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Learn to Be a Ham Radio Operator

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#TOTAL FAIL Why are there billions to invest in educational technology and when all else fails the #1 thing a school district could provide is a ham radio and operator to help the citizens they serve. Why don't the islands have ham radios?

It's A Skill To Learn and Maintain You can't just buy a radio set and become an amateur radio operator. Not legally, at least. Before you can start transmitting across the airwaves, you've got to get yourself certified and licensed. In the US, that's with the Federal Communications Commission. WHY ISN'T THIS HAPPENING IN HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE US?



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Why doesn't every K12 School District
K12 Middle and High School
have a ham radio and operator?



Disaster Emergency Communication

The main problem is no communication.
Connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown.

The 1st line of defense is a ham radio and an operator who knows Morse code. Why isn't that a priority for #STEM classes in High School? WHY WHY WHY!!!

I will tell you why - because tecnology companies that push hardware and software on K12 Schools do NOT make any money from this !!!

Apple / Micrsoft etc don't sell ham radio's to the K12 school systems for billions / so these stupid STATE IT CIO's don't demand that each K12 Dept. of Education IT Manager in every state to get it done for all the school systems in America!!

Example 2017 NASCIO Senior Policy Analyst won't place Ham Radio's in every high school for use during disasters!!!!
But will give awards to for 25 years of NASCIO Membership to @Microsoft_Gov! NASCIO donates $5000 to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief

WHO IS TO BLAME: State educational technology directors, as well as state and regional curriculum and instruction.


THE ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF THE POPULATION when we have a disaster they are only about spending the tax payer money to buy the tools that help them buy more tools that for the IT equipment in the school district. AND if Apple or Microsfoft isn't selling it they don't care about it.

@FirstNetGov First Responder Network Authority (official) #FirstNet CHARGED with helping emergency responders with data, tech & communication tools for #publicsafety but they DO NOT SUPPLY HAM RADIOS !!!! they only want to sell a nationwide broadband network which goes down in a disaster!!!!!

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) 70 yrs of advancing procurement! OH THE IRONY Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma, we have cancelled the Annual Conference scheduled for Sept 10-13 in Tampa. #NASPOAnnual


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Amateur Radio Volunteers Providing Communication Support


Garden School ham radio club connects loved ones in storm-battered Puerto Rico 9/29/17

5 Reasons You May Want a Ham Radio at Home … #USVI #VirginIslands #HurricanePreparedness
Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes - How Residential Solar Power Kits Can Keep You Online During Outages. One thing that the hurricane wasn't able to disrupt was radio broadcasts. It is for this reason ham radio operators were so vital in keeping people safe during the worst of the storm.

A school in Jackson Heights is connecting families to loved ones in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands this week.

WONDERFUL CITIZEN THE GARDEN SCHOOL currently operates an amateur radio station that has the ability to send and receive messages from the areas that have been affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
Ham radios do not require use of a power grid and can run off a small generator. Garden's Amateur Radio Club has teamed up with Amateur Radio Emergency Services to help relay messages to and from locations on the stricken islands that have lost power and cell phone service.
“It's providing real-life experience for student from grade 6 through 12,” Garden School Director of Outreach Jim Gaines said. “The program is in its second year and it was started by an alumni and a student who had interest in ham radio. We cleared out a closet that was filled with dusty old records and outdated equipment and we filled it with equipment, most of it borrowed. And now the students are learning geography, meteorology, electronic and communications. It's the type of thing you can do at a private school. You have an idea and you just make it happen.”
The Garden School is located at 33-16 79th St.
The process begins by making contact with a radio operator and filling out a ARRL Radiogram of 25 words or less. They can relay a message through different relief organizations, such as the Red Cross, letting you know their location, their well-being or any other information.
“You just relay the message from one ham radio operator to the next until the message arrives, kind of like the pony express,” Gaines said. “Ham radio enthusiasts actually have competitions for these relays and you get excited about times like this.”
And the Garden Amateur Radio Club can help anyone in Queens send a message to family or friends in the Caribbean or Mexico. You can contact their station at and the students will help fill out a Radiogram and then students at the station will start the relay process.

SCPPS ARC @w5scp St. Charles Parish Public Schools Amateur Radio Club

Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Station KD8NOM


FSQPlot, which now screens spots for Long Delayed Echoes.

FSQCall is an amazing chat-style digital mode, popularly used as a way to keep in touch with ham friends without them needing to be in the shack or at the radio all the time. Messages are sent rather like text messages, in simple sentences, but by HF radio rather than via phone.


K1M, the call sign designated for the Amateur Radio relief effort in Puerto Rico. Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L; Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, and Amateur Radio FEMA ESF-2 Liaison Gary Sessums, KC5QCN

Hotzfeld; Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF; ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, and Amateur Radio liaison to the FEMA ESF-2 Communications Task Force Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, traveled to Arecibo, Lares, and the Guajataca dam. The team, all deployed as ARC volunteers, delivered spare VHF radios and bottled water to Guajataca Dam, to permit direct communication between Isabela and the dam, where infrastructure repairs are under way. A Yaesu DR-X2 VHF/UHF repeater has been delivered to Arecibo Observatory. The team visited a grocery to stock up on powdered milk, peanut butter, water, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, and bags of fresh apples, all delivered this to people living in the vicinity of Arecibo Observatory.
Volunteer Joe Bassett, W1WCN, worked via relay with local operator Al Medina-Ramirez, NP3MR, to reestablish contact with an Army task force on Vieques Island.

The Airforce gives a 10 year old orbiting satellite to HAM RADIO OPERATORS The Air Force Academy satellite FalconSAT-3 is now open for Amateur Radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007. The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use.

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NO COMPUTER NEEDED Digital Modem can encode/decode BPSK31/63, RTTY, QPSK and CWmodes without PC, specially for portable digital communication。With its internal high performance DSP chips can process radio data。Internal SD card can save the regular Logs and real time audio data (Including FFT data). Its external USB host interface can be used for a USB Keyboard。This modem use 12864 standards screen for display, and AAs (or 4.2v lithium battery) for power. Furthermore, this modem can freely download firmware to upgrade new features.

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From: Richard Murnane
Subject: Ham radios in the aftermath of 11 September 2001
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 11:25:10 +1000
As others have noted, the terrorist attacks of 11th September caused major disruption to land-line and cellular phone communications. What hasn't been widely reported is that 570 Amateur (ham) Radio operators from 35 states and two Canadian provinces provided auxiliary radio communications to relief agencies operating in the affected areas.
The lesson is that even the most modern communications technology can fail, and that there is still value in having an independent communications infrastructure, especially when it costs the community little or nothing to maintain it. ~ Richard Murnane, Australian Amateur Radio station VK2SKY

In addition to helping out at emergencies when they happen, hams train every year for emergency communications in lots of ways. The most popular of those is "Field Day" where groups of amateurs put together stations "in the field" that often operate off independent power sources for a 24 hour continuous period and attempt to communicate with as many other such stations as possible. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend In June every year and usually around 30,000 amateurs all over the United States participate. In addition to voice modes (the most popular), many stations communicate via satellites and packet radio (even TCP/IP) as well. See The American Radio Relay League

I see the bottom line as the only reliable route that guarantees access to emergency services during prolonged power outages is the hard wired CO powered telephone. In the rural (thin suburban) country side , like I live in, I may and indeed did , face the situation where there was NO emergency communications during long area power outages (note -- there is a tendency of power companies to service the denser areas first before areas like mine. Also since it is hard to guarantee the hard CO line, the only option I see is a sat phone. ~ Dave Farber 2011

2016 Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

Those early tinkerers survived: They were the first makers, who — like the makers of today — built technological gizmos for themselves that they just couldn't buy.
HacDC Radio Club | WcHAC Amateur Radio Club have their own radio shacks and experimental equipment and offer ham radio license classes.
New ham licenses are on the increase, with 35,000 new ones issued just last year. According to FCC records, there are now roughly 800,000 ham radio operators in the United States This latest generation of enthusiasts is doing things with ham radio that their forebears could never have imagined. An FCC license allows you to build and legally operate your own high-powered wireless equipment. Ham radio operators are allowed to design, build, test, and operate wireless projects across a vast range of frequencies. They are able to, among other things, hack together Wi-Fi routers that can operate over longer distances and use more power than standard, commercial Wi-Fi. Adding amateur radio technology to their projects opens up whole new vistas for today's DIYers.

A vast majority of states though are unprepared, says Francesca. “Most states don't even mention the need to secure their IT systems or to address cyber threats,” she said. Some acknowledge the problem but appear to have done little to address it.
Just eight states of 50 fared decently in a Pell study on their preparedness to deal with current and emerging cyberthreats. California, Texas, Maryland and Washington were among eight states that were identified by the study as being relatively more prepared to deal with current and emerging cyber threats than counterparts. The others are New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia. As with state governments, barely half of all federal agencies have taken specific steps to secure end points while some 20 percent of endpoint security audits do not include all network-connected devices.

April 13th - 19th
National Public Safety
Telecommunications Week

Explanation of wireless communication

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." -- Albert Einstein

This is dedicated to all the kids in 1938 who first built and used Ham Radios then later grew up to be the generation who fought and won World War 2.

Get your school involved with ham radio operation. We need them in an emergency because the Cell Phones Don't Work!




11/23/14 Ham radio will be the only functional communication network available to ordinary citizens. No cellphones, no television, no GPS (no air travel), no utility electricity, no ATMs and no internet.


a made-for-radio blockchain

Crypto via Radio

Alternative Blockchain Channel

The only civilian communications network in this scenario will be the mesh of Ham radio operators, who - with electricity supplied by generators or solar energy converters - can continue hosting their global communications network. Their low-tech radio emulations of internet services will become the new high-tech: email, image transmission and… thanks to HamRadioCoin, a made-for-radio blockchain.
Three designs currently exist. Jyri Hovila of has designed CBRadioCoin with the objective of creating a P2P network over half-duplex “citizen band” radio. In the digital radio (DVB) domain, Kryptoradio, allows for one-way broadcast of the Bitcoin blockchain via both television and commercial RF bands. In the amateur radio domain, BitcoinTalk user hamhrc designed HamRadioCoin, which was pushed into prototype phase by fellow BitcoinTalk user, garmin, who suggested that HamRadioCoin addresses could be transmitted via SSTV (more below).
HamRadioCoin utilizes the traditional Ham radio mesh to serve modern blockchain technology. This provides the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the first real alternative channel - a communications network that is both standardized and global. Ham radio has been in existence for over 80 years and who could have thought that its global array of operators would emerge as the perfect candidate for providing a P2P alternative to the internet. As we'll explore below, the invaluable role of Ham radio extends its utility into science fiction as the “old” radio combines with the “new” blockchain.
The cosmos is alive with radio energy and radio waves emanate from the depths of space as well as from our planet itself. Studying and harnessing this electromagnetic energy has long been the province of both scientists and radio amateurs (or ham radio operators). Few of us think that this simple technology can be worth much attention in the Information Age with its quantum computing, cryptography, and blockchains. Think again.
Ham radio may seem like an irrelevant and forgotten proto-technology, yet, the truth is that ham radio is internationally standardized and acknowledged as a service. Major players such as Motorola and Kenwood cater to this market, and Ham radio equipment is a part of most space missions and scientific field bases. For this reason, not just anyone is given free range in the Ham radio airwaves and operators are required to pass competency examinations before they are allocated an international call sign and allowed to transmit.
Data Channel Similar to the Internet
Despite the association of services such as social networking and email with the internet, Ham radio enthusiasts have, for decades, enjoyed the benefits of their very own social network. They have, for example, created a network of radio-based mail servers that allow the sending and receiving of ordinary email using only radio transmission. Ham radio also has, for some time, been able to transmit still images and video, in real-time, on dedicated frequencies adjacent to the frequencies used by wifi, cellphones, and GPS.
“Big deal,” one might think, “I'll just stick to my zippy 40MB internet connection,” and fair enough - most people find cabled internet sufficient. The thing is - what happens to our internet lives (and blockchains) should the centrally controlled internet be unavailable due to physical or political known unknowns? The circumstances under which the internet and 3G networks could buckle are many, and we'll get to those in a minute.


The Army's cancelled GMR Ground Mobile Radio which cost over $6 billion to fail! How to blow $6 billion on a tech project. Military's 15 year quest for the perfect radio is a blueprint for how to fail. 2012

June 14, 2010 Mr. Witherspoon is a ham. His call is KF4TZK.
“This is the sound of renewable education!” says Thomas Witherspoon, 37, founder of Ears to Our World, as he picks up a small portable radio and quickly cranks its handle, producing a high-pitched, wobbly whine. Inside, a dynamo charges the radio's battery. Witherspoon has taken his love of shortwave radio and filtered it through his experience in the corporate world, devising a strategy to help the most people for the least money. ETOW distributes wind-up radios to isolated villages across Africa and into Belize and Romania, providing listeners with vital information. His radios are also proving to be disaster-relief heroes in earthquake-devastated Haiti. “The telephone did not work, even the cell phone. But with their radios, they could go on shortwave, and be informed.” A week later, when a 5.9 aftershock rocked the village and rumors of an impending tsunami stirred panic, the teachers were able to turn to their radios again. Fred Osterman, owner of Universal Radio, a retailer in Ohio, who sent him several wind-up radios to test. He settled on the Etón Grundig FR200 for its durability, reception and LED light (about $50 each). Osterman then introduced Witherspoon to Esmail Amid-Hozour, the head of Etón Corporation. “The next thing I know,” Witherspoon says, “a tractor-trailer is arriving where we live and we're offloading two pallets of radios. Etón donated all the inventory we needed to get started—500 radios.” In March, Witherspoon drove to Kulpsville, Pa., to set up a booth at the 24th annual Winter Shortwave Listener's Festival. “That family of radio enthusiasts has really powered a lot of what we've done.” Witherspoon says. A silent auction raised $700, but networking with the radio community is the real point for Witherspoon: It leads to partnerships and new ideas, like the new portable solar panel ETOW is working with.

Andy Hardy (1939) and Ham Radio

Kids are ham radio operators and doing it all over the world. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) elected to the Library of Congress Film Registry in 2000 for the Ham Radio Scene that shows how it worked.
Andy Hardy (1939) and Ham Radio
Clip is from the classic film titled "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1939). Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) uses a local Ham Operator to send an urgent message to Canada. Andy suggests a message be sent to their mother via ham radio in lieu of sending her a telegram. Andy brings Judge Hardy to the home of 12 year-old ham radio operator James McMann Jr (Gene Reynolds) and he sends a message to Mrs. Hardy. Judge Hardy is so impressed with James' help and his son's ingenuity that he pays the last $8 for Andy's car.

For all the Ham Radio WannaBee's
And for those who'd like to understand what to study to take the test And for those who understand how important it is to keep the airwaves free ALL of us - THE PUBLIC - so that we are able to communicate with each other and really save someone's life in an emergency when All Communication has been destroyed (like in a hurricane) then this is your chance to . . . . Join the fight to keep our airwaves free! Big business wants to buy everything and leave nothing for us.

White space radios provided long distance services to WiFi radios. 802.11AF Long distance WiFi - Imagine. Easily networked hotspots, with omnidirectional antennas that can find fiber, not just the pitiful excuse for broadband your phone or cable monopoly sells. White spaces solved with a geolocation database then only the political problems need to be solved. The radios themselves weren't fancy — just converted AirSpan WiMax gear — and no attempt was made to encode for maximum throughput. That will be the work of a new IEEE committee dubbed 802.11AF, Srivaspaba said. And once the FCC gives the go-ahead, both that committee and the equipment market can go into overdrive. 2010

Internet Society Statement on Egypt's Internet Shutdown

Egypt shut down all internet access in the country.

How did they do it? Gigaom has figured out the basics, but essentially you have to shut down all routers that filter incoming traffic into the country. This will take the country off the grid from the global internet. If that's not enough, shutting down routers at ISPs will insure no one can access the web. That's pretty easy for countries that have complete control over their telecom industries. Egypt seems to have chosen a different method. The government ordered ISPs to stop resolving addresses ending in .eg, Egypt's domain name system, in addition to sealing off outside access. Vodafone, one of the ISPs in Egypt, released this frightening statement: "All mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas. Under Egyptian legislation the authorities have the right to issue such an order and we are obliged to comply with it. The Egyptian authorities will be clarifying the situation in due course." It boils down to this: Unless a government has direct control over ISPs, there is no "kill switch." It takes a government order to individual ISPs under the proper legal authority.

Did US Companies Help Egypt Internet Crackdown?

Free Press, the non-partisan lobbying organization, reports that US companies are involved in providing technology that helps the Egyptian government monitor protestors on the Internet and mobile phones. Free Press issued a statement that claims:
Boeing-owned, California-based company Narus sold Telecom Egypt, the state-run Internet service provider, "real-time traffic intelligence" equipment, more commonly known as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. DPI is content-filtering technology that allows network managers to inspect, track and target content from Internet users and mobile phones as it passes through routers on the Web.
Narus Vice President of Marketing Steve Bannerman said to Wired in 2006: "Anything that comes through (an internet protocol network), we can record. We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on, we can reconstruct their [voice over internet protocol] calls."

Free Press is calling on Congress to take action on DPI.
The harm to democracy and the power to control the Internet are so disturbing that the threshold for the global trafficking in DPI must be set very high. That's why, before DPI becomes more widely used around the world and at home, Congress must establish legitimate standards for preventing the use of such control and surveillance technologies as means to violate human rights.
Congress would be opening a Pandora's Box in terms of looking at the US companies that provide equipment to foreign governments that could be used against protestors. Some of the largest US tech companies are suppliers to governments in China, Iran, Burma and other countries that have been accused of human rights violations.
But where do you draw the line? DPI has many uses, and not all of them are nefarious. It would be near impossible to control the export of network hardware and software based on its possible use by foreign governments. However, a public shaming of US companies might have an impact and it would certainly be faster than waiting for Congress to act. You can support Free Press and its call on Congress to investigate the use and sale of DPI technology by American companies by signing your name here.