Department of Defense Message Prompts Listeners to Take WWV/WWVH Survey


Through Saturday, August 24, WWV and WWVH will transmit a US Department of Defense (DOD) message in conjunction with the COMEX 19-3 interoperability exercise in Tennessee. The broadcast also urges listeners to complete a surveyon WWV/WWVH listenership and listening habits. The messages are broadcast on WWV at 10 minutes past the hour and on WWVH at 50 minutes past the hour. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 MHz.

Following a proof of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH broadcast time slot full time, all year.

Concern arose in 2018 after WWV and WWVH were included on a list of proposed cuts in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for NIST.

Department of Defense Message Prompts Listeners to Take WWV/WWVH Survey.

Excerpt from the ARRL.

W2IXY Back of the Mike February 09 1941

Dorothy Hall - W2IXY

In a dramatic recreation, Dorothy Hall, W2IXY tells of the exciting QSO with an Amateur Radio operator in Mexico. Dorothy had the sad duty of informing the Mexican people of the death of a heroic aviator.

The recording is from a radio show titled: Back of the Mike, first broadcast on February 9, 1941

Dorothy was the second district chairman of Young Ladies Radio League. She was a long time NYFD fire dispatcher and staff instructor.

Dorothy assisted in dispatching and training for the NYFD. In the 1951 call book she still resided at in Springfield, L.I., New York, the place was called Springfield Gardens. The old home had a dorm in the upper floors and they could accommodate several visitors at a time, they usually had friends and station visitors staying over with them.

Tribute to Dorothy Hall:
Behind the Mike episodes:

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Orson Wells and Dorothy Hall, W2IXY

Orson Wells and Dorothy Hall, W2IXY

In 1938 the residents of Pitcairn Island faced an epidemic. Amateur radio operators sounded the alarm and mobilized the world to save the descendants of Fletcher Christian’s mutiny from almost certain starvation.

On January 13, 1939, Orson Wells produced “Mutiny on the Bounty,” sponsored by Campbell’s Soup. The story of Captain Bligh and the men of "The Bounty" during a visit to Tahiti. At the end of the program, Orson Welles read an eloquent tribute ham radio operators. His guest was Dorothy Hall, W2IXY, a ham radio operator, and FDNY Dispatcher who helped the residents of Pitcairn Island during an epidemic. Original air date, January 13, 1939

More on Dorothy Hall at:

The full recording of Mutiny on the Bounty is available online:…1939-01-13

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90th anniversary of the Egyptian Radio Club

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Egyptian Radio Club, in Granite City, Illinois. Founded in 1929, we are the third oldest club in the USA. The ERC will be on the following frequencies, 14.245, 7.035, & 3.535 on these dates and times; Sept 7th, 14th , 21st & 28th from 1400Z to 0200Z (9am to 9pm CDST). You can request a certificate commemorating your contact with our station, W9AIU, by mailing the following;


c/o Bob Evans

PO Box 13

St. Jacob IL 62281



c/o Egyptian Radio Club

PO Box 562

Granite City IL 62040-0562

or request an electronic copy to print at;


Please join us on the air at the above dates and times to help us celebrate the 90th anniversary of our club. Be sure to request the certificate!!!

Introduction to Auxcomm 2019


Instructors: Jim Pitchford N9LQF and Bob Evans AA9FQ
ICS Courses 100 and 700 are STRONGLY encouraged as prerequisites for the Introduction to Auxcomm course
Courses are free and available online at:

For the Train the Trainer you must of successfully completed the full 20 hour Auxcomm course and be willing to teach a section of the Intro course along with two other instructors.

Courses are free and available online at:
To Register Contact Bob Evans AA9FQ@ARRL.NET

The following information is required:
Which course date and location you want to register for.
Amateur radio license class callsign expiration
Name address cell phone number email
Class type Intro or Train the Trainer
If you have completed the ICS 100 and 700 we need to know what dates you completed those.
Served Agency affiliation if any
ARES County membership group if any
for the TTT what was the date you completed the full 20 hour Auxcomm course

Walmart Parking Lots on the Air 2019


The 2nd Annual WMPLOTA will take place starting July 6, 2019 at 00:00 UTC and ending July 7 at 23:59 UTC. This year also happens to be the 50th Anniversary of AMSAT!

Put this on your calendar, set your alarm clock, charge your radios! The first weekend in July was chosen for WMPLOTA, putting it forevevermore in temporal proximity to July 2, the birthday of Walmart when Sam Walton opened the first store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962.

WMPLOTA website

13 Colonies Special Event 2019


2019 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern)
(July 1, 2019-1300 UTC to July 8, 2019-0400 UTC)

Spotting: If you work a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it for others.
We suggest DX Summit.The 13 Colonies Special Event is a not for profit event. All donations are used to fund the next years event, and to defray any expenses occurred. All donations are used for operating costs, supplies, equipment, and 13 Colony Group initiatives. Donation is voluntary. If you have difficulty with a donation, tell us on your log sheet, and we will send you the certificate earned-No Questions Asked!.

13 Colonies Web Site



Let’s celebrate the antenna!

Mark your calendars and join us beginning at 00:00 UTC on Friday through 23:59 UTC on Sunday for the first annual 100 Watts and a Wire: Antenna Tune Up!

Any band • Any Mode • Any Time

This is a great opportunity to teach people about 100 Watts and a Wire and our community. 


Call Sign • True Signal Report • State (Province or DX Country) • Kind of Antenna • Height • Power •

Please Note: Our activities are not contests.  

Participating stations can submit their totals below to be entered into the random drawing. Submissions are accepted for one week after the activity ends only. Entries after this date will not qualify.

Prizes from LDG • Chameleon Antenna • PowerFilm Solar • Bioenno Power • CQ Magazine

Get on the air and have fun!

(If you only listen to one amateur radio podcast - this is the one to choose.  Get your 100 Watts and a Wire ID. I'm # 3355 - K9AI)

No trespassing on Madison County Levees


EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY all levees in Madison County are closed to UNAUTHORIZED persons. Local Law Enforcement, Sheriff’s Office and National Guard will be patrolling and monitoring the levee system. If you are not authorized to be on the levee you will be asked to leave. The safety of our residents and the integrity of our levees is of utmost importance. Thank you for understanding and please share!