Kevin Sanders

Category / Amateur Radio & Scanning

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad declares June 23-29 as Amateur Radio Week in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has declared June 23-29, 2014 as Amateur Radio Week in Iowa to celebrate the efforts of radio amateurs across the state and around the nation. (Proclamation text included at end of release.) Amateur radio stations can make contact with other stations around the country and around the world, completely wirelessly, without …

Sending photos and messages over D-STAR with Bluetooth, the Icom ID-5100, and RS-MS1A

From left to right: Using the RS-MS1A Android app to send a 320x240px photo at "high" quality; sending a smaller 160x120px photo at "high" quality; and the received image of the image being sent at center.

I finally got enough of the components to reconfigure my mobile radio setup (more to come on that when it’s finished). I installed the new Icom ID-5100 with the optional UT-133 Bluetooth board. This allows me to connect my Android phone or tablet to the radio wirelessly and use Icom’s RS-MS1A Android app. The app’s …

K0KDS does Dayton: Hamvention 2014 recap

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I’ll be completely honest. I’m not one that particularly enjoys hamfests. I don’t need to buy anything, especially any used, over-priced, and out-dated equipment, and I don’t like getting up early. I make it to approximately one hamfest per year. Maybe my work schedule has something to do with that, but not really. Ever since …

Des Moines Sunday Register: Volunteer storm spotters ‘critical in severe weather’

Des Moines Sunday Register: Right now, Iowa weather seems content to make residents miserable by dishing out another barrage of freezing cold and snow. But soon, the environment will dramatically change its harassment tactics. The snow will melt, and the air will warm. But with this seemingly wonderful gift comes the dark side of spring: …

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