Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast Episode 013 Show Notes

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Opening theme:00:00 Midlife Crisis – Give it all away

Intro: 00:36

Frappr map: 01:01 Hello to KE5JVH, AK5Z, K5ALO, N5ALO, and unidentified listeners around the country and around the world. When you add yourself to the Frappr map, please add your name and callsign, and send a message to Richard.

Feedback: 04:04 Randy, KE5JVH says he has been a ham for almost a year, after being an SWL and CBer, and is building his station. He asks if EchoLink works with Linux. There are EchoLink applicatioins, such as Qtel, that run under Linux. Also, check out Ubuntu and Fedora live CDs to try Linux without installing it.

Donations: 09:54 The podcast is not sponsored by commercials. Funding is out of Richard’s pocket, and from your donations. Please consider donating even a dollar.

Help: 12:23 Richard is looking for a co-host, and anyone that might want to help out with other tasks.

14:20 We have our last installment of Buzzword until Don, W9VE, sends us more installments. If you would like to do an installment of Buzzword, please let me know. All you have to do is pick something in amateur radio you are interested in and talk about it for five or ten minutes. If you are interested in doing an installment of Buzzword, email me at

15:15 Are ham clubs not as friendly as they used to be? What’s your experience?

Hamfests: 18:50 Central States VHF Society 41st conference, July 26-29, 2007, sponsored by the Roadrunners Microwave Group, San Antonio, TX. Visit, or contact Paul, ND2X/5, at
Texas State Convention, Austin Summerfest 2007, Austin ARC and Texas VHF-FM society, Aug 3-4, 2007. Visit, or contact Joe, W5HS, at

Song: 21:20 Deyo – Desert Sun

Buzzword: 21:47 Handy-talky, by Don, W9VE.

Song: 28:51 Deyo – Tall Fiddler

Topic: 29:37 Half-wave dipole antennas. Some statistics say that 19 out of 20 new hams never get on the air. Is it because they don’t have an antenna? A half-wave dipole is inexpensive, easy to build, and quite effective. The formula for calculating the length of a dipole is:
Length (feet) = 468 / frequency (MHz) or,
Length (meters) = 143 / frequency (Mhz)
Here are a few references to help get you started:

You may wish to try a G5RV antenna, which can be used on many bands.

Song: 62:39 Deyo – For the love of god – extended outro

Conclusion: 63:09 Another hamfest: August 25, 2007 Gainesville Hamfest, by Cooke County ARC or contact James, N5ZPU, at
Music on the podcast was from Podsafe Audio

Closing theme: 71:21 David Henderson – We gotta go

Contact Info For Richard KB5JBV:

About the Author

Richard KB5JBV has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He has held positions with the America Radio Relay League including but not limited to Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Kaufman County Texas, Volunteer Examiner and Technical Specialist in the North Texas section.

Richard has also served as RACES assistant radio officer for the city of Mesquite, Tx. and among numerous other duties Including club president for the HAM Association of Mesquite Texas.

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