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two-way radios

can be indispensable in emergencies and other times normal communications tools are not working. For my current amateur radio Technician Class students, I just bought 7 of the make/model I feel gives the best cost/benefit for ham radio operators. The TYT MD-UV390 operates on both the ultra-high-frequencies (UHF) of the FCC’s family radio service (FRS) and general mobile radio service (GMRS), it also transmits and receives on the very high frequencies (VHF) commonly used by hams, public and private agencies for regional communications. Their MD-UV380 is the lower cost version of the same radio without the water-proofing. TYT, also known as Tyterra builds well-reviewed radios in relatively affordable price ranges. The transmitters, receivers, speakers, microphones, displays, controls and antennas all […]

electricity, components & circuits

Chapter 3 in the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Ham Radio License Manual is the most challenging to most students. As I prepare for today’s Ham class, I am assembling tools, tricks, tips and my outline. I figured I might as well share them here. Remember that out of the 35 questions on your written exam, 26 correct answers is a passing score. You can afford to miss nine, or one out of every four and still earn your Technician’s License. You could miss, or even skip over every component and circuit question without failing your exam. Do not get all balled-up in this one chapter. On the other hand, it is cool, and even useful to understand a bit […]

wave behavior

Whether it is a stone tossed into a glassy-smooth pond, sound waves coming out of a trombone or electro-magnetic waves enabling radios to communicate, the wave behaviors are direct relatives to the physicist. One such person built a model to demonstrate wave behavior then his employer, Bell Labs, produced a movie of it. I almost called it a video, but those were not yet invented in 1959 when this was produced. Last year I pounded enough correct answers into my head that I passed my Amateur Extra exam. My motivation was that I really wanted to UNDERSTAND radio much better. I did not clear that hurdle on pure expanded knowledge of radio, but I found several tools that helped. […]

Why Bitterroot Bugle was AWOL

I changed my web hosting plan to save a few bucks. It has been a MAN VS MACHINE struggle to get my websites back up and available ever since. Perhaps old brain VS new technology … or patience VS intracacy … or something like that. Machine slapped me around for several days now. My web host encourages the use of a third-party service to prevent malicious players from flooding my website with bogus requests that would bury it and their servers hosting me. Siteground was wonderful, backing up and moving my stuff intact from one server to the less expensive one. They gave me a couple things to do with clear instructions and I was off and running. BUT […]

final day of registration for ham class is Friday

This a repeat of my previous announcement. There is one more day of online registration for Darby Adult Ed classes. We stand ONE STUDENT SHORT of having enough to make it happen. I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana via the Darby Adult Education program in its Spring 2020 schedule. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 40 or 50 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby library. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. […]

Ham license class begins February 1st

I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana via the Darby Adult Education program in its Spring 2020 schedule. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 40 or 50 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby library. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. Run with your talents. Every person who has come to all of the class sessions and studied two or more hours between sessions passed the FCC Technician License Exam at the end. […]

5G meets intelligent resistance

Scientists and health researchers are organizing against the 5G rollout. Many nations have shut it down altogether for health concerns. Studies continue to find cancer caused by 4G exposure that is even worse with 5G. Those who benefit from rolling out the technology own those who regulate it. Outside the USofA the regulators will not allow wifi remotely close to the ocean of unsafe applications we have here. Even USofA baby monitors constantly assault inhabitants with radiation while European ones by law are only allowed to transmit when the baby makes noise. We all should be aware and beware of the knowledge and research presented by the videos and article below. Note that in this post I am only addressing […]

Darby Adult Ed calendar is up

I have contributed numerous classes to the community, most through the Darby Adult Education program in southwestern Montana. An interesting array of people share their skills and passions with others in this nice little community. This Spring Semester is no exception. We have many nice choices in front of us for new experiences, knowledge, training, friendships and fun. I am bringing my first-level Amateur Radio class back by popular demand. I must be nearing 50 people I have helped earn their FCC Technician or General Class licenses. My guarantee: If you attend every class and study a few hours a week, you will pass the FCC Technician Exam at the end regardless of your technical background or lack thereof. I […]

choosing to be spied upon … or not

I am accustomed to those who would rather not entertain thoughts about Big Brother spying on their every action. Nobody WANTS TO think about their every move being watched, recorded, twisted, perverted and accumulated to be used in their destruction by bad actors. Today I share a news story about people who are SURPRISED TO LEARN that their smart device is recording and re-transmitting their every word. How does that work? Is their denial is so strong the very idea is cast out of their brains every time they are confronted with it? I suppose it is possible to have news sources that never mention those possibliities, but you would also have to avoid thinking. Now who is in denial, […]

household & prepping link collection

I have been saving various bookmarked pages for future reference. Today I share my handy-around-the-house collection with links and brief introductions. I am not promising there is any sense or unity to this collection beyond what is in my title. I want them for reference and thought you might also. – Ted – Easy Camping Meals For Fun and Survival There are so many great meals that you can make while camping while not using a lot of different pots and pans or complicated ingredients. Before we get into specific meals, let’s go over a few campfire meal basics that will make your life easier when out in the bush. Top 10 Best Undersink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems in […]

dummies wearing smart watches

Livestrong.com and Cardiologist Promote Apple Watch Despite Known Cardiac Risks From Electromagnetic Radiation and WiFi   By B.N. Frank Telecom companies have been warning shareholders for many years that they may eventually be held liable for their devices and transmitters.  Insurance companies won’t cover their devices or transmitters because it’s too risky.  Regardless, many health organizations still promote wearable tech as beneficial even though boatloads of research has determined that exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) aka “Electrosmog”  (including WiFi) is biologically harmful.  Symptoms and severity from exposure varies and includes cardiac issues (see 1, 2, 3, 4). A quick search on Livestrong.com indicates they regularly promote wearable tech.  More nonsense was posted recently which includes a recommendation from a […]

tripping Big Brother

I suspect few of us are capable of escaping the All Seeing Eye but that does not mean we should give up and make their job easy. Popular Big Tech is one in the same as Big Brother. I, rather obviously, am not hunkered down in a foxhole waiting my turn to be executed. But I do avoid their blatant abuses of our reasonable expectation to privacy. Say NO! to Googoo, Faceplant, Appoo, Microflab, Windoze, Internet Exploder, Geemail, Outlook, … well, all the big guys. They did not get big by accident. Dirty money MADE them. Say YES to GAB, VOAT, VOAT subset QRV, MINDS, LINUX [Mint], PROTON MAIL, and, for now, I endorse Thunderbird as your e-mail software. […]

California adds insult to injury

I am not going to run down the details of Pacific Gas & Electricity’s rolling blackouts. There is a distinct funny smell to the whole darn thing.  Suffice it for this article that hundreds of thousands of super-green, socialist Californians are having their electricity shut off for days, even weeks at a time… after being convinced to convert to total pollution-elsewhere technology. No charging your smart car in your own garage. Piling on to make this awful situation for California’s middle class, rural and suburban populations worse, the state oaf-fish-als are starting to hamper amateur radio’s ability to provide communications when other modes are unavailable – the ham radio mission for over 100 years. INFOWARS.com posted the following article: California […]

social vs anti-social media

Once upone a time there was a starry-eyed geek employed by the sold-out Silicon-Valley giants. He became so disgusted with what they were doing to us that he bolted and formed a group designed as the antidote. Of course the Silicon Giants pulled out all the stops to shut them down. The battle between David and Goliath has been, and continues to be epic. That scrappy little sucker is hanging in there.. and more. Gab.com is the new kid in town, completely opposite of the old. Turns out there are a growing number of us walking away from those who sell our private information for fun and profit and into the embrace of one who not only respects our privacy, […]