Latest Posts

RRA EP 31 Horrific Noise Level

RRA EP 31 Noise Level

Welcome to Richard’s Radio AdventuresYou are in invited to join us at the Resonant Frequency Discord Server https://discord.gg/2aKZwwbyWgLive shows in the futureRRA may fade with time. we will see.Visit the website www.rfpodcast.infoWe are working on live streaming at the discord server so we can do some live showsWe are on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/RichardBaileyKB5JBVMain Topic working with a new ham Don in Oregon who is having noise issues on HFKenwood TS 940MFJ EFHW AntennaDon lacks proactive ElmersWorking to get involved in EmcommNoise SourcePower Lines in his front yard63 foot long wire antenna Antenna height 20 feet off the groundbroad side to Greenland and AustraliaRadio has more buttons and switches than you can shake a stick atPossibly overwhelming for a new hamI started on a Kenwood TS 130Look for noise sources in the houseVampire DevicesCheck the receive by monitoring HF Nets on 40 MetersSolar Cycle is at a low easier to monitor 40 metersReceived Japanese Broadcast and some CaliforniaAntenna OrientationTrying to figure out if it is the Antenna or the RigNVIS”Everything we do is practice for something else in amateur radio”Richard’s Story TimeBack to working the problemHorizontal antenna better for noisy situationsReorient the antennaAt least a quarter wave off the groundbuild your own antennaRichard’s Story TimeSpool was 500 to 1000 feet I miss spoke3905 Century ClubFind a Elmers no matter where you have to lookContact us for help at one of the links below

Find Videos on DMR and Amateur Radio at our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/RichardBaileyKB5JBV

Read More About Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast At www.rfpodcast.info

Glossary – See Glossary for terms used on the show.

Resonant Frequency EP 31 Useful Websites

Useful Websites

Opening Theme 00:00

Intro: 00:54

Feedback: 01:29

Bob, KJ4DZT, sends a Tweet that his wife got her license thanks to our show.

Contact Richard via email kb5jbv@gmail.com, or on Twitter at twitter.com/kb5jbv. Send your show suggestions orquestions, too.

Donations: 04:52

None received since October. Thanks to everyone who has donated. Pleasekeep them coming, so we can continue the shows. If one episode has helped, it should be worth at least a dollar. Visit the Resonant Frequency website then click the Help Support link to PayPal and make a donation. Click on the Amazon link to make your purchases, and we’ll get a little bit of the transaction.

09:51 New section manager here, locally. We’ll see how that works out.

10:21 We’re looking at possibly doing some video, and perhaps a live show We will keep you posted.

Song: 11:18 “If Love Can’t Find A Way”, by Eric Lindell, from the album “Gulf Coast Highway”,

Topic: 13:08

Useful websites:

Pretty Good Projects www.prettygoodprojects.com, which is an entry point for the next foursites on this list, and more.www.dxanywhere.com – DX alerts service.www.hamradioforum.net – Lots of interesting forums of ham radio topics.www.hamtests.net (US) – Practice tests and other info for your license exams, UK or US.www.hamtests.co.uk (UK)hamfeed,com – A ham repeater for Twitter and 73s.org.hamtwits.com – A sort of Twitter directory of hams.73s.org – A collection of blog posts, photos, news, DX spots, etc., of interest to hams.www.hamradioclass.org – home of the Ham Radio Podclass, which will help you prepare for yourTechnician, General or Extra class amateur radio license exam.twitter.com – A microblogging service, with lots of amateur radio traffic available.

Song: 39:55 “Welfare Blues” by Kirk Fletcher, from the album “Shades of Blue”, available

Closing theme: 45:38

Glossary – See Glossary for terms used on the show.

Read More About Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast At www.rfpodcast.info

LHS Episode #397: The Weekender LXVII

It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain …

LHS Episode #396: M17 Deep Dive

Hello and welcome to the 396th installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode we interview Steve Miller, KC1AWV, one of the major contributors to the M17 amateur …

RRA EP 30 Embarrassing Ham Nets

Embarrassing Ham Nets

Hello everybody, first I would like to apologize for the amount of time it has been since the last RRA. I recently found myself in the hospital and have been having to spend a tremendous amount of time recuperating but we are hoping to get the show back on track so that you can hear my melodious voice regularly.

We recently did a live recording on the Resonant Frequency Discord server and we would like everybody to join us for future recording sessions click this link and it will take you right over there. Do the verification and and you will be ready to go. The server is located at https://discord.gg/3vZQNdZ79B

This time I wanted to talk a few minutes about something I found very disturbing recently. That is to say “What The Hell Has Happened To Amateur Radio Nets?”

I am not talking about the old and well established nets but the new and improved idiotic ragchew sessions that are being spoon fed to the new operators because they don’t know any better. Listen a bit and form your own opinion.

Glossary – See Glossary for terms used on the show.

Resonant Frequency EP 30 Deep Cycle

Resonant Frequency EP 29 Deep Cycle

Opening them: 00:00

Intro: 00:53 We survived Christmas and New Year’s.

Feedback: 01:36 No email since last time.

Donations: 01:54 No donations since last time.

The conversion to digital TV is coming. Are you ready?We made some changes to the website. Check it out.Apologies for the episode being late.Jay W5GM would like your vote for North Texas Section Manager.

Song: 06:48 “Payback Blues” by Dennis Mitchell Band, from the album “Highway Kind of Life”

Buzzword: 09:01 Participation.For many of us, participation is simply talking on the radio during our commute to and from work.Why not take part in a club event? It’s a great way to promote the hobby, and it’s fun!

Song: 13:29 “Harpo-Ventillation” by Mark Hummel, from the album “Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowouts”

Topic: 15:12 SLI, Marine and Deep-cycle Batteries

Start, Light and Ignition (SLI) batteries are designed to deliver a lot of energy in a short time, not to deliver steady power over a long time.Marine batteries are a compromise between marine and deep-cycle batteries, and share characteristics of both.A deep-cycle battery is designed to be repeatedly discharged 80% of capacity and can deliver a steady current for a long period of time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_cycle_car_battery 24:55 Testing deep-cycle batteries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep-cycle_battery

27:58 1. Inspect

29:04 2. Recharge

29:24 3. Remove surface charge

30:29 4. Measure the state-of-charge

30:49 5. Load test

32:00 6. Recharge

33:34 Use deep-cycle batteries for the radio shack, in a well-ventilated area

Song: 34:55 “Way Down the River” by Sugarcane Collins, from the album “Way Down the River”, available here:

Conclusion: 38:17

Closing theme:42:00

Glossary – See Glossary for terms used on the show.

Read More About Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast At www.rfpodcast.info

LHS Episode #395: It’s a Virtual, Virtual, Virtual, Virtual World

Hello and welcome to Episode 395 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short topics episode, we talk with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, about the upcoming QSO Today expo. We …

Resonant Frequency EP 29 Gel Cell and Lithium Ion

Gel Cell and Lithium Ion and Christmas

Song: 00:00

“Mrs. Santa Claus” by Jingle Punx, from the album “Coal”

Intro: 01:35 Christmas time in North Texas.

Feedback: 02:30

John, M0JFE, likes the show and asks for a show about packet radio.

Thanks, too, to Bill at SolderSmoke for the mention.

Damon, NN7B, listens to both shows, and asks how sealed lead acid batteries compare to nicad and nimh for a grab-n-go kit or mobile station?

Donations: 07:54

Thanks to David, no callsign given, in Pleasonton, CA, andJerry, KD0BIK, of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast.

08:48 Different music format this time – Christmas music.

10:40 Take a look at the Cafe Press store for Resonant Frequency merchandise.

Click through the Amazon link at our site.

Song: 12:42

“Goin’ On a Date With Santa” by Dr. Elmo, from the album “Up Your Chimney”

Buzzword: 16:16 Superheterodyne, presented by Tim Sutton, KI6BGE.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superheterodyne_receiver

Song: 22:34 “Don’t Want No Bones for Christmas (I Want An Electric Guitar)” by Paul Austin Kelly, from the album “Don’t Want No Bones for Christmas”,

Topic: 25:54 Batteries: Gel cells and lithium ion.

Gel cells are a type of valve-regulated, lead-acid (VRLA) batteries. They have a pressure-relief valve to allow venting of hydrogen during overcharging, and a gelled electrolyte. Theyhave a greater resistance to extreme temperatures, shock, and vibration than typical wet-cellbatteries like the common car battery.(Contrary to what Richard says, hydrogen is a colorless, odorless gas. The “rotten egg” smellfrom an over-charging car battery is due to the creation of hydrogen sulfide gas, H2S. -Ed.)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide36:04 Lithium Ion batteries.Most of the newer electronics, like laptops, handheld radio, etc., has Lithium ion batteriesdue to their energy to weight ratio, and no memory effect. They also have a low self-dischargerate and are lighter than other types. Their service life depends on the time of manufacture,regardless of number of charge/discharge cycles. The internal resistance is higher than mostof the other chemistries.

Song: 41:44 “Send Me a Wife for Christmas” by Dr. Elmo, from the album “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”,

Conclusion: 44:42 Listen to Linux in the Ham Shack, too!Happy Holidays!

Closing song: 46:42 “Jingle Bells (Dan the Automator Remix)” by Dean Martin, from the album “Christmas Remixed -Holiday Classics Re-Grooved”

Read More About Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast At www.rfpodcast.info

Glossary – See Glossary for terms used on the show.

LHS Episode #394: The Weekender LXVI

It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain …

LHS Episode #393: DUDE-Star Deep Dive

Hello and welcome to Episode 393 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts interview Doug, AD8DP, the author and primary coder of the DUDE-Star project. This …