The Radio Boys: On Secret Service Duty

The Radio Boys: On Secret Service Duty, Gerald Breckenridge
In 1922 radio was cool enough to feature in a series of adventure stories.
"Mr. Hampton, a scientific man, enthusiastic over the development of radio telephony long before the radio craze swept the country... was licensed by the government to build a transmission station and use an 1,800-meter wave length for trans-oceanic experiment(s)..."

The Amateur’s Code

The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE….. never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL….. offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE….. with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY….. with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED….. Radio is an advocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC….. with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

Winter Heat 2020: Illinois State Wide Simplex Event

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Winter Heat 2020 is an Illinois state-wide simplex event/contest to commence at 00:01 on January 1, 2020.

This event is the first of its kind as it is conducted for an entire month.

Amateur radio operators will operate on designated 2 Meter, 6 Meter and 70 centimeter amateur radio frequencies and will log contacts with each contact worth a single point.

It is recommended that all radio operators wishing to participate should sign up prior to the start of the event however; participant sign up can be completed at any time throughout the duration of the event.

Distance between radio operators are based off of the zip code of record per the FCC Universal Licensing System. Distance has no effect on the scoring system and is presented for reference information only.


Winter Heat is a month-long 2M/70cm event/contest to increase activity on the short-stick (2 Meter / 70 centimeter / 6 Meter) bands.

  • All contacts shall be via voice using the FM mode.
  • All contacts will be made on the following designated Illinois AUXCOMM Simplex Frequencies:
    • 147.570 - IL2-C
    • 446.700 - ILUHF-C
    • 52.540 - IL6M-X
      • 6 Meters is not represented in the IIFOG.

  • These frequencies are used as not to tie up the traditional calling frequencies

The event will start at 00:01 CDT on January 1, 2020 and will end at 23:59 CDT on January 31, 2020.

Contacts are logged into the over-the-web logging system and are tabulated in real time. Participants wishing to log their contacts will be required to sign up for the event. All contacts can be submitted regardless if the other party is a registered participant or not.

Sponsored by: Central Illinois Radio Active

Foot switches


I've been thinking of trying a foot switch here in the shack. John VE7TI has a nice run down on all our options over on The Communicator Digital Edition.

He recommends a heavy piano style musical instrument sustain pedal like the one above. These petal are not prone to sliding around on the floor and have a solid feel with a distant clicking on/off mechanism. Many of these pedals have a switch to choose from normally open or normally closed. For Amateur Radio use the switch that can be set to normally open (NO) to trigger the PTT when the pedal is depressed otherwise the radio would transmit constantly except when the switch is depressed.