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Ham License

Post by MicroRem » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:46 pm

If you have ever wondered about getting a Ham license, I must say it was easier than I thought. After putting it off for forty or so years I finally decided to do it. Hooked up with the local Amateur Radio Club and took a free class. Studied using an App on my smartphone and passed my Technician and General on the same day. My advice: If you think you might be interested, take a class and study a bit, and I bet you will do well. A lot of the questions are on ohms law figuring power consumption, reading schematics, things like that. Plus the rules and such, of course. I guess I gotta put up a big tower now!
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Post by CeaSaR » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:42 am

Congrats!

Guess I need to dig out my dear departed Uncle's old Hallicrafters and see what I can hear. :)
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Post by Janitor Tzap » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:51 am

Good for you Tom! :smile:

Now you can work on getting that Kenwood Transceiver fully functional, and start squawking to others.


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Post by MicroRem » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:10 am

Thanks Gents! That's the plan. I did get it powered up and could hear static, then kind of set it aside for what was supposed to be two weeks.... and then life got in the way!

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Post by jwax » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:10 pm

I used to own the call WA2RBA, but US Air Force came along, and never got back to it. Spent many a sleepless night on 20 meters looking for that long distance DX contact! Italy was the longest contact. Maybe get back to it someday! It's a terrific community, especially for do-it-yourselfers!

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Post by CeaSaR » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:29 pm

What is amazing is that I see quite a few amateur radio license plates in my little neck of the woods, SE Pennsylvania. I also think I see them playing fox and the hound quite often too.

I have yet to catch a local hamfest or meet. Next local one is July 13. Hope to get closer to re-entering the listening part of the "hobby".
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Post by MicroRem » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:00 pm

What surprised me is the number of Hams in the US. I believe it's almost a million. More Hams now than ever before. I gotta think getting rid of the code requirement made it a lot more attractive to a lot of people. Jwax, funny how military service can kind of disrupt your plans!
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Post by CeaSaR » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:05 pm

Hey jwax, missed the part about the USAF. Thank you for your service.

To all who have been in the Armed Forces, a huge thank you for your service.

Do either of you, or anyone else, know what's required for QRP / flea power? It's been years since I've read about it and quite frankly, can't remember where the issue of popular electroncs is stored.
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Post by jwax » Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:54 pm

Appreciate the thanks all! Was my pleasure to serve.
Story- Was temporarily assigned to Anderson AB in Guam. Out on "Patti's Point", alone after fixing a radio problem on a plane, I got bored waiting for a ride back to the shop. After hour number 2, I climbed back in the 8-engine airplane, and yelled out a "CQ" on the HF radio just to see how far away I could contact somebody from this dot in the Pacific Ocean. I still had my license, so it was a legal call, except that the radio was not exactly "mine".
I get a very loud (read- close by) reply with a, "I know all the hams on the island- you must be new! Where are you?"
Rout-row! Busted! I didn't respond and shut things down quickly lest I be located. Military frowns on civilian use of their stuff!

As far as QRP (reduced power contacts)- a licensed ham can use whatever low power he wants, up to a max. Used to be 1,000 watts, not sure whats legal these days.

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Re: Ham License

Post by Joseph » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:15 am

I was helped getting my ham license by how they had recently opened up the technician license category when I took an entry exam.

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