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K9YA Telegraph

Each month I enjoy reading the on-line pdf K9YA Telegraph.

While not full of timely news – this not anothe “Newsline” – it is full of numerous historic and human interest amateur radio of the most wholesome types!

K9YA Telegraph

The Good News About Amateur Radio

It’s Free, It’s Fun, It’s All About Ham Radio

The K9YA Telegraph is a free, monthly, general interest amateur radio publication read by hams in more than 100 countries.

The K9YA Telegraph contains the stories and features most wanted by our subscribers because it is written by our subscribers. An e-Zine, it is delivered monthly as a full-color PDF file.

If you’re in the mood for Morse, hankering for history, gluttonous for gear, ravished for a review, needing nostalgia, or just plain famished for fun, you’ll find it in the K9YA Telegraph.

Link URL: K9YA Telegraph.

Hope you enjoy the K9YA Telehraph too!



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Random Comments Good Books, Good Focus and Good Vibrations

Another mix & match batch of ideas. Perhaps these come from having many things afloat & in my attention at the moment.

On the Good Books side of things, I do continue to post most of my reading at GoodReads – LINK URL http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2272032 It must be a personal admission that I “consume books” finding them the most cost & time effective way to gain knowledge, travel vicariously, and share the artistry of the Novelist & Poet.

I’ve been privileged to recently read several books penned by authors who I either know from school, know through shared family & friendships, or I’ve met through Amateur Radio. Recently I was in a high end steakhouse the other side of the country from home, out for a business event, when a song a friend had produced when the original team didn’t come through came on, reminding me of how in this big big world we do all somehow interconnect. Seeing & hearing friends’ works succeed is awesome!

As my home state goes from positive national media from the Super Bowl and hometown features in Forbes & USA Today, while traveling this week Wisconsin went to International Media Attention with the Budget Protests at the State Capitol. While my neighbors are panicked that this casts Wisconsin in a bad light, and see out right eager to put all the blame on partisan politics, the truth is this is the healthiest thing that could happen – Hard Issues are being worked out in the public spotlight. The present state administration is weeks old, obviously inheriting the deficit, and to their credit they are putting it to the people in a big way. Tensions are running high, but the level of engagement of the common man – the man on the street – in the issues offers hope, a welcome contrast to the apathy & smoke-filled rooms deals that created the problem. Well that the people take ownership in the process!

Amateur Radio has had to take a backseat during my last rounds of travel. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been briefly to Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, and quite a number of Wisconsin cities. As I travel I have found that a few Amateur Radio web-presences stand out – the free magazine at World Radio LINK URL http://www.worldradiomagazine.com/ and lovely newsletter the “K9YA Telegraph” LINK URL http://www.k9ya.org stand out. I still listen to This Week In Amateur Radio International (TWIARi) though they have been updating podcasts infrequently LINK URL http://www.twiar.org/international.html

On other Podcasts I’ve recently whittled down those I download to a very small selection – I find it takes too long to listen compared to reading the same material. Several high quality content podcasts are so ponderous that the only reason I stay subscribed it to get a reminder to check for show notes.

Musically my desk when working after hours typically is streaming Classics & Jazz from one of several French Internet radio stations, as I admire their choices in music and perhaps am less bothered when spoken word interrupts having somehow perfected an ability to ignore spoken word when it isn’t English.

I’ve been very impressed with some Amateur Radio internet happenings – a friend seems to have remoting his Flex-5000 to a fine art currently on an Apple iPad. I do need to meet up with him and learnwhat I can on this great effort. The new Release Candidate of PowerSDR looks promising, as does the intensive Macro features that can be added in. A lot to look at and play with!

I did miss the TJ9PF DXpedition through travel. A couple times a year there are really neat DX events that I miss – guess that will help keep the hobby a long-term one for me!

Anyone in 9-land interested in helping get a W9 Summits On The Air (SOTA) group started? I have the groundwork done, but reality is that I cannot take the role of being the ongoing W9 SOTA contact. With my work & personal schedule people would have to wait too long for a reply. If you are interested I am good at “k9zw at arrl dot net” to start our discussion.

More once I get my desk dug out from travels!



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Good Reads & Good Listens – Suggestions for Keeping Up with Amateur Radio – Gratis Offerings

Just few of the very many good (no cost) Reads & Listens for keeping up with Amateur Radio.  (There are many more – feel free to add your favorites by posting a comment to this post).


K9YA Telegraph eNewsletter – http://www.k9ya.org/k9ya_telegraph1.htm

The K9YA Telegraph is wonderful pdf based monthly newsletter that as a (free) subscriber you receive a download link & instructions each month.  I alwasy find something interesting in this one!

ARRL Rate Sheet eMail Newsletter – http://www.arrl.org/contests/rate-sheet/

Ward Silver N0AX Edits this fantastic bi-weekly emailed newsletter. Targetted for both “active and casual contesters” the Rate Sheet has enough high quality content to make it a newsletter most amateurs would enjoy reading.  You can download copies from the ARRL website or subscribe. 


KE9V Long Delayed Echos (LDE) – http://ke9v.net/

I’ve long been a fan of LDE enjoying the way Jeff KE9V makes Amateur Radio come alive.  For 2008 Jeff KE9V is significantly revamping his podcast offering, adding audio books and videos.  He’s mentioned a May target date for some of the newest of his projects to appear.  Watch his site for news!

TWIAR (This Week in Amateur Radio) – http://twiar.org/

Another long time K9ZW favorite listen, TWIAR is a tremendous “all around” podcast available in various flavors (International & Domestic versions that can be rebroadcast and ones with music that by FCC rules cannot be played on amateur bands).  Numerous ways to subscribe or download the weekly show.  Well worth the effort!

Handiham Podcast – http://handiham.org/

You usually will find a slice of this Podcast included in TWAIR, and if you like what you hear you can subscribe to the full Handiham Podcast from a link off the Handiham main webpage.  Though targeted to Handicapped Radio Amateurs and those who Elmer them, the podcasts are really well done and have something for everyone!

ARRL Audio Newsletter – http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/

This excellent audio newsletter has a huge number of options – you can download it, subscribe as a podcast, listen to the current issue over the telephone or get the written text version!  Always something interesting in this one!

I’ve only touched on the first handful that come to mind – the Amateur Radio community is full of creative people who really do effectively communicate!!  (Figures, right!!??!)

In a week or so I’ll touch on my favorite Paid Subscription “Reads & Listens.”  Please add your favorite free suggestions by adding a comment!



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