The RAIN Report for 10-14-2017

Dave Casler/KE0OG is the ham behind Ask Dave and scores of other ham radio educational videos on YouTube. Eric Goof/4Z1UG spoke with this Colorado ham on QsoToday, a weekly podcast Eric produces from Israel. This is our second and final excerpt from that hour-long conversation. [2017 P2 15MIN] You can hear Eric's entire interview with Dave as episode 165 on qsotoday.com. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 10-07-2017

The name Dave Casler/KE0OG won't ring a bell with many of you unless you have watched his ham radio videos on YouTube. So just who is he? Eric Goof/4Z1UG recently spoke with Dave on Eric's weekly QsoToday podcast. This is the first of two excerpts from that conversation, which began with Dave talking about his radio roots. [2017 P1 15MIN]

The RAIN Report for 09-30-2017

This is a replay of the May 6, 2017 RAIN Report about the Nut Starter, a program that generated a surprising amount of good response. [2017 11MIN]

The RAIN Report for 09-24-2017

This week we conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with Rich Moseson/W2VU, Editor of CQ magazine since 1999. CQ recently announced the re-release of Don Miller/W9WNV's DX Handbook, originally published by CQ in 1968. Hap spoke with Rich in August, 2017 via Skype. [2017 P2 12MIN]

The RAIN Report for 09-23-2017

This week we conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with Rich Moseson/W2VU, Editor of CQ magazine since 1999. CQ recently announced the re-release of Don Miller/W9WNV's DX Handbook, originally published by CQ in 1968. Hap spoke with Rich in August, 2017 via Skype. [2017 P2 12MIN]

The RAIN Report for 09-16-2017

If you entered ham radio as a youngster, just how many ham magazines did you read growing up? At one time there were a handful of major ham radio publications: the likes of 73, Popular Electronics, Ham Radio, World Radio, Ham Radio Horizons, Radio Scan, Spectrum, even one called Flying Pigs QRP newsletter! They all had at least two things in common: (1) they catered to the ham radio enthusiast; (and (2) they were print publications. Today there are only two major ham mags left. One of them is CQ magazine, whose editor has been Rich Moseson/W2VU since 1999 . Rain's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Rich in late summer, 2017. This is the first of two excerpts from that conversation via Skype. [2017 P1 12MIN]

The RAIN Report for 09-08-2017

Kit-building is alive and well in Amateur Radio. Take a peak at any issue of CQ magazine the past 9 years and you'll see Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB's kit-building column. Now if you're a novice at kit-building, the whole process can be abit overwhelming. This is our 2nd excerpt of two from a talk Joe gave about kit-building basics at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. [2017 12MIN] To contact Joe send an email to k0neb@cq-amateur-radio.com. And if you know the composition of that 'magic smoke' he mentioned, let us know! Keep on hamming.

The RAIN Report for 09-02-2017

Kit-building is far from a dying art in Amateur Radio. Just open up an issue of CQ magazine today and you'll find a monthly kit-building column that has been edited by Joe Eisenberg/N0NEB since 2008 from his Lincoln, NB. home. In real life Joe is an IT technician, dealing daily with cranky printers that go haywire; and troubleshooting Wi-Fi systems. This is our first excerpt of two from a refresher talk by Joe about kit-building at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. [2017 11MIN]

The RAIN Report for 08-25-2017

Would you be shocked to hear the 16th President of the ARRL, Rick Roderick/K5UR proclaim the following? "I had to change. and change doesn't come easy. But we've GOT to change. I think we got to rebrand Amateur Radio...I think we got to rebrand the American Radio Relay League!" Whether or not you are a member of the ARRL, the national association of Amateur Radio, Rick Roderick is an innovative and refreshing *change* for the League. This week we bring you an excerpt from his call to action he delivered this past spring at the Dayton Hamvention. [2017 14MIN] It will be interesting to watch the League's progress in its attempt to rebrand Amateur Radio...and itself. Check out these RAIN Report podcasts that now can be heard Saturday evenings via WTWW on 5.085 MHz from the great state of Tennessee.

The RAIN Report for 08-18-2017

In observance of the August 21 solar eclipse we searched the RAIN archive for RAIN Reports that would commemorate past solar eclipses. Problem is we haven’t had a total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979, five years before RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, began producing any ham radio sh’tuff. The most recent RAIN Report that came close was last summer. It was an interview with Pontotoc, MS. ham, Matt Hickman/AF5FM, trustee of what is reportedly the first solar-powered UHF repeater in Mississippi, situated in the rural northern town of Pontotoc. Kent Peterson/KC0DGY, one of the voices of both the Amateur Radio Newsline and RAIN, spoke with Matt last summer. (2016 13M) If you are trustee of a completely solar-powered repeater, we’d like to hear from you. Just drop RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, an email to hap@therainreport.com. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 08-10-2017

On August 1 CQ Amateur Radio magazine posted the following press release: "This is sent on behalf of our friends at the Amateur Radio Newsline. CQ is a proud co-sponsor of the Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award. August 1, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, YHOTY Chairman, Amateur Radio Newsline, (newsline@arnewsline.org) Marty Sullaway KC1CWF is 2017 Young Ham of the Year NEW YORK - Marty Sullaway KC1CWF, of Newton, MA, has been selected as the 2017 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Marty,15, is the son of Robert David Sullaway and Gail Cheryl Schulman. Marty was first licensed as a Technician in November 2014. He quickly worked his way to General earning his ticket in February 2015. He became an Extra Class operator this past February. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with Marty a few days back on Skype. [2017 17M] Congrats Marty!

The RAIN Report for 08-05-2017

This week we have a couple items never aired on the RAIN Report. Parenthetically, we've had to postpone our coverage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act until later this month for logistical reasons. In the meantime, we've dug up a couple Items from the KC9RP archive. One is serious, the other is fun. The first is an early editorial written and voiced by RAIN's Hap Holly, KC9RP, producer of the Bear Information Service (BIS) in suburban Chicago in the mid to late 1980s. It was a time in Amateur Radio history that saw growth of stateside Amateur Radio bulletin services. It was a time of turmoil and controversy primarily surrounding the so-called International Amateur Radio Network, I-A-R-N. We present a 1989 editorial, Broadcasting on the HF Bands, by RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP. [1989 7M) We also have a fun piece written and voiced by Chicagoan Ken Piletic, W9ZMR, who for years maintained the Midwest Amateur Radio Newsline phone line service from his Cook County home. In 1987 he cleared up some mysteries about the holey ham fest ticket. [1987 3M] Next week: we'll hear the story behind the recently-announced Young Ham of the Year The RAIN Report may be transmitted in accordance with a Creative Commons license. .

The RAIN Report for 07-28-2017

Alabama ham Don Keith/N4KC has authored 34 books; the newest is Dial Dancing, a collection of nine stories focusing on the diversity of ham radio. This week we conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with this prolific writer. [2017 13M] One of Don's earlier books, Firing Point, is nearing completion as an action movie, called Hunter Killer. Keep an eye out for it either late this year or early 2018. You can learn more about Don's prolific writing career on donkeith.com. Our thanks to Don for giving of his time to the RAIN Report. The RAIN Report is available for transmission under a Creative Commons license.

The RAIN Report for 07-21-2017

Don Keith/N4KC is a prolific writer of 34 fictional and nonfictional books on some of his favorite subjects as World War 2, ham radio and more. His newest book, Dial Dancing, is being released as this RAIN Report goes to press. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with this energetic communicator on Skype. [2017 12M] We'll delve more into the little-publicized world of book writing and publishing in a digital world next time. The RAIN Report is available for transmission under a Creative Commons license.

The RAIN Report for 07-14-2017

In a June 19 Handiham-World email posting, it read: "We are pleased to announce that Lucinda Moody, AB8WF, will join Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Handiham Program as program coordinator, effective June 26th. Moody succeeds Patrick Tice, who retired after leading Handihams for the past 25 years. Moody holds an Extra Class amateur radio license and has been a Handiham volunteer since 2011. She has served as an instructor at several radio camps in addition to working with Handiham members outside of camp through internet-based platforms. Outside of the Handiham Program, she has served as a volunteer coordinator for her local Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, including incident command, communications specialist and recruitment and training of volunteers. As the Handiham Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, We know she will be a great person to lead the Handiham Program." RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with Lucinda after her first several days. [2017 14M]

The RAIN Report for 07-07-2017

On June 11, 2015, Amateur Radio Newsline Co-Founder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF became a silent key after 37 years of writing and editing what started out as Westlink Amateur Radio News in 1977. On July 10, 2015, a month following Bill's passing, Newsline listeners were introduced to a new copy editor, Caryn E. Murray/KD2GUT. Now two years later Caryn is reflective about her first two at the helm of Ar-Newsline. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with Caryn a week before this RAIN Report was posted. [2017 17M] Next week we'll revisit Handihams, an organization that has served the disabled ham for 50 years; and now has a new Program Coordinator. The RAIN Report can be transmitted under a Creative Commons license; this audio production is available on therainreport.com, on Twitter @therainreport, and iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 07-01-2017

The Arrl, the national association of Amateur Radio, is in its second century. So what is it doing now to make it a more viable ham radio organization than before? Its CEO, Tom Gallagher/NY2RF spoke about that at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention. [2017 14M] You can hear two excerpts from a more in-depth interview with Tom by Eric Guth/4Z1UG on the RAIN archive page from April, 2016. A note about next week: Caryn Murray/KB2GUT is observing her second anniversary at the helm of the Amateur Radio Newsline. How has it gone so far? We'll find out next week. Keep on hamming and go six and ten! 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 06-23-2017

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.