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1610, 2018

FT8 – Tipping Point for Ham Radio?

This is a view from NASA of the sun today, October 9, 2018, and I am making 10m DX contacts one after another.  Zero sunspots but working DX on FT8!  Is FT8 creating a “tipping point” for amateur radio at the very bottom of the solar cycle? Several years ago I was captivated by a book written by Malcolm Gladwell called, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.  Merriam-Webster defines tipping point as, “the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.”  In his book, Gladwell describes how, “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”  He shows us how the phenomenon applies to everything from flu epidemics to [...]

2208, 2018

The Dream Frequency

It was before we got all that we have, that it was the hardest to believe our dreams would come true. Now, it seems like it wasn’t meant to be any other way. But still, we can’t forget about what we held close that made us feel so inspired to begin with. For some, it might have been a bike, a ball, or maybe even a game of some sort. For others, dreams came in the form of radio waves that traveled across space and time. Ham Radios have been around for decades, and for decades they’ve been doing everything from saving lives during emergency situations to creating competition in the field of radiosport. But for some, ham radio equipment was a gateway into a mysterious and unknown world that we no longer look at with curiosity. What happened? We’ve [...]

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