Frank Letton Talks Ham Radio as Competitive Sport

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On Thursday, April 3 at 5pm on KMUD, The SHARC Report will feature an interview with Southern Humboldt resident Frank Letton recorded on location at his high-performance Ham radio station perched on a mountaintop near his home in Whale Gulch. Frank competes against Hams all over the world using Morse code and only 5 watts of of transmitter power. Using his well-honed operating skills, top-notch radios and finely tuned, hand-made, high-gain antennas, Frank consistently scores among the very best in the nation in Ham radio contests. Tune in to learn more about Ham radio as a competitive sport this Thursday at 5pm, and listen to The SHARC Report, a program presented by the Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club, on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD.

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Interview with Buck Miner

This month on the SHARC Report, we have part one of a two part interview with long time Ham radio operator, and SoHum native son Buck Miner K6RFE .

smbucksheepIn this month’s show, we’ll talk to Buck about being a Ham radio operator for more than 50 years.  Next month we’ll talk to him about his music career, diving for abalone while blind and life in Southern Humboldt.

buck miner plays guitarTune in  to The SHARC Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD http://www.kmud.org

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SHARC Party

 

SHARC Party

 

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This afternoon, Thursday January 2 at 5:00PM PST on KMUD, Redwood Community Radio, Garberville, CA, you can hear the 46th episode of The SHARC Report; A Show All About Radio for Radio Lovers Like You.

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I recorded this edition of The SHARC Report at the club’s holiday pot-luck get together. I hoped to get a few candid interviews with the jovial ambiance of a party in the background. I think it worked out pretty well, perhaps one of the best episodes to date.

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I really enjoy audio engineering, even more than I enjoy hosting the show. This approach presented certain challenges from an engineering perspective, and I had to conduct the interviews spontaneously while mingling at a party. I’m really pleased that the show came out sounding pretty good.  I hope you enjoy it!

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This Month The SHARC Report Visits the KM6TE Ham Shack

This month on The SHARC report we visit the Ham radio station of local Ham Jack Foster.

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This is a great station, but it’s not Jack’s

He talks about his station, why he enjoys ham radio, and how you can become a Ham too. The SHARC club will offer a free class to help interested people get their first Ham radio license. You can listen to The SHARc Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD, Redwood Community Radio.

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This Month’s Show includes interviews with Legendary Rock Music Soundmen

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This month’s episode of The SHARC Report includes highlights from past shows, including excerpts of interviews with former Grateful Dead soundman Dan Healy, and music innovator Bob Heil, both talking about how Ham Radio influenced their lives and careers.  The show also includes excerpts of interviews with SHARC members Jack Foster KM6TE and Gary Welborn K6JXM.  The SHARC Report airs on the first Thursday of every month on KMUD.  You can listen live, or anytime on the KMUD archive which you can find at http://www.kmud.org

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How Radio Transmitters Work

This week on the SHARC report, How radio transmitters work.

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Numbers Stations

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This month, the SHARC Report presents a Summer Mystery.  We will discuss one of the biggest mysteries in radio, the “numbers stations”  These mysterious stations broadcast long lists of seemingly random numbers.  They began appearing during the Cold War, and some of them continue today.  Many people suspect that they broadcast coded messages intended for spies operating undercover.  We will listen to a few of them, tell you what is known about them, and let you know how to listen to them yourself.  tune into The SHARC Report on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5pm on KMUD Garberville.

KMUDFor more about numbers stations, check out these websites:

The Conet Project

Simon Mason’s numbers station site

HF Underground

Spy Numbers

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Holiday Ham Radio audio Collage

This month for the July 4th Holiday The SHARC Report aired a special star studded audio collage featuring clips from these great videos:

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This Month on The SHARC Report, a Tribute to George “Buck” Miner K6RFE

This month the SHARC Report salutes one of Southern Humboldt’s native sons, George “Buck” Miner K6RFE, known as “Radio’s Fiercest Enemy.smbucksheepGeorge “Buck” Miner, at home on the Miner Family Ranch in Petrolia.

George “Buck” Miner introduces the record he made in Nashville, The CQ Boogie b/w Radio Widow

origin of mattoleGeorge “Buck” Miner’s first book, The Origin of Mattole Through the Eyes of a Salmon traces the history and place names of the Mattole River watershed.

George “Buck Miner singing “Senior Moment Blues”

Listen to The SHARC Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD, and anytime on the web at http://www.kmud.org

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Circuit-Bending, a Fun Way to Learn About Electronics

This month the SHARC Report looks at Circuit-Bending, the art of rewiring battery powered electronic devices to exploit their hidden potential.  I just finished my first album of circuit-bent music titled Um… Uh… Gum Eh?

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Tin Can Luminary is John Hardin (KI6DGX) and Amy Gustin.  Here is the back cover:

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Here’s a couple of samples of the music on it:

I’ll be showing off some of my circuit-bent creations on Friday May 3rd from 5-9pm at the Hemp Connection in Garberville as part of Arts Alive.  Here’s a few of the devices I’ll bring out:

Here’s a few videos to help you make sense of the circuit-bent movement, and to get you started bending yourself:

Here’s Q Reed Ghazala’s piece, Hymn for the Faces of Belmez in it’s entirety:

Below is a good tutorial about how to add a pitch-bend knob to most electronic toys.    This is a very useful and easy modification:

The pitch resistor is usually labeled R1 on the circuit board.  You can also find the pitch resistor by touching it with your finger.  If the pitch of the toy changes when you touch it, you’ve got the right one.

Here’s the link to find the PAIA oscillator kit I described on the show:

http://www.paia.com/bckit1/

Here’s a few circuit-bending links to explore:

http://www.anti-theory.com/

http://www.getlofi.com/

http://casperelectronics.com/

Listen to The SHARC Report on KMUD, Garberville on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm Pacific Time, or on the web, both streaming and archived, at http://www.kmud.org

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