The RAIN Report for 03-25-2017

This week we delve deep into the KC9RP archive to bring you the 14th program Hap Holly/KC9RP produced for his RP Report back in 1987, a full three years prior to the inception of the RAIN Report. We've even preserved the original introduction to this feel-good story about ham radio's involvement on a memorable Memorial Day as related by three individuals.

The RAIN Report for 03-18-2017

This week we conclude our glimpse into Maker Faire with David Witkowski/W6DTW, Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, CEO of Oku Solutions LLC, a board member of the Bay-Net Group WW6BAY and author of an article about Maker Faire in the January, 2017 QST. In this RAIN Report we conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with David about this extraordinary ham radio PR opportunity. [2017 P2 12M] We regret that the Chicago Maker Faire has been postponed to this fall. The RAIN Report is made available under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com; @therainreport from Twitter; and via iTunes. The RAIN Report is made available under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com; @therainreport from Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 03-10-2017

Have you ever heard of Maker Faire? One ham who is most familiar with it is David Witkowski/W6DTW, Executive Director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley; CEO of Oku Solutions LLC.; a board member of the Bay-Net Group WW6BAY; adviser to Radio Mala, (something Dave talked about on the RAIN Report in Sept., 1915; and a Senior Member of both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America. [P1 2017 12M] The RAIN Report is made available under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com; @therainreport from Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 03-04-2017

For a few years until his retirement, FCC Special Enforcement Council, Riley Hollingsworth/K4RH was a household name and viewed by many as the man who brought some much-needed law and order to the U.S. Amateur Radio Service. Referred to simply as Riley, this soft-spoken FCC bureaucrat brought a lot of respect back to the FCC that was missing during the 90's. Riley's first forum talk at the Dayton Hamvention in 1999 resulted in this RAIN Replay. [1999 18M] Editorial Note: Riley's successor, Laura Smith has been conspicuous by her absence from the Hamvention in recent years. In fact the FCC was a 'no show' at the 2016 Hamvention. The RAIN Report is available for transmission over Amateur Radio under a Community Commons license, and can be downloaded or streamed from therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 02-25-2017

What do Airforce MARS and Army MARS have in common? They both are involved with Shares. SHARES coordinates a voluntary network of government, industry, and disaster response agency HF radio stations used for emergency communications. According to Shares Program Manager, Ross Merlin, the Shares program can be described in four words. [2016 18M] The RAIN Report is available for transmission over Amateur Radio under a Community Commons license, and can be downloaded or streamed from therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 02-18-2017

this RAIN Report will be a little ...painful for those of you who remember when the 220 MHz Amateur band extended from 220.0 to 225.0 MHz What drove the United Parcel Service to lust after the bottom two megahertz of the 220 MHz Amateur band? We have to go back to 1990 to an interview RAIN Founder&Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, had with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP. a consulting engineer specializing in radio frequency design work in Southern California at the time. Some of you will recognize his voice from the early days of West link Radio, better known today as the Amateur Radio Newsline. But at the 1990 Dayton Hamvention in suburban Dayton, Ohio, Hendershot was demonstrating a then 'exotic' technology called Amplitude Compandered Single sideband, ACSSB. [1990 13M] Some contend that ACSSB technology was doomed from the beginning due to its picket fencing pilot tone issues above 2 meters, its sensitivity to cross channel interference, and its costs connected with manufacturing 220 MHz mobile radios. what homework ddid UPS do before persuading the FCC to take 40% of the 220 MHz band from the U.S. Amateur Radio service almost 30 years ago?

The RAIN Report for 02-10-2017

When one thinks of a new job or career change, ham radio isn't necessarily the first idea that pops into the mind of many as a possible lead to gainful employment. You'd be surprised, however, how many have. Last week we heard the career stories of the late Steve Mendelsohn/W2ML, and Bob Heil/K9EID, both of whom credit their involvement in Amateur Radio early on as contributing significantly to their professional careers. In this second excerpt from the Newsline Town Hall Meeting held during the 2010 Dayton Hamvention, we'll hear the stories of Rich Moseson/W2VU the Editor of CQ magazine; and Bob Sherman/K2SJT, a retired aircraft radio engineer. The forum chair was the late Co-Founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. The RAIN Report is available for transmission under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com (now tablet and mobile friendly), @therainreport on Twitter, and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 02-04-2017

While the economy has improved since "the crash" back in 2008, many folks today are still scrambling for a meaningful job - and a new career. Being a licensed ham radio operator may be more helpful than you might think toward that end. One such ham, (a silent key now) was Steve Mendelsohn/W2ML, who credited his involvement in Amateur Radio early on as contributing MIGHTILY to his professional career in NFL frequency coordination. Our second excerpt from that Newsline Home Town Meeting forum features Bob Heil/K9EID, the man with the golden microphone and weekly Ham Nation TV show. [2010 P1 17M] The RAIN Report is available for transmission under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter, and via iTunes.