The RAIN Report Archive

The RAIN Report for 09-24-2016

Matt Hickman/AF5FM is trustee of reportedly the first solar-powered UHF Mississippi repeater, located in the northern rural town of Pontotoc. Kent Peterson/KC0DGY, one of the voices of both RAIN and the Amateur Radio Newsline, spoke with Matt this past summer. [2016 12M] If your repeater is exclusively solar powered, we'd like to hear from you. Our email address is hap@therainreport.com. Keep on hamming!

The RAIN Report for 09-17-2016

National Parks on the Air has turned into a phenomenally popular year-long event. We're going to learn some of the nuts and bolts about N-P-O-T-A after we learn a few basics about county hunting itself from Grant, Michigan county hunter Randy Hatt/AA8R, who has been chasing counties for more than 40 years. The second speaker is Plano, TX ham Bob Voss/N4CD, an inveterate county hunter and National Parks on the Air enthusiast, who has confirmed at least one contact in all 3,077 U.S. counties (including those in Hawaii and Alaska) and has done so TWICE! Bob and Randy spoke during the County Hunters forum at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. [2016 16M]

The RAIN Report for 09-10-2016

This week we bring you an interview RAIN Founder Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, conducted in the summer of 1987, almost three years before the RAIN acronym, Radio Amateur Information Network was coined. It's a look back at the early years of the NCDXF IARU International Beacon Project with Al Lotze/W6RQ a solar observer for decades and considered by some for years the heart of the Northern California DX Foundation until his passing in 2000. As a postscript to this 1987 RP Report there are now 18 IARU International beacons that transmit sequentially on five HF bands: 14.1, 18.1, 21.150, 24.930 and 28.200 MHz. For a current list of the transmitting schedules and locations of these beacons, go to www.ncdxf.com. (1987 19M)

The RAIN Report for 09-02-2016

How many ham radio cartoonists do you read? Jeff Murray/K1NSS IS one. Eric Guth/4U1UG recently featured Jeff on his QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast interview. This week we bring you an excerpt from that conversation. [2016 18M] You'll find Jeff's creative work on www.dashtoons.com. You can listen to Eric's complete interview with Jeff on www.qsotoday.com, Episode 99. (Excerpted with permission)

The RAIN Report for 08-27-2016

The RAIN Report for 08-20-2016

So often it seems one hears about ham radio attorneys going up against big city politics. But what about dealing with rural municipalities? Illinois attorney Kevin Kaufhold/W9GKA knows. This is a revealing look at zoning board politics Kevin dealt with in a rural county, defending Mark Theobolt (no call given), who is one of the only hams in his southern Illinois county. Kevin's talk was given during the Amateur Radio and the Law forum at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. (2016 13M)

The RAIN Report for 08-13-2016

Today we turn the tables and talk to Hap Holly/KC9RP about the status of the rain report, his near disastrous hard drive crash earlier this summer, and where he thinks the rain report needs to go from here in light of that crash. Incidentally we want your input too. We spoke with hap via Skype. Hap has been bringing us the rain report for over a quarter century; most of those have come from the Dayton Hamvention where hap has very diligently recorded the forums each year. (2016 16M) As a postscript to this interview, Tom Nelson (Byte me Computers) who has assembled all of the Windows machines Hap has had since 2000, made a 2nd attempt to offload the 52 GB of Hamvention files and early RAIN archives from the hard drive that crashed July 1. Amazingly, he succeeded and it didn't cost Hap $1,000.00! as he had thought it might! So Hap's use of Ham mention forum audio between now and next May is intact. Nevertheless, he still would like feedback and program audio recorded from a local forum or club meeting. Please make your file attachments MP3 and under 10 MB.

The RAIN Report for 08-06-2016

If you were an avid VHF contester in the 1990s and early 2000s, you'll probably recognize the name Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, an inveterate VHF contester who, for a time, authored the QST magazine column, "The World Above 50 Mhz". Reading from a 2012 obit ab out Gene from the Washington Post: EUGENE M. ZIMMERMAN "Gene" (Age 71) Passed away June 3, 2012. He was born June 27, 1940 in New Haven, CT. A graduate of Yale University, he earned his PHD in microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1968. He worked at National Institue of Health (NIH) for 35 years starting in cancer research, moving to grants administration and then lastly to allergy and immunology study. His passion was ham radio, first licensed in 1956. He was a life time member of the American Radio Relay League, very involved with contests and wrote the popular QST column "The World Above 50 MHz". RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently unearthed an interview he conducted with Gene at the digital communications conference in Chicago just a couple years prior to Gene's passing. (17M)

The RAIN Report for 07-24-2016

May 14, 2016 is a day that will be long-remembered by the U.S. Amateur Radio Service, especially those involved with Satern, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network. On that fateful day SATERN Founder, Major Patrick McPherson/WW9E rather suddenly became a silent key at age 70. Maj McPherson was literally hours away from being presented with The Salvation Army Certificate in Recognition of Exceptional Service -- a national-level award. That award was presented posthumously to Major Pat during the SATERN forum at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention less than a week later. This week we bring you a handful of excerpts from that forum. Voices will include Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary; Major Rick Sharon, SATERN Director for Canada; Mike Corey/KI1U, Emergency Preparedness Manager for the ARRL; and there are two additional speakers t hat weren't introduced. Maybe you'll recognize them. (2016 19M) Chicago SATERN will greatly miss Maj. Pat.

The RAIN Report for 07-15-2016

Does the name Brian Tanner ring a bell with you? Probably not. Borrowing from his Linkdom write-up, Brian Tanner is President/Chairman of Spaceport Indiana. A Civilian Astronaut, Brian has been involved in the commercial space program from the early days. He served on the first Spaceports Council under the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and built the Spaceport Indiana program. He developed the Spaceport outreach program for education which now serves two states and has become the largest STEM provider in Indiana. He has created many platforms to serve national interest regarding post disaster assessment, communications links for military environments using HALO technologies, and launch systems to name a few. Brian is considered one of the foremost leaders in technology transition to education within Indiana and has developed a number of award winning programs. He was awarded the MIRA Award in 2011 for his contributions to technology in education. A NASA Top Star Award winner and over 50 other awards to date. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the U.S. Navy, and frequent keynote speaker on commercial space topics as well as education. The Spaceport Indiana Inc. focuses on so-called STEM programs, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. So what was Brian Tanner talking about during the 2016 Hamvention Baloonsat forum? Spaceport Indiana and its Student STEM Projects, of course!

The RAIN Report for 06-24-2016

Are you involved with a VHF or UHF net that meets the same time the same day every week and has the same predictable format of check-ins, hamfest calendar and (if you're still awake) maybe some club news? What about ham radio programming, i.e. these RAIN Reports or the Amateur Radio Newsline? This is a challenge to make VHF&UHF informational nets more interesting. We're going to assume a few of you are sick and REAL tired of the same sh'tuff every net night. OK, so you want to run some AUDIO HAM RADIO CONTENT. "Simple" you say? Just hold your handheld microphone up to your computer speaker while you play back 10 or 15 minutes-of unintelligible audio, hoping your rig doesn't puke in the process. If you're going to provide a service to your net listeners, then DO IT RIGHT! One guy who does is Mark Klocksin/WA9IVH, Net Director for Chicago's North Shore Radio Club (NS9RC) 440 repeater. Hap Holly/KC9RP skyped Mark for some of those do's and don'ts. (2016 20M)

The RAIN Report for 06-18-2016

If you research the topic of 'podcasts', you'll find literally thousands of them, many involving Amateur Radio like these RAIN Reports. One podcaster who interviews one guest each week for at least an hour is Eric Guth/4Z1UG, an American transplant living now in Efrat, Israel. As is often the case in maintaining a podcast, QSO Today has embarked on a subscriber program that Eric refers to as his neighborhood. This is the second and final excerpt from a conversation held between RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP and Eric about Eric's QSO Today podcast. (P2 10M) You'll find Eric's podcast updates each Saturday at qsotoday.com. And don't be surprised when you hear excerpts from Eric's podcast on the RAIN Report. The RAIN Report is available on demand from (the Internet) therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license, but is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 06-10-2016

Podcasts abound by the thousands these days. One weekly ham radio podcast that features one guest for at least an hour is QSO Today, hosted by Eric Guth/4Z1UG, from his home in Efrat, Israel. Some RAIN listeners may recognize his voice from a handful of RAIN Reports in which one of Eric's interviews was excerpted most recently 90s late-night radio guru, Art Bell/W6OBB. RAIN Founder Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, caught up with Eric on Skype to learn just how QSO Today evolved. (2016 P1 10M) The RAIN Report is available on demand from (the Internet) therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license, but is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 06-04-2016

One of the many experimental modes in Amateur Radio today is remote operating, being able to utilize the HF bands without having an actual HF station in your ham shack. One of the biggest supporters of remote operating is San Francisco ham, Mark Aaker/K6UFO, who has been a licensed ham since 1971. Borrowing from his bio: He has achieved DXCC Top of Honor Roll and 5 Band DXCC. In contests Mark has organized winning multi-operator teams from Stanford University W6YX, as well as his own single-operator wins at the challenging QRP 5-watt level in the ARRL Sweepstakes CW and Phone, North American Sprints and North American QSO Parties. For the last ten years he has been operating as NN7SS from Washington state, both in-person and now by remote control. Mark has worked for Motorola, NASA, National Semiconductor and Apple as an Electrical Engineer, Project Manager and Patent Attorney. This week we bring you our second and final excerpt from his 2016 Remote Operating forum. (P2 15M) For more insights into remote operating, go to k6ufo.com. The RAIN Report is available on demand from (the Internet) therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license, but is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 05-28-2016

It's a lazy summer's day just perfect for noodling around the HF bands - but wait - you cant noodle much due to restrictive operating conditions around you! Ever thought of hamming remote control? One San Francisco ham who does so very successfully is Mark Aaker//K6UFO. Reading from his website bio: Mark "Mork" Aaker has been licensed since 1971. He has achieved DXCC Top of Honor Roll and 5 Band DXCC. In contests Mark has organized winning multi-operator teams from Stanford University W6YX, as well as his own single-operator wins at the challenging QRP 5-watt level in the ARRL Sweepstakes CW and Phone, North American Sprints and North American QSO Parties. For the last ten years he has been operating as NN7SS from Washington state, both in-person and now by remote control. In past decades he worked for Motorola, NASA, National Semiconductor and Apple as an Electrical Engineer, Project Manager and Patent Attorney. This week we present the first of 2 excerpts from Mark's 2016 Dayton Hamvention talk on remote operation. (2016 15M) The RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com, @therainreport on Twitter, and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 05-14-2016

For many hams nationwide spring is the harvinger of the hamfest season. If you've been to a local hamfest, you have seen a piece of Americana. As some of you hear the following op-ed piece from the RAIN archives, the highways and byways into and out of Dayton, Ohio will be clogged with those who take in the Dayton Hamvention, THE hamfest of hamfests that draws more than 20,000 attendees from around the world each spring. If you're like some hams, you get your fill of hamfesting in three days at the Hamvention, which will have run May 20, 21 and 22. More than 20 years ago a Chicago-area ham, Oren Brand, K9KEJ, put his many years of hamfesting to paper, then voiced his thoughts for the Radio Amateur Information Network. As you listen to Oren's thoughts, see if you don't grudgingly agree with his observations about what he called "The Hamfest Mentality". (1993 10M) If you hear this before you get to the Hamvention, be sure to put the RAIN and Gateway 160-meter Radio Newsletter booth on your agenda - inside booth #329. You just might be interviewed. The RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com; via Twitter @therainreport; and somewhere on iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 05-07-2016

the French Resistance and a number of civilians kept tabs on the German military and High Command during World War II. They serepticiously transmitted coded data back to the Allies at great personal risk. Tom Perera PH.D./W1TP, an authority on these clandestine radio operations of WW2, spoke at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. Here's our last excerpt from that presentation. (P2 17M) You can read a great deal about the so-called enigma cipher machine, the primary coding machine for all branches of the German military and High Command. Check out Tom's enigma museum website. See the RAIN Sites Mentioned page for the URL. If you're headed to the Dayton Hamvention in a couple weeks, be sure to drop by booth 329 and say "hello" to the Radio Amateur Information Network and the Gateway 160-Meter Radio Newsletter. You just might be interviewed for the RAIN Report. The RAIN Report is available on demand from therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license. It is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 04-30-2016

Regular listeners to this ham radio podcast will recall the intriguing story about Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy, the American P-O-W who virtually risked his life to construct and listen to an AM radio so he could help maintain the morale of the other 1,600 captives in a World War II Japanese pow camp in the Philippines. Well while Hutch was seripticiously catching war updates broadcast by KGEI radio from San Francisco, the French Resistance and a number of other civilians on the other side of the world were keeping tabs on German military inteligence and movements , then transmitting coded data back to the Allies at great personal risk. Tom Perera PH.D./W1TP, An authority on these clandestine radio operations, spoke at the 2015 Hamvention about the clandestine WW2 "spy" radio operations in general. Here's part 1 of that presentation. (P1 16M) Before we go we need to say "good-bye" to an old friend and former RAIN reader and now silent key, Duane Whittingham/N9SSN. Duane had been battling kidney-related issues the last few years; he was in his 40s. Duane's niece, Ashley, has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to have him buried in Lowell, Indiana along side his mother and grandmother. The Duane GoFundMe web address will be found on the Sites Mentioned page on therainreport.com. Farewell, old friend. If you're headed to the Dayton Hamvention in a couple weeks, be sure to drop by booth 329 and say "hello" to the Radio Amateur Information Network and the Gateway 160-Meter Radio Newsletter. The RAIN Report needs your help; see the bottom of the front page on therainreport.com for details. The RAIN Report is available on demand from therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license. It is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 04-23-2016

If you listened to our replay a few months back featuring Herb Johnson, the man behind Swan ham radio manufacturing, you may recall he sold his Swan company, then started Atlas Radio. Unfortunately Atlas went out of business in 1993 as a result of orders that were taken for an HF ham transceiver that never saw the light of day. Perhaps we can learn what let to that company's demise from Wes Schum/W9DYV, owner of Central Electronics, a midwest ham radio manufacturer during the 1950s. In his Chicago home Schum designed and marketed the '10A' and '20A' the first single sideband (SSB) HF ham transmitters. Later he released the higher-powered '100V' and '200V' exciters, '600L' amplifier, etc. Unfortunately Schum had to sell Central Electronics in 1958 to Zenith Corp. In a 1993 radio club presentation Schum explained that his problems with his company began in 1954. (1993 13M) The RAIN Report needs your help; see the bottom of the front page on therainreport.com for details. The RAIN Report is available on demand from therainreport.com; (Twitter) @therainreport; and via iTunes. Transmission of the RAIN Report is permitted under a Community Commons license. It is to be transmitted in its entirety.

The RAIN Report for 04-15-2016

In last week's RAIN Replay we introduced you to a WW2 Radio Boy named Russell Hutchinson. "Hutch" was an American GI surviving a miserable existence in a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines with 1,600 other American soldiers during the last couple years of World War II. This savvy young man with a Herculean spirit devised an ingenious way to accumulate enough parts to fashion a working radio under the virtual noses of his Japanese captors. Hutch's story was voiced in February, 2015 during the NSRC (North Shore Radio Club) Winter Banquet in Wilmette, IL. by Dave Cripe/NM0S. This week we conclude the dramatic story behind Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy. (P2 19M) Part 1 of this talk can be found on the Archive page on therainreport.com. The RAIN Report needs your help; see the bottom of the front page on therainreport.com for details. The RAIN Report is available under a Community Commons license for retransmission over Amateur Radio from therainreport.com; on Twitter @therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 04-08-2016

This RAIN Report Replay takes us back to WW2 to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the Philippines. One of those American pow's there was Russell Hutchinson. "Hutch" (as he was called) was the focus of an intriguing talk given to the NSRC (North Shore Radio Club of Chicago) Winter Banquet held Feb. 2015 in north suburban Wilmette, IL. The speaker was Dave Pike/NM0S, an engineer with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The RAIN Report needs your help; see the front page of therainreport.com for details. The RAIN Report is available under a Community Commons license for retransmission over Amateur Radio from therainreport.com; on Twitter @therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 04-02-2016

Walk into a radio station today and you are likely to find a ham or three keeping that station on the air. Back in the 80's, an aspiring radio announcer named Art Bell/W6OBB made Okinawa his home on radio station KSBK. It wouldn't be until a decade later that Art would be heard literally "coast to coast" on more than 500 stations by more than 15,000,000 folks in the wee hours of the morning. According to Wikipedia, his topics ranged from "the paranormal, the occult, UFOs, protoscience and pseudoscience." Recently Eric Guth/4Z1UG spoke with Art for an hour for QSOToday, a weekly ham radio podcast Eric produces from Israel, available on qsotoday.com. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP has extracted two 15-minute segments from that podcastPart 1 is on the RAIN archive page on therainreport.com. This week we bring you the conclusion of Art Bell - His Story. The RAIN Report is available on demand from therainreport.com; on Twitter @therainreport, and via iTunes. The RAIN Report is made available under a Community Commons license.

The RAIN Report for 03-25-2016

What radio broadcaster in the 1990s was heard late at night on more than 500 stations nationwide and, at its peak, boasted a listenership exceeding 15,000,000? That broadcaster is Art Bell/W6OBB. According to Wikipedia, his topics ranged from "the paranormal, the occult, UFOs, protoscience and pseudoscience." Art was recently interviewed by Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, for Eric's weekly 1-hour QSOToday podcast. We have condensed Eric's conversation with Art into 2 15-minute parts for you.

The RAIN Report for 03-19-2016

Sixteen years ago RAIN's Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, spoke with Michael Crestohl/W1RC, a most unusual ham who, at the time, was working with Uncle Sam to remove some surplus radio gear from its demilitarzation list.So just what familiar model numbers were on said list? You'll find out in this week's RAIN Report. (2000 14M) The RAIN Report is available on therainreport.com, @therainreport, and iTunes. The RAIN Report is made available under a Creative Commons license

The RAIN Report for 03-12-2016

When is the last time you heard a truly entertaining after-dinner ham radio talk? "Your Code Record is Cracked" was delivered during the 1989 Dayton Hamvention banquet by Dave Bell/W6AQ, for years a very successful Hollywood film producer and Director. Dave has produced ham radio videos, including: A Ham's Wide World; Moving Up to Amateur Radio; and the original World of Amateur Radio. Dave was the 1984 recipient of the Radio Amateur of the Year award. If you missed part 1, go to the RAIN Archives page on therainreport.com and give it a listen. This week we conclude Dave's stellar presentation, one of the Gems from the RAIN archives. (P2 22M)

The RAIN Report for 03-04-2016

When is the last time you heard a truly entertaining after-dinner talk about ham radio? Here's one called "Your Code Record is Cracked". It was given during the 1989 Dayton Hamvention banquet by Dave Bell/W6AQ, a full-time Hollywood film producer and Director, Dave has produced ham radio videos, including: A Ham's Wide World; Moving Up to Amateur Radio; and the original World of Amateur Radio. Dave was recipient of the 1984 Radio Amateur of the Year award. Here's Part one of a RAIN Replay, "Your Code Record is Cracked"

The RAIN Report for 02-26-2016

N V I S - What is it? Quoting from Wikipedia, Near vertical incidence skywave, or NVIS, is a skywave radio-wave propagation path that provides usable signals in the range between groundwave and conventional skywave distances;"usually 30-400 miles (50-650 km)." So what is the value of NVIS? And how can you experiment with NVIS? RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with Stan Broadway/N8BHL, ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator. Stan has spent more than 40 years in the emergency preparedness field (2016 16M) a useful antenna technology for emergency communications on 80 and 40 meters. For you living in states bordering Ohio, there will be an experiment using NVIS antennas April 23. NVIS is a useful antenna technology for emergency communications on 80 and 40 meters. For you living in states bordering Ohio, there will be an experiment using NVIS antennas coming up April 23.

The RAIN Report for 02-19-2016

Working DX on the low bands requires a certain amount of skill, timing, propagation and, yes, luck. One Chicagoan who has worked more than 330 countries using rather modest antennas is Don Whiteman/KK9H. Don has earned 5 band DXCC with 30, 17 and 12-meter endorsements. He has been Treasured of the Northern IL. DX Association for years; and he's the current President of NSRC, the North Shore Radio Club on Chicago's north shore. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spent a few minutes picking Don's brain in the RAIN booth at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. This is the conclusion to their conversation. (2015 P2 9M)

The RAIN Report for 02-13-2016

Take a look sometime on qrz.com at the bios of world class dx stations, and you may catch yourself drooling over the mega-position stations many of the top world dx'ers have used to contact 300plus countries. A notable exception is Don Whiteman/KK9H of Northfield, IL. Don has 5 band DXCC plus endorsements for 30, 17 and 12 meters. If you look at his antenna farm, it's NOT an antenna farm! Don has combined timing and a lot of experience to work more than 330 countries, many on 160 meters from the Chicago area. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP chatted with Don/KK9h in the RAIN booth at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention;and learned some tips and tricks about dxing with Don. (2015 P1 16M)

The RAIN Report for 02-06-2016

In the early to mid 1960s the Swan company was a mainstay in ham radio with the release of single sideband mono-band transceivers like the SW120, SW140, SW175, followed by multi-band transceivers 240, 350 and 400. In 1966 Swan released the SW500, which was very similar to its predecessor, the 350. In fact the finals, a pair of 6HF5 sweep tubes were identical. However, the 350 was rated at 350w PEP; and the 500 was rated at 500w PEP. In the beginning of part 2 of the Swan/Atlas Story, RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP asked Swan & Atlas Founder, Herb Johnson/W6QKI, "Why?" (P2 1993 18M)

The RAIN Report for 01-30-2016

Once upon a time there was no ham gear imported from Japan. In the early 1960s there were two domestic manufacturers of single sideband ham transceivers. One was Collins; the other, Swan. Swan eventually became Cubic; Cubic was replaced by Atlas, so on and so forth. This week we bring you part one of a RAIN Replay, "The Swan/Atlas Story, A Retrospective" with their founder, Herb Johnson/W6QKI. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Herb back in 1993. (P1 17M)

The RAIN Report for 01-22-2016

One of the major challenges blind hams face is finding an HF radio that can be operated effectively without sighted assistance. One blind ham who has taken it upon himself to change some of that is Jim Shaffer/KE5AL of Pflugerville, TX. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently spoke with Jim about his accessible software. (2016 12M) The RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com; @therainreport on Twitter; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 01-15-2016

How often have you heard the saying "Big things come in little packages". This time-worn statement can be applied to to state of the art ham gear today, whether it be HF, VHF or UHF. But in this particular instance the 'big thing' is intermod, the mixing of two signals each on its own frequency, resulting in a third signal on yet another frequency. That frequency may be the input or output of a repeater . And if you carry this scenario out further, the results can be catastrophic...on many levels. So what do we do about this monster called intermod? With manufacturers designing ever smaller transceivers, will this RF monster grow stronger and become more incidious? These questions were posed in 1990 to Howard Elovitz/K9SYA, a Skokie, IL resident and a regional rep for Tektronix. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke to Howard 25 years ago at the Dayton Hamvention about the murky world of intermod. Here is part two of that interview.

The RAIN Report for 01-08-2016

This is a technical program Hap Holly/KC9RP produced for his RP Report, a predecessor of the RAIN Report in 1990. It's a look at the challenges that intermod created for ham radio and commercial repeaters as long ago as 1990. Hap interviewed Howard Elovitz/K9SYA (rep at that time for Tektronix) at the Dayton Hamvention 25 years ago. (Part 1 12M) The RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com; on Twitter @therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 01-01-2016

We start off the new year by warping back to early 1990 prior to the introduction of the RAIN Report. Before RAIN, snow Holly/KC9RP produced what he called the RP Report. Here is one of the programs Chap produced under that moniker that gave his listenership an early glimpse; or rather sound bite of talking technology. the developer of the DX Packet Talker was Bill Mc-Connell/N9US. Bill's DX Packet Talker would be considered primitive technology by 2016 standards. Nevertheless the DX Packet Talker was a step in the right direction in 1990. We leave you on a sad note this week with the passing of Steve Parker/KC9KU. Steve was a RAIN script reader some years ago. Steve and Hap were good friends going back to 1983. Hap reports that Steve was a very kind and thoughtful member of the blind ham community. He left us on Christmas day, one day short of his 60th birthday. Our warmest sympathies go out to his devoted wife, Holly. The RAIN Report can be heard on www.therainreport.com, via Twitter @therainreport; and iTunes. The RAIN Report can be heard on www.therainreport.com, via Twitter @therainreport; and iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 12-25-2015

This week we conclude Hap Holly/KC9RP's conversation with IL. Frequency Coordinator, Aaron Collins/N9OZB. (2015 10M) The RAIN Report can be heard on www.therainreport.com, via Twitter @therainreport; and iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 12-19-2015

Assigning repeater frequencies is analogous to playing a chess game ... the frequency coordinator has to be sure that each repeater he or she assigns to repeater pair xyz isn't going to conflict with others on the same pair within x-number of miles, or on adjacent frequencies. So what is the life like for these major players in this VHF/UHF game of chess? Just ask unpaid coordinator Aaron Collins/N9OZB. Aaron and the Illinois Repeater Association play referees in their attempts to maintain law and order among the 500-plus VHF/UHF repeaters in Illinois. As RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP learned, a good deal of Aaron's job is rather mundane in his Arlington Heights home.

The RAIN Report for 12-12-2015

This RAIN Report is dedicated to the late Mitch Schweda/WV9MJS, a long-time Chicago area ham well known for his eccentric conversations. Mitch was blind, loved mathematics and his tool collection. Mitch passed on this week from complications resulting from a serious fall. His cooooooky presence on Chicago area VHF&UHF repeaters will be missed by many. Mitch Schweda/WV9MJS, a silent key. One of the challenges facing many radio clubs today is the divisiveness that has resulted in combining younger and older hams in the same club. It's a generational thing that is widespread in society today. There IS a solution for this; it's called "Build Club". Thanks to Build Club, the North Shore Radio Club on Chicago's north shore is finding considerable interest among its ranks of experienced and newbie hams. The Build Club coordinator for NSRC is Ron Settle/WM9Q. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Ron about this innovative but not new concept. (2015 10M) For more information about the NSRC club and its handful of voice and digital repeaters, and club projects, take your browser to ns9rc.org.

The RAIN Report for 12-05-2015

This week we'll endeavor to answer the question posed in 1995 by Steven Overacker/WA6HAM: "Where have all the repeaters gone?" As you listen to Blair Alper/KA9SEQ read this packet piece posted in 1995, remember this commentary was written 20 years ago. In many ways the points Steven makes are just as valid now all these years later. (1995 10M) So many repeaters erected then and now have been rightfully nicknamed paper boxes, buddy boxes, and ego boxes. The RAIN Report is accessible anytime at therainreport.com; on twitter @ therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 11-27-2015

Are you digitally savvy? Or do your eyes and mind glaze over when you hear someone talking about digital modes, i.e. D Star? Well this week the RAIN Report will attempt to - clear up that digital haze with a short talk aimed at the digital newbie, given at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention by inveterate D Star user, John Davis/WB4QDX. (2015 12M)

The RAIN Report for 11-21-2015

In commemorating RAIN's 25th year, we're going to take you back to 1990, our first spring of production. The subject was the ECPA, Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In 1986 Congress, with some considerable persuasion from the cellular industry, passed the ECPA, which was designed to assure reasonable privacy for cellular and other two-way users. The sponsors of this ill-conceived legislation were hoping to create a master law that, once and for all, would declare telephonic communications private, no matter what the form of communication was being used now - or in the future. Ben Kobb/KC5CW, FCC Tech News Editor, felt they failed miserably in their attempt. (1990 13M)

The RAIN Report for 11-14-2015

Ron Milliman/K8HSY is a retired professor of marketing at Western Kentucky University, and a blind entrepreneur. He recently spoke to RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP about the challenges he faces as a small manufacturer trying to provide affordable and accessible accessories for the blind ham radio market. (2015 15M)

The RAIN Report for 11-07-2015

The October 21-28 U.S. dxpedition to Havana, Cuba is now history. So just how successful was it both as a ham radio event and as a cultural icebreaker? The U.S. team leader, Jim Milner/WB2REM provided some answers to RAIN's Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP. (2015 16M) You can hear what lead up to the T42US saga on the RAIN archive page on therainreport.com. The RAIN Report is celebrating its 25th year in production. You can hear archives of the RAIN Report on therainreport.com. We're also heard on Twitter @ therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 10-31-2015

This time we bring you the conclusion to our battery of facts about the reality of rechargeable batteries. This is part 2 of Hap Holly/KC9RP's interview with Russ Craig, the Marketing Director of Batteries America. This interview is not to be construed as an endorsement for Batteries America or its products.

The RAIN Report for 10-24-2015

Do you use rechargeable batteries? You'd be hard-pressed to find ANYONE today who doesn't. Hams and scanner enthusiasts make use of rechargeable technology every time they turn on a handheld handy talkie or scanner. A major player in the sale of such batteries and development of chargers for said batteries is Batteries America. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with its Marketing Director, Russ Craig. (2015 14M)

The RAIN Report for 10-17-2015

As we go to press the call sign *T42US* is not a familiar call to many yet. But that will soon change. T42US is the call sign of a historic ham radio outreach between the United States and Cuba, coming Oct. 21-28 to a ham band near you. RAIN Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, spoke with T42US team leader, Jim Milner/WB2REM, one of 8 Americans preparing to join seven Cuban hams to make ham radio history. (2015 15M)

The RAIN Report for 10-15-2015

When Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF became a silent key earlier this year, many speculated as to whether the Amateur Radio Newsline would continue in his absence. Speculate no more! Meet Caryn Murray/KB2GUT. Caryn has strapped on some rather large shoes in Bill's absence as the new copy writer for Newsline. So what changes does she have in mind for ham radio's longest-running audio newscast? Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Caryn to hear just what her plans are; and just how she got into ham radio in the first place. As you listen to Caryn, see if her voice doesn't remind you of a well-known lady in ham radio. (2015 18M) BREAK: You're listening to a conversation with Caryn Murray/KB2GUT, the new copy writer for the Amateur Radio Newsline. Did you figure out what well-known lady ham Caryn sounds like? Hap Holly/KC9RP will resume this conversation with Caryn in a moment; after I remind you that the RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com; via Twitter at hash tag therainreport; and from iTunes. TAG: And that concludes our introduction to Caryn Murray/KB2GUT, the new helm of Amateur Radio Newsline. So what well-known lady does Caryn sound like? Carole Perry/WB2MGP. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2015 RAIN, all rights are reserved. Now for all those affiliated with the Radio Amateur Information Network, I'm WR/K5WLR bidding you very 73 from the RAIN Report, available on the Web at therainreport.com; Twitter at hash tag therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 10-10-2015

When Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF became a silent key earlier this year, many speculated as to whether the Amateur Radio Newsline would continue in his absence. Speculate no more! Meet Caryn Murray/KB2GUT. Caryn has strapped on some rather large shoes in Bill's absence as the new copy writer for Newsline. So what changes does she have in mind for ham radio's longest-running audio newscast? Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Caryn to hear just what her plans are; and just how she got into ham radio in the first place. As you listen to Caryn, see if her voice doesn't remind you of a well-known lady in ham radio. (2015 18M) BREAK: You're listening to a conversation with Caryn Murray/KB2GUT, the new copy writer for the Amateur Radio Newsline. Did you figure out what well-known lady ham Caryn sounds like? Hap Holly/KC9RP will resume this conversation with Caryn in a moment; after I remind you that the RAIN Report is available 24/7 on therainreport.com; via Twitter at hash tag therainreport; and from iTunes. TAG: And that concludes our introduction to Caryn Murray/KB2GUT, the new helm of Amateur Radio Newsline. So what well-known lady does Caryn sound like? Carole Perry/WB2MGP. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2015 RAIN, all rights are reserved. Now for all those affiliated with the Radio Amateur Information Network, I'm WR/K5WLR bidding you very 73 from the RAIN Report, available on the Web at therainreport.com; Twitter at hash tag therainreport; and via iTunes.

The RAIN Report for 10-03-2015

Arguably the most popular HF contest worldwide is coming the weekend of Oct. 23. IT's CQ World Wide, sponsored by CQ magazine. RAIN Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, spoke with CQ's Editor, Rich Moseson/W2VU, about this contest of contests. (10M) For the rules governing CQ World Wide, see the August issue of CQ magazine or go to cqww.com.

The RAIN Report for 09-26-2015

Boys and Girls clubs were very much a part of growing up in the 60s for many of us. And a few of them actually had ham radio stations. RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP remembers spending many a summer afternoon in his local Boy's club in Escondido, California prior to securing his Novice class call sign, WN6UJH. Today the Menominee, WI. Boys and girls club reportedly has the only existing working in-house ham station nationwide. One ham who spends a considerable amount of energy and time with that club is Edward Engleman/kg8cx. Ed is a retired educator and ham radio volunteer for the Menominee DAR radio club. He spoke during the Instructor's forum at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. (2015DH 10M)

The RAIN Report for 09-20-2015

This is an unusual RAIN Report in that you're going to hear two California hams participating in a Skype conference call with RAIN Founder & Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP. The topic is Radio Mala, the Nepalese Connection.. In the spring of 2015 two killer earthquakes measuring over 7.3 each rocked Nepal, a country sandwiched between India and China in the Himalayan mountains, killing thousands of people. Less than six months later this land-locked nation was pummeled by a monsoon cyclone. Fortunately Nepal has some reliable emergency communications via ham radio, thanks to the efforts of Two California hams. One is David Witkowski/W6DTW, whose lengthy article about Radio Mala (MA-lah), the Nepal/San Francisco connection appeared just days before this RAIN Report was posted. More about that article later. The other ham is Suresh Ojha/W6KTM. (2015 19M)

The RAIN Report for 09-12-2015

This week we make a foray into new digital mode known as FSQ, Fast Simple QSO. One of the New Zealand hams behind it is retired electronics engineer Murray Greenman/ZL1BPU. When Murray isn't driving a school bus in his retirement, he's dabbling in the digital realm of Amateur Radio. (2015 15M) You can read Murray's article about FSQ in the September, 2015 QST. And you'll find the URL for his website on the RAIN Sites Mentioned page.

The RAIN Report for 09-05-2015

RAIN is celebrating its 25th year here in 2015. Its founder and continuing producer is Hap Holly/KC9RP. Hap gave a rare presentation, August 7, for the Hamfesters Radio club in the southern Chicago suburb of Crestwood, IL. In our first excerpt from his talk he covered his ham radio roots leading up to 1980. This week we bring you the conclusion to Hap's presentation (2015 12M) Both parts of this talk will remain on the RAIN Archive page ad infinitum or close to it anyway.

The RAIN Report for 08-29-2015

This week we're commemorating 39 years of wedded bliss with RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP to his summer camp sweetheart, Stephanie/KA9WKD. She would tell you that 'wkd' stands for "we keep dancing". Hap, on the other hand, contends that 'wkd' actually stands for "weird, kinky and demented". Whichever story you believe, we're bringing you a rare talk Hap gave on August 7 before the Hamfesters radio club in the south Chicago suburb of Crestwood, IL. So as to not contribute to more insomnia that some of you may soon experience, we've broken Hap's presentation into two parts. Here is the first.

The RAIN Report for 08-22-2015

Attending summer school isn't all that unusual for kids. However, some teachers actually attend summer school as well under the auspices of the ARRL, THE nation's foremost Amateur Radio organization. The program the League sponsors is the Teacher's Institute on Wireless Technology. One of its handful of instructors is Larry Kendall/K6NDL. RAIN's Hap Holly, KC9RP spoke with Larry from his school in Apple Valley, California.

The RAIN Report for 08-15-2015

While this interview with ham radio author Joe Lynch/N6CL originally aired in August, 2009, Joe's observations about the Perceid meteor showers and sporatic E propigation are still valid today. The Perceids peaked teh week this RAIN Replay was posted. (2009 15M)

The RAIN Report for 08-12-2015

This week we hear the second and final excerpt from an interview with a most remarkable teacher, Carole Perry/WB2MGP. Carole taught ham radio to some 900 New York City middle school kids each year over 30 years. She was interview by Eric Guth/4Z1UG for his QSO Today ham radio podcast. We have excerpted two segments from that hour-long conversation. This is the second excerpt.

The RAIN Report for 08-09-2015

This week we hear the second and final excerpt from an interview with a most remarkable teacher, Carole Perry/WB2MGP. Carole taught ham radio to some 900 New York City middle school kids each year over 30 years. She was interview by Eric Guth/4Z1UG for his QSO Today ham radio podcast. We have excerpted two segments from that hour-long conversation. This is the second excerpt.

The RAIN Report for 08-01-2015

Carole Perry/WB2MGP, the story behind this Remarkable ham Radio teacher. (Part 1 20M)

The RAIN Report for 07-25-2015

Some additional thoughts from Ron Kochanowicz/KC0QVT, the mind behind Bridgecom Systems. (2015DH 12M)

The RAIN Report for 07-18-2015

Some thoughts from Ron Kochanowicz/KC0QVT, the mind behind Bridgecom Systems. (2015DH 20M)

The RAIN Report for 07-11-2015

This is an excerpt from an intro about APRS from Bob Bruninga/WB4APR. (2015DH 11M)

The RAIN Report for 07-04-2015

A look at the Volunteer Examiner program, then and now with John Creel/WB3GXW. (2015DH 9M).

The RAIN Report for 06-27-2015

Jeff Reinhart/AA6JR talks about 'spreading the word' (2000DH 14M).

The RAIN Report for 06-20-2015

The RAIN Report remembers the late Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, the Man Behind Newsline. (17M)

The RAIN Report for 06-20-2015

QST Contributing EditorJoel Hallas/W1ZR talks abt antenna analyzers. (2015DH 15M)

The RAIN Report for 06-13-2015

QST Contributing EditorJoel Hallas/W1ZR talks abt antenna analyzers. (2015DH 15M)

The RAIN Report for 06-07-2015

Bill Curtice/WA8APB speaks on high speed, digital, microwave mesh networks. (2015DH 14M)

The RAIN Report for 06-06-2015

Bill Curtice/WA8APB speaks on high speed, digital, microwave mesh networks. (2015DH 14M)

The RAIN Report for 05-31-2015

We conclude our good operating techniques refresher series, featuring Mitch Stern/W1SJ. (12M)

The RAIN Report for 05-23-2015

Public service is the focus of part 3 of our refresher series, Good Operating Techniques [2012] (18M)

The RAIN Report for 05-13-2015

More good operating techniques from Mitch Stern/W1SJ. (2012 P2, 16M)

The RAIN Report for 05-09-2015

Mitch Stern/W1SJ's entertaining refresher on good operating habits. [2012] (P1, 16M)

The RAIN Report for 05-05-2015

We conclude out 2015 Hamvention preview with its articulate Chair, Jim Tiderman/N8IDS. (P2 20M)

The RAIN Report for 05-01-2015

We conclude out 2015 Hamvention preview with its articulate Chair, Jim Tiderman/N8IDS. (P2 20M)

The RAIN Report for 04-04-2015

Dr. Ron Milliman/K8HSY isn't just another blind ham. (P1 17M )

The RAIN Report for 04-25-2015

Hamvention Gen. Chair, Jim Tiderman/N8IDS prevws the May 15-17 Show of Shows. (P1 20M)

The RAIN Report for 04-18-2015

We revisit a 1997 interview with Leo Meyerson/W0GFQ, a true radio pioneer. (1997 Replay 12M)

The RAIN Report for 04-11-2015

A conclusion of a QSO Today interview wwith Dr. Ron Milliman/K8HSY (p2, 16M)

The RAIN Report for 03-06-2015

Dave Cripe/NM0S tells the story behind WW2 POW Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy. (P1, 17M)

The RAIN Report for 03-28-2015

Mike Saeger/N9MS talks about the Midwest Vintage SSB Net&Website [2009 Replay] (9M)

The RAIN Report for 03-14-2015

Dave Cripe/NM0S concludes the story behind WW2 POW Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy. (P2, 18M)

The RAIN Report for 03-22-2015

Mike Saeger/N9MS talks about the Midwest Vintage SSB Net&Website [2009 Replay] (9M)

The RAIN Report for 03-06-2015

Dave Cripe/NM0S tells the story behind WW2 POW Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy. (P1, 17M)

The RAIN Report for 02-27-2015

Tom Medlin/W5KUB talks about his new Amateur Radio Roundtable webcast. (15M)

The RAIN Report for 02-20-2015

Some candor from former manu. rep Bill Steffey/NY9H about challenges facing established ham manu. from lesser-known ones. (17M)

The RAIN Report for 02-07-2015

Rich Moseson/W2VU talks about the challenges facing CQ magazine in a digital world. (18M)

The RAIN Report for 01-30-2015

Prolific author Don Keith/N4KC talks about ham radio and the American Legion. (12M)

The RAIN Report for 01-23-2015

Joe Eisenberg/N0NEB (CQ) passes along some basics for new kit-builders. (10M)

The RAIN Report for 01-16-2015

We conclude delving into the early years of the Amateur Radio Newsline with its cofounder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF [1990] (P3, 16M)

The RAIN Report for 01-09-2015

We continue delving into the early years of the Amateur Radio Newsline with its cofounder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF [1990] (P2 17M)

The RAIN Report for 01-02-2015

We delve into the early years of the Amateur Radio Newsline with its cofounder, Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF [1990] (P1 17M)

The RAIN Report for 12-27-2014

Jim Kinter/K5KTF concludes talking about ham radio mesh networks. (P2, 21M)

The RAIN Report for 12-19-2014

Jim Kinter/K5KTF talks about ham radio mesh networks. (P1, 19M)

The RAIN Report for 12-13-2014

Dmitri Zhikharev/RA9USU talk about the amazing story behind the planning of the 2013 7O6T dxpedition to Yemen. (Replay 20M)

The RAIN Report for 12-05-2014

The last conversation Hap Holly/KC9RP had with silent key Shel Epstein/K9APE (16M)

The RAIN Report for 11-28-2014

The first of two conversations with the late Shel Epstein/K9APE (13M)

The RAIN Report for 11-22-2014

Att. John Schwartz/WA9AQN on Amateur Radio, politics & the Law (1997 Replay 9M)

The RAIN Report for 11-14-2014

Wayne Burdick/N6KR - The Mind Behind Elecraft (P2 19M)

The RAIN Report for 11-08-2014

Wayne Burdick/N6KR - The Mind Behind Elecraft (P1 18M)

The RAIN Report for 11-01-2014

Bob Heil/K9EID - His Ham Radio Roots (P2 13M)

The RAIN Report for 10-26-2014

Bob Heil/K9EID - His Ham Radio Roots (P1 12M)

The RAIN Report for 10-17-2014

We conclude the story behind the man - Hap Holly/KC9RP (p2 19M)

The RAIN Report for 10-10-2014

The story behind the man - Hap Holly/KC9RP (p1 19M)

The RAIN Report for 10-03-2014

ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare/W1RFI's 2013 Hamv. talk on the widespread effects of power line interference. (P2 14M)

The RAIN Report for 09-27-2014

ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare/W1RFI's 2013 Hamv. talk on the widespread effects of power line interference. (P1 13M)

The RAIN Report for 09-20-2014

Tanya Anderson/KD9BVZ's 1st contact was out of this world. (14M).

The RAIN Report for 09-12-2014

Fundraising pro Sheilah Perry/N0UOP talks about writing successful grant requests. (1996 Hamv. 17M)

The RAIN Report for 09-05-2014

ARRL's Mike Corey/KI1U speaks frankly abt "the walls" in Amateur Radio. (P2 18M)

The RAIN Report for 08-30-2014

ARRL's Mike Corey/KI1U speaks frankly abt "the walls" in Amateur Radio. (P1 19M37S)

The RAIN Report for 08-23-2014

12-year-old Rohan Agrawal, KJ6LXV talks about Bluetooth APRS Text Messaging & Tweeting. (10m)

The RAIN Report for 08-22-2014

12-year-old Rohan Agrawal, KJ6LXV talks about Bluetooth APRS Text Messaging & Tweeting. (10m)

The RAIN Report for 08-15-2014

Al Lotze/W6RQ's WWV & the Sun presentation revisited. (18m)

The RAIN Report for 08-08-2014

Rohn VP Mark Allen/W6PC speaks on tower safety. (2014 Hamv. 14 mins)

The RAIN Report for 08-01-2014

Former AES employee Jeff Covelli/WA8SAJ on the history of Kenwood Legacy radios. (2014 Hamv. 13 mins)

The RAIN Report for 07-25-2014

Former Collins Radio employee Ted Craven/W0TCW shares some thoughts about ham radio and Collins radio from years ago. (10mins)

The RAIN Report for 07-18-2014

16-year-old Jacob Keogh/KD0NVX's short talk on ham radio's history. (2014 Hamv. 10MINS)

The RAIN Report for 07-11-2014

Reuben Meeks/W8GUC covers some propagation basics. [2011 RAIN Replay 13 mins]

The RAIN Report for 07-04-2014

ARRL Media & PR Manager Sean Kutzko/KX9X discusses the League's summer Centennial operations. (15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-27-2014

7O6T's Dmitri Zhikharev/RA9USU on the politics of dxpeditions. (2013 Hamvention 20 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-20-2014

AMSAT's Emike McCardel/KC8YLD talks about introducing kids to ham radio's presence in space. (14 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-13-2014

Mark Pinsky/W8MP tells some county hunting stories. (2014 Hamv. 10 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-06-2014

Bill Brown/WB8ELK says party baloons are the way to go!

The RAIN Report for 05-31-2014

DHS/OEC Special Technician Brennan Smith relates his experience in the 2013 Dalls, Oregon Government Flat Complex wild fire. (Hamv. 2014 17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-23-2014

Bob Bruninga/WB4APR speaks abt APRS being more than just for vehicle tracking.. (Hamvention 2014 19 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-19-2014

Prof. Jeff Butterfield/N7TJB concludes a conversation about his Gorilla Radio with RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP (Part 2, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-16-2014

Prof. Jeff Butterfield/N7TJB concludes a conversation about his Gorilla Radio with RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP (Part 2, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-09-2014

Prof. Jeff Butterfield/N7TJB talks about his Gorilla Radio. (Part 1, 12 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-02-2014

A sneak preview of Hamvention 2014 with Henry Ruminiski/W8HJR (19 mins).

The RAIN Report for 04-25-2014

Skype Revolutionizing Radio Club Meetings; hear how! (15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 04-18-2014

A 2003 RAIN Replay about coax, Amateur Radio's lifeline, with Ron Stier, W9ICZ. (Part 2, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 04-11-2014

A 2003 RAIN Replay about coax, Amateur Radio's lifeline, with Ron Stier, W9ICZ. (Part 1, 14 mins)

The RAIN Report for 04-06-2014

Radio museum curator Patrick Bunsold/WA6MHZ talks about the challenges of collecting and restoring old ham radios. (2013 Hamv. 17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 04-05-2014

Radio museum curator Patrick Bunsold/WA6MHZ talks about the challenges of collecting and restoring old ham radios. (2013 Hamv. 17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 03-28-2014

Mark Spencer/WA8SME talks about the evolution of remote sensing. (2013 Hamv. 10 mins)

The RAIN Report for 03-22-2014

Mitch Stern/W1SJ discusses the do's & don't of pub. serv. comm. (16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 03-14-2014

Rob Santello/K6DQ talks about making ham gear more blind accessible. (10 mins).

The RAIN Report for 03-08-2014

Ham radio author Don Keith/N4KC gives some HF basics...what bands to use and when. (18 mins).

The RAIN Report for 03-07-2014

Ham radio author Don Keith/N4KC gives some HF basics...what bands to use and when. (18 mins).

The RAIN Report for 02-28-2014

Chuck Penson/WA7ZZE finishes chronicling the rise and fall of Heathkit. (Part 2, 16 mins).

The RAIN Report for 02-22-2014

Chuck Penson/WA7ZZE chronicles the rise and fall of Heathkit. (Part 1, 15 mins).

The RAIN Report for 02-14-2014

Rich Moseson/W2VU concludes his introduction to CQ Plus. (Part 2 14 mins).

The RAIN Report for 02-07-2014

Rich Moseson, W2VU, introduces CQ Plus. replacing Pop Comm, CQ VHF and World Rad on Line...sort of. (Part 1, 15 mins).

The RAIN Report for 01-31-2014

Ed Hare, W1RFI's 2013 Hamvention talk on power line noise. (Part 1, 13 mins)

The RAIN Report for 01-24-2014

Ed Hair, W1RFI's 2013 Hamvention talk on power line noise. (Part 1, 13 mins)

The RAIN Report for 01-17-2014

Nicholas Garner, N3WG, talks about controlling ham radio from a smart phone. (12 mins)

The RAIN Report for 01-10-2014

Dave Porter, K2BPP (SK) concludes talking abt his harrowing experience riding out hurr. Gilbert on Jamaica in 1989; (Part 2, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 01-03-2014

Dave Porter, K2BPP (SK) recounts his harrowing experience on Jamaica during hurricane Gilbert in 1989. (Part 1, 13 mins)

The RAIN Report for 12-27-2013

RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP talks abt what drove him to produce ham radio programming 30 years ago; and more. (16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 12-21-2013

Ham instructor Dan Romanchik/KB6NU speaks about his 1-day 'hamcram' tech class. (2013 Hamv. 12 mins)

The RAIN Report for 12-13-2013

Noted contester Tim Duffy/K3LR talks about his Contest University (2013 Hamvention 12 mins).

The RAIN Report for 12-06-2013

Brian Hoyer/K7UDR talks about his 'short' ham radio career. (9 mins)

The RAIN Report for 11-29-2013

A Brief intro to micro controllers from George Zafiropoulos/KJ6VU (11 mins).

The RAIN Report for 11-22-2013

A 1990 RAIN Replay some considered the worst ever!

The RAIN Report for 11-15-2013

Chris Matthieu/N7ICE concludes talking abt his '73s.com' ham radio social network. (Part 2, 15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 11-08-2013

Chris Matthieu/N7ICE talks about his '73s.com' ham radio social network. (Part 1, 13 mins)

The RAIN Report for 11-01-2013

Ham radio video archivist Gary Pearce/KN4AQ concludes talking about his Ham Radio Now podcast. (Part 1, 17 mins).

The RAIN Report for 10-25-2013

The RAIN Report for 10-25-2013

Ham radio video archivist Gary Pearce/KN4AQ talks about the evolution of his Ham Radio Now podcast. (Part 1, 19 mins).

The RAIN Report for 10-18-2013

Spaceport Indiana Pres. Brian Tanner on ham radio's collaboration. (14 mins).

The RAIN Report for 10-13-2013

Some thoughts from ARRL President, Kay Craigie/N3Kn from the 2013 Hamvention. (14 mins)

The RAIN Report for 10-05-2013

Inveterate CW operator Henry Koenig/WD8Q talks about Morse code as an art form. (12 mins)

The RAIN Report for 09-27-2013

The late ham radio icon Wayne Green/W2NSD is remembered. (Part 2, 20 mins)

The RAIN Report for 09-20-2013

The late ham radio icon, Wayne Green/W2NSD is remembered. (Part 1, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 09-13-2013

Radio historian Scott Childers/W9CHI relates a shsort history of "the Big 89", WLS. (17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 09-06-2013

Renowned qrp dxer, Rich Arlin/K7SZ talks about new/used HF gear available for working the world on 5 watts&less. (Part 2, 12 mins).

The RAIN Report for 08-30-2013

Rich Arlin/K7SZ, renowned qrp dx'er, tells how to work the world on HF using 5 watts&less. (Part 1, 17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 08-23-2013

Patrick Tice, WA0TDA, talks about 'today's Handihams' (2013 Hamv. RAIN intervw 12 mins).

The RAIN Report for 08-17-2013

RSGB's Graham Coomber/G0MBI conclude his 2013 Hamvention presentation, looking back at 100 years of ham radio cooperation between the US&UK. (Part 2, 17 mins).

The RAIN Report for 08-09-2013

RSGB's Graham Coomber/G0MBI looks back at 100 years of ham radio cooperation between the US&UK. (Part 1, 20 mins).

The RAIN Report for 08-02-2013

Phil Theis, K3TUF, talks about safety tips for installing&maintaining antennas. (15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 07-26-2013

Does D-STAR Rely Too Much on the Internet? (John DavisWB4QDX?

The RAIN Report for 07-22-2013

Two Homeland Security trainers talk about ham radio's involvement in the ICS&NIMS programs. (15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 07-12-2013

The RAIN Report for 07-05-2013

An interview with Padraig Lysandrou/KC9UUS, 2013 Young Ham of the Year. (17 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-28-2013

AMSAT-NA VP for Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, enlightens us about the staggering costs of launching Amateur Radio satellites. (2013 Hamvention 19 mins).

The RAIN Report for 06-21-2013

AMSAT-NA Pres. Barry Baines/WD4ASW discusses today's challenges facing the Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (Hamvention 2013, 18 mins).

The RAIN Report for 06-14-2013

Chris Testa, KD2BMH updates his White Box SDR Radio project. (2013 Hamvention 15 mins)

The RAIN Report for 06-07-2013

Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI, talks about Multiple-Personality SDR, excerpted from his 2013 Dayton Hamvention technical TAPR talk. (14 mins)

The RAIN Report for 05-19-2013

In memory of the late Joe Schroeder, W9JUV, here is an interview with Joe conducted by Bill Pasternak in 2007. (17 mins).

The RAIN Report for 05-10-2013

This is the conclusion of a last-minute preview of the 2013 Hamvention coming to Dayton, OH., May 17-19 with Michael Kalter, W8CI. (Part 2, 11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 05-03-2013

This is a 2013 Dayton Hamvention preview with Michael Kalter, W8CI. (Part 1, 11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-25-2013

Ham radio author Don Keith/N4KC talks about his new book "Riding the Shortwaves, Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio". (20 mins)

The RAIN Report for 04-19-2013

Ed Mitchel/KB6VFR speakingn on Airborne ATV Video Review (1997 Replay 8 mins

The RAIN Report for 04-12-2013

Professor Jeff Butterfield/N7TJB teaches in an empty classroom. (2012 Hamvention, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-06-2013

Blind broadcast consultant Dave Marthouse, N2AAM, talks about AM/FM radio, its past, present and future. (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-05-2013

Blind broadcast consultant Dave Marthouse, N2AAM, talks about AM/FM radio, its past, present and future. (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-29-2013

Visually impaired ham Greg Rosenberg, AB9MZ, strategies for emergency preparedness for the disabled. (Part 2, 16 mins)

The RAIN Report for 03-22-2013

Greg Rosenberg, AB9MZ, talks about emergency preparedness for the disabled. (Part 1, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-16-2013

John Amadeo, NN6JA, talks about producing Last Man Standing. (2012 RAIN Replay 12 mins)

The RAIN Report for 03-08-2013

14-year-old Danny McReynolds/KD4ILX reads his paper "Writing Your Own Radio Control Software" from the 2012 Dayton Hamvention Youth forum (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-02-2013

A look at the little-used 902 mHz ham band with Kent Britain, WA5VJB (1999 RAIN Replay).

The RAIN Report for 02-23-2013

A look at the little-used 902 mHz ham band with Kent Britain, WA5VJB (1999 RAIN Replay).

The RAIN Report for 02-15-2013

A look back at the controversy surrounding the now defunct LAMBDA ARC; (1996 RAIN Replay).

The RAIN Report for 02-08-2013

Lincoln, NB. resident Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, talks about introducing kit-building into the classroom. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-02-2013

Wes Schum, W9DYV, talks about mistakes made as CEO of Central Electronics in the 1950's. (RAIN Replay, 10-1996 - 13 minutes. )

The RAIN Report for 01-25-2013

Ron Ochu, KO0Z, talks about becoming the Contributing Editor to CQ's Learning Curve column. (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-19-2013

Hamfest Chair, Tom Morris/KG4CYX, talks about chairing the Miami hamfest, coming up Feb. 1&2. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-18-2013

Hamfest Chair, Tom Morris/KG4CYX, talks about chairing the Miami hamfest, coming up Feb. 1&2. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-11-2013

We hear a sample of Your Handiham World podcast, one of the best hamcasts. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-05-2013

Kit-building guru Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, passes along some hints&tips. (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-29-2012

The conclusion of Frank Beafore, WS8B's 2012 Hamvention talk on "Physics&the 1st Antenna" (p.2, 12 mins).

The RAIN Report for 12-22-2012

Frank Beafore, WS8B, talks about "Physics and the First Antenna" from the 2012 Hamvention. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-14-2012

Another excerpt from the 2012 Youth forum, featuring 12-year-old Kaitlyn Cole, KS3P, talking about girl power&elmering. (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-08-2012

17-year-old Nick Odell, KD0OCR, talks about his experience with EOSS baloon launching. (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-01-2012

Short 2012 Hamvention interviews with Don Whiteman, KK9H and Mark Klockson, WA9IVH (11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-23-2012

Maxrad’s Steve Rahn talks about mobile antenna design. (1996 replay 17 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-16-2012

QRP&Homebrewing: Mixed Pleasures and Challenges” (Rich Arland, K7SZ.mp3).

The RAIN Report for 11-09-2012

Bob Heil, K9EID, talks about ham radio's influence on his music and audio careers. (1998 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-02-2012

John Amodeo, NN6JA, talks about ham radio's role in his sitcom hit, Last Man Standing. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-26-2012

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, presents his 2012 Hamvention paper Propagation Topics for Cycle 24. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-19-2012

John, W2GD&Don, K4ZA's 2012 Hamvention paper, Installing Towers and Antennas Safely (Part 2, 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-13-2012

John, W2GD&Don, K4ZA's 2012 Hamvention paper, Installing Towers and Antennas Safely (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-06-2012

Darrell Crimmins, KG5E&Cliff Stumpff, KA8GOV, talk about their Ham Radio Roots. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-29-2012

RAIN Founder/Producer, Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his talk about why your repeater needs a weekly net. (part 2, 17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-22-2012

Why have a net on your repeater? RAIN's Hap Holly, KC9RP, answers that & more. (Part 1, 12 min.)

The RAIN Report for 09-14-2012

Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, concludes the story behind his qrz.com, the most popular ham radio website. (Part 2, 13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-08-2012

This week: Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, relates the story behind his qrz.com, the most visited ham site on the Web. (Part 1, 13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-01-2012

This week: S. Suri, VU2NY, 2012 Amateur of the Year, talks about his ham radio roots. (Hamvention 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-25-2012

This week: Certified tower climber/rescuer Phil Theis, K3TUF, concludes his talk about tower climbing safety. (2012 Hamvention Part 2, 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-18-2012

This week: Certified tower climber/rescuer Phil Theis, K3TUF, talks about tower climbing safety. (2012 Hamvention Part 1, 11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-11-2012

This week: Martin Ewing, AA6E, examines the 'Single Signal' problem of the 1930s. (2012 Hamvention 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-07-2012

This week: Sandra Tennyson, N0XYL, talks about her ham radio roots as an avid county hunter. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-29-2012

This week: Mike Lamb, N7ML, Founder of long defunct AEA voiced his concerns about Amateur Radio's future in 1996 in this RAIN Replay. (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-20-2012

This week: D-STAR veteran John Hays, K7VE, dispells myths about D-STAR. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-13-2012

This week: Excerpt from a 2012 Hamvention talk by balloon specialist Bill Brown, WB8ELK, on the California Near Space Project. (13 minutes) ,

The RAIN Report for 07-07-2012

This week: CQ mag's Rich Moseson, W2VU, on good repeater operation (1996 8 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-29-2012

This week: Ham Radio Roots #1 featuring Vern Jackson, WA0RCR (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-22-2012

This week: Some hope for PRB1 from ARRL Vol. Coun., Dale Swartz, K4ROZ (17 mins).

The RAIN Report for 06-15-2012

This week: The 4th and final excerpt from the 2012 Dayton Hamvention FCC forum, featuring Q&A. (part 4, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-08-2012

This week: The third excerpt from the 2012 Dayton Hamvention FCC forum, featuring Q&A. (part 3, 18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-01-2012

This week: The first of a handful of excerpts from the 2012 Dayton Hamvention FCC forum. (Part 1, 20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-25-2012

This week: The first of a handful of excerpts from the 2012 Dayton Hamvention FCC forum. (Part 1, 20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-18-2012

This week: An entertaining&pithy hamfest commentary that's still on the mark 19 years after Oren Brand, K9KEJ, wrote&voiced it for RAIN.

The RAIN Report for 05-11-2012

This week: Hamvention Chair, Michael Kalter, concludes his preview of Hamvention 2012 (Part 2, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 05-05-2012

This week: Hamvention Chair, Michael Kalter, concludes his preview of Hamvention 2012 (Part 2, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-27-2012

This week: Hamvention Chair, Michael Kalter, W8CI, addresses flap around Hara Arena ? & more. (Part 1, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-20-2012

Part 4 of a good amateur practices refresher, focussing on the disciplines of contesting with Mitch Stern, W1SJ. (17 minutes) Listen to this file on twitter.com/therainreport.

The RAIN Report for 04-13-2012

Part 3 of a good amateur practices refresher, focussing this time on public service communications with Tony Pazzola, W2BEJ&Mitch Stern, W1SJ. (10 minutes) Hear this file on twitter.com/therainreport.

The RAIN Report for 04-06-2012

Part 2 of a refresher about good amateur practice on HF, VHF&UHF with Mitch Stern, W1SJ (Part 2, 15 minutes). Hear this file on twitter.com/therainreport.

The RAIN Report for 03-31-2012

We begin a refresher about good amateur practice on HF, VHF&UHF with Mitch Stern, W1SJ (Part 1, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-30-2012

This week in RAIN's Field-Day 101 series, ARRL Emer Prep Mngr Mike Corey, KI1U, talks about how Field-Day prepares us for emergencies. (Part 4, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-23-2012

This week in RAIN's Field-Day 101 series, ARRL Emer Prep Mngr Mike Corey, KI1U, talks about how Field-Day prepares us for emergencies. (Part 4, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-16-2012

Field-Day 101 presents the importance of a VHF/UHF station by ARRL Cen. Div. Vice Dir., Kermit Carlson, W9XA. (Part 3, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-10-2012

THIS WEEK: Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM & Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, share their Field Day perspectives. (Part 2, 17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-09-2012

THIS WEEK: A RAIN series we dubbed Field Day 101.

The RAIN Report for 03-02-2012

THIS WEEK: A RAIN series we dubbed Field Day 101.

The RAIN Report for 02-24-2012

The RAIN Report for 02-17-2012

THIS WEEK: AMSAT ARISS volunteer Dave Jordan, AA4KN, explains options for classrooms to contact ISS for the 1st time via Amateur Radio. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-10-2012

THIS WEEK: A RAIN Replay about ESSB, filed in 2005 by George Bowen, W2XBS (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 02-03-2012

THIS WEEK: Mike Corey, AI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, talks about challenges to ARES ... & beyond. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-30-2012

THIS WEEK: ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, AI1U, talks about the current state of ARES (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-06-2012

RAIN This Week: First columns by Mark Thompson, WB9QZB&Art Reis, K9XI (RAIN Replay from 1990).

The RAIN Report for 12-30-2011

RAIN This Week: Gordon West, WB6NOA, named 2006 Amateur of the Year. (RAIN Rerun, 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-23-2011

RAIN This Week: Gordon West, WB6NOA, named 2006 Amateur of the Year. (RAIN Rerun, 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-16-2011

RAIN This Week: Gordon West, WB6NOA's discusses the Chinese ham radio controversy. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-10-2011

RAIN This Week: Gordon West, WB6NOA's ideas on holiday shopping for your ham friends. (20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-03-2011

RAIN This Week: CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about issues surrounding print vs. digital ham mags, PopCom most notably. (18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-26-2011

RAIN This Week: The conclusion of an entertaining 2003 interview with the flamboyant and outspoken Wayne Greene, W2NSD about the demise of his '73' magazine and ham Radio. (Part 2, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-18-2011

RAIN This Week: An entertaining 2003 interview with the flamboyant and outspoken Wayne Greene, W2NSD about the demise of his '73' magazine; (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-11-2011

This week: New ham Lisa Spahr concludes telling the story behind her book World War II Radio Heroes (Part 2, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-04-2011

This week: New ham Lisa Spahr tells the story behind her book World War II Radio Heroes (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-28-2011

This week: Dr. Fred Raab PH'd, W1FR, talks about the ARRL 500 kHz Experiment. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-21-2011

This week: COL. Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, concludes his talk about his spacial experiences. (Part 2, 12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-14-2011

This week: COL. Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, talks about his spacial experiences. (Part 1, 16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-11-2011

This week: ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN, highlights features of her "Amateur Radio Advocacy" program. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-01-2011

This week: ARRL CEO, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, talks about ARRL legislative objectives. (Part One 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-23-2011

This week: A potpori of RAIN Shorts from 2003. (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-16-2011

This week: CQ magazine Kit-Building Editor, Joe Eisenberg, W0NEB, talks about inexpensive solutions to kit building problems. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-10-2011

This week: Author Frank Beafore, WS8B, talks about radio wave propagation. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-03-2011

This week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, interviews Kaitlyn Cole, KS3P, 2011 Young Ham of the Year award winner. (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-26-2011

This week: Jim Stafford, W4QO, presents an introduction to QRP/ARCI. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-19-2011

This week: Jim Stafford, W4QO, presents an introduction to QRP/ARCI. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-12-2011

THIS WEEK: Duane Whittingham, N9SSN, talks about how the Red Cross and Amateur Radio interface. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-06-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Lab Manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about recent efforts in identifying and eliminating RFI. (20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-30-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Lab Manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about the process behind QST's product reviews. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-29-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Lab Manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about the process behind QST's product reviews. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-23-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Lab Manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about the lab and what it does. (Part 1, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-22-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Lab Manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about the lab and what it does. (Part 1, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-15-2011

THIS WEEK: Veteran solar observer Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, updates what's going on with cycle 24. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-10-2011

THIS WEEK: Bruce Perens, K6BP, concludes his technical paper on Codec 2 speech coding, the future of voice comm. (part 2, 16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-01-2011

THIS WEEK: Bruce Perens, K6BP, talks about Codec 2 speech coding, the future of voice comm. (part 1, 16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-25-2011

THIS WEEK: Eugene Bergmann authors a book on the late commedian and writer, Gene Shepherd, K2ORS (2004 Replay 11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-17-2011

THIS WEEK: TAPR President, Steve Bible, N7HPR, gives an update about TAPR. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-10-2011

This week: Newsline?s Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, interviews Ashley A. Friend about the ?technology of dance? (17 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-04-2011

THIS WEEK: We present our second excerpt from the just completed Dayton Hamvention FCC forum. (Part 2, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-28-2011

THIS WEEK: We present our first excerpt from the just completed Dayton Hamvention FCC forum. (Part 1, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-21-2011

THIS WEEK: Bob Heil, K9EID, & Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, talk about their successful careers resulting from their becoming ham operators. (16 minutes (2010 replay).

The RAIN Report for 05-15-2011

THIS WEEK: Bob Heil, K9EID, & Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, talk about their successful careers resulting from their becoming ham operators. (16 minutes (2010 replay).

The RAIN Report for 05-06-2011

THIS WEEK: CQ VHF Editor, Joe Lynch, N6CL, talks about his ham radio roots. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-30-2011

THIS WEEK: CQ VHF Editor, Joe Lynch, N6CL, talks about his ham radio roots. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-23-2011

THIS WEEK: Josh Long, KD8BVV, gives us a peak at the upcoming Dayton Hamvention. (Part 1, 9 minutes) talks ab

The RAIN Report for 04-17-2011

This Week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his conversation with Shirley Roberts, N8LX, 2011 Amateur of the Year. (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-09-2011

THIS WEEK: We feature Shirley Roberts, N8LX, 2011 Amateur of the Year. (Part One, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-02-2011

THIS WEEK: Carlos Frum, WI9R, talks briefly about selling ham radio to a park district. (1990 replay 8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-26-2011

THIS WEEK: We feature Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, Civil Defense RACES Coordinator for Hawaii. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-18-2011

THIS WEEK: ARRL Media/PR Manager Alan Pitts, W1AGP, talks about House Bill HR607. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-12-2011

THIS WEEK: QRP notable Richard Arland, K7SZ, talks about getting started with QRP on the HF bands. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-04-2011

THIS WEEK: Spaceweather.gov forecaster Rob Steenburgh, KA8JBY, talks about solar cycle 24. (Part Two 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-26-2011

THIS WEEK: Space weather forecaster Rob Steenburgh, KA8JBY, talks about spaceweather.gov. (Part 1, 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 02-18-2011

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Steve Bible, N7HPR, concludes answering the question "How do we get teens into ham radio?" (2005 replay Part 2, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-11-2011

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Steve Bible, N7HPR, answers the question "How do we get teens into ham radio?" (2005 replay Part 1, 12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-04-2011

THIS WEEK: QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, talks about WSJT and more. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-28-2011

THIS WEEK: Michael Morales, KC6CYK, is a most unusual hero. (2007 replay 16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-22-2011

THIS WEEK: QSL.FM - The Geo Location Repeater Directory explained. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-14-2011

This Week: Linux Journal writer David Lane, KG4GIY, talks about his ham radio roots. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-08-2011

This Week: We conclude our look at '4-3-5', Ham Radio's Hell Kitchen with Christina Holzschuh, KE6RRI (Part 2, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-31-2010

This Week: A look into '435', Ham Radio's Hell Kitchen with Christina Holzschuh, KE6RRI (Part 1, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-25-2010

This Week: Swan/Atlas founder, Herb Johnson, W6QKI, concludes the history of these radio companies. (1993 Replay Part Two, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-18-2010

This Week: Swan/Atlas founder, Herb Johnson, W6QKI, relates the history of these radio companies. (1993 Replay Part One, 16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-10-2010

This Week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his Net Solutions talk. (Part Two, 16 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 12-04-2010

This Week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, asks "What makes a repeater net successful?" (Part one, 14 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 11-26-2010

This Week: Pat Tice, WA0TDA, voices a brief look at the NCDXF Beacon Project. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-20-2010

This Week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his interview with Dave Morris, N5UP, the ham behind EQSL.cc. (Part Two, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-19-2010

This Week: Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his interview with Dave Morris, N5UP, the ham behind EQSL.cc. (Part Two, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-13-2010

This Week: An interview with Dave Morris, N5UP, the ham behind EQSL.cc. (Part One, 17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-06-2010

This Week: The story behind Mark Abramson, KC9VW (11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-29-2010

This Week: ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hair, W1RFI, concludes his talk about RFI basics; (Part 2, 16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-23-2010

This Week: ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hair, W1RFI, talks about RFI basics; (Part 1, 17 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-15-2010

This Week: RAIN'S Hap Holly, KC9RP, concludes his interview with Nobel Laureate prize winner and Astro Physicist Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT (Part two of a 2001 replay 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-08-2010

This Week: RAIN'S Hap Holly, KC9RP, interviews Nobel Laureate prize winner and Astro Physicist Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT (Part one of a 2001 replay 13 minutes) Dr.

The RAIN Report for 10-01-2010

This Week: We take a look at the Amateur Radio media with Norm Seeley&Hap Holly. (Part 1, 12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-26-2010

This Week: Former ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, talks about acquiring the 60-meter band and BPL (2003 replay, 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-18-2010

This Week: Hank Landsberg, WB6MEU, helps launch TIS in Sierra Madre, California. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-03-2010

This Week: Heil Sound Founder, Bob Heil, K9EID, talks about the influence of teachers on his ham radio and audio career. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-27-2010

This Week: Ham radio instructor Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, talks about Murphy's Law of Middle School Parents ... (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-20-2010

This Week: ARRL PR Manager Alan Pitts, K1AGP, talks about what's new in the PIO program. (10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-13-2010

This Week: Amateur Radio author&teacher Gordon West, WB6NOA, shares some DSP basics. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-07-2010

This Week: Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, talks about ham radio's impact on his careers. (13 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 07-31-2010

This Week: Cody Anderson, KI4FUV, named 2010 Young Ham of the Year (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-23-2010

This Week: Cody Anderson, KI4FUV, named 2010 Young Ham of the Year (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-17-2010

This week: Martin Jeu, K5FLU and Alan Pitts, W1AGP talk about Amateur Radio's influence in their professional careers. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-16-0010

The RAIN Report for 07-09-2010

This week: Rich Moseson, W2VU, and Bob Sherman, K2SJP, talk about Amateur Radio's influence in their professional careers. (18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-03-2010

This week: Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML and Bob Heil, K9EID, talk about Amateur Radio's influence in their professional careers. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-26-2010

THIS WEEK: We present our 3rd excerpt from the 2010 Amateur Radio&the Law forum, featuring Paula Uscian, K9IR (Part 3, 22 minutes and 42 seconds)

The RAIN Report for 06-18-2010

THIS WEEK: We present our 2nd excerpt from the 2010 Amateur Radio&the Law forum, featuring Fred Hopengarten, K1VR. (Part 2, 12 minutes and more)

The RAIN Report for 06-12-2010

THIS WEEK: We present our first excerpt from the 2010 Amateur Radio and the Law forum, featuring Jim O'Connell, W9WU. (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-04-2010

THIS WEEK: We conclude our 2010 FCC update from Bill Cross, W3TN. (part 3, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-28-2010

THIS WEEK: FCC update from Bill Cross, W3TN. (part 2, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-21-2010

THIS WEEK: FCC update from Bill Cross, W3TN. (part 1, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-17-2010

THIS WEEK: Broadcaster Oren Brand, K9KEJ, relates his commentary on hamfests. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-15-2010

THIS WEEK: Broadcaster Oren Brand, K9KEJ, relates his commentary on hamfests. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-08-2010

THIS WEEK: ASS. Gen. Chair, Michael Kalter, W8CI, previews the upcoming Dayton Hamvention. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-30-2010

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR concludes talking about choosing A Scanner in a Post 9-11 World. (Part 3 of a 2007 replay 9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-22-2010

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR talks about choosing A Scanner in a Post 9-11 World. (Part 2 of a 2007 replay 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-16-2010

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR talks about choosing A Scanner in a Post 9-11 World. (Part 1 of a 2007 replay 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-08-2010

THIS WEEK: CQ magazine Editor, Rich Moseson, W2VU, concludes his talking about his ham radio career. (Part 2 of this 2007 replay 8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-02-2010

THIS WEEK: CQ magazine Editor, Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about his career in ham radio. (part 1 of a 2007 replay 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-26-2010

THIS WEEK: Broadcaster Dick Helton, W9CTY, concludes his talk about his early days in ham radio. (replay of part 2 of 1990 talk 9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-23-2010

THIS WEEK: CQ magazine Editor, Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about his career in ham radio. (part 1 of a 2007 replay 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-19-2010

THIS WEEK: We look back at the state of Amateur Radio enforcement in 2001 with Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-12-2010

THIS WEEK: We look back at the state of Amateur Radio enforcement in 2001 with Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-06-2010

THIS WEEK: GordonWest, WB6NOA, reports that ham were ready ... but nobody called! (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-05-2010

THIS WEEK: We conclude Alabama ham/author Don Keith, N4KC's talking about his life as a ham and prolific writer. (Part Two, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-19-2010

THIS WEEK: Prolific Alabama ham/writer, Don Keith, N4KC, talks about his life as a ham and writer. (Part One, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-13-2010

THIS WEEK: Glen Zook, K9STH, petitions the FCC for a 4-meter ham band. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-05-2010

THIS WEEK: We look back at Jan., 2005, the month the sun made solar history. (RAIN Replay, 17 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-29-2010

THIS WEEK: Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, speaks with Kay Craigie, N3KN, 1st ARRL lady President (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-22-2010

THIS WEEK: Bill Carnes, N7OTQ, talks about Collins collectibles; 2005 replay. (Part 2, 11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-15-2010

THIS WEEK: SBE President, Vinny Lopez, says "yes" to increasing FCC Staff. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-09-2010

THIS WEEK: SBE President, Vinny Lopez, says "yes" to increasing FCC Staff. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-02-2010

THIS WEEK: Linux Journal Guest Editor David Lane, KG4GIY, talks about featuring ham radio in the Jan., 2010 issue. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-24-2009

THIS WEEK: Whatever happened to Veronica Harrington, KC6TQR? (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-18-2009

THIS WEEK: Inveterate contester Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, talks about his World Above 50 MHz QST column. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-11-2009

THIS WEEK: QST columnist and inveterate contester Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, talks about his ham radio roots. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-04-2009

THIS WEEK: In this RAIN Replay ham radio author and cheer leader, Gordon West, WB6NOA, concludes his 2005 talk about using hidden antennas on the HF bands. (Part 2, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-27-2009

THIS WEEK: Ham radio author and cheer leader, Gordon West, WB6NOA, talks about getting on HF with hidden antennas in this 2005 RAIN Replay (Part 1, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-21-2009

THIS WEEK: Videotographer Gary Pierce, KN4AQ, talks about the evolution of Amateur Radio Video News (Part 1, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-13-2009

THIS WEEK: Videotographer Gary Pierce, KN4AQ, talks about the evolution of Amateur Radio Video News (Part 1, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-06-2009

THIS WEEK: The conclusion of a 1993 RAIN interview with Herb Johnson, W6QKI, Founder of Swan/Atlas (RAIN Replay Part 2, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-30-2009

THIS WEEK: A 1993 RAIN interview with Herb Johnson, W6QKI, Founder of Swan/ATlas (RAIN Replay Part One, 16 minutes).Amateur Radio Policy Committee Petitions FCC to Change 97.113(A)3. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-23-2009

THIS WEEK: Amateur Radio Policy Committee Petitions FCC to Change 97.113(A)3. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-17-2009

THIS WEEK: Amateur Radio Balooning specialist Bill Brown, WB8ELK, concludes his story ... or rather stories. (Part 2, 16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-10-2009

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Scott Cowling, WA2DFI, talks about HPSDR, high performance software-defined radio. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-02-2009

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Scott Cowling, WA2DFI, talks about HPSDR, high performance software-defined radio. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-25-2009

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Steve Bible, N7HPR, talks about the DCC, returning to Chicago Sept. 25-27. (18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-18-2009

THIS WEEK: TAPR's Steve Bible, N7HPR, talks about the DCC, returning to Chicago Sept. 25-27. (18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-12-2009

THIS WEEK: Nick Lance, KC5KBO, teaches ham radio to astronauts. (9:30)

The RAIN Report for 09-05-2009

THIS WEEK: Former ARRL Board member and veteran ABC TV employee Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, talks about ham radio's impact on his broadcast career (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-29-2009

THIS WEEK: Dr. Fred Raab, W1FR, talks about experimentation on the 500 kHz band (RAIN replay with update 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-21-2009

THIS WEEK: KT1B Commentary on Green Petition to Ban Closed Repeaters (9 minutes); & more.

The RAIN Report for 08-14-2009

THIS WEEK: VADM. Scott Redd, K0DQ, Achieves Major Feat (19 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-08-2009

THIS WEEK: CQVHF Editor Joe Lynch/N6CL talks about the Perceid meteor showers

The RAIN Report for 08-01-2009

THIS WEEK: Amateur Radio Newsline interviews Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, the just-announced 2009 Young Ham of the Year (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-24-2009

THIS WEEK: K3BEQ Petitions the FCC to Outlaw Closed Repeaters. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-18-2009

THIS WEEK: Amateur Radio Newsline's Tribute to the late broadcast and ham radio legend, Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-10-2009

THIS WEEK: Propigation writer Tomas Hood, NW7US, continues discussing the birth of solar cycle 24. (Part Two, 11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-08-2009

THIS WEEK: Kermit Carlson, W9XA, tells you why you should come to Chicago to attend the July 23-26 Central States VHF conference. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-26-2009

THIS WEEK: Kermit Carlson, W9XA, invites you to the Central States VHF conference, July 23-26 near Chicago. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-19-2009

THIS WEEK: Ken Silverman, KB3LLA, talks about Handihams helping the disabled become licensed ham operators. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-12-2009

THIS WEEK: Richard Garriot on hamming in space. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-05-2009

THIS WEEK: The FCC's William Cross, W3TN, presents an FCC update at the Dayton Hamvention, May 15. (20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-29-2009

THIS WEEK: The FCC's William Cross, W3TN, presents an FCC update at the Dayton Hamvention, May 15. (20 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-22-2009

THIS WEEK: Our 1st excerpt from the just-completed Dayton Hamvention, featuring new FCC spectrum enforcer, Laura Smith. (18 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-13-2009

THIS WEEK: We bring you a classic satirical commentary on hamfests, written&voiced for RAIN by Oren Brand, K9KEJ in 1993.

The RAIN Report for 05-08-2009

THIS WEEK: 12-year-old Logan Gillette, KD0CIT, talks about ham radio as being his life. (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 05-01-2009

THIS WEEK: Dayton Hamvention PR guy, Michael Kalter, W8CI, gives us a last-minute look. (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-25-2009

THIS WEEK: Software defined radio (SDR) specialist Phil Harman, VK6APH, talks about the mixed blessings of SDR. And we remember Dale Shimp, W9LOV. (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-17-2009

THIS WEEK: Software developer Peter Loveall, AE5PL, talks about modern-day APRS. (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-06-2009

THIS WEEK: Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, interviews Mike Dorrough, KO6NM, a pioneer in audio processing. (2000 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-03-2009

THIS WEEK: CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about packet's remarkable comeback and its emcom applications. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-28-2009

THIS WEEK: Chris Snyder, NG3F, seeks certification for the National Registry of Certified EmCom Volunteers. (Part 2, 14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-20-2009

THIS WEEK: Chris Snyder, NG3F, seeks certification for the National Registry of Certified EmCom Volunteers. (Part 1, 16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-15-2009

THIS WEEK: Due to technical reasons beyond our control there is no RAIN Report for the week of March 13-19.

The RAIN Report for 03-07-2009

THIS WEEK: CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, poses the question "Does Ham Radio Have Networks or Not? (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-27-2009

THIS WEEK: Former Kantronics designer Phil Anderson, W0XI, talks about high-tech crystal radios as an educational tool. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-21-2009

THIS WEEK: Former Kantronics designer Phil Anderson, W0XI, talks about high-tech crystal radios as an educational tool. (8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-13-2009

THIS WEEK: "Mr. Kit-Builder" Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, shares proven techniques. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-06-2009

THIS WEEK: Carole Perry, WB2MGP, talks about RCA's new technology outreach program. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-30-2009

THIS WEEK: 10-10 International's Keith Schloppman, KR7RK, says ten meters is alive ... not dead. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-24-2009

THIS WEEK: EQsl.cc Announces Partnership with CQ. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-16-2009

THIS WEEK: QSL'ing has gone paperless via EQsl.cc. (Part 1, 17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 01-10-2009

THIS WEEK: Some thoughts from Katie Breen, W1KRB, ARRL Membership Manager (8 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-02-2009

THIS WEEK: Fire up that old relic this Saturday and check into the Vintage SSB net on 3840 kHz. (10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-26-2008

THIS WEEK: A rerun of a 2003 tribute to NBC Science Reporter and Newsline voice Roy Neal, K6DUE (Part Two, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-19-2008

THIS WEEK: A rerun of a 2003 tribute to NBC Science Reporter and Newsline voice Roy Neal, K6DUE (Part Two, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-12-2008

THIS WEEK: A rerun of a 2003 tribute to NBC Science Reporter and Newsline voice Roy Neal, K6DUE (Part one, 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-06-2008

THIS WEEK: Rick Muething, KN6KB, talks about his new WINMOR (Winlink Messages Over Radio) software (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-24-2008

This Week: Part two of "WLS - A Retrospective" with author and former RAIN reader, Scott Childers, W9CHI. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-21-2008

This Week: "WLS - A Retrospective" with author and former RAIN reader, Scott Childers, W9CHI. (Part 1, 12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-14-2008

This Week: Some thoughts from ARRL President, Joel Harrison, W5ZN. (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-07-2008

This Week: Dr. Fred Raab, W1FR, talks about experimentation on the 500 kHz band (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-31-2008

This Week: the late Alan Kaul, W6RCL, talks about Newsline's early days (part 2, 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-24-2008

This Week: Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF&Jim Hendershot, WA6FQP, talk about Newsline's early days (part 1, 12 minuttes).

The RAIN Report for 10-17-2008

This Week: ARRL Media & Public Relations Manager, Alan Pitts, W1AGP, talks about the League's "We Do That" campaign. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-10-2008

This Week: Carol Lynch, W6CL, married to CQ VHF Editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, talks about her ham radio roots. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-03-2008

This Week: Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, sets the record straight about APRS. (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-26-2008

This Week: Some thoughts from two ham radio writers: Brittany Decker, KB1OGL; and larry Wolfgang, WR1B (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-19-2008

This Week: A blatant plug for the Digital Comm. Conf. coming to Chicago, Sept. 26-28 by Steve Bible, N7HPR. (9 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-12-2008

This Week: "Ham Radio Roots" 1, featuring CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-06-2008

This Week: Roger Cox, WB0DGF, concludes the Hygain story (part 2, 1998 rerun, 16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-26-2008

This Week: Pabian Howell talks about the first 20 years of Hygain (1998; part 1, rerun, 11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-23-2008

This Week: Wayne Green, W2NSD's "use it or lose it" warning applies today as much as it did 20 years ago (2002 rerun, 8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-15-2008

This Week: Keith Pugh, W5IU, talks about kids, ham radio and space (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-08-2008

This Week: Jeff Reed discusses more about CB radio as a pop culture phenomenon of the 1970s (Part 2, 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-01-2008

This Week: Jeff Reed discusses CB radio as having been a pop culture phenomenon (Part 1, 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-26-2008

This Week: Jim O'Connell, W9WU, says don't sign without that little piece of paper (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-19-2008

This Week: Emily Stewart, KC0PTL, 2008 Young Ham of the Year. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-11-2008

This Week: John Tipka, W8UL, discusses National Traffic System interoperability. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-05-2008

This Week: This 1990 RAIN Rerun features the first columns filed by mark Thompson, WB9QZB and Art Reis, K9XI (220 Notes). (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-27-2008

This Week: BHI LTD. and West Mountain Radio demo their after-market DSP boxes. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-21-2008

This Week: Attorney Paula uscian, K9IR, discusses neighbors and interference issues. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-13-2008

This Week: Ever thought about getting help from TAPR? *Steve Bible, N7HPR* (8 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-06-2008

This Week: Our second and last excerpt from the 2008 Hamvention FCC forum, featuring Riley. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-30-2008

This Week: A RAIN Rerun with Rich Moseson, W2VU, (not the FCC) due to a logistical snaff-fu. (2003 Rerun 12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-23-2008

This Week: William Cross, W3TN, presents an FCC update from Dayton (Part 1, 18 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 05-13-2008

This Week: We flash back to 2003 to hear "Owen Garriott, W5LFL, His Story" (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 05-09-2008

This Week: Hamvention Assistant Chair, Michael Kalter, W8CI, previews next weekend's Hamvention. (14 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-02-2008

This Week: The Feds Short Circuit FCC BPL Rules (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-25-2008

This Week: We conclude our interview with writer Ward Silver, N0AX, 2008 Amateur of the Year award winner (Part Two, 9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-18-2008

This Week: Interview with writer Ward Silver, N0AX, 2008 Amateur of the Year award winner (Part one, 13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-11-2008

This Week: 1993 Nobel Laureatte Joe Taylor, K1JT, talks about radio astronomy. (Part 2, 17 minutes) 2001 rerun.

The RAIN Report for 04-04-2008

This Week: 1993 Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, talks about his roots in ham radio and astro physics. (Part 1, 16 minutes) 2001.

The RAIN Report for 04-03-2008

This Week: Marion Island - Coming to a Ham Band Near You (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-28-2008

This Week: Marion Island - Coming to a Ham Band Near You (15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-21-2008

This Week: CQ VHF Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU's 2000 talk entitled "Hobby, A Dirty Word" (2001 rerun, 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-14-2008

This Week: Steve Mendelsohn (formerly WA2DHF) tells a good bedtime story (1985 rerun 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-07-2008

This Week: Terry Fletcher, WA0ITP, talks about his free Ham Radio for the General Public program (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-29-2008

This Week: Sound household RFI basics from Dennis Moriarty, K8AGB (Part 2, 13 minutes 2002)

The RAIN Report for 02-22-2008

This Week: Sound household RFI basics from Dennis Moriarty, K8AGB (Part 1, 14 minutes 2002)

The RAIN Report for 02-15-2008

This Week: We replay the first edition (Dec., 1992) of the Condo Communications Newsletter, written and voiced by Art Winterbauer, W0AEW, formerly N0OQS. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-08-2008

This Week: We replay the first edition (Dec., 1992) of the Condo Communications Newsletter, written and voiced by Art Winterbauer, W0AEW, formerly N0OQS. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 02-01-2008

This Week: John Tipka, W8UL, and Bo Lindfors talk about NTS&MARS use of digital technology (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-25-2008

This Week: Joe Moell, K0OV discusses the basics of tracking wildlife by radio. (14 minutes

The RAIN Report for 01-18-2008

This Week: Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, says "Lighten Up" (part 2 (a 2007 rerun) 11 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 01-10-2008

This Week: Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, says "Lighten Up" (part 1 2007 rerun, 11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 01-04-2008

This week: Veteran public service coordinator Mitch Stern, W1SJ, discusses the do's&don'ts. (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-28-2007

This week: Veteran kit builder Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, talks about the tools of the trade. (19 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-21-2007

This week: We celebrate Arthur C. Clarke's 90 b-day with a 1992 NTRN interview1992 with him. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-14-2007

This week: Vermont repeater trustee Mitch Stern, W1SJ, passes along sound tips for newbies. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-06-2007

This week: Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, talks about a new direction for APRS. (10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-29-2007

This week: SATERN Founder?Major Patrick McPherson, WW9E, on interfacing SATERN with the local community? (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-24-2007

This week: ARRL Volunteer Counsel Paula Uscian, K9IR, talks about getting along with one's neighbors radiowise (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-16-2007

This week: 73 VHF columnist Joe Lynch, N6CL talks about VHF, then and now? (2006 rerun ?10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-08-2007

This week: ARRL Volunteer Counsel Brendon Price, N4QX, on doing your homework before buying your next home? (11 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-02-2007

This week: Veteran contester Mitch Stern, W1SJ, passes along some contesting basics for beginners? (2005 rerun? 15 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-25-2007

This week: a new paradigm for emergency communications from Lor Kutchins,?W3QA? (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-18-2007

The RAIN Report for 10-11-2007

This week: D-STAR Trustee Tim Beret, K6BIV, speaks out against NFCC letter to the FCC. (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 10-05-2007

This week: The NFCC and Jay Maynard, K5ZC, push for FCC D-STAR Repeater Clarification (Part Two, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-27-2007

This week: The NFCC and Jay Maynard, K5ZC, push for FCC D-STAR Repeater Clarification (Part One, 13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-21-2007

A new paradigm for emergency communications from Lor Kutchins,?W3QA? (14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-14-2007

This week: Fred Vobbe, W8HDU discusses difficulties in co-channelling analog and digital signals (12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 09-06-2007

This week: A Beginner's Look at Ham Radio's Digital Future 2 with Rich Moseson, W2VU (Part Two 11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-30-2007

This week: A Beginner's Look at Ham Radio's Digital Future 1 with Jeff Reinhart, AA6JR (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-23-2007

This week: Gordon West, WB6NOA, concludes his talk about tropospheric ducting, a tool for VHF/UHF hams. (Part 2, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-16-2007

This week: Gordon West, WB6NOA, talks about tropospheric ducting, a tool for VHF/UHF hams. (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 08-09-2007

This week: Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, details the phenomena known as The Illinois Digital ham Yahoo Group (16 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 08-02-2007

This week: We conclude a gem from the RAIN archive entitled "My Early Days" by broadcaster Dick Helton, W9CTY part 2, 11 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 07-26-2007

This week: A gem from the RAIN archive entitled "My Early Days" by broadcaster Dick Helton, W9CTY part 1, 14 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 07-20-2007

This week: Interview with Eagle Scout Grant H. Morine, W4GHM, 2007 Young Ham of the Year (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-12-2007

This week: Due to recent 6&10-meter openings, we rerun a two-part program about PropNet with Ev Tupis, W2EV. (part 2, 10 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 07-05-2007

This week: Due to recent 6&10-meter openings, we rerun a two-part program about PropNet with Ev Tupis, W2EV. (part 1, 12 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 06-28-2007

This week: FCC - 2007 Update Are D-STAR Repeaters Actually Repeaters? And cicadas! (Part 5, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-21-2007

This week: FCC - 2007 Update Are D-STAR Repeaters Actually Repeaters? And cicadas! (Part 5, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-15-2007

This week: Part 2 of 3 excerpts from the 2007 Dayton Hamvention's FCC forum, featuring William Cross, W3TN. (Part 2, 15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 06-07-2007

This week: Part 1 of 3 excerpts from the 2007 Dayton Hamvention's FCC forum, featuring William Cross, W3TN. (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-31-2007

This week: Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, says "Lighten Up!" (Part 2, 10 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-24-2007

This week: Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, says "Lighten Up!" (Part 1, 11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 05-11-2007

This week: Video and audio en route to, at, and returning from the Dayton Hamvention via the WA5KUB Helmetcam . (13 mintes)

The RAIN Report for 05-03-2007

This week: A preview of the upcoming Dayton Hamvention with its General Chair, Jim Nies, WX8F (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-26-2007

This week: Joe Moell, K0OV, promotes the first USA Blind ARDF Championship (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-19-2007

This week: CQ, CQ VHF and Pop Comm Editor, Rich Moseson, W2VU, concludes his thoughts about his ham radio career. (Part 2, 8 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 04-12-2007

In this 2005 RAIN rerun CQ, CQ VHF and Pop Comm Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about his ham radio career. (Part 1, 13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 04-05-2007

This week: Ham Radio and Fur Suits - Interview with Julie Fraedrich, KD8AYJ (part 2, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-29-2007

This week: Ham Radio and Fur Suits - Interview with Julia Fredricks, KD8AYJ (part 1, 14 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-22-2007

This week: 2 2004 RAIN Reruns about VHF propagation, and "My Antenna is Better than Yours" (13 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-15-2007

This week: the "HF Operator's Survival Guide" introduced (5 minutes); and a Bytes From QZB (6 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 03-09-2007

This week: Veteran ham radio writer Joe Schroeder, W9JUV, discusses the future of Morse code. (15 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 03-02-2007

This week: Propagation columnist Tomas Hood, NW7US, continues his sneak peak at solar cycle 24. (part 2, 11 minutes) .

The RAIN Report for 02-22-2007

This week: Propagation columnist Tomas Hood, NW7US, continues his sneak peak at solar cycle 24. (part 2, 11 minutes) .

The RAIN Report for 02-15-2007

This week: Propagation columnist Tomas Hood, NW7US, takes a sneak peak at solar cycle 24. (part 1, 11 minutes) .

The RAIN Report for 02-09-2007

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR, concludes discussing choosing the right Radio scanner in a post 9-11 world. (part 3, 9 minutes.)

The RAIN Report for 02-02-2007

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR, continues discussing choosing the right Radio scanner in a post 9-11 world. (part 2, 15 minutes.)

The RAIN Report for 01-26-2007

THIS WEEK: Jeff Rinehart, AA6JR, discusses choosing the right Radio scanner in a post 9-11 world. (part 1, 14 minutes.)

The RAIN Report for 01-18-2007

This week: Blair Alper, KA9SEQ, discloses his high-tech yet low-cost system for accessing archived audio via phone line. 16 minutes

The RAIN Report for 01-11-2007

This week: Michael Morales, KC6CYK is a most unlikely hero. 17 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 01-06-2007

This week: We conclude our salute to the late Alan Kaul, W6RCL. Part 2, (9 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 12-29-2006

This week: We salute the late AlanKaul, W6RCL (Part 1, 13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-21-2006

This week: With the FCC's decision to drop code from all Amateur Radio licensing, Alan Pitts, W1AGP, sets the record straight about what the ARRL really wanted. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-14-2006

This week: Keith Pugh, W5IU, talks about using ham radio satellites as "spacial" tools in the classroom. (13 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-07-2006

This week: Keys to A Successful Hamfest (2) from Kevin Caramanos, WD6DIH *rerun* (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 12-01-2006

This week: Keys to A Successful Hamfest (1) from Kevin Caramanos, WD6DIH *rerun* (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-23-2006

This week: Commentaries from 1992 by Sam Garrett, AA0CR, and Mark Thompson, WB9QZB (8 minutes).

The RAIN Report for 11-16-2006

This week: Mark Spencer, WA8SME, ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator, discusses the merits of the new&improved Technician exam and question pool.

The RAIN Report for 11-10-2006

This week: Mark Spencer, WA8SME, ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator, challenges us to look at ourselves in the ham radio mirror. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 11-02-2006

This week: BARC JRS radio instructor Bruce Arthur, KQ6TQ, talks about his club's success in recruiting kids into ham radio and keeping them there. (16 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-26-2006

This week 2 guest commentaries: John Ogden, NA9D (Dumming Down); and Patrick Tice, WA0TDA (DOTA) [10 minutes]

The RAIN Report for 10-19-2006

This week: CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, talks about Amateur Radio University. (01-07-06 rerun) 10 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 10-13-2006

This week: Greg Cambidge (Red Cross) proposes hams become involved in disaster assessment (12 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 10-06-2006

This week: Author and attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, talks about two words you need to know about in Amateur Radio antenna tower litigation.

The RAIN Report for 09-28-2006

This week: Carlton Smith, KE5EUL, and Gordon West, WB6NOA, travel Two Christmas Island on a humanitarian mission.

The RAIN Report for 09-21-2006

This week: Ev Tupis, W2EV, talks about the need for more PSK31 stations to participate on 10&6 meters in the PropNET Project. (11 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 09-14-2006

This week: The PropNET project is combining the best of Amateur Radio and the Internet; interview with Ev Tupis, W2EV.

The RAIN Report for 09-07-2006

This week: Icom America's Ray Novak, N9JA, concludes his discussion about D-STAR, a most important technology.

The RAIN Report for 08-31-2006

A double feature this week: Ray Novak, N9JA (D-STAR); and Henry Feinberg, K2SSQ (E.T. Communicator) 17 minutes.

The RAIN Report for 08-25-2006

This week: New York Half Marathon Communications Director, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, talks about this new event.

The RAIN Report for 08-18-2006

This week: ARRL Volunteer Counsel Brennan Price, N4QX, talks about PRB-1 federal preemption as being a mixed bag.

The RAIN Report for 08-10-2006

This week: Tom Medlin, WA5KUB, talks about how you can virtually watch and hear his Huntsville hamfest helmet cam, August 18-20.

The RAIN Report for 08-03-2006

This week: ARRL Volunteer Counsel Brennan Price, N4QX, briefly details the recent history of PRB1.

The RAIN Report for 07-28-2006

This week: Do you have a piece of ham gear that needs a new home? There's one organization that could really put it to good use.

The RAIN Report for 07-20-2006

This week we present a disaster communication overview of Katrina. (17 minutes)

The RAIN Report for 07-13-2006

This week Mitch Stern, W1SJ, talks about public service being good preparation for disaster communications.

The RAIN Report for 07-06-2006

This week Brainerd, Minnesota broadcast engineer Mark Persons, W0MH, talks about lightning protection.

The RAIN Report for 06-29-2006

This week we spotlight the proposed National SOS program with its founder, Eric Knight, KB1EHE.

The RAIN Report for 06-23-2006

This week we conclude our BPL series with a peak at Motorola's solution to the interference issue with the DARA 2006 Technical Excellence award winner, Dick Illman, AH6EZ/W9.

The RAIN Report for 06-16-2006

Ed Hare, W1RFI, presents part two of his talk about broadband over powerlines (BPL).

The RAIN Report for 06-09-2006

Ed Hare, W1RFI, talks about broadband over powerline (BPL).

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