M2 Open House

M2 Open House and Bar-B-Que

Saturday March 31, 2007
Gates open at 7:30 am for swap tables.
Shop opens a 8:00 am for tours.
HAM-Burgers at 11:30 am.

M2 Antenna Systems
4402 N Selland Ave.
Fresno, CA 93722

(559) 432-8873

TAPR Sponsoring Plan for Open Source Hardware

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

By Michael Stutz


February 07, 2007 – Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source — for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

The Open Hardware License (OHL) was written by John Ackermann, a lawyer whose specialty is open source licensing. Ackermann says that one of the primary motivators for developing the OHL was a series of radio hardware projects whose developers asked TAPR for support.

“While I had been interested for quite a while in developing an open source license for hardware, their request for one pushed me into actually doing it,” he says.

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International DX Convention

The 2007 International DX Convention will take place April 27, 28 & 29, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Visalia, California. This is an ARRL sanctioned convention that is sponsored this year by the Northern California DX Club. It is expected to draw visitors from around the World and will feature programs from recent DX-Peditions and contest operations.

The Convention theme this year is, “Elmering New DXers is Job Number One!” Accordingly, a portion of the programming will be devoted to helping new DXers learn about how to be noticed in a pile-up, snag a “new one” and get that elusive QSL card.

Other Convention offerings will include: DX, Top Band and Contest Forums, technical talks, many door prizes, both Friday and Saturday evening “attitude adjustments”, Saturday Barbecue Lunch, Saturday night banquet, Sunday morning “power” breakfast, Vendors Exhibits and QSL card checking.

Current information and registration forms are available on the Convention web page, which can be found at www.dxconvention.org. Additional registration information can be obtained by contacting Convention Registration Chairman, Dick Letrich, W6KM via Email at dlw6km@aol.com.

If you’re interested in DX or DXing, the Visalia International DX Convention is the place to be. We hope to see you there.

The Proper use of “Break”

The Proper Use of Break in Amateur Radio Communications

by Rob Mavis AE6GE

January 30, 2007 -There are many terms used in amateur radio communications that have specific meanings or purposes. The term break has three accepted uses. The Compact Oxford English Dictionary defines the word break, in this application, to mean an interruption or to interrupt. In all uses of the term it means just that, to interrupt an ongoing radio communication.


Break is also used to signify there is higher priority traffic. For example, a conversation is in progress between two or more stations about the current weather conditions at their respective locations and another station needs to report a traffic accident. The station with the accident report should, once a station un-keys, key his transmitter and say, “Break. The other stations should immediately acknowledge the breaking station and allow him/her to pass the urgent traffic.

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Morse Code Is Dead. Long Live Morse Code.

IEEE Spectrum

February 2007 – When we learned this past December that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission had finally decided to drop Morse code as a requirement for all ­amateur radio technician class licenses sometime in early 2007, we felt despondent at first. Another soon-to-be-forgotten treasure was about to be cast away on the island of discarded human accomplishments.

So we contacted longtime IEEE member Paul Rinaldo, chief technology officer of the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio (http://www.arrl.org), to see what he had to say about the matter.

He told us: “Elimination of Morse code testing for access to MF/HF bands is not a death warrant for Morse code in the Amateur Radio Service. No question, it will reduce the number of newcomers who learn Morse at the outset. Some will pick it up along the way to join in contacts with other operators, happily using Morse code for contesting, rag chewing, or very-weak-signal communications such as moonbounce. Morse code is also a skill, and many operators just like to demonstrate their proficiency, build up speed, and be regarded as good operators.

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