I hope each of you is doing well and finding time to get on the air and operate. Contest season at our house is going to get into higher gear toward the end of the month. We will have a full house for the weekend of the CQ WW WPX CW contest.
For those of you who are going to the Dayton Hamfest, I hope you have a great time. That hamfest is on my “bucket list” and will, perhaps, be a reality next year.
Take some time to look through the information for May. Also, be sure to log onto the ARRL website to see the many Special Events that are scheduled for May.
An experimental National Weather Service warning enhancement will be used across much of the central U.S. this thunderstorm season (beginning April 1). This is an expansion of a smaller NWS experiment that began in Kansas and Missouri in 2012.
The Impact Based Warning (IBW) experimental product is an effort to better communicate severe weather threats within National Weather Service warnings. While the basic function of Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado warnings will remain the same, additional enhanced information will be provided within the warning to provide additional expected "impact" information.
Join our worldwide daily EchoLink net and a technical discussion net (Handiham Tech Net) on Thursday with a roundtable session on Sundays and an open forum Wednesday evening session that sometimes includes a trivia question. All licensed operators are welcome. The net is controlled but informal, and there is no need to be a Handiham member to participate. Sometimes the net control station will throw out a discussion topic to liven things up! Listen in a few times if you are shy, and then take the plunge and throw out your callsign.
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Are you wondering what ham radio (Amateur Radio) is all about? The ARRL website has plenty of good resources for you, including some videos. If you have a disability, come back here to handiham.org to learn how the Courage Kenny Handiham Program can help you get your license.