2014 Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Recap

Every year in mid October, Wisconsin ARES/RACES, the state’s amateur radio emergency communications group holds its annual conference. While open to anyone with an interest in Emergency Communications, the conference gives ARES leadership an opportunity to network and share information in a fun and educational setting. This year’s conference, held on Saturday October 18, 2014 […]

Amateur Radio History: Simulated Emergency Test Then and Now

About a week ago our ARES/RACES group participated in the ARRL’s Simulated Emergency Test. In this nationwide exercise amateur radio operators participate in a variety of mock disaster drills and communications tests. But did you know that the SET has been going on much longer than you imagined. Last week I received a call by […]

Do the Jota- Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air

Every year, around the third weekend in October, Scouting’s biggest on-air activities takes place. JOTA or the Jamboree on the air is an operating activity that gives Boy & Girls the opportunity to experience amateur radio and make connections world wide. JOTA also gives amateur radio operators the chance to ‘give back’ to their community […]

How I worked with city hall to ensure an amateur radio exemption in a municipal cell phone ban

In 2012, over 421,000 people were injured and 3,328 people killed in automobile crashes due to distracted driving. Distracted driving has become a hot button issue and many communities have developed or are in the process of creating an ordinance on the use of cell phones and electronic devices while driving. Our municipality enacted that […]

New Product: Two Meter Break-a-way Slim Jim Antenna

Looking for a compact, portable antenna with a decent amount of gain? Our popular Two Meter Slim Jim antenna is now available in a two piece break-a-way format. The 2 meter break-a-way Slim Jim antenna has the same performance and specs as the solid one piece model, with the exception of a screw connector in the […]