Ham'ing it up: Why you don't get on the air before you license
March 19, 2010
Because it’s illegal. I just thought I’d throw that out there for those that were confused or misdirected… Before I had even taken my ham license test, I was given an old Icom radio to muck about with. As it turned out I found a fairly busy repeater in the East Bay (K6POU) that was quite fun to listen to. It continues to be the busiest repeater, on a regular basis, that I’ve found. As the group that hangs out on the repeater is a fairly loose bunch they end up chatting about a lot of different topics. More than a few times I found those topics and questions right up my alley, and was wanting to respond.
Ham'ing it up: Successful test of CARLA
March 4, 2010
Last night, Jon and I finally got around to trying out a nearby repeater system, that is the C.A.R.L.A. (California Amateur Radio Linking Association) system. As you can see on the aforementioned link, there are a number of repeaters in the California/Nevada area that allow easy communication between the Bay Area (where Jon is) and Tahoe (where John is). If you use the Interactive Coverage Map, you can see the various paths, and repeaters, even see how the coverage works.
Ham'ing it up, KJ6FQN style
February 26, 2010
As I have previously noted, on last Friday I passed the test for Amateur Radio Technician level. Ever since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting my new callsign. The Volunteer Examiners said it would take about a week to a week and a half, but that didn’t stop me from logging into the FCC every 6 hours or so to see if it was up yet. A very frustrating wait… until last night.
Jon & John – Now with 100% more Ham
February 22, 2010
A long time ago, when I was but a wee little chibi, still in middle school, I was interested in Ham Radio. I checked out the book to study, even when to a local convention type thing (well I convinced my father to take me, then proceeded to key up the radios that were out for sale and annoy people in general (Editor’s note — it’s kind of his thing)). For whatever reason, I never followed through, though I think partially it had to do with the cost of the equipment and as a young child having no money.