Santa to Appear on 3.916 Amateur Radio Nets

We just confirmed that Jolly Ol' St. Nick will be appearing on The Tailgaters & The Freewheelers again this year. And as a result of the 3.916 Hams being extra good this year, Santa's going to be coming on the air SEVERAL NIGHTS before Christmas. Then on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th, Santa will check in from his 75 meter sleigh mobile rig during the Freewheeler's Free-For-All.

Of course, children are welcome to check in to all the Santa Nets via 3rd party rules and regulations.

Here's the schedule for the 3916 Santa Net (All Times are Central):

Tuesday, December 13th: 8:30-9:00 PM
Thursday, December 15th: 8:30-9:00 PM
Monday December 19th: 8:30-9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21st: 8:30-9:00 PM
Friday, December 23rd: 8:30-9:00 PM
Saturday, December 24th: 8:30-930 PM

If you have any questions, please contact Pete Thomson (KE5GGY) at KE5GGY@GMAIL.COM

73 & Merry Christmas to all from the 3916 Tailgaters & Freewheelers!!
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KM5DX ~ East Ship Island Mississippi

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More updates to the QRZ website - By Fred AA7BQ

By now most of you have had a chance to check out the new menu system at the top of our pages. Thanks for all the constructive criticism. Taking your feedback, we have made further adjustments to the presentation.

On the front (home) page, we've reinstated the short article teaser's that we had before, and now include a list of the latest swapmeet items. Several folks asked for these. We also changed the way links are presented to make the front page a bit more responsive.

On the Subscriber front, there is big news. Subscribers having the No-Ads option can not choose alternate content to fill the space that the ads once occupied. We call these 'widgets' and will continue to fine tune them to find the right balance. If you have the No-Ads option, which includes Forum Subscribers, Premium and Platinum subscribers, you can now choose what sort of content that you want. Just go to the My Account page, which is on the main menu under your callsign.

The new feature is called Custom Content Options and it currently permits you to choose either 1) to show Ads as usual, 2) to show the new Extra content, or 3) to show nothing at all.

Right now there are 4 different widgets that appear in various places on the site, including the front page. They are: Current Swapmeet, Hot Callsigns, Hot DX Spots, and Top Webcon calls.

As we move forward, we're looking for suggestions on what other types of widgets you'd like to see and where you'd like to see them. We expect that eventually our Subscribers will be able to choose not only whether or not the widgets will be displayed, but which ones and on which pages.

Please let us know what you think.

A few have commented that they "hate the new format", or that they wish we would "put it back the way it was". We're sorry about that, but it is a given than whenever any popular website changes a look-and-feel item, some users are outraged. That's life. Web sites that never change are known as "cobwebs" for a reason. I also take amusement in noting that over the past 18 years, we've been down this road several times. I can still remember the howls of disappointment when we started using the "old" system, i.e. the one that we just retired. Keep smiling, and keep sending me your suggestions. I'm a programmer by trade and what I do for a living is write software. I can guarantee you that QRZ will always reflect that.

Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ
Publisher, QRZ.COM
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Utah wind storm

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Fox News - Ham Radio Licenses at All-Time High

Fox News reports on the boom in Amateur Radio licenses in the United States.

They say Ham Radio first took the nation by storm nearly a hundred years ago. Last month the FCC logged 700,314 licenses, with nearly 40,000 new ones in the last five years. Compare that with 2005 when only 662,600 people hammed it up and you'll see why the American Radio Relay League -- the authority on all things ham -- is calling it a "golden age."

In the TV report Michelle Macaluso interviews John Pritchett W6JWK and shows an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) competition.

Watch the TV report and read the story Radio Days Are Back: Ham Radio Licenses at an All-Time High
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Mouse with out boarders

If you have more then one computers like I do this is a must have program. I have 3 computers, 6 monitors and now I can use one mouse and one keyboard to control all of them. This has to be the best program I have downloaded in a long time. Mike N8XYM To download this program go to Please let me know how you like it.. ((Thanks K0UPH for the info))
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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email
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Uniden HomePatrol Extreme Things Coming!!

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If you want to see the updated video's of the HomePatrol Extreme go to the bottom of this page. I have moved all the scanner videos and News links there.
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Cool iPad App

Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad. This is a cool app. I use it with HRD and it works great. You can only listen unless you want to do PSK or one of the Digital modes. It work great that way. If any one hears of a app or PC program that work on remote please let me know. Happy 4th!!!
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Field Day June 25 and 26th!!!!!

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar


To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Today there are nearly 700,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide.
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Global Race for the Cure Washington, D.C.

My wife and her five sisters in Washington, D.C.
They look to be having a great time.
(My wife is in the center of this picture in the back.)

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If you have a iPhone, iPad, Win Phone 7, Playbook or and Android check out this cool App.

News360 is a next-generation news
personalization and aggregation service
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D-Star Webinar June 8 at 9pm

On Wednesday, June 8 at 9 PM (EDT), join in for Part 2 -- D-STAR and EmComm. This 90 minute webinar will provide a discussion on how D-STAR technology can benefit Amateur Radio EmComm scenarios. Examples of D-STAR applications to EMCOMM will also be presented, as well as future growth ideas. Click here to sign up for Part 2.
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Cool site to check out

This is a great site. You can listen to 160m, 80m, 40m and 20 meters live. W4ax is running a WebSDR
server. WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the Internet, allowing up to 40 users to listen and tune it simultaneously.  SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.
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Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning

K0UPH Frank sent me this link on Amateur Radio Ballooning. Check out this site. It looks real cool. And if you make a contact please let me know.
                                                             Thanks Frank
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NEW - Added News Feeds

Check out the Amateur Radio News Feeds at the bottom.

I have added feeds from the Yahoo Groups - D-Star Digital , DVDongle, DVAPDongle. All in one place now. Plus a few others.


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