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Aug 02 2012

Re-issue of the Classic Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast

Hello Kids! after due consideration I have decided to re-issue all of the episodes of Resonant Frequency so that a new group of Amateur Radio Operators can enjoy and learn from them. There will be new episodes of Richards Radio Adventure in the near future and since my time is beginning to free up more and more the possibility of new episodes of Resonant Frequency is not beyond reason. Plus young Ryan hasn’t had a chance to hear them. So stay tuned for updates. Check the website from time to time and send in your show ideas. I think we may be back in business.

73, my people.

Richard KB5JBV

King of Internet Elmering

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Aug 01 2012

Ratflector in Kaufman County Texas

Hello folks. Its me again. I am looking to work on a couple of projects out here in the radio wasteland known as Kaufman County. If you are wondering Kaufman county is the county just east of Dallas county here in Texas.

The first one I would like to tackle is getting a Ratflector (D-Star low speed digital repeater/Internet gateway) up and running here. I have worked with the program before and when I was living in Dallas county had a Ratflector up and running. I was the only one on it. So if you are in the Dallas / Fort Worth area or in Kaufman, Rockwall, Henderson, or Van Zandt county get in touch with me and lets see if we can make this thing go. I have always preferred digital to any other mode and I think this is the way to go.

You can contact me on Facebook as KB5JBV or Google+ and Email at kb5jbv@gmail.com

 

Thanks

Richard KB5JBV

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Mar 04 2011

What is the point in being a good Ham any way?

I was thinking about my amateur radio experiences over the years and things I have done to improve my skills and knowledge of amateur radio and it dawned on me “what is the point of being a good Ham anyway?”

I will give you a good example from my own experience. I have tried nearly every aspect of amateur radio except for satellite communications and EME. I was Digital Net Manager for NTS here in Texas and hold a brass pounders medallion for my NTS work. I am an Asst. RACES radio officer and Asst. EC for the city of Mesquite Texas. I have taken and passed ARECC level I, II, and III. I served two terms as president of the Ham Association of Mesquite and was head of the education committee for a year and net coordinator for the weekly information net for two years for that same organization. I have served as Asst. Section Manager under five Section managers. I am or have been an Official Observer, Chairman of the speakers bureau, VE, Technical Specialist, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station for the ARRL. The list goes on and on. I have even spent many hours calling nets on HF and VHF for NTS, and other organizations.

So what is the point? Well at this stage of the game the only unfulfilled goals I have in the hobby is to become Section Emergency Coordinator or District Emergency Coordinator for ARES in my area or Section Traffic Manager. This will never happen though because it is not in the cards for me.

When the Section Traffic Manager position became vacant a few years ago the appointment went to a fairly new ham that didn’t even know what the TCC was. I was available but I received no call. The same with SEC and DEC. DEC has become vacant several times over the past few years. I have thrown my hat in but it is always somebody that is a better political choice or a buddy of the SEC. When the last SEC retired I volunteered for that but It was better to have someone that has been a Ham for a little over a year as Section Emergency Coordinator. Well I guess it helps to be friends with the section manager, training and experience doesn’t.

So we come back to the question “what is the point in being a good amateur radio operator?” Well it is not about personal gain. Being a good ham brings the satisfaction of knowing you are the best you can be in the hobby. The knowledge that you have taken the time to learn and train for the time when you are needed to provide communications for those that can’t. Not only the little old lady that just lost her house due to a flood but the government agencies that can’t get on the same page with there radio equipment. The ability to bring others into the amateur radio community using your knowledge and enthusiasm for the hobby. The ability to take a newly licensed radio operator and guide him into a position where he can enjoy the hobby as much as you do. Those are some but not all of the reasons for being a good amateur radio operator.

So go out and be the best Ham you can be. Learn, Do, Teach. Bring new people into the hobby. Elmer the ones that are already here. Spread that infection that is know as love for the hobby and let the appliance operators seek the glory.

Ain’t that right Jay?

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Jan 23 2011

Resonant Frequency The amateur radio podcast

This is an article I wrote for the local club Newsletters here in north Texas when we first started the show. It was published in at least 20 newsletters around the area. I was a proud Papa.

Resonant Frequency

The amateur radio podcast

About two months ago I started an amateur radio podcast. At Resonant Frequency we try to bring guest that can enlighten us on some of the more mysterious aspects of amateur radio. Our program is geared toward the new and used amateur radio operator alike. This is my way of Elmering in the new millennium

Past guest include Billy AK5AK and Andy WY5V on Amateur Television, Carl K9LA on radio wave propagation, Repeater basics with Roy AD5KZ, and others

β€œWhat the heck is a podcast?” some of you might be thinking. Well a podcast is an audio file that contains what can best be described as a radio program. Like radio programs some podcast are music programs and some are talk type shows. With the newer players you can even find video podcast and watch them. So a wealth of information is available in these downloadable MP3 files. I myself listen to about 60 hours of podcast a week.

Where do you get Resonant Frequency the amateur radio podcast? Well if you have an Ipod or other MP3 player you set your podcatcher software to download the new files when they are posted. So lets drill down into that for a moment. A podcatcher is a program that automatically downloads podcast as soon as they are posted for download. The Ipod owners can go over to iTunes and search for Resonant Frequency in the podcast directory and click the subscribe button and every time a new episode is posted it will download to their computer. Those that own MP3 players can either download one of the podcatcher programs out there like Juice and set it up to download it when a new episode is posted. I prefer Juice because it is available for Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac.

OK you don’t have a MP3 player. Not a problem you can still download Resonant Frequency and listen to it or just listen without downloading it to your computer. Just go to the web page for the RSS feed and click on the link for the episode you want to listen to. You will be able to listen to it with Windows media player, Quicktime, Real player or whatever you use to play your media files. You can also download Itunes or Juice and use those programs to download and play the podcast. You don’t have to have a MP3 player to use those programs.

Now we have talked about what a podcast is and how to get it. If you have any questions about getting setup to receive Resonant Frequency the amateur radio podcast just send me an email at kb5jbv@cebridge.net and we will work on making that happen.

Resonant Frequency: The amateur radio podcast is a free service to the amateur radio community and will stay free as long as we are in production. We are covered by a creative commons license. That means that you may use audio from our program anyway you desire free of charge as long as you let everybody know where you got it and you don’t charge for it or whatever it is included in.

If you have a topic you would like to bring as a guest on Resonant Frequency or you have any ideas for guest or topics you might like to hear on the podcast send me an email at kb5jbv@cebridge.net

Well that pretty much wraps it up except for some of the links to Resonant Frequency the amateur radio podcast

The link to the RSS feed for Resonant Frequency is:

http://rfpodcast.info/Podcast/?feed=podcast

The web page for Resonant Frequency is:

http://rfpodcast.info/Podcast

kb5jbv@gmail.com

You can find Juice Podcast receiver at:

http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/index.php

iTunes can be found at:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

At the time of the writing of this article we are currently at episode 8, an interview with David KB5YLG over at the Texas Baptist Men. In the next few weeks we have shows about the Hurricane Watch Net and the National Traffic System. So download us and enjoy

73

Richard KB5JBV

Resonant Frequency: The amateur radio podcast

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Jan 12 2011

Who’s repeater is it any way?

After thinking about it I have decided that I may have enough information to write a little something on this subject.

A few months back I received an email from one of the newsgroups I monitor. This particular message had to do with a local radio club that had ask a couple of gentleman to quit using their repeater. It seems that these guys were discussing the two topics that get most people wound up. Yes friends we’re talking about Religion and Politics. They were ask to not discuss those topics on the repeater but continued to do so. They were finally ask to leave the repeater.

Now I watched this thread for a while and it reminds me of several instances of this kind thing that have occurred in this area over the years. This was my response to what I was reading.

β€œLet me start this way. It is my understanding that in the training that the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observers) receive we are told to consider offensive and obscene using the same standards that we see in broadcast TV and Radio. By this criteria politics and religion by themselves don’t fall into that category. Don’t get me wrong politics and religion create very passionate discussions that may end up in an area that is outside of the rules but talking about those subjects is not against the rules.

Second the Plano Amateur Radio Klub doesn’t OWN the set of frequencies in question. They are not an organization that has purchased the right to the exlclusive use of those frequencies. This would be the case in other radio services but not in the amateur service. This means that any amateur radio operator with a valid license and privileges on that band my use those frequencies with out restriction unless told otherwise by the FCC.

However, The Plano Amateur Radio Klub has spent considerable money to purchase the equipment to build their repeater. The time was spent to apply for a coordinated repeater pair so they would not interfere with any other local repeaters. They probably pay some sort of rent for the space where the machine is located. They are probably required to have some sort of insurance by the property owner. This is not an inexpensive proposition. Bottom line, they own the repeater. This means that they can restrict the use of that machine, not the use of frequency.

So they say the conversation is offensive. The Supreme court has ruled that “Offensive and indecent” is that which is considered offensive and indecent by community standards. The mistake we make is thinking that this means everybody in DFW. The truth is that the community we are talking about are the repeater users at the PARK. Yes we do have a right to freedom of speech but the supreme court has also ruled that our rights end when they interfere with the rights of others (yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater. That kind of thing.)

Now having said that. I think that the President and Trustee of Park are making a big mistake. there have been several clubs over the years that have tried to police their machine to heavily and it has back fired on them.

I once belonged to a club that turned their repeater off at midnight and back on at six in the morning because there were a dozen folks that used the repeater all night and the trustee’s didn’t want stay up all night to monitor the machine all night. It didn’t matter that the folks using the machine were all payed club members. It didn’t matter that we talked all night so we had someone to call for help if we needed it. They just didn’t want to be bothered. That kind of thinking has taken that club from fifteen hundred members to a couple of hundred. I repeat I think PARK is making a mistake.

The easiest solution is to vote the folks that are causing the problem out at the next election.

Of course what do I know

Richard KB5JBV

That is the advice I gave them and I even did an episode of Resonant Frequency about this because this is the kind of thing that the new guys need to know. A month later I received an email form my father KT5P. The email had a link to a letter from the FCC to an operator that was ask not to use a repeater in Georgia. The Letter is included here.

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL – RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

February 18, 2009

Mr. Robert L. Coyle, Jr.

320 Langston Road

Perry, GA 31093

Re: Amateur Radio License WN5P

Warning Notice

Dear Mr. Coyle:

The trustees of WA4ORT and NM4W have requested, by letter dated January
14, 2009, that you refrain from use of these repeaters. The written
request was issued as a result of your failure to follow operational rules
set forth by the licensee/control operators of the repeater systems for
their users. You were previously issued several requests to refrain from
using the systems, but failed to comply with them necessitating the formal
written request. You have failed to comply with the formal written request
as well as you were heard and recorded operating on the system more than a
dozen times by the control operator and the club president since the
January 14, 2009, letter was sent.

The Commission requires that repeaters be under the supervision of a
control operator and not only expects, but requires, that such control
operators be responsible for the proper operation of the repeater system.
Control operators may take whatever steps they deem appropriate to ensure
compliance with the repeater rules, including limiting the repeater use to
certain users, converting the repeater to a closed repeater or taking it
off the air entirely.

Please be advised that the Commission expects you to abide by the request
of the control operator that you stay off of NM4W – and any other similar
requests to cease operations on any other repeaters by any other repeater
licensees, control operators or trustees.

Use of WA4ORT or NM4W again after receipt of this letter could subject you
to severe penalties, including license revocation, monetary forfeiture
(fine) or a modification proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon which
you may operate.

Sincerely,

Laura L. Smith

Special Counsel

Cc: South Central Regional Director

In an email dated January 8, 2009, Mr. Mike Besemer (the control operator)
advised you that you were restricted from operating on the repeaters and,
on January 13, 2009, you were confronted while on the WA4ORT repeater by
Mr. Besemer and Mr. Scott Nolde (the club president) and again advised
that you were prohibited from using the repeaters.

Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.”

That pretty much tells the story. Vague it is but that is the word from Aunt Charlie.

I hope this helps.

The letter can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/eb/AmateurActions/files/Coyle09_05_07_5106.html

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