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Short Range Communication Choices for Off the Grid Communications

Communicating off the grid, or without the use of conventional methods such as landline, cell phones, Internet, or WiFi can be a challenging prospect. You might ask why forgoing convention when the infrastructure and technology is ubiquitous. If you think about it, cell phones are everywhere and Internet technology is entrenched. But there can be certain […]

Off the Grid Communications

There’s a lot a talk going around about being prepared for disasters, either manmade or natural. The recent superstorm on the East Coast has reinforced this fact the natural disasters can cause large scale disruptions in communications infrastructure. Establishing an off the grid communications system can keep you in touch in the event of disaster […]

ARES/RACES VHF Station Recommendation

Congratulations on being a member of your local ARES/RACES emergency communications group. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a great component of amateur radio and allows ham radio operators the opportunity to provide a valuable public service to their community. A common question when setting up a station for ARES/RACES communication, is what type of […]

45N90W W9SM Special Event Station on the air today

We’ll be putting the center of the Western Hemisphere on the air today! Join us on the air for the 45N90W Special Event Station. Nov 3, 1500Z-2100Z, W9SM, Wausau, WI. Wisconsin Valley Radio Association. 14.235 7.185. Certificate & QSL. Wisconsin Valley Radio Association, PO Box 363, Wausau, WI 54402. We will be activating 45N by […]

So long Dennis, W9PBB, we’ll miss you!

The amateur radio community lost a valuable member last week. Dennis, W9PBB, a good personal friend and mentor suddenly passed away at the age of 76. It’s a shock whenever anyone close to you dies, but when the person was taken suddenly and without warning, it can be especially hard. Dennis was a friend to […]