ICQ Podcast Episode 386 – Tips from the Shack

In this episode, we join Martin M1MRB, Frank Howell (K4FMH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL) and Bill Barnes (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode's feature Tips from the Shack.

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- Amateur Radio Helps Disabled Sailboat to Port

- Radio Amateurs are not Afraid of a Blackout

- The Largest Commercial Communications Array ever has just Launched

- 104-year-old Radio Ham is on the Air

- First 40 MHz SSB contact between UK and South Africa

- 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting

- Videos from Digital Communications Conference 2022

- Latest Version of RSGB EMF Calculator

Colin Butler, M6BOY, is the host of the ICQ Podcast, a weekly radio show about Amateur Radio. Contact him at [email protected].

Hurricane Fiona is on her way!


A few years ago when we moved to the Maritimes within our first weeks we were greeted by Hurricane Dorian. It was, to say the least, an adventure and left us asking "why the heck did we move down here". Since moving down here we have learned about and experienced Nor'easters and hurricanes.

 Today I am taking down the Hustler 4BTV and my Endfed wire antenna. Anything that can be blown around has been stored away and our generator is filled, tested and ready to go. The generator with a remote start and is connected to a transfer circuit breaker panel. It feeds our fridge, heat pump, living room, bedroom and radio room. 

This hurricane adventure is supposed to start this evening (Friday) and last until Sunday morning.

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

Visiting Again with the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society

Have you ever been invited to visit with a group of radio amateurs and just felt like you’d dropped in at home? I’ve had the pleasure of that a few times. One of those groups is the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society in England. Their Chairperson is Nick Bradley G4IWO. He’s invited me to natter about with the DDARS several times over the past couple of years. Last week, I spoke to them about my RadCom articles with Dr. Scott McIntosh that appeared this summer.

The talk is now on their Youtube Channel below. I hope they get back soon to meeting in Pie Hall, where they are served pie and peas. After all, Denby Dale is the home of the world’s largest meat pie! If the pie is as welcoming as the group that typically meets there, it’s very good indeed!

Frank K4FMH on Radical Alternatives to Sunspot Prediction

Frank Howell, K4FMH, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Mississippi, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

Summer Radio Project Completed

My summer radio project, motivated by a magazine article published in 1936, has now been completed and fully described on my main website. Hopefully we can soon exchange Cycle 25 signals with it on the higher bands:


Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

AmateurLogic 173: Space Age Hamfest

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 173 is now available for download.

Huntsville Hamfest was back full strength this year and we visited with lots of friends. Here’s our wrap up of the 2022 Huntsville Hamfest.
Also, AmateurLogic.TV celebrates 17 years October 15, 2022. We’ve teamed up with Icom America and MFJ again for another great anniversary contest. Prizes include an Icom IC-705 transceiver, MFJ 8-band compact HF Antenna and Power Supply. Get all the details on how you can register to win.


George Thomas, W5JDX, is co-host of AmateurLogic.TV, an original amateur radio video program hosted by George Thomas (W5JDX), Tommy Martin (N5ZNO), Peter Berrett (VK3PB), and Emile Diodene (KE5QKR). Contact him at [email protected].

Amateur Radio Weekly – Issue 255

Amateur Radio Weekly

A four-year program to tackle a fundamental antenna challenge
IARPA hopes to break past an 80-year-old limit on making small radio antennas more effective
IEEE Spectrum

Ham Radio transponder on the Moon
Japan Ham Radio club to implement beacon with ULS launch.
JAXA Ham Radio Club

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo this weekend
A fully interactive exhibit hall, exhibitor booths, and Amateur Radio presentations.
QSO Today

How the BBC (still) sends audio to transmitter sites
The BBCs national UK FM transmitter chain.
Hack A Day

An inside look into FlightAwares software defined radio
The hardware and software architecture of the software defined radio that powers the FlightAware ADS-B receivers.

ARRL reports significant decline in investment portfolio
ARRL taps fund to cover operations.
CQ Newsroom

One Hams ARRL VHF Contest results
Its been fun to make more contacts on 2 meters. I hope to add more grids during the upcoming meteor showers.

Rare Ham Radio exam session to be held in Beijing
For many, up to a 1,500 km journey is required. There is no other choice.

Conventional vs. inverter generators
How long one can expect a generator to last is highly speculative.
Off Grid Ham

A Brief Survey of Technological Innovation in Amateur Radio
Ham Radio – thats still around?


Trombone capacitors and how to expand aluminum cans
Trombone capacitors and how to expand aluminum cans for a magnetic loop antenna design.
North Carolina Prepper

Iowa creek water: WIll it QSO?
Will creek water QSO? Theres only on way to find out.


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LHS Episode #481: The Weekender XCVI

It's time once again for The Weekender. This is our departure into the world of hedonism, random topic excursions, whimsy and (hopefully) knowledge. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we're doing. We'd love to hear from you.

73 de The LHS Crew

Russ Woodman, K5TUX, co-hosts the Linux in the Ham Shack podcast which is available for download in both MP3 and OGG audio format. Contact him at [email protected].

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