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Hope everyone had an enjoyable New Year. It was nice and quiet at the home QTH, which is the way my wife and I like it. Only a few fireworks were heard, which was great for our dog. The XYL went to bed early, while I stayed up watching TV and getting over the flu, or whatever it was that I had had for the whole week prior, not fun being sick, especially during Christmas. But I'm doing better, although the XYL now has bronchitis, gotta love this time of year.

I just wrote a new, short, article on Signal Reports, inspired by an ARRL post on Twitter. It’s pretty basic, but hopefully you’ll find it useful. You can find the article here.

Let’s see, what’s new? Well, I have now upgraded my license to Amateur Extra, passed the Element 4 test on Oct. 19th. Once that was done, and the FCC showed the change, I subitted my application for Volunteer Examiner (VE). I got an email from the ARRL VEC last week saying that my application had “been sent to the approving area for processing”, so I’m thinking that I should be getting my credentials any day now. Which is good, my club’s regular testing is on the thrird Saturday of each month, so that’s coming up soon.

In other news. I did a quick and dirty ham–clock. Basically a dual clock, showing UTC time and local time. I can't quite seem to do the conversion in my head. You can find that by following this link.

Trying to find information about Amateur Radio Nets (what net, when, what frequency, what the focus is, etc.) requires bouncing around all over the place, and even that is no guarantee that you will be able to find the information you are looking for. So, I've been working on a solution to that issue. It’s called NETSdb and is designed to be a single stopping point to find information about the various Mateur Radio Nets out there. (This is no guarantee either, but at least it’s a centralized location).

You can find the intial version, and more information, by following the link below. It is currently a alpha version release, which means that the basic functionality is there, but it is not yet ready for “prime&ndashtime”. I’ve decided to go ahead and put it out there in the state that it is in just to see if there is any interest in this project, before I spend too much time on it. Even if there isn't much interest, I may just go ahead and finish development for my own use.

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Last Updated: 25 Jan 2022 0800 GMT
Solar Flux: 95
A Index: 4
K Index: 3
SSN: 26
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30m – 20m Good Good
17m – 15m Fair Fair
12m – 10m Poor Poor
VHF
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