From the staff at HamRadioNow:
If you’ve missed them, a bunch of new programs are now online from HamRadioNow:
Episode 174 has retired FCC enforcement guy Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH addressing a North Carolina radio club. The ARRL watched the video and their takeaway is “Enforcement is not dead,” but there’s a lot more. And at the end you’ll get a tour of the W4NC club station.
Episode 175 and 176 are two more from the ARRL & TAPR DCC.
Episode 177 is a Skype talk with a ham from Portland, Oregon, who’s leading their ARES team on a project to build an EmComm trailer. This is a peek at the early stages. They’ve put in a lot of work so far, and there’s a lot of enthusiasm, but they’ve got a long way to go before they key down on the first event.
Episode 178 is pure Jeff (AC4ZO) & Gary rambling on about a bunch of stuff. I call it “Radio Games” because I think if we rebrand “Contesting” to “Radio Games,” maybe we’ll attract some interest from the Video Games crowd of somewhat technically astute young people. That’s just for openers. We end with “Jeff’s Telegraphy Moment: Name That Tune Edition,” and there’s a bunch of other stuff in between. There must be – it runs over 90 minutes!
Episode 179 is another Skype chat with a couple of hams who are involved with the WW1USA special event station commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. They’re on the air several times a year from a museum in Kansas City. Coming up on December 27-28 is the remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce, an unofficial cease-fire on Christmas Day when enemy troops crosses the lines and talked, sang, exchanged gifts and played a bit of soccer… before the brass realized that this wasn’t helping the soldiers see their opponents as subhuman beasts.
And it wouldn’t be the holiday season without watching A Ham’s Night Before Christmas once or twice (the shortest video I’ve ever produced).
If somebody’s bugging you for a suggestion for an inexpensive present, HamShirts.com has HamRadioNow logo t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies (and lots more ham-radio themed apparel). For you, it’s guaranteed unique, and maybe a way to promote the show when friends ask “What’s HamRadioNow?” For us, it’s just a nice way to get the name of the show out there a little more (see Episode 141 for the background on HamShirts.com). No, we don’t get a cut. Tom’s offered, but this is a struggling little business, and he needs all he can get.
We’re not done for December… we’ll have more from the DCC, and I’m hoping to put a brain-trust together for an episode on the year’s activities at the FCC and ARRL… we’ll see.
Poscasting (for those interested…)
I’m trying to teach myself the in’s and out’s of RSS (if you don’t know what that is, you can skip this discussion. I’ll get back to you on it when it’s fully baked).
For a while, iTunes carried HamRadioNow through an agreement with Blip.tv, and through iTunes we appeared on various podcast apps. Blip.tv got bought out by Make Magazine, and dropped most of their “partner” shows, including us, so we lost iTunes and our link to real podcasting (being on YouTube doesn’t count – you can’t download the show there).
To get that back, I need a couple of things. The biggest thing is a place to host the audio and video files that can hold all the content (each show is about a GigaByte of video, or 20 MB of audio) and can stream it out. Time-Warner’s not going to let me do that from home without paying them a ton of money. There are several commercial providers for video podcast streaming, but they are also way too expensive (and no, YouTube won’t do it. YouTube is free, even though I have ads turned OFF [you can thank me now, but they’d just be a pain for you and make me no real money]). I’ve had an offer of free server space from a friend of the show that I’ve been really slow on following up, but maybe that will happen soon.
The second thing is simpler, but it’s been the hold-up – it’s just me understanding the details of setting up the feeds. I’ve been playing with that, and if you’ve got a podcast app (and know how to use it), use the “Find podcast by URL” function and try this URL: http://arvideonews.com/hrn/hrnrss.xml. That should load our picture, and offer you a subscription to our feed, which right now is just a few of the audio versions of the program. Those audio files are on the HamRadioNow web host, and our ISP does not expect to be holding tons of audio and streaming it out, but they haven’t complained yet.
For this little test, you’ve got to enter the URL manually. A podcast search for HamRadioNow in your app will just bring up the old iTunes feed, and that will be empty.
If the hosting works out, I’ll be able to apply to iTunes, Stitcher and a few others to get HamRadioNow on the feeds. That will make it easier for everyone who uses podcast apps to automatically pull new episodes, either audio or video. If the hosting offer doesn’t come together (and anything offered free is always a bit tentative), I can afford commercial hosting of the audio, which is probably good enough. I “watch” most video podcasts in audio-only myself, because I don’t have time to stare at a screen for hours a day, but I do have time to listen. I might even think harder about the audio-audience when producing shows (but I’m not planning on turning HamRadioNow into a radio show).
THANKS to everyone who’s contributed financially and/or by getting the word out about the show. AND for all the comments and suggestions. I can’t do everything everyone wants to see (so I kind of do the stuff that gets my attention and hope you like it, too).
73 and I hope you have a fully adaquate holiday – Gary KN4AQ
There is no special topic, just a review of some of the areas of interest talked about in2014, a look ahead to 2015, and as always, help and advice with your digital questions and issues. Bring your computers and radios and we’ll do our best to get you up and running.
73, Rick K8CAV
Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people, If you are getting this via e-mail, then: Attached is the December 2014 issue of The RADIOGRAM sent directly to your e-mail box for your viewing pleasure! If you’re reading this on the web page: click on the PDF icon or click the NEWSLETTER tab and you can either view it on-line, or right click and ‘save-as’, then put it on your computer to view off-line.
Hope you enjoy this issue -
READ ALL ABOUT IT – PCARS Elections Held – new 2015 Officers take over January 2015 – Update – Center of Hope Holiday Donations – CQ Boogie – OSPOTA Awards – Digital & DX/Contest SIGS – Field Day 2014 Results Posted – Lots of good information. PCARS has a TON of stuff going on and even more in the works – something for everyone!
PLEASE – Be at the December PCARS Meeting/Christmas Party – it will be FUN! Don’t forget the Christmas meeting/party gift exchange.
Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.
From the entire staff at The RADIOGRAM – we wish you the very best Holiday Greetings and hope you have a Wonderful New Year. Be safe – enjoy the holiday season.
Take care & 73,
Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor
The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website (http:www.portcars.org) for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org