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K8JTK on Ham Nation episode 299 for #HamNation300

Yours truly, K8JTK, appeared on the show to promote #HamNation300 with the other digital net controllers.

Thanks to TWiT, Amanda – K1DDN, Andrew – WA8LIV from the DMR net, and Dave – N3NTV from the Echolink net.  Don’t forget to check out the other after net shows.

The episode can be download from  The part of the show featuring the controllers can be seen below.

Ham Nation 300 Special Event

Updates and where stations are operating for Ham Nation 300:

Social Media:
Facebook: Ham Nation on Twit
Facebook: #HamNation300
Twitter: #HamNation300

DX Clusters:
DX Summit
DX Heat

Ham Nation 294: Secret of Ham Nation 300

A Special Event celebrating the 300th broadcast of Ham Nation hits the ham bands May 24-31, 2017. Ham Nation hosts and after-show net control operators are presenting the event. Besides the on-air event, they encourage you to enter the summer-long Ham Nation Challenge.

Ham Nation is an audio and video podcast that is broadcast live on the internet channel Hams can view the program at 9:00 p.m. eastern time every Wednesday evening.

Hams can earn a Ham Nation 300 certificate by working six of the nine Special Event callsigns. They can receive a Clean Sweep certificate by working all nine 1×1 callsigns. Commemorative QSL cards are also available. Hams must send their QSL Card and an SASE to each station.

Contact the stations on any band. You may look up the details and rules for the on-air event on the QRZ page of the nine 1×1 callsigns in the table below. Check the pages frequently as we update them often.

The on-air event begins at 0300Z on May 25th and ends at 0500Z on June 1.

Software collates logs from all nine special event stations. Users download certificates and print them at home or at a self service photo shop.

The Ham Nation Challenge ends August 31, 2017. Hams may earn one of three certificates. Scoring 300 to 499 points will earn you a bronze challenge certificate. If you score 500 to 599 points you will receive a silver certificate. A score of 600 or more of the possible 750 points in the challenge will get you a Gold certificate. Hams receiving the top three scores appear on Ham Nation in September.

Hams earn challenge points by completing simple tasks like … submitting a chat room question; submitting a video or shack photo for broadcast or scoring a “selfie” with a host or net control operator.

By completing the more challenging tasks hams earn more points. More difficult tasks include … becoming a Volunteer Examiner; upgrading their amateur license or earning their WAS or DXCC. A complete list of the challenge tasks appears in the table below.

If you have questions about this event you may send an email to If you are talking about this event on social media we encourage you to use the hashtag “#HamNation300”.

Special Event Station Callsigns and Operators

Callsign Operator Personal callsign
K0H Amanda K1DDN
W0H Dale K0HYD
W2H Eric N2KOJ
W4H Kevin KC7FPF
W6H Mike WT6H
W7H Steve W7UDI
W9H Val NV9L

Ham Nation Hosts Using Personal Callsigns

Callsign Host
K9EID Bob Heil
WB6NOA Gordon West
K7AGE Randy Hall
W5JDX George Thomas

Digital Mode Operators Using Personal Callsigns

Callsign Name
K8JTK Jeffrey
WA8LIV Andrew
KC8VJK Craig
N3NTV David
VO1UKZ Darryll
W8WFO Steve
N9OFU Paul
WB6NOA Gordo

Ham Nation Challenge Tasks and Points Awarded

Points Task Limit Total Possible
10 Submit a chat room question or email Amanda a question that gets used on the show 2 20
25 Participate in a contest 2 50
25 Participate in a public service event 1 25
50 Obtain a Technician license or upgrade your license (must be earned after May 1st) 1 50
25 Become a Volunteer Examiner or an instructor 1 25
10 Work a HamNation300 1X1 special event station 9 90
10 Work a HamNation300 special event host station 4 40
10 Work a HamNation300 digital mode special event stations 4 40
10 Work a HamNation300 special event or wildcard stations on RTTY, JT65 or PSK31 3 30
10 Check into a Ham Nation after-show net 3 30
10 Submit a Show Me Your Shack photo to Dale for the video segment 2 20
25 Submit a ham radio related video that Dale uses on the video segment 1 25
25 Build an antenna or kit based on one of George or Randy’s videos 2 50
10 “Like” the Ham Nation Facebook Page 1 10
35 Earn your DXCC Award (completed after May 1st) 1 35
35 Earn your WAS Award (completed after May 1st) 1 35
25 Earn a Clean Sweep Certificate for working all nine 1×1 callsigns during on-air event 1 25
25 Work all four show hosts during on-air event 1 25
25 Become a certified weather spotter 1 25
10 Publish a “selfie” with a show host using the hashtag #HamNation300 7 70
10 Publish a “selfie” doing something ham radio related using the hashtag #HamNation300 3 30
10 Tie-Breaker: Publish a “selfie” with Dr. Tamitha Skov 1 10

On-Air Event Rules

  1. Event starts at 0300Z on May 25, 2017 and end at 0500Z on June 1, 2017
  2. The event cover all bands, all modes
  3. Any Special Event Station or Show Host may be contacted during the event
  4. Special Event stations and Show Hosts will operate at random times.
  5. Operators will Tweet, post on Ham Nation Facebook page and announce on spotting network when on air
  6. Working a minimum of six of the nine 1×1 callsigns qualifies for a Certificate
  7. You may substitute one contact with a Show Host for one of the six 1×1 callsigns required for a certificate
  8. Working all nine 1×1 callsigns earns you a Clean Sweep certificate
  9. Callsigns of participating Show Hosts are: K9EID, WB6NOA, W5JDX and K7AGE
  10. Special Event QSL cards will be available from each Special Event Station
  11. A personal QSL card may be available from participating Show Hosts
  12. A SASE required to receive QSL card from Special Event stations and Show Hosts
  13. Technician class hams can earn a digital certificate by completing two contacts in any of the four modes

Santa Nets 2016

Every year on 3916, we give good little boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole! It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!

The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 25th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central.

To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.

Prenet Check Ins Welcome

Reserve a spot with Santa by making a pre-net check in. You can check in either on the air starting at 7 PM (Central) or by emailing

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas from The 3916 Nets!!!

Note: Please remember to adhere to all FCC Rules & Regulations pertaining to 3rd Party Traffic. Thanks!

A Message from Chip – K9MIT about the Kokomo, Indiana Tornado

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your concern. To say yesterday was a scary day would be an understatement. Officially 8 twisters touched down in Howard County. There’s a possible ninth one, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. Lots of damage, but unlike the tornado that came through here Thanksgiving week of 2013 this one spread it’s damage over a wide area. I’m fine and my house did not sustain any damage but 1/4 mile to the north and south homes were completely destroyed. My power went out right during the first twister hit around 3:30PM it was out until about 6:00AM this morning, but has been spotty all day. Last two hours it’s been rock solid.
Several of the homes that had just been rebuilt and finished from the 2013 event were also destroyed yet again, yesterday. Many streets are closed and most traffic lights are inoperative, so the streets are a bit chaotic to say the least.

Once again Dave, thanks for asking. Thank YOU and Jeff and the fellow in New Zealand, I can’t remember his name for the moment, for doing such a great job on the net. I’ll certainly be checking in next week and into chat like I’ve done for several years.


Chip – K9MIT

img: WISH TV.  Video.

Ham Nation at Hamvention 2016

Hamvention will be held May 20-22, 2016 at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, Ohio at

Live streaming coverage details during Hamvention weekend:



The Dayton gateway will be linked to D-Extra X-Reflector XRF038C during Hamvention weekend. D-Plus REF038C will also be available for the weekend. Use 446.1000 Digital Code Squelch CSQL use #13 as a D-Star simplex frequency at Hamvention.

The Dayton gateways are W8RTL and W8HEQ.

W8RTL C: 147.105 MHz +0.600
W8RTL B: 443.050 MHz +5.000
W8RTL A: 1283.500 MHz -12.000
W8RTL A DD: 1249.000 MHz S

W8HEQ C: 145.270 MHz -0.600
W8HEQ B: 444.0875 MHz +5.000

Ham Nation

Join Bob, Gordo, Val, and a band on Ham Nation live at the Crowne Plaza for the DX Contest party Wednesday, 7:30-8pm.

The Ham Nation booth will be located in Audio Alley, next to Heil Sound. This is the same location as in the past.

The Ham Nation forum is Saturday at 10:30am in room 1. Stop by the booth or check your program for location. This event was standing room only in the past.

There will not be any live events this year.

Amateur Logic.TV

George and Tommy will be recording from the ICOM booth both Friday and Saturday from 2-3pm. There will not be any live events this year.