The RAIN Report for 02-17-2018

One of the really unique features of the Dayton Hamvention is its forums. If you're a regular listener to this hamcast you already know that from how frequently we excerpt from them. One of them is the Collins Radio forum. If you repair, restore, or collect Collins gear, (once the Cadillac of ham radios) the hour-long Collins radio forum at Hamvention is the closest thing to Collins Nirvana you'll ever find. And there are only a few Collins enthusiasts like David Knepper/W3ST, publisher of the Collins Journal. He has gone so far as to exhibit his Collins collection in what he considers his own museum in Sidman, PA. This week we excerpt from David's 2017 Hamvention Collins Radio forum talk in which he verbalizes his love for an era of radio long since gone. [2017 13M] David is the publisher of the Collins Journal, available now only on-line. David's email is: collinsradio@comcast.net.

The RAIN Report for 02-10-2018

Pile ups...no, I'm not talking about the recent multi vehicle collision on a nearby freeway the other day. I'm AM referring to pile ups on the HF ham bands when a hard-to-find DX station attracts scores of high profile sing sideband stations. According to inveterate Vermont contester and DX'er Mitch Stern/W1SJ, there is an art to cracking pile ups. [2017 13M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The Radio Amateur Information Network is streamable from therainreport.com, and is heard on WTWW from Lebanon, TN., Saturday nights on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-09-2018

Pile ups...no, I'm not talking about the recent multi vehicle collision on a nearby freeway the other day. I'm AM referring to pile ups on the HF ham bands when a hard-to-find DX station attracts scores of high profile sing sideband stations. According to inveterate Vermont contester and DX'er Mitch Stern/W1SJ, there is an art to cracking pile ups. [2017 13M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The Radio Amateur Information Network is streamable from therainreport.com, and is heard on WTWW from Lebanon, TN., Saturday nights on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-03-2018

It seems that everywhere one turns today there are lawyers rewriting or trying to rewrite modern and not so modern law. telecommunications lawyer Fred Hopengarten, K1VR has carved out a careerlegal assisting U.S. hams to circumvent cc'n'rs, common covenants and restrictions that prevent so many radio amateurs from erecting reasonable outdoor antennas. The federally mandated PRB1 legislation has been of some help in doing so for a number of years. However as Fred pointed out in his 2017 Dayton Hamvention Amateur Radio and the Law talk, there are 23 states that do not presently have a PRB1-style statute within the state. [2017 12M] The RAIN Report podcast is available via therainreport.com and heard during the Amateur Radio program block, Saturday nights on WTWW, 5085 kHZ from Lebanon, TN. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-29-2018

The U.S. Amateur Radio Service has had a partnership with the National Weather Service for years. But just how does the modern radio amateur interact with the 192 weather offices nationwide? This week we present some of those answers in an excerpt from a 2017 Dayton Hamvention talk by Brandon Palquin, a Wilmington, Ohio employee of his local regional weather service office. [2017 19M] If you aren't already connected with the NWS, checdk your calendar as spring and its unpredictable storms is just a few weeks away. The Radio Amateur Information Network is accessible via therainreport.com and heard during the Amateur Radio program block, Saturday nights on WTWW, 5085 kHZ from Lebanon, TN. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 01-20-2018

Do you remember some commentaries in the 90's called Bytes From Q-zed-B? A Chicago area ham named Mark Thompson/WB9QZB expressed his controversial ham radio viewpoints in those days on these RAIN Reports. So just what did his bytes sound like? We'll present two of them for you this week. The first is entitled "Your No Code Accent" from 1994. Our second Bytes, "Ham Radio and Personal Responsability", was penned and voiced by Mark in 1995. [1994&95 13M] Is we can dislodge Mark from his digital absorption, maybe we can cajole him into writing some new Bytes From Q-ZED-B. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN all rights reserved. This podcast is available on therainreport.com; and is heard on shortwave 9:00 PM CST Saturdays on WTWW, broadcasting on 5085 kHZ from Lebanon, TN. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-13-2018

If you have ever served on the technical committee of an urban repeater that maintains links to multiple receive sites, you already know that keeping those links functioning properly can be a real character builder. Now imagine what challenges a handful of mountain-top machines linked together digitally pose. In the mid-1990s Frosty Oden/N6ENV, a CBS television technical director at the time, was trustee and builder of SEVEN such mountain top repeaters on 220 and 440 mHZ in Southern California. This week we concludes our two excerpts from a 1995 conversation RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP had with Frosty. [1995 P2 13M] According to QRZ.com, Frosty relocated not long ago to Litchfield Park Arizona. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. This weekly podcast is available for transmission under a Creative Commons license on therainreport.com. You can hear it Saturday evenings at 9:00 CST on WTWW shortwave from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-06-2018

*Kent Peterson/KC0DGY is holding down the virtual fort for a few weeks while Will Rogers/K5WLR, the default voice of these RAIN Reports gets his erstwhile feet under him from his recent spill.* Most ham operators east of the Rockies live on flatlands. Travel to southern California, however, and the Amateur Radio VHF and UHF horizon undergo a RADICAL change called 'mountains'. While the phenomenal elevations of mountains out west provide extraordinary repeater and remote base coverage today, there are some significant technical challenges that were faced even 20 years ago by repeater owners like CBS Television Technical Director Frosty Oden/N6ENV. Frosty experienced challenges with his 7 220 and 440 mountain-top repeaters that the average flatland repeater owner did not. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Frosty Oden/N6ENV 20 years ago [1995] 13M. the RAIN Report is available on therainreport.com; it can be heard Saturday evenings around 9:00 Central time on WTWW, Lebanon, TN.'s shortwave station on 5085 kHZ. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 12-30-2017

Are you experiencing extraneous noises or RFI to a ham rig in your home, car or recreational vehicle? Well, from our 'you think you've got problems' department, Imagine the racket Tiffin, Ohio trucker, Gerry Stanford/N8YMP dealt with back in 1995. Here's an excerpt from his Hamvention forum presentation from that Hamvention. [1995 11M] The RAIN Reports update weekly on therainreport.com; and on shortwave Saturday nights on WTWW from Lebanon, TN. on 5085 kHZ. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2017, RAIN, all rights are reserved. keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 12-23-2017

We DO have some exciting news from the Dayton Hamvention this week. However, first things first. We wanted to bring you a VERY rare RAIN Report that consisted of the reading of A piece called "A Ham's Christmas" that was penned by the late Walter A. Tompkins/K6ATX, voiced more than 25 years ago for the RAIN Report by Chicago ham and broadcaster Oren Brand/K9KEJ. However, that recording is nowhere to be found!...MOST unfortunate. However, back in the mid-90s when Iowa ham Blair Alper/KA9SEQ frequently read items from packet for these RAIN Reports, his mother, Elaine Alper (no call) voiced a legalistic version of a written piece entitled A Visit from St. Nicholas. [1994 8M] From: "henry.ruminski@wright.edu [hamvention]" To: hamvention@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:02 PM Subject: [Hamvention] Hamvention News News Release December 20, 2017 Greene County Fairgrounds/Expo Center Building Expansion We are pleased to announce The Greene County Commissioners and the Greene County Fair Board have approved the construction of a new building at the Fairground/Expo Center. Greene County officials have decided to move forward with construction of a new building as it will continue to expand their presence in the region as a world class Exposition Center! Hamvention certainly benefits from the decision to expand the Expo Center footprint. Construction is planned to be complete ahead of Hamvention 2018 and will be used for the event. Additionally, another building on the property previously known as Fairgrounds Furniture, is being vacated and will be available for use by Hamvention 2018. More details regarding the building sizes will be forthcoming but Hamvention is told the floor space added will cover an area larger than the tents Hamvention used in 2017. Although this decision was made to expand opportunities at the Expo Center, Hamvention is grateful for the support Greene County, Xenia Township, and the city of Xenia. Ron Cramer, General Chair Jack Gerbs, Asst. Gen. Chair Michael Kalter, CFO/Official Spokesperson Hamvention The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2017 RAIN, all rights are reserved. These RAIN Reports are available 24/7 on therainreport.com. It can be heard at the north pole on the Lebanon, TN. shortwave powerhouse, WTWW, transmitting a block of Amateur Radio programming Saturday evenings on 5.085 mHZ. 44's and keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 12-16-2017

This week we bring you a most unique approach to what would normally be an audio/video presentation. It has been said that a picture tells a thousand words. In this case, however, you'll have to use your imagination to 'picture' a truly amazing antenna farm. It belongs to world-class Midwest contester, Tim Duffy/K3LR. While you can't visualize what Tim's phenomenal multi multi contest station looks like, put your mind's eye to work and absorb how Tim's described his ten-acre midwestern antenna farm. We excerpted from Tim's 2017 Dayton Hamvention forum talk. [2017 15M] Now that you've heard about Tim's station, go see what you can see of K3LR's amazing antenna farm on YouTube! "It's really SPECTACULAR!" The RAIN Report is downloadable and streamed from therainreport.com, and is heard Saturdays at 9:00 PM CST on the 150,000 watt Lebanon, TN. blow torch, WTWW, on 5.085 kHz. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 12-09-2017

We go 'tropo' this time with a short excerpt from the 2017 Dayton Hamvention ATV forum, voiced by ham radio instructor and 2006 Ham of the Year Gordon West/WB6NOA. Many of you will recognize the name Gordon West from his well-known Radio School, and radio study materials sold for decades in Radio Shack. "Gordo" lives in SO. Cal. and loves the ever changing weather conditions that make long-range oceanic tropo possible. So just what is tropo anyway? Just ask Gordo! [2017 9M] While the winter doesn't lend itself to good tropo ducting in much of the United States, you now have something to explore come the warm weather months. The RAIN Report can be found on the web on www.therainreport.com; and heard Saturday evenings as part of the Amateur Radio block of programming on WTWW in Lebanon, TN. on the shortwave frequency of 5085 kHz. KEEP ON HAMMING!