Look up WB4AIO on QRZ.com — ? There’s a Better Alternative

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Look up WB4AIO on QRZ.com? — try a better alternative.

QRZ.COM has banned and censored many people for their political views (for years, KV4FZ was one and there have been lots more, including me) and in my opinion for that reason shouldn’t be supported by amateur radio operators. Sometimes they even lock an operator’s page so he can’t update his information, causing readers to get outdated information. This is intentional, downright malicious — and petty.

So, if you want to look up WB4AIO on QRZ.com, instead look him up on the much better QRZCQ.com. Check it out, and while you’re there, register and make them your new replacement for QRZ.com.

They even help shortwave listeners (SWLs) interact with amateur operators, allowing SWLs to register their own custom SWL callsigns and create a page on the QRZ lookup database, so others can find out more about their listening stations.

The folks there have so many features on their site that I haven’t even explored them all yet. QRZ.com deserves to be abandoned; let’s all register and switch to QRZCQ today!

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And here’s the better, non-censored callsign database that thousands, including WB4AIO, are using to replace QRZ.com.

WB4AIO is Back On the Air!


by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

WELL, MY STATION has been too long idle — far too long, since early 2000. But starting last week, WB4AIO is back on the air. Despite the FBI-aided and abetted theft of all my radio equipment, I have been frugally saving my pennies and building a new station (mostly with far-from-new equipment). I’ve been running some low-power tests on 75, 40, and 20 meters using both AM and eSSB with an un-amplified Flex SDR-1000 (running 75 to 100 Watts peak on eSSB and a whopping 18 Watts on AM). It’s a wonderful experience, and especially delightful to make an on-air connection to old friends again. I’ve recently talked to N2IRJ, W1WCR, N2SAG, WA2CYT, WA1HLR, KB1NFS, W1AEX, W4BVT and many others. Thanks for welcoming me back, guys!

I can tell, when the propagation is turbulent or the band is noisy and competitive (as 75 meters practically always is), that exciter power simply isn’t enough — so I’m seeking a good quality linear amplifier to bring my signal up 10 dB or more.

Marty, N2IRJ was kind enough to send a recording he made of me using PowerSDR and a 7.5 kHz bandwidth while we were having an eSSB QSO on 7275 kHz. Take a listen:

WB4AIO as heard at N2IRJ 7275 kHz LSB

New Midweek Liberty Net Session!


by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

THE LIBERTY NET will be holding a special Wednesday night session tonight — and it will be starting at 9PM Eastern Time, one hour earlier than the regular Saturday session. It’s an experiment we’re trying because many of our participants want to be able to discuss breaking events as they happen, and at greater length than a weekly net allows. So check in and participate! The starting frequency is tentatively set at 3991 kHz LSB, but, as always, we may have to be frequency-agile if the frequency is already in use. As AB3RA says, you can never get enough liberty!

Survival Net Update: Skipping a Week!

by Jim Saemann, AB3RA

THE SURVIVAL NET will meet next on Sunday, February 10, at 9 PM on 3.983 MHz. Due to the Super Bowl, we will not meet on February 3.

The topic for February 10 will be investing.  We will kick around some ideas about how to financially prepare for an economic crisis such as runaway inflation and/or a currency collapse.

73 to all!

Survival Net Update


by Jim Saemann, AB3RA

THE SURVIVAL NET had its third meeting on Sunday, January 13, at 9 PM Eastern Time on 3983 kHz. We had an in-depth discussion about aquaponic gardening and keeping warm in a crisis. Aquaponics involves having a vegetable garden connected to a fish pond. The fish produce waste which fertilizes the vegetables. Water from the fish pond is filtered through the garden and returned to the pond. The result is high quality organic food, year round, without weeds, chemicals, etc.

Listen: Survival Net 1/13

One of the subtopics discussed was the very real possibility of a world wide hunger crisis due to drought and dust-bowl type conditions in many agricultural areas. The food shortage, combined with currency manipulation and devaluation, could lead to massive food inflation and possibly even riots. The importance of emergency food supplies, as well as sustainable personal agriculture, cannot be overestimated. Does anyone really want to rely on FEMA for their food?

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Special Election Night Meeting of the Liberty Net

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

AT EIGHT PM TUESDAY, election day, the Liberty Net will be having a special meeting to discuss the events of the evening. We’ll try for 3967 or a nearby frequency. The five best-known presidential candidates — Merlin Miller, Gary Johnson, Virgil Goode, “Mitt” Romney, and Barack Hussein Obama are shown below.

Listen: LN Election Night - 2012-1106

My personal opinion? Elections don’t matter because the major parties are totally controlled by our enemies, and the moronic mob will always vote the major parties because the controlled media tell them to. So why take even a minute away from our important work of building a consensus for secession and revolution to vote in the phony elections? As it has been wisely said, “If voting could change anything, it would be illegal.” But it’s worthwhile to talk about the charade, and prove to intelligent people that it is a charade, and show them that there is no hope — not even the faintest hope, ever — of regaining our freedom and constitutional rights through the ballot box.

Listen: LN Election Night - 2012-1106


Amazingly Good-Sounding SSB (ESSB)

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

TO PROVE THAT STANDARD AM (a mode that is very close to my heart) isn’t the only HF mode offering good fidelity these days, here’s a 10 MB mp3 audio file I recorded (with one of the Flex SDR-1000s  I’ve been experimenting with lately) Labor Day evening of some ESSB operators on 3630 kHz. The band hadn’t completely formed yet, as these Central Daylight Time fellows were propagating to the East Coast at about 7:30 pm their time — full daylight. And static from the remains of Hurricane Isaac was very much present. Yet these only moderate strength signals — some just equal with the static crashes — are still quite intelligible. I think the good intelligibility is because of the wide broadcast-style frequency response, not in spite of it.

It’s amazing what excellent sound some of these experimenters are getting out of single sideband. For years — decades really — only (highly modified to broadcast standards) AM gear was getting this kind of audio quality on amateur radio. But improved techniques have really made SSB sound better than ever!

For best results, listen on a high fidelity set of speakers or headphones:

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‘Obamacare’ Tax Hike List via K4HZY

Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes: Listed by Size of Tax Hike

(As promised on last night’s Liberty Net session, here is the list showing that the “Obamacare” law contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses.)

WASHINGTON, DC — Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. Arranged by their respective sizes according to CBO scores, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, their effective dates, and where to find them in the bill.

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One Net, Many Feeds

by Kevin Strom, WB4AIO

THE LIBERTY NET has developed a real cyber-presence and there are now at least three ways to access it via the Internet. Instead of explaining things over the air in detail every time someone asks, I decided it would be handy to create a page explaining everything and then just refer people to 3950.net/feeds and let them see for themselves.

On Saturday nights (the net starts at 10PM Eastern Time and often runs five hours or more) there are two live feeds to choose from. (Both live feeds are on Stickam, a commercial service, so sometimes you will have to sit through an ad before the feed audio appears.)

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