How it all began?

How it all began?

By: Carlo Magno Tiausas, 4F1JZZ

Barely a month after DU1ZZZ/Joey, got his amateur radio license from the NTC he thought of forming a new amateur radio group. A new group composed of people, who like him, is new in the amateur world but is full of enthusiasm to continually learn more and explore what ham radio is all about. He knew that ham radio is not merely voice communication on two meter.

On September 1, 1990, he scanned the amateur band and listened to the QSO of two OMs at 144.160 MHZ. After breaking in, he got to QSO with DY1FIL/ Boyet of Sta. Ana and DU1JZZ/Carlo of Makati, both friends of UNARCOM amateurs, a group based in Laguna initially using 144.160 as their calling frequency. Incidentally, the group was then going to hold their first Grand Eyeball the following day and he was invited to join the affair. Joey decided to go to meet his newly found friends on air. Later during that day, he made a landline contact with a friend he met at NTC, DY1GYW/Orly and he learned that Orly was likewise joining the eyeball.

After the affair, Joey thought of sharing his ideas with Boyet, Carlo and Orly. He told them that he wanted to form a new group which will not only teach the members to practice, propagate and preserve the true amateur spirit but also to encourage licensed members who have not been involved in real amateur activity to become actually involved and explore what really lies behind this great hobby. He knew that amateur activity does not start and end with CW and voice communication alone. He wanted to become part of an amateur group that will make a difference.

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Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) and the Amateur Radio Service

Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) and the Amateur Radio Service

By: Alaric Hernaez, DW1KWM

Recently a news from a local newspaper, The Inquirer had caught the attention of the Amateur hobbyists. It said that Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) through its subsidiary Pilipino Telephone Corp. (Piltel) will test a Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) project in Malabon City after August 2009 for two or three months.

The BPL project although can potentially provide cheaper high-speed internet to public and a new cash cow for the country’s biggest power retailer will cause havoc in the Amateur Radio Service as it will cause interference in the HF band.

What is Broadband over Power Lines or BPL?

BPL is a system that is being tested and deployed to provide broadband Internet service via powerlines. Radio energy is coupled onto power lines and is distributed into homes. A device in the home (modem) plugs into a normal wall outlet and typically provides an Ethernet connection to a computer or home network.

BPL is also known in some countries as Power Line Telecom (PLT). It can also be referred to as Broadband Powerline Carrier, or just PLC, although the acronym PLC is more applicable to an older technology that is used for telemetry and control in power systems and is not the same thing. BPL is mainly in testing in the United States and a few foreign countries. A few carriers are actually selling the service to customers. BPL is intended as another residential broadband technology similar to DSL and Cable.

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Principles Of Amateur Radio Net Control

Principles Of Amateur Radio Net Control

Types of Net

Open Net – Stations call each other directly to pass traffic

Directed Net – Stations call only net control directly, go direct only with net control permission

Net Control…

  • must have a commanding signal
  • is in charge of the net
  • activates and assigns resources
  • must keep track of resources
  • assigns tactical calls
  • keeps a good log
  • has a clear speaking voice
  • controls his or her tone of voice
  • has good command of the English language
  • can handle physical and mental stress for long periods
  • can listen and respond in a noisy/chaotic environment
  • has good hearing
  • writes legibly
  • enforces net discipline
  • uses tactical calls
  • uses plain English – no “10” codes or “Q” signals
  • uses standard phonetics
  • performs welfare checks
  • thinks before keying
  • is as concise as possible
  • knows how to operate the radio
  • frequently identifies name and reason for the net
  • transmits only facts, not conjecture
  • takes frequent breaks
  • when transmitting, key up, take a breath, then talk.

The Amateur’s Code

The Amateur’s Code

CONSIDERATE… never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL… offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE… with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY… slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED… radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC… station and skill always ready for service to country and community.