Boy Scout Camp for 2014

Hope, Ernie and Glen participated in the Camp Greilick Trailblazer Adventure Day at the Boy Scout Camp on October 4.  Scouts learned about ham radio, morse code, HF and portable radios.  Scouts had donuts, hot chocolate, and watched a video of astronauts from the international space station talking to ham radio operators.  The biggest hit was having scouts learning to send their name by morse code (see this video).  Pics of the event can be seen here.

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Winter Weather Talks

Our annual Winter Weather Talks will be beginning shortly across northern Michigan.  Every fall we visit 6 or 7 locations across the area to conduct training on winter weather.   These classes are free, open to everyone and usually last about 90 minutes.  No pre-registration is required.

Topics covered this year will include:

* The science of winter storms
* How to make a snowfall measurement and report it to the NWS
* A look back at the historic winter of 2013-2014
* A look ahead to this winter
* Winter safety and preparedness

A schedule of training classes is available online at:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/apx/?n=outreach_events

If you have any questions, there is a contact phone number listed for each talk on the website above or you may call our office at 989-731-3384.

Jim Keysor
NWS Gaylord

Traverse City Training is October 28, 6:30PM at 2600 LaFranier Road, Traverse city

Streaming Audio from the Club Repeaters – Online Now!

Broadcastify - W8TCMIf you’re like me, sometimes your schedule is so busy that you just can’t get to the radio to check into the MESH Net, or maybe you are stuck in a basement or at work and wish you could listen to the repeater. Well – dread no more, I have a solution to your woes!

I was wondering what to do with some extra hardware that I was playing with after a repeater interfacing mock-up I was working on a couple of months ago. Without going into a lot of technical detail, I was able to reconfigure some older systems, repurpose a couple of scanning receivers that my wife will no longer allow me to set up in main rooms in our house, and configured it to stream audio from both repeaters live to the internet!

That’s right – if you have internet access, you can listen to the W8TCM Repeaters Live! Thanks to the folks at RadioReference.com (in partnership with broadcastify) you can listen for free, and I can stream it to their servers for free. You can search for “W8TCM” right from the main page and find it, or you can use this link: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17816

IOS app

IOS app

At the time of writing, from the webpage you are able to stream into Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, iTunes, or Winamp. There is also a Java player and a web-based player. There is an app called “Scanner Radio” in both the Android Google Play and IOS Apple App Stores

– for free!

So – enjoy the repeater audio, whether you’re stuck in a basement or miles away!

– 73 Joe N8CN