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Old 06-27-2007, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hey Radio

Looking at your profile I noticed you are into "Amateur Radio - KU4OJ". I've always been interested in that but it's been one of them 'round toos that I haven't gotten around to. I do have a Hot Uniden Grant from many years back with a 100W amp sitting in my garage. When I was in the Army as a radio repairman many moons ago I played with it bit and bumped up the power and channels it handles. No I don't have a license or anything so I don't use it anymore but it was fun. I was able to to talk from Huachuca, Az. to Florida regularly and hit Panama several times as well as Canada too. All using an 8 1/2' steel whip. Nope not very sophisticated and you legal HAM'ers I'm sure hate the "outlaw" wave users but............ Like I said it was fun.

What kind of equipment do you have? You have some pics? I'd be really interested in seeing what you have and learning some stuff from somebody that is into it.


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Old 06-27-2007, 02:55 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:48 PM   #3
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73's
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Ok ya got me. I'm guessing the "KB5LJE" is your call sign (is this you license # too? Not sure how that works). What is the 73's?? Is it the band? 73 meter? I'm SWAG'n on that one.

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Old 06-27-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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Exclamation What's that 73 I hear?

Well, been on the air for about 26 years. Yes, My 'call' is KU4OJ which was randomly assigned to me by the FCC. The arrangement of the letters and numbers indicate to any listening station that I am a US station, in the 4th call zone (southeatern states) and am an Advanced Class or higher license class. I actually hold the highest class of extra.

"73" is left over from the old commercial telegraph days where you paid by the word. There was a list of about 100 common phrases, and you could pick from this list and save a few pennies on the cost of your telegram. The code "73" means "very best wishes" and "88" means "love and kisses" It has become a bit of ham radio slang.

If aintgotnun will send me an email, I'll send you some pics that you can post for me. I don't jave a place to put them up to link to.

One of the reasons I like that 8280SS 5W is that the floor plan lends itself to radio operaions there in front of the big window in the side.

I work for a company that produces business grade satellite receivers and the uplink/net control hardware and software to deliver multi-media content via satellite. I still like to play with radios. Even at work.

If you want to learn more about amateur radio go to the ARRL web site

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Old 06-27-2007, 10:27 PM   #5
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email sent but you can post pics directly into a reply

If you got to the how to section, I've got a write up on it


http://forestriverforums.com/forums/...read.php?t=636


or you can start an album in the gallery

http://forestriverforums.com/forums/...read.php?t=577


anyway, thanks for the info and I'll look up that site tomorrow

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Old 06-29-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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Radio's pics

Here are some a Radio's Pics and I am posting for him........


The first pic is obviously the radio room at KU4OJ. The main HF rig is a
100 watt 9 band Kenwood TS-570. The other is a 30 year old Heathkit
HW-101 that I built myself from a kit. All the computers in the picture
are tied into the radios. Most distant station worked: Either Antartica
or the MIR space station, depending on how you measure the distance!

The 2nd picture is of a project for which I was contracted to provide
training material for the military. I wrote and taught a class to teach
soldiers how to use the satellite station on a humvee in the field. What
a blast that was! And that was one really expensive radio.

The 3rd is me operating portable from a car battery. Here I am on the
Outer Banks of North Carolina. I contacted 550 stations from all over
the world that week. All the trailer floor plans I really like have
ample space for radio! But you see, not much space is really required.

The 4th is the Amateur Radio Station at the National Weather Service in
Peachtree City, GA. I am privileged to voluteer as a net control
operator during times of severe weather. (I am not in this picture, my
ham buddies are)

The 5th is another island hopping adventure on Ocracoke Island. 635
contacts over a week on that trip. You can see the compact size of
todays modern 100 watt HF radio. This is the same radio as in the first
picture. I just yank it out and take it with me.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:48 PM   #7
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This is a picture of the home based 5 band 2 element quad antenna.
I can work the world on this thing with only 100 watts. It usually
stands at 70 feet, but the tower retracts and folds over for
maintenance. I wanted to show the relative size of the antenna. All
these folks are licensed hams, including my two kids, KG4GIM and KF4ZDJ.
That's me on the ladder.
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uhhhh


That pic with the headset on, bottle of water and a red car in the back

Was that on your qsl card?


I have seen that pic somewere before.

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Old 06-29-2007, 03:34 PM   #9
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I think I may have worked you on low power a few years back I got to check my old logs as I have been inactive for about a year now after the move


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KB5LJE...

Ummm...You may have worked me on Ocracoke. The custom QSL card was "4 sided" it folded in the middle and had 4 panels with pictures. I think that picture may have been on that special QSL card.

And thanks to aintgotnun for posting the pics.

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