Youth in Ham Radio Presentation at SLSRC Winterfest

UPDATED:

The livestream broke halfway through but I recovered the audio of the end and set it to the slide show. Enjoy!

Slides: Amateur Radio’s Next Generation by N0SSC.pdf

Audio only Enhanced Podcast version (hosted by The Phasing Line Podcast): http://phasinglinepodcast.com/phasing-line-bonus-amateur-radios-next-generation-by-n0ssc/

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Phasing Line Podcast Episode 2: We’re Sweeping Up After Sweepstakes

Two thousand downloads what what what holy crap! I never would have imagined…that’s awesome! Thank you all for listening! 😀

Since this seems like it’s a pretty cool thing, we’ve decided to keep doing it and have released another episode. Marty and I ramble on about sweepstakes, contesting, operating massive stations, YOTA, college ham radio, etc. Et Cetera is kinda the main theme of this podcast…

Marty did most of the editing and I tried to spend less time mastering it than the last one, which took me about 8 hours straight to get all the levels and EQ just right. This time, didn’t do any of that. And it still sounds pretty alright! Adobe Audition is so much better than Audacity at quickly editing, trimming, and mastering audio, all collaboratively, plus I’m still technically a student so $20/month is killer for Creative Cloud! #iamashill

I’m working on problems with Stitcher and iHeartRadio but feeds are working fine on iTunes, Pocketcasts, Overcast, YouTube, RSS and at http://phasinglinepodcast.com.

I’m super pumped at the next few episodes – we already have a few guests lined up and some exciting news in the world of ham radio’s next generation.

So somewhere towards the end of this ep is a massive plug to give us money, and we both feel like we have to explain ourselves a lot because it’s like, the second episode and we’re already begging for your change. Well. Stuff’s not free. 🙁 But we think we provide value to you that is worth not only your download but your (voluntary) dollar. That said, we’ll never make this a for-profit pay-to-play show, and we’ll also refrain from extensive adverts and ridiculously long and annoying solicitations. We’ve got better things to talk about!

We’ve set up a Patreon account for listeners to contribute to the show so we can keep it up. Patreon is basically a fancy facade for Paypal, that lets us host rewards for your contributions. Marty has some t-shirts that need giving away!

Click the logo to go to the Phasing Line Patreon.
Click the logo to go to the Phasing Line Patreon.

Web hosting, Libsyn, email accounts, online storage, and Adobe Creative Cloud (we use Adobe Audition to collaboratively edit, and it saves us a whole heck of a lot more time than using Audacity) all told cost us about $50 a month. We’ve got a goal of only $30 a month. If we can’t recoup the costs, that would suck. The show will go on, but we’ll have to be creative in how we do stuff since we’re pulling all the nice things out for Phasing Line, but it would ultimately limit the growth of the show. 🙁

So, with 2000 downloads, we feel that at least a few of you would be willing to throw us a few coins. 🙂

Speaking of coin, if you prefer bitcoin: 1LCmJSb3CSdJSxEFdghRpSCC59gJq5HD5u

Disclaimer: We will be thoroughly open, honest and genuinely transparent regarding any contributions made to the show. All contributions will be read out on the show unless you wish to remain anonymous.

 

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Phasing Line is a Success, Sweepstakes Too

Phasing Line Is a Hit!

Our first episode of The Phasing Line Podcast was a hit. People really seem to love the new style – at least maybe our target demographic does (younger people, sub age 40, who are already a little experienced in ham radio). I’m excited for episode 2 – if we can find the time to record. I want to shoot for a biweekly release date but Marty and I have tumultuous schedules, so that is TBD. I do want to say we are planning an interview with a rising ham, so that will be exciting!

The big takeaway from the first episode was to avoid interruptions, so that will be fixed. Marty and I both think faster than we can speak too, and the fast-paced topic jumping with tons of tangents can be decisive – some like it, some don’t. We’ll be fine tuning the podcast as it goes on.

But it was such a success that it sparked interest in an old podcast I co-hosted, the Youth in Amateur Radio Podcast (YARP). 18-year old Jacob Keogh KDØNVX has taken the lead and re-branded it to The Noisy Key (jealous of that name) which will probably be a round-table similar to ICQ podcast, perhaps a bit more focused on a single or few topics, unlike the unfiltered consciousness which is The Phasing Line. All of which is to be determined as they work bringing the first episode.

Sweepstakes at WØEEE

WØEEE had another clean sweep during the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes. I came down to help educate and train new guys on HF contesting, spending a lot of time on a whiteboard.

Here’s an album. Click on the photos to make them bigger:

All that mattered (aside from getting the sweep) was that everyone had a ton of fun. It was really great how many people showed up, showed interest, logged, and got on the air. We made 227 QSOs in all 83 sections, so we didn’t really shoot for high numbers, and our antenna system got us down, but it was still a lot of fun. I also got to work Marty twice, lol!

We had to break out the amp for the last two sections of the sweep – PAC (pacific, aka Hawaii) and AK (Alaska). They were working huge pileups since they came on very late in the contest. But, we didn’t have an interface with the FT-897…so I had to do it manually, without ALC. Luckily the SB-220 has a soft-key relay that lets you use a simple switch to key the amp instead of 120V – that would have fried everything!

It worked! Not sure how bad the signal was coming out of the amp, but I drove it clean and it seemed to be linear, haha!

WØEEE Score Summary:

Operator(s) : N0SSC, AA0RN, N0SFK, KE0CFK, Alex Hoeft

Operator Category : MULTI-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : SSB
Default Exchange : S 31 MO
Gridsquare : EM47CW
Name : Missouri S&T ARC
Address : 301 W 16th St
City/State/Zip : Rolla  MO  65409
Country : UNITED STATES
ARRL Section : MO
Club/Team :
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.5982.0
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 109 218 26 2
7 60 120 25 2
14 52 104 29 2
21 6 12 3 2
Total 227 454 83
Score : 37,682
Rig : FT-897
Antennas : 80m trapped dipole, 40m dipole, 80m OCFD windom 20′ above ground
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Breakdown by Operator
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Operator 80m 40m 20m 15m Total  Accum
AA0RN 57 23 6 86 86
ALEX 3 3 6 92
KE0CFK 18 6 24 116
N0SFR 10 10 126
N0SSC 24 34 37 6 101 227
Total 109 60 52 6 227 227
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W0EEE Max Rates:
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2016-11-20 0612Z – 2.0 per minute  (1 minute(s)), 120 per hour by AA0RN
2016-11-20 0623Z – 1.2 per minute  (10 minute(s)), 72 per hour by AA0RN
2016-11-20 0657Z – 0.7 per minute  (60 minute(s)), 40 per hour by AA0RN KE0CFK
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W0EEE – Off Times >= 30 Minutes
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2016-11-19 2100Z – 2016-11-19 2105Z     00:06  (6 mins)   (Start late)
2016-11-20 0328Z – 2016-11-20 0357Z     00:30  (30 mins)
2016-11-20 0847Z – 2016-11-20 1450Z     06:04  (364 mins)
2016-11-20 1509Z – 2016-11-20 1609Z     01:01  (61 mins)
2016-11-20 1734Z – 2016-11-20 1817Z     00:44  (44 mins)
2016-11-20 1859Z – 2016-11-20 1939Z     00:41  (41 mins)
2016-11-20 1941Z – 2016-11-20 2022Z     00:42  (42 mins)
2016-11-20 2138Z – 2016-11-20 2215Z     00:38  (38 mins)
2016-11-20 2312Z – 2016-11-21 0243Z     03:31  (211 mins)
Total Time Off 13:57  (837 mins)
Total Time On 15:47  (947 mins)
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W0EEE Runs >10 QSOs:
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2016-11-20 0602 – 0724Z,    3671 kHz, 51 Qs, 37.0/hr AA0RN
2016-11-20 0807 – 0824Z,    3804 kHz, 14 Qs, 50.7/hr N0SSC

 

Thanks for reading! I will follow up this with a post detailing some ideas for college clubs to increase activity, and some ideas for contest coordinators to make contests better for school clubs and younger people as well.