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Jun 18 2014

It’s Coming

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It’s Coming. Be afraid, Be very afraid

   
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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 othersWhat 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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