There will be over 60 special event stations located on board museum ships across the U.S. on the air on June 4-5, 2011. There will be all kinds of ships on the air including the USS Batfish a WWII sub located in Muskogee, OK. The Broken Arrow club will sponsor the operation from the sub. There are two Ham stations at the War Memorial Museum in Muskogee, WW2SUB, the Batfish and W2OK the USS Oklahoma. Only a part of on of the mast from the USS Oklahoma is on display at the museum. Most of the special event stations will have qsl and certificates available for the contacts made. If you have time listen to the bands and see how many of the museum ships you can contact. Two of the FSAARC club members Levi, wa5wrn and Royce, ke5tc will be operating from one of the stations as they are also members of the Broken Arrow group.
Thanks to everyone who has logged on to the Weather Nets for this busy sever weather season, your contributions have been much appreciated.
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Wayne Johnson, W5OFN, Senior SKYWARN Coordinator
By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
QRZ.Com currently has a very interesting item on fractal antennas (http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=277623). While the idea of applying fractals to the design and construction of antennas has been around for quite some time, very few hams have actually built them, and there are currently no companies building commercial fractal antennas for the ham radio market. The question, of course, is why?
Those that are hyping fractal antennas—most notably W1YW, CEO of Fractal Antenna Systems—claim several advantages. These advantages purportedly include wider bandwidth and smaller size when compared to traditional antennas, such as verticals and dipoles. Those that are trying to debunk these claims contend that this is all just hogwash, and that there's no real scientific basis for these claims.
I know there aren't too many of us, but if you're into a Mac and you want to use it for Ham Radio, here's my 2 cents...
There are a number of good programs out there written specifically for the Mac, but if you have your heart set on some of the excellent PC programs that have become very popular (WriteLog, Ham Radio Deluxe, N1MM Logger, DX Lab Suite etc.) then there's still hope for you!
As some of you may know, you can actually run Windows on your Mac using a Mac Utility called Bootcamp. I've known this for a while, but I finally got around to trying it out... and now I'm wondering what took me so long...