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!