Thursday, July 30, 2015

National Order of the Arrow special event station set #Scouts #ARRL #hamradio

K2BSA/8 operating from NOAC.
Boy Scouts of America’s National Order of the Arrow Conference Special Event Amateur Radio Station, K2BSA/8, is coming to Michigan State University August 3rd to 7th in East Lansing Michigan.

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event for the Order of the Arrow (OA), (Scouting’s Honor Society) and is the second largest national gathering of Scouts.   15,000 Arrowmen will gather from across the nation at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan Aug 3rd to the 8th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

To celebrate this unique event the Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club, (MSUARC) W8MSU will be sponsoring a special event Amateur Radio station, K2BSA/8.  The station will be located close to the exhibitor’s tents and will be operating on 20 and 40 M, the local repeater (442.900 + 77) and IRLP node (7930) in addition to Echolink (289654).  The station will be manned by ham radio operators from across the nation Monday through Friday 9-12 and 1- 5 EDT.  This event is supported by ICOM radio.

If you are one of the lucky ones attending NOAC, stop by and guest operate or if you can’t make it in person, please listen and contact us on the airwaves.  We are attempting to have contacts from all 50 states in addition to as many Scouts, Scouters and Brother Arrowmen, past and present, as we can.  There will be a special K2BSA/8 NOAC QSL card email available. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime QSL.

Our goal is to get as many Scouts on the air as possible locally and at a distance and share the exciting world of Radio Scouting with them.  We’ll share how they can integrate Amateur Radio into their outings, high adventure treks and Merit Badge advancement for fun, education and safety.

For additional information contact Fred Donkin, KA7MMM, or Don Kunst W3LNE, W3LNE@ARRL.NET.

Don Kunst
EMT-P Tactical, BSIT, ASM T151, W3LNE
ShelterBox Ambassador

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Followup report for #HamHoliday #ARRL #hamradio

Ham Holiday 2015 is now in the books.  The Board had started searching for a new home before the venue threw us a few curves this year.  Friday was challenging and Saturday had a few bumps, but the ham spirit prevailed.  The vendors all had a good show and two more have committed for next year.
Dave, NN1N spoke to a standing room only crowd at the ARRL
forum Saturday morning.  (N5NUK photo) 

I would like to say "thank you" to everyone who came out and those who worked the show.  I'll add a special "thanks" to NN1N, ARRL Director of Field Operations Dave Patton for a great presentation at our banquet.

I can't wait for next year!


Charles R. "Dick" Rouse
CORA President

From W5NOR:

Ham Holiday has come and gone now. I’ll have more to say about it at a later time, but today I’ll just say that regarding the Testing which Peter and the SCARS VE Team manned, there were 6 new Techs, 4 who upgraded to General, and 2 Extras from the session. A good day in a very spartan location.

The Scouts got a Thank YOU:

Hello Mr. Way,
On behalf of Troop 94, we wanted to thank you and your two instructors for a wonderful Radio Merit Badge Class on Saturday.

All of our 8  scouts who attended enjoyed your class so much and a few  went home telling their parents they wanted to start a new hobby….
We want you to know that your time and effort is much appreciated. 
You are investing knowledge, time and energy in these young scouts lives and it will be something they will always remember and appreciate, and their parents too.
Colleen Karow
Committee Member/Troop 94

From NN1N:

Tnx for bringing me to the Ham Holiday.  I thought the show was excellent and you guys did a great job pulling it through the challenges which were quite rough!

Everyone was so friendly!  Out in town, in the hotel, at the show – everywhere.

73, Dave, NN1N

Monday, July 27, 2015

Riley Hollingsworth To Be Guest on W5KUB Roundtable #ARRL #hamradio

It's time for Amateur Radio Roundtable, a live weekly amateur radio webcast and simulcasted shortwave program, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CDT (0100 UTC Wednesday). The show can viewed at or heard on shortwave radio station, WTWW on 5085 KHz. Tom Medlin, W5KUB, is joined by co-host Ted Randall, WB8PUM, from the QSO Radio Show. The show covers a wide range of topics for ham radio operators, shortwave listeners, and electronic hobbyists; including balloon launches, Satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, home brewing, and more.

This week's guest is Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, from Gettysburg, PA. Riley retired in 2008 from the FCC where he was Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division in the Amateur Radio Service. He will share how he helped to clean up growing problems on the ham bands. He will also share his thoughts regarding how to conduct ourselves on the air and problem resolution. The chat room and phone lines will be available so our viewers and listeners can ask direct questions to Riley.

Our guest for the following week's show (August 4) will be Charlie Emerson, N4OKL, from Huntsville, Alabama. Charlie is chairman of the Huntsville Hamfest which will be held August 15-16. During the hamfest, will be awarding donated vendor prizes, including a prize from the Huntsville Hamfest committee.

To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable go to To join the chat room, sign up for a account. It only take a couple of minutes. If you are listening on 5085 KHz, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to and tell us your location and signal report.

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Be sure to check out Ted Randall's show, the QSO Radio Show. Information about Ted's Saturday shortwave show can be found at

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