Articles written by: Kim Klimas

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The IARU: What Does it Do and How Does it Help You?

When it comes to influential ham-run organizations, it’s hard to contend with the reach of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The expansive organization, founded in 1925, is comprised of […]

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Ham Radio 101: Cross Cultural Communication Made Easy with Q-Signals

Q-signals are a system of radio shorthand originally derived from old-school telegraphy codes. They date back as far as the advent of wireless radio. Used frequently among hams, Q-signals provide […]

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SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Returns Ham Astronauts to Earth with a Splash!

On May 2, the Crew Dragon spacecraft called Resilience returned to Earth with four ham astronauts aboard in what was the first nighttime splashdown since the Apollo 8 landing in […]

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A Very Happy Birthday to James Clerk Maxwell!

!James Clerk Maxwell was a Scottish physicist born on June 13, 1831. He is best known for formulating the theory of electromagnetic radiation that he published in his Dynamical Theory […]

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ARISS Columbus Radio Station Back On the Air

After being rendered non-operational following a January 27 spacewalk that was conducted to install an HMU-601 cable for the Bartolomeo commercial platform, the ARISS Columbus Radio Station returned to the […]

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Help the NCVEC Create New Question Material for the 2022-2026 Technician’s Exam

Is your brain jam-packed with enthusiast-level Ham know-how that you’ve just been dying to share? Put it to practical use by submitting ideas for new and modified question material for […]

HAM Radio 101

MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System): It’s All in the Name

MARS, or the Military Auxiliary Radio System, is a civilian unit of highly skilled Hams who work alongside the Army and Air Force to assist with Department of Defense communication […]


Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, Snags Signal from Tianwen-1 Probe Orbiting Mars

There’s always that one guy, and on February 10 that guy was amateur operator Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, snagging a hard-to-get signal from China’s Tianwen-1 probe as it orbited Mars. It’s […]

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Plans to Retrieve Titanic’s Marconi Wireless Radio Face Sinking Trajectory

In May of 2020, federal judge Rebecca Beach Smith ruled against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) allowing salvage firm RMS Titanic, Inc. (RMST) the rights to retrieve the […]

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Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS)—“Proudly Serving Those Who Serve”

You may be surprised to learn that MARS doesn’t always necessitate a fiery launch into orbit, conveniently-packaged freeze-dried snacks, or a red planet touchdown. This four-letter planetary reference is also […]