Friday, January 25, 2013

Ham Nation broadcast

Here is an interesting broadcast covering the development of SSB for Amateur Radio.
The broadcast covers other interesting amateur radio topics (also some USA adverts) and is well worth watching.

Ham Nation

Between the Ears

BBC radio 3 talks about Amateur Radio contact with the International Space Station.

Between the Ears

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ethics and operating proceedures for the Radio Amateur

The international Amateur Radio Union have a long and very interesting document about operating ethics on the radio.
It highlights common problems and issues and has a good section on the fine art of CW communication. PSK and other digital modes are also covered.
Examples from the text are as follows:

The document is available at:

Monday, January 14, 2013

More top requested countries

Hi John

I was reading your blog  and saw the most wanted list,
here is another one based on the membership needs of
members of Clublog and you can use the filter for
SSB, CW, or Data.



Thanks for that information Ralph.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Zello update.

We introduced you to Zello on this blog and since then I have been listening around to some of the many Amateur Radio Channels (go to and look for the channels link, type in “Amateur” or “Ham Radio” in the search facility). One nice new channel I found and had a chat on was “World Wide Amateur Radio” which currently has 60+ participants.
Why not try the Amateur radio channels and let the blog know (comments) if you find any interesting ones.

Have fun talking!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Top most wanted countries

Hear is a list of the current top most wanted countries to work on your radio.

(Many thanks to "")

Special event station Gx100RSGB

(RSGB News)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Comments about the Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society.

Well,  I have awaited the IOMARS "the only official blog site" to post the report on the AGM in December 2012.
It seems they have relied on the "Soap Box" rather than the official web site…

STATEMENT "formal minutes of the meeting are expected to become available to members of the Society".

How far in the future will this happen? I was a member in the year of the AGM.

STATEMENT "A repeater update was made available from the repeater keeper and this regretted no progress with GB3GD and GB3IM antenna situation (Snaefell),"
Must now be 9 years since pressure was brought to government regarding this matter.

STATEMENT "Mike Webb (co-opted on to the committee) stated that he had made his contact details available so that he could raise concerns about the Society with the committee, he stated that he had received no emails or phone calls and that he was aware of a small group of individuals who were unhappy about certain matters".

Now this is a strange statement as Mr Webb sent an email to me albeit to the wrong person…following that a lengthy conversation took place between him and myself regarding the state of the club over the telephone he stated that he would make my comments known.

W M Griffiths  MD0DXW

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Get on your Soap-Box and chat on line

Can’t contact a friendly amateur on the repeater, not answering his phone, would like an online chat about Amateur Radio; why not use the “Zello” application to make contact.
Zello (  is a simple to use application for your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android device or PC (Not available for Mac yet) which is described as a Walkie-talkie application; with a Wi-Fi or data link you can use this simple application to make contact from around the World (or around the Island). Iomars.blogspot has opened a chat channel called “iomars” which requires no password and is free for Amateur Radio operators communications.
If your friendly amateur is not available to talk, just leave a message and when he looks at his Internet linked device he will see a note and be able to hear your message (like an ansaphone) and get back to you.
Some 10 million individuals have Zello and it is used by many Amateur Radio groups and Repeaters around the World, give it a go and keep talking!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Keeping New Radio Hams

Cambridge University Wireless Society have some interesting ideas about running their Amateur Radio Society:

Keep Hams Happy

(SARS News)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year