RSGB Amateur Radio Survey

The Radio Society of Great Britain is inviting all UK radio amateurs to complete an online questionnaire

The survey will be available until the end of 2015, and an anonymous analysis of the data will be published on the RSGB website with a summary in RadCom sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

Take the RSGB Amateur Radio Survey – http://www.rsgb.org/ar-survey

The RSGB President John Gould @G3WKL talks about the survey in this Essex Ham interview –
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/rsgb-survey-2015.html


RSGB Amateur Radio Survey

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

FlexRadio PowerSDR

SmartSDR & PowerSDR Flexradio software

The Software that Launched the SDR Revolution in Ham Radio

FlexRadio Systems PowerSDR™ software provides all DSP and hardware control functions for FlexRadio Systems’ FLEX-1500, FLEX-3000* and FLEX-5000* software defined radios.  While software experimentation is encouraged, no programming experience is ever required to enjoy your software defined radio.  The complete application is provided in compiled form so that you can simply download, install and run it.  Written in a combination of ANSI C and C#, FlexRadio PowerSDR software is easy to learn and modify.  Source code is available to encourage amateur SDR research and experimentation.  The capabilities of the FlexRadio PowerSDR software are limited only by your imagination.

*FLEX-5000 manufacturing discontinued May 2013.
*FLEX-3000 manufacturing discontinued October 2014.


SmartSDR & PowerSDR Flexradio software

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

Prepping UK Dictionary of Survival Words Phrases

AWOL – Absent Without Leave – when a prepper has to Bug Out fast
Bug Out Bag – a bag, normally a rucksack, equipped with your essential supplies to escape and survive for a minimum of 72hrs.see Bug Out Bag Survival Kit
BOB – same as above
Grab and Go Bag – same as above
72 hr Bag – same as above
BOWB – Bug Out Webbed Belt – An additional piece of carry equipment added to the BOB
BOV – Bug Out Vehicle – The vehicle of your choice for any emergency survival situation that requires you to get out when SHTF – see SHTF
BOL – Bug Out Location – Whether it’s on foot with a BOB or by BOV your Bug Out Location is where you would head to – it’s regarded as you safe location
Dooms Day – The term used for final meltdown of society. – see Doomsday Clock
Dooms Day Prepper – Someone who is convinced of imminent pending danger of a certain kind and is prepping for a particular scenario. – see Make Time for Doomsday
EDC – Every Day Carry – this is items that are with you each day in case of a survival emergency
EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse – One of the many Doomsday events that might cause TEOTWAWKI
ESP – Extended Stay Pack – survival equipment that allows more than a 72hr bug out bag
GOOD Bag – Get Out Of Dodge – same as a BOB
GHB – Get Home Bag – emergency survival kit bag to get you home when disaster strikes
Ham – Ham Radio – uses amateur radio bands which cover the earth – may well be the only way of communication for preppers
INCH – I’m Never Coming Home – example is an Inch Bag – designed for emergency evacuation.
KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid – A british army saying, meaning stick to basics and don’t over complicate your survival needs.
LTS – Long Term Survival – this term is self explanatory
MRE – Meal Ready to Eat – Dehydrated food sachets
OFF THE GRID – a term for a survivalist who is surviving without any reliance on ‘normal’ means. Someone who has opted out of society to fend for themselves.
SIS or SIP – Shelter in Situ / Shelter in Place – when bugging out is not possible and you need to stay put
SFWF – Shelter, Fire, Water, Food – survivalist main priority order
SHTF – Shit Hits The Fan – when the emergency situation becomes out of control and law breaks down
SURVIVALIST – a committed prepper who tries to ensure every aspect of their survival to prepared for.
SWOT ANALYSIS – comes from Special Weapons and Tactics [unit] – where a prepper will re-enact a disaster scenario to ensure they are prepared for it.
TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It – the next step up from SHTF
WROL – Without Rule Of Law – meaning the point where where law and order has completely broken down

http://www.ukpreppersguide.co.uk/

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

ARRL logo type_17_6The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA. ARRL is a non-profit organization, and was founded in 6th April 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim of Hartford, Connecticut. The ARRL represents the interests of amateur radio operators before federal regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, supports a number of educational programs and sponsors emergency communications service throughout the country. The ARRL has approximately 154,000 members. In addition to members in the US, the organization claims over 7,000 members in other countries. The ARRL publishes many books and a monthly membership journal called QST. The ARRL held its Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut in July 2014.

The ARRL is the primary representative organization of amateur radio operators to the US government. It performs this function by lobbying the US Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. The ARRL is also the international secretariat of the International Amateur Radio Union, which performs a similar role internationally, advocating for amateur radio interests before the International Telecommunications Union and the World Administrative Radio Conferences.

The organization is governed by a member-elected, volunteer Board of Directors. Each director serves a three-year term and represents the members within their particular region of the country. The national headquarters facilities are located in Newington, Connecticut. Along with the administrative headquarters, the 7-acre (2.8 ha) site is home to amateur radio station W1AW. The ARRL Field Organization carries out local and regional activities across the United States.

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300