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  • K3MRI

    Welcome

    By K3MRI

    Blog post category: Personal opinion Welcome to Ham Community, an experiment by a small group of amateur radio operators who, like all amateur radio operators, love to experiment. That's what we do. We try new things, then we improve them, then we simply build another one, better still. There are other amateur radio websites out there, we know this, And yet, none seemed to have the most important
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  • K3MRI

    Digital voice: which one?

    By K3MRI

    Join the conversation, we would love to know what you think...
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HamCation 2020... done

HamCation 2020... done

Blog post category: About the Community HamCation 2020 was our first large hamfest. We are told that we did well; what's sure is that we're happy. We met some amazing people and signed up plenty of new members. We also entered into some really exciting partnerships that you will be hearing about soon. And yes, we will be back at HamCation next year, hopefully in the exact same spot.

K3MRI

K3MRI

Thank you Frostfest

Thank you Frostfest

Blog post category: About the Community Frostfest 2020 has come and gone. RATS did a great job, thank you to the whole team. Early on, the line went as far as the eye could see and, from all appearances, lots of money changed hands. One of the highlights of Frostfest was when one of the announcers came on and told us that someone had lost over $500 in cash. The great news is that somebody else – an hon

K3MRI

K3MRI

Prepping for the big Fests

Prepping for the big Fests

Blog post category: About the Community Truth be told, we are excited. Throughout 2019, Ham Community has worked to develop the platform, iron out bugs, and most of all, listen to our membership to tailor the experience to what you want, not what we want. The good news is that most of the time, we want the same things. From a unique FCC lookup tool, unlike any other, to our very visual product reviews

K3MRI

K3MRI

Cofounders in the wind

Cofounders in the wind

Blog post category: Personal opinion Every year for the past three years, a group of us, notably the co-founders of Ham Community, has gone out to Assateague Island, by the Atlantic Ocean, on the first weekend after November 15. Yes, it's always a little cold and a little windy. Yes, we have to pay $20 to get into the park and $30 a night for a spot. No, it's not pure wilderness camping. But yes, it's

K3MRI

K3MRI

Saint Mary's County Hamfest

Saint Mary's County Hamfest

Blog post category: About the Community Here we are in St. Mary's County in an amazing little town with an amazing big name: Hollywood. Alan and I are here presenting Ham Community to the local ham community. We're hoping to walk away with a few new members and a few new friends.

K3MRI

K3MRI

New repeater forum

New repeater forum

Blog post category: About the Community Hi all. Just to let you know that I've created a new forum category about Repeater Management. I realized yesterday, at my club meeting, that we were talking about repeaters and that I had missed that one. Sorry about that!! Must've been 😴 at the wheel. Here's the link to the category, if you'd like to post: https://hamcommunity.com/forum/203-repeater-manag

K3MRI

K3MRI

First Hamfest

First Hamfest

Blog post category: About the Community Tomorrow, Sunday August 4, 2019, W4DOI and I (K3MRI) will be presenting Ham Community for the first time in public. We have rented a small table in the main hall of the Berryville Hamfest, at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, to show the site on a monitor, to hand out invitation cards for people to sign on to the community, and to, most importantly, hear di

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K3MRI

Staying active in Amateur Radio

Staying active in Amateur Radio

Blog post category: Personal opinion I keep hearing about how many HAMs are licensed but inactive. Some, we are told become licensed, get an HT, get on air for a few days, get bored and go quiet. Others, even old-timers, seem to be frustrated by over-bearing HOAs who will not let them put up antennas. And then there are those who are frustrated by the low point in the solar cycle and have decided that

K3MRI

K3MRI

Welcome

Welcome

Blog post category: Personal opinion Welcome to Ham Community, an experiment by a small group of amateur radio operators who, like all amateur radio operators, love to experiment. That's what we do. We try new things, then we improve them, then we simply build another one, better still. There are other amateur radio websites out there, we know this, And yet, none seemed to have the most important

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K3MRI

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    • With all that is happening in this world, COVID-19 has been getting the majority of the news and headlines. Nevertheless, Mother Nature is still at work and we do have a Hurricane Season that is soon approaching.

      This morning, Dr. Philip Klotzbach released his first forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. “We anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have above-normal activity. Current warm neutral ENSO conditions appear likely to transition to cool neutral ENSO or potentially even weak La Niña conditions by this summer/fall. Sea surface temperatures averaged across the tropical Atlantic are somewhat above normal. Our Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation index is below its long-term average; however, most of the tropical Atlantic is warmer than normal. We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.”
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    • Mission:
      • To disseminate hurricane advisory information to marine interests, Caribbean Island nations, emergency operation centers, and other interests for the Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Basin as promulgated by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, and when required, the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
      • To obtain weather information from reporting stations and observers who are not part of the routine network for the National Weather Service, or the World Meteorological Organization, and forwarding it to the National Hurricane Center, and when required, the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
      • To function as a backup communication link for the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service Field Offices, the Canadian Hurricane Centre, Emergency Operation Centers, Emergency Management Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other vital interests, which can involve military relief operations, involved in the protection of life and property before, during and after a hurricane event.
      • To relay initial damage assessments of hurricane damage to the National Hurricane Center, and when required, the Canadian Hurricane Centre.




       
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    • Green Hero Engineering
      Green Heron Engineering, LLC is dedicated to bringing amateur radio operators the best in sensible automation products, while providing the best customer support experience in our industry. Although we do have some commercial application, we treat everyone the same. Hams do not take a back-seat with Green Heron.

      We are dedicated to providing solutions to common issues facing the radio amateur in integrating amateur equipment from any vendor. The RT-20 was introduced in May of 2005 and was an instant success as the first of a kind, totally unique product that solves real world station problems. The current version, the RT-21 v4, has evolved based on customer feedback, as well as our own innovations. It has features that contesters will love, remote station owners will wonder how they did without, and even the casual operator, with one rotator, will want to own and operate. The latest unit has an optional Wi-Fi embedded web server. It’s was rather obvious to us, that rotator manufacturers were ignoring the user view (the controller) of their products. We developed an easy to use, fully programmable, and good looking controller that works with any manufacturer’s rotator. We made it easy to integrate the software side by making our unit compatible with the Hy-Gain DCU-1 protocol with enhancements to provide many more modern features.

      Over the years, we’ve added the Deluxe RT-21, a DC powered unit aimed at mobile or solar powered applications, and a universal Az/El controller that can’t be matched for versatility, performance and looks! We control everything from simple entry level rotators, to complete rotating tower multi HP motor systems.

      Our “Green Heron Everyware” is a complete product family of modules, software, and devices that solve another set of problems facing us in our own station integration efforts, targeted to the absolute best in Remote Station control and automation. We needed to share station resources, eliminate the myriad of cables and many different antenna switch control boxes cluttering the operating positions and provide wireless “last mile” connection to switches while adding internet or local control with zero change in operating interface. We use standard IP protocols and human readable XML configuration files. There is no proprietary LAN or “secret sauce” mixed in. We are constantly discovering new and useful applications and are now can supply many of our own switching devices with built-in GH Wireless Control.

      Our primary focus though, is not on our products.  We believe that if you buy from us, you deserve to get our full support as well.  This means that you can call or e-mail, that you will get a person or a response as soon as possible.  This doesn’t mean “within 2-3 business days”!

      We continue to design, test and manufacture in the USA.
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    • WN3R Remote Station
      WN3R

      I started trying to remote my Frederick HF station back in 2006. I was way ahead of the technology. Just a few years ago, I was finally successful in duplicating my local operating style remotely from Rockville.

      The "Frederick" remote station consists of the following: Elecraft K3, KAT500 - ATU, and KPA500 Amplifier, RemoteRig, PC + TEAMVIEWER, and Green Heron Everywhere system.
      The "Rockville" remote operating position consists of the following: Elecraft K3/0, Laptop, second monitor, CW paddle, headset, RemoteRig, and TEAMVIEWER - Remote Desktop software.

      Antennas: 160M inverted "L", 80M sloping dipole fed with Ladder Line (Multiband), 40M dipole, Tribander, 6M beam, and 40M 4-square.

      73, Dick, WN3R

       
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    • Power failures
      My first back up is a 5000 watt Engine Alternator Set (Generator to most folks).

      Second back up is a Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator, over 400 feet of various outdoor cords, with weather proof connection covers.

      Third is a "Pup" generator. That is a small engine mounted on a steel plate and fitted with an A pattern industrial belt pulley. That drives a high capacity vehicle alternator, using a A belt to another A pattern industrial pulley, which produces an effectively unlimited supply of 12 volt DC; i.e. more than I'll ever need. That will be supplemented with a large capacity sign wave inverter, once the stay at home order is lifted and I can prowl the wrecking yards for one out of a total loss service van or truck. I already have a source for a riding mower engine which is higher horsepower than the present one in case the one I have will not carry the inverter I hope to get. I plan to put together cord sets with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard connectors for 12 volt DC, to run to a Schlocky Diode battery isolator and a charge controller for the battery.

      Fourth is the 2 Absorbed Glass Mat Valve Regulated Lead Acid 100 Ampere Hour batteries. Those are under continuous charge by the station's 50 Ampere linear power supply.
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