Contest Insanity

After what has been going on tonight I had to write a post about this and vent. We have a contest going on right now. One would think that this wouldn’t be anything to vent over. I’m trying to listen and participate in one of my favorite nets that has been on the air at the same time and frequency every night for over 20 years. Upon inspecting the rest of the band and being unable to find a single empty spot I have decided to unplug for the night. The contest participants have turned 75 meters into a solid band full of QRM. We have stations running full legal limit and are spaced at most 5hz apart across the entire band. They seem to have no respect for anyone else trying to use the band for normal routine things. There should be some courtesy exercised in contest operations not to turn the band into complete garbage. I will not participate in a contest that degrades the quality of amateur radio for everyone. There is absolutely no excuse for this. Thankfully the contest doesn’t go on all that long and things will return to normal soon. I would never operate where I am going to interfere with other stations. Most of the operators out there are of the same mind. All it takes is a few bad apples to ruin it for everyone else. [Vent Mode Off]

73 and I’ll catch you all down the bands somewhere
David
W5MZ

Mobile Friendly

Mobile users please bear with me as I am working on customizations. I know I have a few things broken and looking pretty bad on mobile devices at the moment. I keep thinking I’ve found solutions only to find they make things worse. The simplest things end up being the worst on the back end. I’ll get everything back to “normal” soon.

Solar Indices

I’ve been working on some customizations to the website code. The most noteworthy is the Solar Indices now being displayed in the header. The information will update automatically and be as up to date as what NOAA is putting out. There will be refinement of the look and formatting of this as time permits. As it stands the code is functioning and running on a schedule without manual intervention. There is more information for this and other related topics that can be found from the Links section. Since solar activity effects HF propagation I felt that this would be helpful to the ham operators out there.
73
David
W5MZ

Comment Spam

For those out there that feel it necessary to spam my comments here you are wasting your time. This is the reason that comments are moderated. I won’t censor any legitimate comments as long as they are related to what is being commented on. I don’t put any advertising of any kind on this site and if you think you can spam your advertising here you’ve got another thing coming. If you start turning bots loose I have countermeasures in the ready. I would rather not have to go there to inconvenience legitimate users. I’m the only one that sees that spam and even if it was something I’d otherwise be interested in, they will be selling snow cones on the river styx before I ever dignify your spam with even a glance. So quit wasting your time and mine.

UPDATE:
As a result of the constant stream of unrelated SPAM attempting to infiltrate the comments it is now necessary to register and log in to post comments. It’s free and easy to sign up. The scum that feels it necessary to cram advertising down everyone’s throats are ruining it for everyone. I would prefer to keep comments wide open, but I don’t have time to police spam.

Thanks and 73
David
W5MZ

Even more to come

Now that the current tasks have been completed I can turn my attention back to enhancing the site and adding several new sections that have been suggested. While it is very possible to spend a large amount of money on this hobby it is also possible to get in without having to take out a second mortgage. One of the things I’m going to build is a getting started section to serve as a handy guide for those new to ham radio. Things like echolink and software defined radios offer ways to get on the air without breaking the bank. If you’d like to listen to HF and you don’t even have a receiver go to the http://websdr.org/ and you can listen online right now and get a small taste of what software defined radios can do. Any suggestions for new hams just getting started would be greatly appreciated.

73
David
W5MZ

Radio Broadcast

This Thursday at 7pm central time I will be guesting on the Bob Tuskin Show to discuss amateur radio. This will be a regular monthly spot. This show will be to introduce the public to the hobby and it’s many benefits. We will be taking calls. All you hams out there feel free to call in and share your amateur radio experiences.

73
David
W5MZ

Update

The progress continues. The links section has been added, and I went through and posted the best of the links I could think of. There is a good bit of useful information contained there. I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones. If you have any that should be included that aren’t please drop a comment or an email and I’ll gladly add the links to the page. The section on Amateur Bands has been expanded also. There are still more details to add as time permits. There are a few more sections planned to go online in the next week, so keep checking back.
73
David
W5MZ

Website Progress

The content for the site is really coming together. I want to thank everyone who has contributed ideas for content. Keep the ideas coming.

The forum groups have been created and are ready for use. You will need to sign up to post. It’s free and always will be. It is not necessary to sign in to view any content. The site will always be clean and clear of advertising clutter. This is a non profit venture for the purposes of advancing the hobby.

I will be doing a monthly spot on the Bob Tuskin Radio Show discussing amateur radio on the first Thursday of every month. I’ll post more details on this soon. I will be doing a bit of promotion and publicity work on the site as all of this unfolds. Using the “if you build it they will come” paradigm it is my intent to make this into a popular information resource for the amateur radio experience.

Please send me any information you’d like to see included or any ideas or comments you have on the site. You can post comments with out without signing up. You can also send me email, w5mz at w5mz.com. With your help we will turn this into a top rated site. This is a work in progress and always will be as new things will be added continually. So check back from time to time to see the progress.

73
David
W5MZ

Welcome!

The W5MZ Amateur Radio Site lives! We will try to keep this up to date with information useful to the hobby.  Projects such as antenna building will be a regular as well as upcoming events and contests.

73
W5MZ