Perhaps you've read some of my previous blog posts having to do with amateur radio. It's a hobby I really enjoy, and the emergency communications aspect of it is also important to me, given our proximity to the Gulf, and the potential for natural disasters in South Texas. Well, for the past year-and-a-half, I have been honored to be among a rotating group of radio/television professionals (who just also happen to have their ham radio licenses) that anchor and report for the Amateur Radio Newsline. This weekly newscast-formatted digest of happenings in the world of ham radio has been in production for over 35 years, and has never missed a week in all that time! Bill Pasternak WA6ITF is the Executive Producer and co-founder of Amateur Radio Newsline, which is a non-profit organization. All involved--including Yours Truly--volunteer our time and talents.

The audio is available as a podcast, and it is actually "broadcast" over ham radio repeater systems and by individual amateur radio operators around the globe. Skeeter is the anchor on this week's Newsline, and you can check it out for yourself at

If you're interested in learning more about amateur radio, and how to become a licensed ham operator, go to the American Radio Relay League website by CLICKING HERE.