The RAIN Report for 04-04-2020

This is Classic RAIN #16, hosted by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Due to some glitches with a new install of Windows 10, we missed the February 29, Leap Year Classic RAIN and those for March as well. We apologize for the missing ham casts. For the newcomers among you the mid to late 1980s were a turbulent time for ham radio, especially for 220 MHz enthusiasts. In the late 80s RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, helped facilitate a National Teleconference Radio Net to promote the value of the 220 MHz ham band that the FCC had partially reallocated to the United Postal Service in the late 1980s. The 220 amateur band was shrunken from 220-225 MHz down to 222-225. During the 'warmup' to the nationwide "Save 220" ham cast, one veteran of the ham radio press expressed his perspective about the rocky road the 220 band had been down. He was the late outspoken Wayne Greene/W2NSD, who founded 73 magazine in 1960, and was publisher of it in the 80s. [1988 6M] I must remind you that Wayne's observations were voiced in the introduction to a "Save 220" National Teleconference Radio Net in 1988. ; it was introduced by RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP to promote interest in the 220 band in the late 80s, several years before the RAIN Report came to fruition. Editorial Note: "While activity on the 220 Amateur band has grown significantly over the last 30 years in major U.S. markets. i.e. Chicago, New York, SO. Cal. and the like, just spend time outside these populous areas, and you'll see how sparse 220 activity still is away from your major cities." The CLASSICRAIN episodes are updated biweekly on therainreport.com; and may be transmitted on Amateur Radio. Once these episodes are posted to the Classic RAIN archive on therainreport.com. They'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload, ClassicRAIN17) scheduled to be posted April 17. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 02-14-2020

This is ClassicRAIN#15 for February 15, 2020. The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of anyone connected with the Radio Amateur Information Network. It has been said that ham radio is a microcosm of society. and as such reflects the diversity of opinion and lifestyles of that society. One such fringe group is the gay/lesbian community. Thirty years ago Bob Laycock/KA8UHL was Secretary of LARC, the Lambda Amateur Radio Club, an international gay/lesbian radio club. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Bob in 1989. [1989 17M] This was one of the most controversial interview Hap conducted in the 30-plus years he produced hamradio programming. This concludes ClassicRAIN#15. ClassicRAIN is copyright 1988-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. #16 will post February 29. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-31-2020

This is ClassicRAIN#14 for January 31, 2020. Whether you live in the city or out in the country, you probably have found woodpeckers nesting in some of the strangest places; but none so strange as your HF receivers. There you'll find woodpeckers that don't sound like any others. Over-the-horizon woodpeckers were a real pest in the 80s. Bob Horavitz made a study of these high tech woodpeckers during the 80s. At the time Bob was Executive Secretary for ANARC, the Association of North American Radio Clubs. RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, caught up with Bob at the 1988 Dayton Hamvention. [1988 14M] It should be noted here that these high tech woodpeckers went the way of the Soviet Union in 1989. ClassicRAIN is copyright 1988-2020, RAIN, all rights are reserved. ClassicRAIN#15 will post February 14, 2020. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-17-2020

This is ClassicRAIN#13 for January 17, 2020. Relations between the U.S. Amateur Service and the Federal Communications Commission soured considerably in the late 1980s in the wake of the Commission's reallocation of the bottom two mHz of the 220-225 MHz Amateur band. Many felt the FCC was literally auctioning spectrum off to the highest bidder. And in fact, according to Ben Kobb/KC5CW, Founder and Publisher of the Federal Communications Tech News in Washington D.C., it would have liked to have done just that. RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Ben about his concerns in 1989. Unfortunately the late 80's reallocation of 220-222 MHz from the 220 Amateur band was never reinstated in the U.S. Amateur Service. ClassicRAIN#14 will be posted January 31st. ClassicRAIN is copyright 1988-2020 RAIN, all rights reserved. KEEP ON HAMMING! ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 01-07-2020

This is Classic RAIN #11 for Dec. 21, 2019. Producing audio programming for airing at Christmas time is a challenge. And so it was all those years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report (from 1990-2019). The best holiday edition of the RAIN Report was aired 1996. It was voiced by Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO, a familiar voice in Chicago in the 80s and 90s serving as net control for local VHF/UHF on-air special-event nets as well as narrating occasional RAIN Reports like this one from 1996. It included three recordings: The first was a piece voiced by Bill/WB9P, writtenabout Santa's flight from an engineer perspective (author unknown). The 2nd is a rare editorial written in 1991 and read by RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP called "The Power of Gratitude. The third piece is a reading of an adaptation of the late Walter A. Tompkins's "A Ham's Christmas" voiced by Oren Brand/K9KEJ. Classic RAIN is copyright 1987-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The Classic RAIN crew bids you very 73 and 44 from the Radio Amateur Information ion Network. Classicrain#12 will air January 3, 2020. See you then!

The RAIN Report for 12-21-2019

This is Classic RAIN #11 for Dec. 21, 2019. Producing audio programming for airing at Christmas time is a challenge. And so it was all those years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report (from 1990-2019). The best holiday edition of the RAIN Report was aired 1996. It was voiced by Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO, a familiar voice in Chicago in the 80s and 90s serving as net control for local VHF/UHF on-air special-event nets as well as narrating occasional RAIN Reports like this one from 1996. It included three recordings: The first was a piece voiced by Bill/WB9P, writtenabout Santa's flight from an engineer perspective (author unknown). The 2nd is a rare editorial written in 1991 and read by RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP called "The Power of Gratitude. The third piece is a reading of an adaptation of the late Walter A. Tompkins's "A Ham's Christmas" voiced by Oren Brand/K9KEJ. Classic RAIN is copyright 1987-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. The Classic RAIN crew bids you very 73 and 44 from the Radio Amateur Information ion Network. Classicrain#12 will air January 3, 2020. See you then!

The RAIN Report for 12-07-2019

This is Classic RAIN #10 for Dec. 7, 2019. Imagine paying a $5.00 fee to license your cell phone, pager, ham transceiver or CB radio! And if you were caught not licensing these devices with your state, you'd possibly pay a fine or serve time in prisson. In 1989 it was no joke in Illinois, especially to state Senator William Shaw, 34th District. Shaw wanted to license CB radios, beepers and cellular phones in Illinois thirty years ago!. Why, you ask? Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke to Shaw for some answers. [1989 10:25] Fortunately his proposal went no where...nor did he. Classic RAIN is a production of RAIN, the Radio Amateur Information Network. Hap Holly/KC9RP will return with Episode 11 on December 21. Classic RAIN is copyright 1989-2019 RAIN, all rights are reserved. See you in two weeks. KEEP ON HAMMING! 

The RAIN Report for 11-23-2019

This is CLASSIC RAIN #8 for Nov. 8, 2019. Harry Dannals, W2HD is considered by many as the Father of No Code. He was licensed in 1946 at age 19. Harry's accomplishments include: 1993 DARA Ham of the Year; Lifetime President Emeritus for serving as President of both the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) from 1972-1982; and later President of QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994. (It was QCWA's proposal that resulted in today's No Code Technician license;) recognition for 70 years of service to Amateur Radio by QCWA in 2016. We present our final excerpts from a 1993 interview with this long-time Charlottesville, VA. resident by RAIN Report founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP. That does it for Classic RAIN #8, a biweekly production of the Radio Amateur Information Network; copyright from the beginning of ham radio or 1989-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. We'll be back November 22 with episode #9. Very 73 from the Radio Amateur Information Network; I'm Will Rogers, K5WLR...KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 11-09-2019

This is CLASSIC RAIN #8 for Nov. 8, 2019. Harry Dannals, W2HD is considered by many as the Father of No Code. He was licensed in 1946 at age 19. Harry's accomplishments include: 1993 DARA Ham of the Year; Lifetime President Emeritus for serving as President of both the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) from 1972-1982; and later President of QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994. (It was QCWA's proposal that resulted in today's No Code Technician license;) recognition for 70 years of service to Amateur Radio by QCWA in 2016. We present our final excerpts from a 1993 interview with this long-time Charlottesville, VA. resident by RAIN Report founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP. That does it for Classic RAIN #8, a biweekly production of the Radio Amateur Information Network; copyright from the beginning of ham radio or 1989-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. We'll be back November 22 with episode #9. Very 73 from the Radio Amateur Information Network; I'm Will Rogers, K5WLR...KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 10-26-2019

This is CLASSIC RAIN #7 for Oct. 25, 2019. Here's a trivia question for you: Who is the only ham to be awarded lifetime President Emeritus for his presidency of both the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)from 1972-1982; and QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994? Here's a clue: QCWA recognized this ham for 70 years of service to Amateur Radio in 2016. He's Harry Dannals/W2HD, a long-time resident of Charlottesville, Virginia now in his ...73rd... year as a ham. Incidentally, Harry was a driving force behind the no-code tech license. RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP had a lengthy conversation with Harry in March, 1993 shortly before Harry was awarded the prestigious 1993 Ham of the Year award by the Dayton Amateur Radio Assoc. at the Dayton Hamvention banquet that spring. This week we bring you part 1 of that conversation. We'll bring you more excerpts from Hap's interview with Harry in Classic RAIN #8, the weekend of Nov. 8. Classic RAIN is a biweekly production of the Radio Amateur Information Network; copyright 1989-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. Very 73 from the Radio Amateur Information Network. K5WLR...KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 10-12-2019

CLASSICRAIN#6 for 10-11-19: One of the resources Hap Holly/KC9RP drew upon in his early years of producing audio ham radio programming was Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, co-founder and driving force behind Westlink Radio, known today as the Amateur Radio Newsline. One of Bill's interviews Hap most cherishes was a short interview with former Sen. Berry Goldwater/K7UGA conducted in 1989 by national science reporter and familiar Amateur Radio Newsline voice in the 80s and 90s, Roy Neal/K6DUE. A number of voices that became familiar to our RAIN Report listeners in the 90s were first heard on the BEAR Information Service (BIS) in suburban Chicago in the late 80s. One of those familiar voices was Blair Alper/KA9SEQ, an Iowa ham whose ham roots were as the trustee for the so-called Lid Far 220 repeater in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park before he relocated to Iowa in the 90s. Classic RAIN is a biweekly production of the Radio Amateur Information Network, produced by RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP; copyright 1988-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. We'll be back with episode #7 Oct. 25. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 09-28-2019

This is CLASSICRAIN#5: During the 30 years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report, he encountered hundreds of ham radio commentaries - after all commentaries are like 'butts' everyone has one! Hap shared some of these op-ed pieces with his RAIN listeners over the years-like these three: The first was written and voiced by Jack Schmidling /NR9Q, a net control station in the late 80'S for the Amateur Radio Forum on 3950 kHZ (80 meters). 9:00 PM Central time Thursdays back in the late 80's. Jack gave this guest commentary a unique name: No Code and Ham Radio Moonies. Our second "no nonsense" guest commendary was penned and read by Ron Kritzman/K9ID, Ron did not apply any title to it but it remains one of the classic op-ed pieces Hap shared in the late 80s. Our third and final thoughtful commentary was written and delivered by a ham in the greater Chicago area late in the 80s; Jim Beedle/W9NIN, who was a morning announcer on the Satellite Music network 30 years ago. CLASSICRAIN updates every two weeks on therainreport.com. #6 will be posted Oct. 11. CLASSICRAIN is a biweekly production of the Radio Amateur Information Network; copyright 1988-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 09-14-2019

THIS is Classic RAIN #4. For the 30 years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report, he borrowed liberally from the dozens of forums held each year at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. Occasionally Hap featured talks from the DARA(Dayton Amateur Radio Association. banquet during the 90's. Held in downtown Dayton Saturday night during the Hamvention each year , several hams were awarded what many called the "Oscars of Amateur Radio" by DARA. Here in our 4th Classic RAIN episode we'll bring you two short presentations from the April 24, 1993 DARA banquet, featuring Dick Janson/WD4FAB, and Robert Adams/WA9ZMO. [1993 14M] We'll be back with more classic RAIN the weekend of Sept. 27. The CLASSICRAIN is copyright 1989-2019 RAIN All rights reserved. You are welcome to air CLASSICRAIN over Amateur Radio in its entirety. Very '73' from the Radio Amateur Information Network; KEEP ON HAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 08-31-2019

This is Classic RAIN 3: ; Here in CLASSICRAIN3 you'll hear a special report that was filed by 220 Notes News Letter Editor, Art Reis/K9XI that will bring back painful memories to our long-time 220 enthusiasts; and we'll hear some tips on good repeater operating practices that are just as valid today as they were when these were voiced 30 years ago. In 1985 a Chicago-area repeater known as the BEAR, (the Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater) became Chicago's most listened to machine Wednesday nights with it weekly BEAR Information Service, coordinated by Hap Holly/KC9RP. A major contributor to the B-I-S was Art Reis/K9XI, a driving force nationwide in the 220 community. In the 1980s the future of the 220-225 mHZ amateur band was in serious jeopardy. UPS, the United Parcel Service, was seeking a continuous band of frequencies for its untested ACSB (Amplitude Compandered SideBand technology. In the spring of 1989 Art wrote and voice a piece about the related Congreshional hearing on the FCC in docket 8714, tthat would eventually reallocate 220-222 mHZ from the U.S. 220 band for what eventually would become abandoned spectrum by UPS. [1989 12M] next some tips on good repeater etiquette written and voiced by Nina Molina/KA9WJZ. They're just as valid today as they were when she voiced them 30 years ago. [1989 3M] The CLASSICRAIN episodes are updated biweekly on therainreport.com; and can be transmitted over Amateur Radio in their entirety. CLASSICRAIN is copyright 1989-2019 RAIN, all rights reserved. Once these episodes are uploaded to TheRainReport.com, They'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload, scheduled for Sept. 13. KEEP ON HAMMING! .

The RAIN Report for 08-17-2019

This is Classic RAIN, hosted by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Once these episodes are uploaded to the Classic RAIN archive on therainreport.com. They'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload, scheduled for Labor day weekend. Here in CLASSICRAIN2 we're going to travel back to Feb., 1989, a time when the so-called WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 meters) were on the verge of becoming new HF spectrum to the U.S. Amateur Radio Service. If you were licensed then, you may recall your anticipation of operating 17 meters in its infancy. One Canadian who remembers was Bob Billings/VE1YX from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, spoke with Bob in 1988, 30 years ago when the FCC. allocated 17 meter spectrum to the U.S. Amateur Radio Service January 31, 1989. [1988 10M] The CLASSICRAIN episodes are updated biweekly on therainreport.com; and may be transmitted on Amateur Radio. We'll return Labor day weekend with CLASSICRAIN3. KEEP ONHAMMING!

The RAIN Report for 08-02-2019

This is Classic RAIN, archives from the RAIN Report that were never posted. Once these Classic episodes are uploaded to therainreport.com like this one, they'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload. So the Classic RAIN *CR* archive will have its own, separate archive. Here in CL1 we're going to take you back 30 years to 1989. Controversy raged then as it does today as to what needs to be done to keep the U.S. Amateur Radio Service viable. See what your thoughts are when you hear these two opposing commentaries from February, 1989. The first was "The Other Side of the Story", voiced by David Miller/NZ9E, a familiar voice on the RAIN Report during the 90s. Following Dave's commentary is an opposing op-ed piece filed just days later voiced by Mark Thompson/WB9QZB. Mark was the Founder of the Northern IL. Packet Council over 40 years ago. Mark's "Bytes From QBB" commentaries were heard regularly on the RAIN Report during the 90s. {13M} We'll be back in two weeks with CR2. here on RAIN, the RAIN Radio Amateur Information Network.