The RAIN Report for 06-16-2019

This is the very last RAIN Report Welcome, fellow hams and shortwave listeners to the very last RAIN Report. I'm Will Rogers, K5WLR, reporting from Fayetteville, AR. Well, where to begin in placing the capstone on what was previously known as the RP Report and now known as the Radio Amateur Information Network? The RAIN Report, the Audio Ham Radio Feature Magazine of the Internet, has run from 1990 until 2019 under the command and control of its head cook and bottle washer, Hap Holly, KC9RP. First, a tip of the RAIN cap goes to all of you who allowed us to interview you and/or use sources of information from you in the preparation of programs for the RAIN Reports. Among those that Hap interviewed were Rich Moseson, W2VU of CQ Magazine, Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK), of 73 Magazine fame, Carol Perry, WB2MGP, an accomplished middle school teacher and Dayton Hamvention Ham of the Year, and Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH formerly of the FCC. Another would be Gordon West, W5YI, who provided a number of forum segments from the Hamvention over the years. Others included Joe Mel K0OV, Shirley Roberts N8LX, a blind ham friend from the Hamvention, and many, many others. To each and every one of you, thank you ever so much! Also, I certainly want to include all of you, our faithful listeners, for without you, there would not have been any reason for the RP Reports and RAIN. Thank you for being there! Hap has had the able assistance of many fellow hams and voices over the years. Here are but a few samples of some of them. First, a group Hap sent me... [Insert RAIN Report Voices from Hap] And here are some I culled from the RAIN Report website. [Insert RAIN Report Voices from Website] These samples do not include all of those voices that were a part of the RP Reports and the RAIN Reports over the years. Unfortunately, the archive I had available to me began in 2004. Please forgive me if your name or voice has been lost in the mists of time. To all of you who contributed to this effort, a great big RAIN thank you! Hap was able to obtain some email kudos about RAIN. From Rob Orr, K9RST I am so sorry to hear that the RAIN Report is soon to be retired. You have done a wonderful job with this service over the years. It has become a consistent staple of our net's life. I certainly understand the burden of producing such programs can be, especially when you aren't making big bucks. Facing deadlines and weekly programming is draining. We will miss your perspectives, humor and personality. We understand your position and just wanted to say how grateful I am for your dedication to the ham radio community. Best, Bob And from Mark Klocksin, WA9IVH Hap, I just heard the news (via the RAIN REPORT!) that you're stopping production. Wow. The end of an era! Frankly, it's amazing that you were able to do this for so long! Anyone else would have burned out long ago. And I suspect it will turn out to be a relief for you...perhaps you're already at that stage. And I'm sure Stephanie supported this decision as well. 73, OM, and thanks for all you've done for our fabulous hobby! Mark Other kudos came in the form of audio files... [Insert Audio Files AA9KK, WA0RCR, KD2GUT] Lady and gentlemen, thank you for your kudos! Over the years, the RAIN Reports have woven a rich tapestry of what is the king of hobbies, amateur radio. But don't take my word for it, Just point your web browser to therainreport.com and select the archive section. Click on any of the many selections available there and begin your own exploration of the wonders of ham radio as presented by the RAIN Reports. So, let's get back to that capstone I mentioned earlier. The capstone would read as follows: On the first line: RP Reports On the second line: Radio Amateur Information Network On the third line; 1990-2019 I would like to concentrate on the third line. The first number is the year the RP Reports was started. The second number is the year the Radio Amateur Information Network ceased production. While those two numbers are important, the most important part of that third line is the dash. For within that dash is contained ALL of the work that was done in those 29 years the RP Reports and RAIN existed. And, if I may add, there was one heck of a lot done in those 29 years! So, to you, Hap, a hearty JOB WELL DONE! And, thank you for your friendship, Hap. Now, for the final time, on behalf of our founder and producer, Hap Holly, KC9RP, and from all of us, both past and present, who have been involved with the RP Reports and the Radio Amateur Information Network, I'm Will Rogers, K5WLR, wishing all of you, our loyal listeners, very 73. The RAIN Report is Copyright 1990-2019, RAIN, all rights reserved. And always, always remember to KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 06-02-2019

This is the RAIN Report for June 1, 2019; I'm WR.K5WLR. This week I'm seeking your help. The RAIN Report is closing up shop after 30 years of production. RAIN Founder and Producer, HH/KC9RP and I are attempting to put together a 'farewell' to the RAIN Report. But we need you to be part of it. While we have located a few folks from the RAIN Report from some years back, there are a number of you we haven't. If you voiced some scripts from past RAIN Reports or were interviewed for it and would like to participate in our tribute, PLEASE send us a 1-minute voice or text file about your experience with the RAIN Report. You can review the RAIN archive on therainreport.com to help refresh your memory. The only catch is our archive only goes back to around 2004. If you know you were heard on the RAIN Report sometime between 1990 and 2019, we'd REALLY like to have you participate in our Farewell. Please send your text or voice file (not to exceed 10 MB) file as an email attachment to hap@therainreport.com. That's h hap (one P) @therainreport.com. We'll piece your text and audio responses together over the next several weeks into what we hope will be a two-part farewell to the RAIN Report. Hope we hear from you.In the meantime, very 73 from the Radio Amateur Information Network.

The RAIN Report for 05-25-2019

Here on the May 25, 2019 RAIN Report we present the third and final excerpt from a 1990 conversation with Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, who was one of Hap's two audio mentors in the early to mid 80s. Bill was the co-Founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio in 1977. He was recipient of the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 1981; and recipient of the Hamvention Ham of the Year Award in 1989. Writing news copy is a rare talent, regardless if that script is being prepared for the six o'clock network news or for Newsline. Bill wrote most of the copy for Newsline from 1977 'til his passing, June 11, 2015. First licensed in 1958, Bill retired from the videoo side of the broadcast industry with Fox television in Los Angeles in 2012. 1990 P3 16M] The early 80s Newsline were a major influence in Hap's early ham radio audio production career. Though Bill became a silent key on 06-11-15, Newsline continues today under the tutelage of Caryn Murray/KD2GUT. Hap has accepted an invitation to become jpart of the Newsline family.

The RAIN Report for 05-18-2019

Did yoo have an elmer or mentor that influenced you for good as a young ham? RAIN Founder HH/KC9RP did in the early to mid 80s. That mentor was Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. Bill was co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio in 1977. While Bill's voice was not heard on a lot of RAIN Report hamcasts over the last 29-plus years, Bill's experience and support played a major role in Hap's growth in his early production years. While Hap is still alive and well, Bill Pasternak has been gone several years. In Bill's honor Hap opted to run his three-part interview with Bill from 1990 as the last three RAIN Reports. Here's part 2 of that conversation from 1990. We'll bring you our third and final excerpt from their conversation next week. In case you're wondering, Hap and Stephanie did not get to the Hamvention...first time in 30 years! The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. For another week or two this hamcast will update Saturday mornings on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings via WTWW from Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 05-11-2019

This is the Best of RAIN for May 11, 2019; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. This week's memory from the RAIN archives features a conversation with the late Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. Hap Holly/KC9RP credits Bill as being one of his two mentors back in the early 80s. While you may not recognize who Bill was, he was co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline (formerly West link Radio) in 1977. Hap interviewed Bill in 1990. Here's part 1 of that conversation. [1990 P1 15M] Next week we'll bring you our second and final excerpt from Hap Holly/KC9RP's 1990 conversation with Bill. We'll wrap up their conversation next time. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 05-05-2019

This is the Best of RAIN for May 4, 2019; Will Rogers/K5WLR with another memory from the RAIN archives. This one featuring a QSOToday podcast interview with Art Bell/W6OBB. Walk into a radio station even now and you're likely to find a ham or three keeping that station on the air. Back in the 80's an aspiring young announcer named Art Bell made his home on radio station KSBK, on the island of Okinawa . It wasn't until 1993 to 2002 that Art would be heard literally coast to coast on more than 500 commercial radio stations stateside by some 10,000,000 listeners in the wee hours each night. Sadly, Art became a silent key April 13, 2018. To celebrate the career of this remarkable communicator and his voice, The RAIN Report brought you the essence of an hour-long conversation QSOToday's Eric Guth/4Z1UG conducted with Art three years ago. Here's the conclusion of that conversation. [2018 P2 18m] KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 04-27-2019

This is the Best of RAIN for April 27, 2019. I'm Will Rogers/K5WLR with another memory from the RAIN archives. This is a very special RAIN Report, featuring a QSOToday podcast interview with Art Bell/W6OVB. Art hosted a commercial radio show from 1993 to 2002 on more than 500 stations nationwide and, according to Wikipedia, was heard nightly in the wee hours by more than 10 million listeners. The show was called Coast to Coast A.M. Art became a silent key, April 13, 2016. Earlier that year Eric Guth/4Z1UG spoke with this remarkable communicator. This is part 1 of that conversation. [2016 P1 18M] According to Wikipedia, Art fielded topics from the paranormal, the occult, and ufo's, to proto science and pseudo-science. Sadly, Art became a silent key on April 13, 2016. We'll hear the conclusion to this interview next time. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; and on WTWW from Lebanon, TN on shortwave...5.085 kHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 04-20-2019

Here's a commentary we just received from Rob Orr, K9RST. Rob has been a ham for about 25 years, pursuing his youthful interest in short wave listening. While an early interest in commercial radio caught his attention, he ended up actually working in the film and video business. Today he is president of rob orr productions, makers of video for business, documentary and advocacy. Rob has been president of the North Shore Radio Club in Chicago's northern suburbs for 10 years. He has lead a group of 140 ham radio operators in providing radio support for the Chicago marathon for the past 11 years. Rob Has been active with many aspect of public service including volunteering 10 years with the American Red Cross. A resident of Glenview, IL. Rob and his wife have two adult children; and two grandchildren. We present his commentary called Being Prepared. (2019 10M) You can read his commentary mmentary on nS9RC.org. If Hap can get Skype to function properly on his Windows 7 box again, he hopes to bring you a preview of the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for May 16 through 18 in Xenia, OH. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights are reserved. This hamcast updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; and on shortwave via WTWW, on 5.085 from Lebanon, TN Saturday evening. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 04-13-2019

For April 12, 2019 this is the Best of the RAIN Report, a weekly hamcast Hap Holly, KC9RP produced for 29 years beginning in 1990. One of the notables Hap occasionally featured in the mid to late 90s was Riley Hollingsworth/K4ZDH, Special Counsel with the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. In fact for a few years in the late 1990s, Riley voiced a weekly voice posting produced by RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP called the FCC Enforcement Log with Riley Hollingsworth. Unfortunately the RAIN archives don't include any of Riley's weekly enforcement log. In 1999 Riley gave a presentation at the Dayton Hamvention during the FCC forum. That talk was aired as a RAIN Report in 2000. Here it is, voiced by a most non burocratic FCCburocrat. [2000 19M] Riley retired from the FCC in 2008. He was the classiest FCC burocrat to ever speak at the Dayton Hamvention FCC forum. Unfortunately the "way-back machine" has some of Riley's FCC Enforcement Log, but in Real Audio. The Best of RAIN updates Saturday on therainreport.com; and on WTWW SW from Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 04-06-2019

For April 5, 2019 this is the Best of the RAIN Report, a weekly hamcast Hap Holly, KC9RP produced for 29 years beginning in 1990. One of the notables Hap occasionally featured in the mid to late 90s was Wayne Green/W2NSD. the founder and for decades publisher of 73 magazine. For over a year Hap featured Wayne weekly in a 10-minute audio column Wayne called "Wayne Green Pontificates". And pontificate he did. Here is one of those columns Produced by Hap Holly/KC9RP. [1998 10M] Wayne became a silent key in 2013. I have a question for our blind listeners: Have you used an audio production piece of software called Zoom (Z-o-o-m? Hap Holly has used Skype for years but always has had challenges when Microsoft introduced new versions of it, like the current one, 8.42. Hap's email is hap (h-a-p @therainreport.com. The Best of RAIN updates Saturday on therainreport.com; and on WTWW SW from Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 03-30-2019

For March 30, 2019 this is the Best of the hamcasts Hap's produced over 29 years of RAIN Reports. This week we conclude a 1997 hamcast called Gingrich, Ethics &the ECPA. It's the conclusion of an interview Hap conducted in 1997 with Ben Kobb/KC5CW, a telecommunications reporter for several industry publications in the Washington DC area; Editor and Publisher of the Radio Guide, a handbook of the radio spectrum; and expert on the ECPA, Electronic Communications Privacy Act. [1997 P2 12M] A few of you have asked if Hap is going to produce any more RAIN Reports. The answer is yes and no. He plans to produce a RAIN Report periodically but not weekly as he did from 1990 to the end of 2018. He intends to post the Best of RAIN until mid-May. After that he hopes to occasionally surprise us with something. The RAIN archives will remain on line and available for transmission. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 03-23-2019

This is the Best of RAIN for March 23, 2019. This week we return to the year 1997. Congress got off to a decidedly rocky start that year. The Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, was targeted for ethics violations. Then Democrat Jim McDermid stepped down as House Ethics Committee Chairman for divulging a tape recording of a cellular phone call involving Gingrich. In the latter incident a Florida couple reportedly intercepted and taped a cellular phone call made by Gingrich, turned it over to McDermit, who in turn released it to the New York Times for publication. Just what federal laws were broken if any? RAIN Founder, Hap Holly spoke with Ben Cobb/KC5CW, a telecommunications reporter for several industry publications in the Washington DC area; Editor and Publisher of the Radio Guide, a handbook of the radio spectrum; and expert on the E-C-P-A, Electronic Communications Privacy Act. We'll conclude Hap's 1997 interview with Ben next time. [1997] P1 17M) This is the Best of RAIN for March 23, 2019. This week we return to the year 1997. Congress got off to a decidedly rocky start that year. The Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, was targeted for ethics violations. Then Democrat Jim McDermid stepped down as House Ethics Committee Chairman for divulging a tape recording of a cellular phone call involving Gingrich. In the latter incident a Florida couple reportedly intercepted and taped a cellular phone call made by Gingrich, turned it over to McDermit, who in turn released it to the New York Times for publication. Just what federal laws were broken if any? RAIN Founder, Hap Holly spoke with Ben Cobb/KC5CW, a telecommunications reporter for several industry publications in the Washington DC area; Editor and Publisher of the Radio Guide, a handbook of the radio spectrum; and expert on the E-C-P-A, Electronic Communications Privacy Act. We'll conclude Hap's 1997 interview with Ben next time. [1997] P1 17M) This IS the Best of RAIN, which updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings on shortwave via WTTW, Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 03-17-2019

For the Ides of March, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN. Be advised this two-part RAIN Report interview with Al Lotze/W6RQ about WWV and the sun first aired in 1994; Al became a silent key in 2000. [1994] 19M This has been another Best of RAIN in which RAIN's Founder, HH/KC9RP has been picking out some of the best of the RAIN archives, something he'll be doing until sometime in May. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com. You can hear this hamcast on shortwave Saturday nights on WTWW from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 03-09-2019

For March 9, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN; I'm WR/K5WLR. In the early to mid 60s the Swan Company was the mainstay in ham radio with their release of single sideband mono-band radios like the SW120, SW140 and SW175. followed by multiband transceivers like their 240, 350 and 400. In 1966 Swan released the Swan 500, which was similar to its predecessor, the 350. In fact both transceivers used the same final tubes, a pair of 6FH5 sweep tubes. The 350 was rated at 350 watts(peep envelope power); the 500 was rated at 500 watts. Why? We now continue the 1993 interview RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP conducted with Swan's founder Herb Johnson/W6QKI. [1993 P2 17m] The BEST of RAIN updates Saturdays on therainreport.com. These hamcasts air Saturday nights around 7:30 PM central on WTTW, which broadcasts out of Lebanon, TN on 5085 KHZ. keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 03-02-2019

For March 2, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN: Once upon a time there was no ham gear imported from Japan. In the early 60s there were only two domestic manufacturers of single sideband ham gear stateside. One was Collins...the other Swan. Swan later became Cubic, and later Cubic was replaced by Atlas...and so on. Let's start at the very beginning of the Swan-Atlas story. Swan's founder was Herb Johnson/W6QKI from Cardiff, CA. Herb became a license ham in 1936 while in high school. In 1940 he was scheduled to begin attending Ohio State University...He never got there because Dawson Bliley/W8GU of the Bliley Crystal company put Herb to work for the next 13 years doing electrical and design work in self-excited oscillators and crystals. In 1953 Herb left Bliley and went to work for the Gonsett company in CA., where he designed the G66 Amateur Band and broadcast band mobile receiver and matching G77 mobile amateur transmitter. Three years later in 1956 Herb continued his design work and consulting for Gonsett from his new home in Benson, Arizona. Herb left Gonsett in 1959; and that's where Herb Johnson/W6QKI picked up the story with Hap Holly. [1993 P1 18M] This was P1 of The Swan-Atlas Story, a 1993 interview with Herb Johnson/W6QKI, the man behind Swan and Atlas Radio. We'll conclude the Swan-Atlas Story next time. The BEST of the RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; this hamcast airs Saturday evenings on WTTW out of Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-23-2019

This is the best of RAIN for Feb. 23, 2019. On Sept. 12, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert leveled the western Caribbean island of Jamaica with 180-mile-per-hour winds and 12 inches of rain. Dave remembered it well as he was on the 7th floor of Montego Bay's largest hotel. Now a silent key, Dave was a broadcast cable consultant by profession, and a licensed ham since 1955. [1991] 15M] Dave was interviewed by RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP at the 1991 Dayton Hamvention. These RAIN Reports are updated Saturdays on therainreport.com. These weekly hamcasts can be heard Saturday evenings around 7:30 PM on the shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-15-2019

This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 16, 2019. I'm WR/K5WLR. This week we bring you another of Hap's fave RAIN Reports, this one from 1991. You who were frequent listeners to the weekly Amateur Radio Newsline Report then, you may recall this sad story voiced by Andy Darima/N9TCQ (Dar-EE-ma). (audio insert) While the majority of stateside hams had forgotten about Hurricane Gilbert in the aftermath of the Armeenian quake, Hurricane Hugo, and the northern California quakes of that decade, David Porter/K2BPP never forgot the three harrowing days he endured watching Hurricane Gilbert flattened the Carribean island of Jamaica Sept. 12-15, 1988. A licensed ham since 1955 Porter was a broadcast cable consultant. The following is part 1 of the dramatic tale he shared with RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP at the 1991 Dayton Hamvention. [1991 16M] We'll conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's Dayton Hamvention interview from 1991 next time. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; You can catch this hamcast Saturday evenings around 7:30 PM CST on shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ.. I'm WR/K5WLR. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-09-2019

This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 9, 2019. This week we bring you another of Hap's fave RAIN Reports, this one from 1990, the first year of the RAIN Report. It's a talk entitled "My Early Days as A Ham" voiced by Dick Helton/W9CTY, for years a familiar voice on Chicago radio, specifically WBBM News Radio 78. This talk was delivered before the North Short Radio Club in Highland Park, IL. [1990 25M] According to the KNX website Dick is still broadcasting weekday mornings from 5:00 to 10:00. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The RAIN Report updates on therainreport.com, Saturdays. You can catch this hamcast Saturday evenings around 7:30 PM CST on shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ.. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-01-2019

This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 2, 2019. This week we conclude a gem from the RAIN archive that is one of Hap's all-time faves. It is called "Your Code Record is Cracked". As with our first two gems we brought you in January, this one originally aired as one of Hap's RP Reports, Vol. 3 #20. This two-part RP Report was narrated by silent key Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio. Bill introduces part 2 of Your Code Record is Cracked". [1989 P2 23M] Your Code Record is Cracked" was voiced by Hollywood movie producer Dave Bell/W6AQ at the 1989 Dayton Hamvention banquet. Dave's talk was one of the most popular Dayton Hamvention excerpts that aired prior to the introduction of the RAIN Reports in 1990. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The RAIN Report updates on therainreport.com, Saturdays. You can catch this hamcast Saturday around 7:30 PM CST on shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-26-2019

This is the Best of RAIN, January 26, 2019. This week we pull out a gem from the RAIN archive that was one of Hap's all-time faves. It was called "Your Code Record is Cracked". As with our first two gems we brought you the last two weeks, this one originally aired as one of Hap's RP Reports, Vol. 3 #19&20. This two-part RP Report was narrated by silent key Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly known as Westlink Radio. Here he is with part one of Your Code Record is Cracked". [1989 P1 20M] Dave Bell/W6AQ's talk was one of the most popular Dayton Hamvention forum excerpts that aired just prior to the RAIN Reports in 1989. Ah, but you've only heard the first part of Dave Bell's humorous talk he gave 30 years ago at the Dayton Hamvention. We'll bring you the conclusion to Your Code Record is Cracked next week. The RAIN Repord is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com. and can be heard Saturday around 7:30 PM CST on WTWW out of Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-19-2019

This is the Best of RAIN, January 19, 2019. As mentioned last time For the next four-plus months we're going to dig up some of Hap's fave productions going back to this one, Vol. 1 #24 from 1987 during what was known then as the RP Report. This is part 2 of Hap's first interview with Carol Perry/WB2MGP, who was named that year (1987) the Dayton Hamvention Ham of the Year. {1987.Each fall more than a million youngsters trudged back to school in New York city. 1,800 of them to Rocco Laurie School #72. Of those more than 350 enrolled in a class that changed many of their lives. The class was Amateur Radio. The teacher was Carol Perry/WB2MGP. A Staten Island, New York resident for decades, Carol Perry taught Amateur Radio full time from 1981 to 2011; she's been a licensed ham operator since 1975. Carol was the recipient of the coveted 1987 Radio Amateur of the Year plaque by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association in Dayton, OH. This is part two of a very special interview with THIS very special lady, conducted bby Hap Holly/KC9RP, RAIN's Founder and Executive Producer for more than 30 years! Hap picks it up here. CLOSE: the Best of RAIN is copyright 1990-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; and on WTWW shortwave out of Lebanon, TN. on 5085 Mhz around 7:30 PM CST. I'll be back next week to bring you another memorable gem from the Radio Amateur Information Network archive. I'm WR/K5WLR bidding you very 73 from the RAIN Report. KEEP ON HAMMING!,

The RAIN Report for 01-12-2019

Please Note that because of the pacing of this interview, this RAIN Report has two ID breaks. We're suggesting you investigate the RAIN archive where you will find a treasure of material from the 1990s or 2000s. Just be sure to properly identify the complete audio file you use. And you may want to begin downloading Newsline for your net (arnewsline.org) in place of the RAIN Report. In my conversation with Hap about the future of the RAIN Report, or rather the lack thereof, Hap reports that The RAIN Report is facing the same aging, financial, and manpower issues that Amateur Radio is facing nationwide. The Amateur Radio Newsline faced its own demise when its co-founder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF passed on several years ago. For some months what we refer to as Newsline Line was defunct. Such is the case today with the RAIN Report hamcast. Just to set the record straight, Hap Holly/KC9RP is alive and well - for the most part anyway. Hap, his long-time wife Stephanie/KA9WKD, Vern Jackson/WA0RCR nor his helpful wife, Dottie/KD0VN intend to make the sojourn to Hamvention this May for the reasons offered in this week's interview with Hap. His interviewer, Will Rogers/K5WLR, certainly would like to help set up the necessary audio equipment with which to record the forums in all 5 Hamvention forum rooms but he too reports to having to deal with ambulatory issues that prevent him from traveling to the Hamvention let alone being able to participate in Hamvention activities for the three days. Keep in mind Hap has relied upon the many hours of audio forums during the Hamvention annually for a great deal of his audio program material since the late 1980s. Maybe someone will come along to take Hap's place or at least assist him in helping to supply forum audio from the Dayton Hamvention, the Huntsville Ham fest , or elsewhere. In the meantime you'll find LOTS of RAIN archived on the RAIN Archive pages. Check back occasionally and see if we've added anything. You can always drop Hap an email to hap@therainreport.com. Many thanks to WTWW on 5.085 MHz from Lebanon, TN, and all our faithful listeners worldwide over the years, THANK YOU for your input and feedback. the Radio Amateur Information Network. KEEP ON HAMMING!!!

The RAIN Report for 01-05-2019

Please Note that because of the pacing of this interview, this RAIN Report has two ID breaks. We're suggesting you investigate the RAIN archive where you will find a treasure of material from the 1990s or 2000s. Just be sure to properly identify the complete audio file you use. And you may want to begin downloading Newsline for your net (arnewsline.org) in place of the RAIN Report. In my conversation with Hap about the future of the RAIN Report, or rather the lack thereof, Hap reports that The RAIN Report is facing the same aging, financial, and manpower issues that Amateur Radio is facing nationwide. The Amateur Radio Newsline faced its own demise when its co-founder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF passed on several years ago. For some months what we refer to as Newsline Line was defunct. Such is the case today with the RAIN Report hamcast. Just to set the record straight, Hap Holly/KC9RP is alive and well - for the most part anyway. Hap, his long-time wife Stephanie/KA9WKD, Vern Jackson/WA0RCR nor his helpful wife, Dottie/KD0VN intend to make the sojourn to Hamvention this May for the reasons offered in this week's interview with Hap. His interviewer, Will Rogers/K5WLR, certainly would like to help set up the necessary audio equipment with which to record the forums in all 5 Hamvention forum rooms but he too reports to having to deal with ambulatory issues that prevent him from traveling to the Hamvention let alone being able to participate in Hamvention activities for the three days. Keep in mind Hap has relied upon the many hours of audio forums during the Hamvention annually for a great deal of his audio program material since the late 1980s. Maybe someone will come along to take Hap's place or at least assist him in helping to supply forum audio from the Dayton Hamvention, the Huntsville Ham fest , or elsewhere. In the meantime you'll find LOTS of RAIN archived on the RAIN Archive pages. Check back occasionally and see if we've added anything. You can always drop Hap an email to hap@therainreport.com. Many thanks to WTWW on 5.085 MHz from Lebanon, TN, and all our faithful listeners worldwide over the years, THANK YOU for your input and feedback. the Radio Amateur Information Network. KEEP ON HAMMING!!!

The RAIN Report for 12-16-2018

So what is ham radio anyway? This week we have a UK perspective. When one hears a discussion about Amateur Radio's interfacing with digital technology, like EchoLink, JT68, JT8 and even RTTY, invaribly some 80-meter redneck has nothing better to say than "Ahhhh, that's not real ham radio. So just what is real ham radio? For a European perspective For a European perspective we turned to Chris Rollinson. Chris recently penned and voiced a commentary addressing this question. [2018] )15M)MP3

The RAIN Report for 12-01-2018

The RAINREPORT is challenging you to find a RAIN Report from the archive worthy of your next net. RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP has been down for the count. See what you can find in the Archive that would be a good choice. The RAIN Report will return next week.

The RAIN Report for 11-17-2018

how can you get good microphone audio on Echo link, Skype, or other computer application? In the second excerpt from our Skype conversation with Rock-n-roll Hall of Famer, Bob Heil, K9EID, ne was talking about the importance of parametric equalization in the mic audio chain in your computer. Here's our third and final excerpt (11-17-18) from Hap Holly/KC9RP's hour-long conversation with Bob covering the facts about microphones. [2018 12M] Bob Heil/K9EID has sold well over 100,000 Heil Sound microphones during his illustrious audio career. If you open up your modern day ham transceiver, chances are you'll find his handiwork in the audio section and his HC3 or HC4 elements in the microphone plugged into your base or mobile transceiver. Mega thanks to Bob for his time and expertise. All three parts of Hap's conversation with Bob are now posted permanently on the archive page on therainreport.com. As with all RAIN Reports, these three may be transmitted in their entirety on Amateur Radio. You can catch Bob Wednesday evenings around 8:30 CST on his "Ham Nation" show on WTWW from Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHz. You likewise can catch the RAIN Report hamcast Saturdays around 7:30 CST following Newsline at 7:00. on WTWW, 5.085 kHZ The RAIN Report hamcast updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com. if you can't tune in WTWW where you are, you can catch Newsline and the RAIN Report on WTWW.com and WTWW via Alexa. on your Smart Speaker Happy Thanksgiving to you all and KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 11-11-2018

So what microphone does Bob Heil detest the most? The microphone world was set on its collective 'ear' when Bob Heil/K9EID introduced Heil Sound microphones decades ago. Open up your mic attached to your modern day ham transceiver and chances are you'll find his handiwork in the audio section. His HC3 or HC4 mic element will likely be found in the microphone of said transceiver. In fact Bob has sold well over 100,000 of his "HC" microphone elements since 1982. But what is it about those desk mics and hand mics that drove him to distraction all those years ago? You'll learn in this the Nov. 10 RAIN Report, our 2nd of three excerpts from an hour-long conversation RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP had with this audio pioneer. [2018 17M] One more round with Bob next time. parts 1 and 2 of our Skype call with Bob will be found on therainreport.com. This hamcast updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com, and Saturday evenings around 9:00 CST on WTWW, Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 11-09-2018

So what microphone does Bob Heil detest the most? The microphone world was set on its collective 'ear' when Bob Heil/K9EID introduced Heil Sound microphones decades ago. Open up your mic attached to your modern day ham transceiver and chances are you'll find his handiwork in the audio section. His HC3 or HC4 mic element will likely be found in the microphone of said transceiver. In fact Bob has sold well over 100,000 of his "HC" microphone elements since 1982. But what is it about those desk mics and hand mics that drove him to distraction all those years ago? You'll learn in this the Nov. 10 RAIN Report, our 2nd of three excerpts from an hour-long conversation RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP had with this audio pioneer. [2018 17M] One more round with Bob next time. parts 1 and 2 of our Skype call with Bob will be found on therainreport.com. This hamcast updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com, and Saturday evenings around 9:00 CST on WTWW, Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 11-02-2018

The RAIN Report for Nov. 3 asked the question: What's your favorite microphone in your ham shack? You may change your mind after you listen to the next three RAIN Reports. The guy who may change your mind is Bob Heil/K9EID, the only microphone man in the Rock-n-roll hall of fame. Bob has sold well over 100,000 microphones of his own design. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently spoke with Bob for more than an hour on Skype about Bob's preferred microphone and those he absolutely despises. This is our first excerpt from that interview. [2018 P1 17M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings on shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN on 5.085 MHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 10-27-2018

Homebrewing is alive and well. In fact this is the 'golden age of diy Ham Radio' according to George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, cohost of the Ham Radio Work Bench podcast. [2018 14M] This is an excerpt from a 2018 Dayton Hamvention forum presentation by George. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com, and Saturday evenings on WTWW, an international shortwave station out of Lebanon, TN around 9:00 CDT on 5.085 kHz KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 10-20-2018

If you're a newcomer to a local repeater here on Oct. 20, but haven't listened to it very long, you may be puzzled by the 'do's and don'ts' of that repeater. One ham who has some definite ideas about good repeater etiquette is Mitch Stern/W1SJ, a Vermont ham who is an inveterate DX'er, contester, and public service net control station. [1999 11M) Excerpted from his 1999 Dayton Hamvention forum talk. Remember local traditions and customs may vary from repeater to repeater. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN All rights reserved. This weekly hamcast updates on therainreport.com Saturday mornings; and on international shortwave station, WTWW, Lebanon, TN Saturday night Central time on 5.085 kHZ around 9:00 o'c.

The RAIN Report for 10-12-2018

This is the RAIN Report for Oct. 13. Assemble a room full of yl's whose spouses are hams. Then take a poll as to how many of those yl's are favorably disposed toward ham radio. You might be surprised how few of those ladies have little if any tolerance for this hobby their husbands devote so much time to. But that family dynamic is meant for another RAIN Report. A MOST notable exception are Dan and Maline Fish, the co-owners of Radio City, a ham radio store near MNPLS that will be closing in December after 34 successful years in business. During Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with Dan/KB0XC, he credited a great deal of the store's success to Maline. [2018 18M] their story is a testament to what a couple can accomplish when both are on...the same frequency. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This weekly hamcast updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com, and Saturday evenings immediately following the Amateur Radio Newsline around 9:00 on WTWW shortwave out of Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHz.KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 10-05-2018

This is the RAIN Report for Oct. 6. Independently-owned ham radio stores are few and far between. Radio City has weathered a number of business storms since opening its doors in the mid 1980s. The store is a rarity in ham radio circles; its owners are Dan and Maline Fish. they have shared the ownership 50/50 since its opening 34 years ago. Radio City, located in suburban MNPLS, MN. Is scheduled to close in early December. For the next two RAIN Report hamcasts we'll hear RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP conversing with Dan about some of the challenges that owning and maintaining a successful brick and mortar ham store present. It all started for Dan in 1973. [2018 19M] How has this store outlasted a number of other ham radio stores nationwide? We'll find out next time. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com; and on shortwave Saturday evenings on WWTWW out of Lebanon, TN on 5.085 kHZ after the Amateur Radio Newsline. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 09-29-2018

From the studios of the Radio Amateur Information Network, this is the RAIN Report for Sept. 29. One of the most bombastic hams to use a national ham magazine he published to pontificate about his disperate views on life in the 90's was Wayne Greene/W2NSD (Never Say Die). One of the early interviews RAIN Founder and Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, conducted was with Wayne in 1991. In fact later that decade Wayne voiced a weekly audio podcast for RAIN that Hap named Wayne Greene Pontificates. And pontificate he did! But in 1991 someone wrote a book about Wayne called See Wayne Run, Run Wayne Run. In those years Wayne Greene was a household name to many, especially those who had the opportunity to read his outspoken monthly columns in '73' magazine. Incidentally, Wayne was the founder of '73' in 1960. As Hap's interview with Wayne began, he learned the author of the anti W2NSD book was reportedly a Mr. G. Williamson. Wayne claimed G. Williamson was in fact his ex-wife. {1991} 12) Wayne Greene became a SK on Sept. 13, 2013.

The RAIN Report for 09-22-2018

P-S-E-W-G. Try to say that phonetically! We won't but we will hear just what P-S-E-W-G is in the Sept. 22 RAIN Report. If you were to peruse a list of the myriad committees and associated groups affiliated with the ARRL, the national organization of Amateur Radio, there's one of which you may not be familiar. It's P-S-E-W-G, otherwise known as the Public Service Enhancement Working Group. PSEWG was discussed during the ARRL forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. The Chair of PSEWG is ARRL Great Lakes Division Director, Dale Williams, WA8EFK. Dale was introduced by forum moderator, ARRL President, Rick Roderick, K5UR. [2018 16M] Dale talks about some of the intricacies that have gone into the Public Service Enhancement Working Group, an ARRL working committee that is endeavoring to standardize the national innerworkings of ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service; and NTS, the National Traffic System. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. This hamcast updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings around 9:00 on WTWW shortwave from Lebanon, TN on 5085 kHZ Oh, if you run into Ted Randal at WTWW, please ask him to contact RAIN Founder & Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 09-15-2018

These days it's not unusual to find an EchoLink interface on local VHF and UHF repeaters worldwide. For the uninitiated, EchoLink is a software package that combines the best of Amateur Radio and the Internet. The man behind EchoLink is Jonathan Taylor/K1RFD. Jonathan talked about "combining the old with the new" in a 2004 Dayton Hamvention talk. [2005 12M] Ok, this presentation is a bit dated, going back 14 years. This is just a crass way of announcing that the RAIN archives now goes back to the beginning of 2004, more than 2 years further back than ever before. Check out the extended archives on therainreport.com. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights ARE reserved. This hamcast generally updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings on shortwave station WTWW from Lebanon, TN around 9:00 PM CDT on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 09-08-2018

So just what is the new paradigm in Amateur Radio? We find out in this RAIN Report for Sept. 8. Paradigm is a term not often used but is defined by Meriam Webster as: "A philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated." So just how does this term fit into Amateur Radio today? During an ARRL forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention Rick Roderick, K5UR, President of the ARRL, the national organization of Amateur Radio, elaborated on his vision of Amateur Radio's new paradigm. [2018 14M. The RAIN Report updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com and Saturday evenings on the Lebanon, TN shortwave powerhouse, WTWW on 5085 kHZ around 9:00 CDT. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 09-01-2018

The September 1 RAIN Report answers the vexing question: What's the longest-running ham info service on 160 meters? It's the Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter out of Wentzville, MO. Its founder and producer is Vern Jackson/WA0RCR. Now his name won't be familiar to a number of you. However virtually every excerpt that you hear on these RAIN Reports from Dayton Hamvention forums is due to Vern's efforts setting up the audio cabling in each of the four forum rooms to our recording devices every year since RAIN's inception more than 28 years ago. So just how did this Missouri radio broadcast engineer get into the Amateur Radio info biz? RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Vern in the RAIN booth last spring at the 2018 Hamvention. [2018 20M] Vern and Hap are two long-time friends who dedicate MANY hours each week making these RAIN Reports possible. Vern's weekly ham radio info service airs Saturday afternoon into the wee hours Sunday on 1860 kHZ from Wentzville, MO.

The RAIN Report for 08-25-2018

The August 25 RAIN Report gives you a 14-minute introduction to sdr, software defined radio. Software Defined Radio technology (SDR) has been around for a number of years. So just what is SDR? One non ham across the pond who knows is Steve Brightman, the mind behind SDRPlay LTD. Steve talked about SDR in a 2018 Dayton Hamvention forum. [2018 14M] For more info about SDR check out Steve's website, sdrplay.com. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com and on shortwave Saturday evenings on 5085 kHZ from Lebanon, TN on WTWW around 9:00 PM CDT following the Amateur Radio Newsline. Oh, a last second congrats to RAIN Founder & Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP and his forever young wife, Stephanie/KA9WKD , on celebrating 42 years of matrimonial bliss on Aug. 28. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 08-18-2018

The Amateur Radio Newsline announced that the 2018 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) is 14-year-old Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO. Bryant was interviewed on Ham Nation by Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW. [2018 8M] As we went to press on August 18 the Huntsville ham fest was in full swing. Congrats to Bryant for being selected Young Ham of the Year for 2018. So just how did the YHOTY program get started and by whom? Here's the story behind YHOTY from the late Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Bill in 1996. [1996 13M] Bill was co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline in 1979 and later founded the YHOTY award program in 1986. Bill became a silent key in 2015. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. YHOTY Audio courtesy of Don Wilbanks, AE5DW. This hamcast typically updates Saturday morning on therainreport.com; and Saturday evenings on shortwave via WTWW, Lebanon, TN on 5.085 KHz around 9:00 PM CDT following the Amateur Radio Newsline. KEEP ON HAMMING!

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!