Column: HAM? HAM radio? ham radio? Amateur Radio? amateur radio!

Dan, KB6NU

On the ARRL PR mailing list, we’ve been discussing the proper way to refer to amateur radio. What brought this up was an email from one list subscriber, Richard, WB6NAH, who was (rightfully) proud of the work that his club—the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club—was doing. He noted that they were even featured in the police department’s emergency preparedness brochure:

The brochure refers to “HAM radio” and “HAM radio operators.”

Referring to amateur radio in this way just drives me crazy. “Ham radio” is just a nickname for amateur radio, and “HAM” is certainly not an acronym for anything. I congratulated Richard on getting his club included in the brochure, but noted, “…it’s not HAM radio! It’s either ‘amateur radio’ or ‘ham radio’ (ham is not an acronym). I hate to be nitpicky about this, but as a professional writer, this usage just drives me crazy.”

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Column: Noise floor report does not inspire confidence

Dan, KB6NU

Dan, KB6NU

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Last June, the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee asked licensed and unlicensed users of the electromagnetic spectrum to answer some questions about the noise they were experiencing and whether or not it was affecting their services. Specifically, they asked:

  • Is there a noise floor problem?
  • Where does the problem exist? Spectrally? Spatially? Temporally?
  • Is there quantitative evidence of the overall increase in the total integrated noise floor across various segments of the radio frequency spectrum?
  • How should a noise study be performed?

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Bugging Out: First-Aid Kits

By Jay Leeper, W4TFX

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Jay Leeper, W4TFX

One of the first items to be created for a go kit is a first-aid kit. However, putting one together is a task that needs to meet individual and situational demands. Again, make a list of the items required for the situation, then choose a case that will contain them.

When packing your go kit, the first-aid kit needs to be where it can be reached quickly, without fuss. Side pockets or back pockets, or even a molle bag attached to the pack, will serve in any emergency.

 

The primary concern is personal medications. Along with the medicines, a copy of prescriptions would be appropriate, especially if the meds are narcotic or barbiturate based. Conflict with authorities at the site of an emergency is not pleasant. Neither is having to do without meds due to confiscation. If the need should arise for refills, having prescriptions and contact numbers for doctors are handy things to have!

Over the counter meds, such as Aspirin, need to be labeled and placed in a different style of container, so finding them in the dark wont be difficult. A small light is also handy.

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Former CARC president, John Crockett, W3KH, SK at age 69

From SCHEART.US:

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John Crockett, W3KH

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of John Crockett, W3KH. After a long bout with cancer, John passed peacefully the morning of Oct. 12, surrounded by his beloved family and wife, Karen. John and Karen had their 40th wedding anniversary days before.

Amateur radio and emergency communications had no greater advocate in South Carolina than John Crockett. His tireless devotion to service led to the establishment of the SCHEART network, the SC DMR network and countless other innovations of immeasurable service to the people of South Carolina.

A memorial service for John will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Memorial gifts may be made to Palmetto Health Foundation, designated for Palmetto Health Cancers and mailed to: Palmetto Health Foundation, Wells Fargo Processing Center P.O. Box 602575, Charlotte, NC 28260-2575; or ETV Endowment, 401 East Kennedy St., Suite B-1, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Cards may be sent to his family: 1409 Marina Road, Irmo, SC 29068

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