The RAIN Report for 08-11-2018

By popular demand you're going to hear more about What should be in your ham radio tool boxhere in the August 11 RAIN Report. Last week we learned about what you should have in your ham radio toolbox. The guy who should know is Ken Bailey, K1FUG, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant and Continuing Education Program Administrator. By request, we'll hear from Ken once again in a second excerpt from his 2018 Dayton Hamvention talk. [2018 17M] If you missed our first audio excerpt from his presentation, you'll find it on the Archive page on therainreport.com. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This hamcast typically updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings on WTWW, a Lebanon, TN shortwave station on 5.085 KHz around 9:00 PM CDT following the Amateur Radio Newsline. Keep On Hamming!

The RAIN Report for 08-04-2018

More and more folks today are changing horses in the middle of life's virtual stream. One ham who has is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR, the man whose Automated Packet Radio System radically changed Amateur Radio tracking back in the 1990s. In 2007 Bob discovered a whole new world of energy. He now has made getting off the power grid his life focus. Bob's new world of energy is the electric vehicle (EV). He talked about his new crusade at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in May. This is our second and final excerpt from that talk. [2018 15M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday both on therainreport.com and on WTWW shortwave out of Lebanon, TN around 9:00 PM CDT on 5.085 MHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 07-28-2018

More and more folks today are changing horses in the middle of life's virtual stream. One ham who has is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR, the man whose Automated Packet Radio System radically changed Amateur Radio tracking back in the 1990s. In 2007 Bob discovered a whole new world of energy. He now has made getting off the power grid his life focus. Bob's new world of energy is the electric vehicle (EV). He talked about his new crusade at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in May. This is our second and final excerpt from that talk. [2018 15M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday both on therainreport.com and on WTWW shortwave out of Lebanon, TN around 9:00 PM CDT on 5.085 MHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 07-21-2018

This week on the July 21 RAIN Report we learn about a whole new world of energy. A-P-R-S...These four letter revolutionized Amateur Radio tracking in the mid-1990s. The man behind APRS is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR. But wait a darn minute here...Bob isn't talking a lot about his Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) these days. If you attended his hour-long plus forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention last May, you already know his new crusade is: a whole new world of energy. [2018 14M] Bob will continue his whole new world of energy diatribe in our second excerpt from his Hamvention talk next time. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday both on therainreport.com and on the Lebanon, TN shortwave juggernaut, WTWW, around 9:00 PM CDT Saturday night on 5.085 MHz KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 07-14-2018

Due to some problems with Hap's primary PC we've had to delve into the RAIN archive to a shorter program, this from March, 2004. After the obligatory break around 9 minutes, we'll bring you a 5-minute interview about the K9V (K9s for Veterans) special event coming up July 21. But first another approach to the Press introduced by Blair Alper/KA9SEQ. [2004 9M] Tune around the ham bands most any weekend and you'll hear one special event station or another. One that RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP is going to participate in next Saturday, July 21, is the K9V special events station. Hap spoke with John Plecki/KD9BWY about this Chicago area event, scheduled for Saturday, July 21 near Joliet, IL. If you make contact with K9V, let them know you heard about this special event station on the RAIN Report. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 07-07-2018

In the late 1970s, the 220 band was gaining popularity nationwide. In Chicago a small publication emerged; it was called '220 Notes'. 220 Notes almost ceased publication in 1981 until a local 220 enthusiast, Art Reis/K9XI decided otherwise. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke to Art about 220 Notes and a short segment of interest to Chicago hams. [2018 15M] Art was a frequent contributor to the Bear Information Service in Chicago during the mid and late 80s and the RAIN Report in the 90s. If you are in the Chicago area, you'll want to stick around five additional minutes for a blurb about a ham fest coming to the Will County Fair Grounds next Saturday in Peotone. It's the Kars Fest, Its Chair, Art Reis, conversed briefly about this upcoming Chicago-area ham fest with Hap. [5M] For details go to w9az.com.

The RAIN Report for 06-30-2018

Could you name off all the major Amateur Radio affiliated emergency preparedness organizations in the United States as we go to post on June 30? During one of the ARRL-sponsored forums held at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in mid-May, many of the major emergency preparedness organizations connected with Amateur Radio participated in a panel discussion narrated by ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager. Mike Corey/KI1U. This week we present an excerpt from that forum. [2018 19M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all right reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturday on therainreport.com. This hamcast is heard Saturday evenings around 9:00 CDT from Lebanon, TN on shortwave station WTWW on 5.085 MHz KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 06-23-2018

Were you active on packet radio in the 80s and 90s?Larry Miglore/KB9DIP, this week's RAIN reader is probably one of the relative few who can say he was an Administrative Sysop on VHF/UHF packet in Chicago back then on what was called back in those years a packet bulletin board. One ham who remains active on HF packet here in 2018 is Sholto Fischer/K7TMG, who works at West Mountain Radio. This week we bring you an excerpt from Sholto's presentation about HF Packet - Then and Now voiced at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. [2018 18M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN all rights reserved. This hamcast updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; it can be heard around 9:00 PM Saturday evenings CDT on shortwave from Lebanon, TN on WTWW, 5085 kHZ KEEP ON HAMMING!