 15140Khz. Radio Havana has many frequencies and you can CLICK HERE for a list. This is not the best recording but if you want to hear a clean version, it is available streaming on the internet HERE.

The number of shortwave radio broadcasting stations has declined in recent years but there are still many stations out there. (See list of current stations with the link below) Of course with band conditions as they are, hearing them is sometimes a challenge. Along with the licensed broadcast stations around the world, many individuals operate "Pirate" stations on the air. No license and a wide range of power output but most stations use low power or QRP while some have used WAY over the legal limit.

Another cool personal story is that I once used my Yaesu FT1D HT to listen to the shortwave broadcast when W6OBB (sk) Art Bell returned to radio after a long absence. He was broadcasting from his studio in Arizona. I don't believe that station is still on the air but it was so cool to actually hear the legend Art Bell while laying in bed on a handheld shortwave receiver! Please post your shortwave experiences and stories in the comments below.

Give SWL a try if you never have or listen some more if you have not for a while. You never know what you might hear and maybe you will even find a wild and free Pirate Radio Station. Maybe we should start one? I hope we never have to rely on shortwave for information but it is good to know you have the ability to hear them. Here are some SW stations I ran across while researching and writing this.

WTWW on 5.085 which is mostly a religious station but they do broadcast Ham Nation on Wednesday nights and Bob Heil playing his organ on Saturday at 8pm. I heard an interesting show on Tuesday night at 9pm talking about amateur radio called QSO Live. Very good show!

Radio Havana Cuba on 6.192. All in English from what I heard and mostly just news but it would be interesting to listen to and study what they report. And what they don't report. Sounds familiar huh?

Also heard was ham operator K1KW just inside the 40m band and wow did he have a great AM signal from Massachusetts. Check out his QRZ page HERE.

This Wikipedia page has a great list of PIRATE stations in the middle of this page.

Here is an interesting article about the Pirate Radio station set up at Burning Man.

Here is a great link, I recommend you print these pages out for future reference.


Tyler KBØPQP sent me this link to a station I did listen to. WRMI has a huge setup on 5.850 and other frequencies. WRMI mostly broadcasts religious programming. This video reports about one of my favorite YouTubers Ham Radio Concepts and friends touring the WRMI site. Now THIS is a station or actually stations....


Monday, October 8, 2018

Baofeng Radios Illegal?

From the KB9VBR YouTube Channel.

The Baofeng UV-5R Radio, just about every ham active on VHF/UHF has one. With a purchase price of around $30, you get a lot for your money.

But on August 1, 2018 the FCC isued a Citation and Order for the 'Illegal Marketing of Unauthorized Radio Frequency Devices" against Amcrest Industries, the company that imports Baofeng radios in to the US. So what does that mean? Are these radio now illegal to use? Are they contraband? . . .

Thursday, September 27, 2018



The SEKARC will be meeting this Saturday at 9am at Fire Station #1 in Pittsburg (map below).  We have a lot to talk about from reviewing the recent mining special event and how we should plan for 2019. We also will be talking about a few other new ideas that members have. Breakfast will be served, and we will have coffee and other drinks or bring your favorite!

It is a great time to meet folks and make club decisions and have your voice heard. If you have not been to one, we hope to see you Saturday !! I will be sending out the minutes for the meeting Friday afternoon so you will have that available and save printing costs!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Coffee QSO - Record Turnout !!

The SEKARC Coffee QSO at Otto's Cafe had record turnout today. I believe the total was 19 including Vivian, the daughter and namesake for Matt KØVLL. We had antennas shown, one antenna looked like it had blown up, radio memories programmed, good breakfast and great fellowship with area ham radio operators. If you miss the Coffee QSO you are really missing out! See you next week?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mining Special Event - Feedback Request

Here is a form we would like for you to complete so we can get feedback and your thoughts on the 2018 event and how we should plan for 2019. This will be the main topic for the meeting coming up on the 29th of this month. Please review this and provide your thoughts as the more input we get, the better the event will be in 2019!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ham Radio and Hurricane Florence

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Author: Suzanne Lawler

A state group is on standby to go to the Carolinas and help after Florence. Ham radio operators can help organize volunteers. 

Here in Georgia, a ham radio mutual assistance team went on standby to help the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Forget 9/11/01

Ham Radio Special Event Station remembers their brothers and hams lost. Here is my QSL that I received from my contact with them. God Bless America.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kansas Mining Event #6 - Galena Museum

One of the friendliest and accommodating locations we set up for the 2018 Mining Series was the Galena Mining and Historical Museum. Here is a link to their website CLICK HERE. Ahead of the event we contacted Linda at the Museum and she was vert gracious in the permission and appreciative of us coming there and spreading the word about their location to amateur radio operators around the country.

She met us there for the one day of the on site event and helped us with locating the power outlets, and later brought us copies of their tourism information cards, a great little book titled Pioneer Days of Galena that told the story of Galena's rich history. And then gave us private tours of their museum and talked about the various displays from glowing minerals in the rocks to a small but heavy chunk of Iron Ore. Linda offered us some cold bottled water and a chance to get in to the air conditioning for a bit. What a great museum and if you have not stopped and toured it, you should.