The RAIN Report for 06-23-2017

Cale Nelson/K4CDN is a rural South Carolina ham in his mid-40s, who produces a ham radio-podcast from his horse barn. On June 17, 2014, Cale began producing Ham Radio 360, an hour-long podcast that has now surpassed the three-year mark. This is the conclusion of a conversation Hap Holly/KC9RP conducted with Cale, the mastermind and ham behind this weekly ham radio podcast. [2017 P2 14M] The RAIN Report can be transmitted under a Creative Commons license; this audio production is available on therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and iTunes. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 06-17-2017

Cale Nelson/K4CDN a rural Carolina ham in his mid 40s who produces a ham radio-oriented podcast from the comfort...or surroundings at least of his horse barn, accompanied occasionally by a barnyard critter outside. On June 17, 2014, Cale began producing Ham Radio 360, an hour-long podcast that has now passed the three-year mark. [2017 P1 13M] Next time we'll conclude our conversation with Cale, who will expound more about the innerworkings of Ham Radio 360.  The RAIN Report can be transmitted under a Creative Commons license; this audio production is available on therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and iTunes. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 06-09-2017

A couple weeks ago Kent Peterson/KC0DGY spoke with Brian Lloyd WB6RQN for an Amateur radio Newsline story. We thought you'd find that story worthy of sharing with the RAIN audience. Lloyd is solo flying his single engine plane, named Spirit, commemorating the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's attempt to fly around the world. Brian departed from Miami June first, exactly 80 years to the day Amelia did. Brian is flying his 1979 Mooney airplane he modified to carry an additional 150 gallons more fuel; he has also equipped his single-engine plane with modern navigation equipment, HF radio, and satellite communications. Brian hopes to complete hih 'round-the-world journey landing at the Experimental Aircraft Association annual aircraft show in Oshkosh Wisconsin on July 24th. Download PCALE and see if you can contact him. [2017 13M] The RAIN Report is available on the web at www.therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and somewhere in iTunes. keep on hamming. The RAIN Report can be transmitted under a Creative Commons license; this audio production is available on therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and iTunes. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 06-03-2017

Trivia question: What ham radio show boasts to be "The ultimate amateur radio talk show"? It's Ham Nation, a weekly audio/video presentation that has attracted a lot of notice since its first episode some six years ago. Ham Nation celebrated it 300th broadcast at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. The first voice in this excerpt from that celebration is its founder and well-known man of many microphones, Bob Heil, K9EID. [2017 17M] Voices heard (not in this order) included: Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, and Dale Puckett. Ham Nation airs weekly on the TWIT network and internationally on WTWW, 5.085 mHz from down in Tennessee. See WTWW.US for broadcast schedules. Congrats to Bob Heil and the folks for providing a most entertaining and useful weekly ham radio show. The RAIN Report can be transmitted under a Creative Commons license; this audio production is available on therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and iTunes. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 05-27-2017

Ham radio ballooning used to require large balloons and only afforded limited onboard technology. Not so here in 2017. Bill Brown/WB8ELK is a major ham radio balloon pioneer who has launched a number of so-called balloon sats that have circled the globe. Bill's Balloon Sat forum was one of the Friday morning forums in Room 2 at the Dayton Hamvention in its new Green County Fairgrounds and Expo Center home in Xenia, OH. May 19-21. [2017 16M] All did not go well with the audio recordings made in the four forum rooms that the RAIN Report relies on for a great deal of its podcasts. You'll hear what we had to deal with during presentations like this one from Bill Brown/WB8ELK's talk we dubbed "High Tech Party Balloons". You can see a whole lot about the Balloon Sat program on YouTube and on Google. The RAIN Report can be transmitted over Amateur Radio via a Community Commons license from therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter, and iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 05-17-2017

This is the conclusion of the most popular RAIN Report ever, from April, 2016. It features Art Bell/W6OBB, a ham whose Coast to Coast nightly radio show in the 90's garnered more than 15,000,000 listeners on 500 AM stations across the United States. [2016 P2 18M] You can hear the entire hour-long interview with Art conducted by Eric Guth/4Z1UG for his QSPToday podcast on qsotoday.com. The RAIN Report can be transmitted over Amateur Radio via a Community Commons license from therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter, and iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 05-13-2017

As RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP and the crew are preparing for their 29th sojourn to the Dayton Hamvention, it seemed prudent to give the guys (and gals) a couple weeks off. So in their absence we're going to replay the most requested RAIN Report podcast ever. We go back to March, 2016 for this RAIN Replay of a two-part interview with a gentleman whose Coast to Coast broadcast was the biggest syndicated show heard after dark across the United States in the 90's. [2016 P1 18M] Check out booth 6603, the RAIN booth at the Hamvention; and if you have 220 with you, try 224.06 simplex with no PL.

The RAIN Report for 05-06-2017

If you built electronic kits while growing up, especially those marketed by Heath Kit, chances are you used a small, plastic tool called a Nut Starter. Did you know that Heath Kit didn't manufacture the Nut Starter? A young man named John Brake sold tools to Heathkit, one of which was the erstwhile Nut Starter. So what happened to John Brake, and the little tool that could...and did? Today John is CEO of Desco Industries Inc. in Chino, California. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with John on Skype to piece together the Nut Starter puzzle. [2017 11M] If you're going to the Hamvention May 19021 at its new home in Xenia, Ohio, be sure to drop by booth 6603 and chat with RAIN Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP. And if you have 220 handy, try us on 224.06 simplex no PL. The RAIN Report is made available under a Creative Commons license from therainreport.com; @therainreport from Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 04-28-2017

Listening to this 2016 Dayton Hamvention presentation might test both your listening skills and attention span. It's some how-to's for setting up a serious CW HF dxing station - by a young man by the name of William Ferguson/KJ4EYZ. William became a licensed ham at age 7 in 2008. A year later he became one of the youngest hams in the world to earn his DXCC (work 100 countries) award. this DX mathematician talked about what's involved in setting up a serious CW DX ham station during the SATTERM forum at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. [2017 15M] If you're going to the Hamvention May 19021 at its new home in Xenia, Ohio, be sure to drop by booth 6603 and chat with RAIN Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP. And if you have 220 handy, try us on 224.06 simplex no PL.

The RAIN Report for 04-21-2017

A couple of months ago Kent Peterson/KC0DGY interviewed Roger Johnson N1RJ of Limington Maine for the Amateur Radio Newsline. Roger was suffering from HF interference at his home. When he finally started to do some active direction finding in his neighborhood, he was quite surprised to discover the source of his interference. Roger had quite the story to tell. Due to time limitations for the Amateur Radio Newsline story we decided to let Roger tell the longer version in this RAIN report. [2017 15M] 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.