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


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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:

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

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

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SHARC Report 3rd Anniversary; My Favorite Songes About Radio

This month for the third anniversary of the SHARC Report, I present a musical celebration of some of my favorite songs about radio.

KMUDOn This month’s show, which airs on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD also available anytime at on the archive, you heard:

Peter Gabriel- On The Air

Bongwater- Great Radio

Daevid Allen’s Gong- Radio Gnome Invisible

Steely Dan- FM

Peter Gabriel- Signal to Noise

Godley and Creme- Get Well Soon

Next month the SHARC Report will air an update to last year’s show about Circuit Bending

This Month on The SHARC Report, Linda Nellist talks about CERT Training



KMUD Airs Preview of Upcoming Disaster Prep Workshop

On Thursday March 7 at 5pm, KMUD and The Southern Humboldt Amateur Radio Club present The SHARC Report. This month the program features an interview with Linda Nellist, who will lead a CERT training workshop in the Whitethorn area on Friday-Sunday, March 8-10. Linda will talk about the workshop, which involves 23 hours of instruction, covering disaster preparedness, earthquake, tsunami, flood and fire hazards, medical operations and triage, among other topics. The training includes a full disaster simulation drill, and participants will receive a backpack full of safety equipment. Ordinarily the course fee is $150 dollars, but because of generous donations Southern Humboldt residents can take the course at no charge. To sign up for the CERT training workshop, call Judy Warren at 499-0754, Kent Griggsmiller at 986-7416 or Susie Fox at 986-7314. Tune in to The SHARC Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on KMUD.


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This Month on The SHARC Report, New Ham Danon Taylor

This month on The SHARC Report, I’ll talk to Danon Taylor KJ6UPE who recently got his Ham radio license and has been “”lovin’ Ham radio” ever since.

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I’ll ask him why he decided to become a Ham and what he enjoys about the hobby.  Tune in to The SHARC Report today at 5pm pst on KMUD, and tune into The SHARC Report on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm on Redwwod Community Radio KMUD


SHARC Ham License Course Postponed

SHARC Ham License Course Postponed

The Technician-Class Ham radio license prep. course scheduled for Jan. 5 2021 has been rescheduled due to an overwhelming response.  This means you still have time to get the book, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Technician-Class, and to read it before the clas starts.  The class will begin on Feb. 9 and conclude on Feb. 16, and take place at the Garberville Baptist Church.  Call Jack Foster at 707-923-3700 for more information, and to sign up to take the course.

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This Month’s Guest, Gary Welborn, SHARC Club Treasurer

This Month’s Guest, Gary Welborn, SHARC Club Treasurer

This month on the SHARC Report.  I will talk to Gary Welborn, K6JXM.  Gary holds an Extra-Class Ham radio license, and is the SHARC Club’s current Treasurer.  He is also a Deputy OES Coordinator and serves on the board of our local hospital district.  We’ll talk about what he enjoys about Ham radio, his 440MHz repeater, and SHARC Club finances.  The SHARC Report airs on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00pm on KMUD Community radio, Garberville, CA


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For Dec. 2012, The SHARC Report Looks at PG&E’s New Smart Meters

For Dec. 2012, The SHARC Report Looks at PG&E’s New Smart Meters


This old-school electric meter relies on 19th century clockwork technology to meter electricity.  Not exactly “dumb” but by no means “hi-tech”


This is one of the new “smart meters” currently being installed by PG&E in Northern California.  These radio controlled devices provide no useful information to help customers make smart energy decisions, and they needlessly irradiate everything in their vicinity with microwave radiation.

Smart_meter italy

This is an Italian “smart meter”  they do not irradiate anyone, and they have a great feature to help customers make smart energy decisions called “in home metering” with a device like this:


With in home real time energy monitoring, customers can see exactly how much energy they are using at any time, from the comfort of their indoor living space.  This feature is essential if “smart meters” are to help customers make smart energy choices.

Join me on Thursday Dec. 6 at 5pm on KMUD ( for a discussion of this new application for radio technology.

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Why We Enjoy Ham Radio pt 2.

This month on The SHARC Report, we talk to Jerry Wilson, a SHARC club member and OES coordinator for Southern Humboldt County.

The Show airs on KMUD at 5:00pm on the first Thursday of every month.

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