Amateur Radio Station W8RKO

Previous callsign: WB8GXB (1970 - 2007)

Dayton, Ohio


Welcome to the NippyNet Domain

Monday, Jul 23, 2018 at 03:25:39 UTC

Local weather at W8RKO

temperature Wind Speed Wind Direction SolarDials Hi Wind Speed Outside Temp History Barometer

Magnetic field dials are from If you want to know more about the magnetic field dials check out the Space Environment Center web site.

Solar-terrestrial indices for 08 December:

solar Flux 133

A-index 17

K-index at 1500 UTC on 09 December was 3

:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt :Issued: 2014 Dec 09 1510 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center # # Geophysical Alert Message # Solar-terrestrial indices for 08 December follow. Solar flux 133 and estimated planetary A-index 17. The estimated planetary K-index at 1500 UTC on 09 December was 3. No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours. No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.

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Callsign change from WB8GXB to W8RKO

dad I was licensed in 1970 as WN8GXB as a novice. Once upgrading the "N" was automatically dropped and replaced with the current letter series of the time which was a "B". My dad was licensed as W8RKO in the mid 50's and he held that call until his death in 2006. I decided to apply for his call sign as allowed by the FCC under the vanity program for a family member's call. My call was officially changed on March 27, 2007. I had the "GXB" call for 37 years so changing call signs is with mixed emotions. I always liked my dad's call sign. The letters "RKO" were significant at the time as this was the trademark for RKO Pictures. Their logo was the earth with a tower sticking out of it. So now W8RKO will continue in the family as it has for approximately 52 years.

What is the significance of the domain name?

My first dog was a Fox Terrier named Nippy (1967 - 1975) so that influenced the domain name. No other significance than that. My web page contains various topics that may be of interest to us at the time. Most of the content will be Amateur Radio related. I will try to post various projects or experiments I am working on. My interests include amateur radio, flying, electronics, and computers. The dogs are Silky Terriers. The Silky is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Their characteristics are 1) they like to hear themselves bark, 2) demand all your attention, and 3) take over the house if you let them. Two of them are rescue dogs from the shelter that someone just decided to throw out.

Weather data is real time from my Davis Instruments Weather Monitor II weather station. The wind speed is taken from the 70-foot level of my Ham Radio tower. If you go to the current weather page it will update at 5-minute intervals. Click Refresh to obtain the most current data. This page may take a few seconds to load. You will have to use your "back" button to return as you are going to another web server.

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This page last updated Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010