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Old 03-01-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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A nice YouTube video from HamRadioNow.


And a new YouTube series entitled "Ham College". Episodes 1 and 2 are now available. More to come. A new series for those that are new to the hobby and wanting to become amateur radio operators.


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Old 03-01-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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For RVing hams there are quite a few nets to check in on and there are forums that are for RV Hams. Open Roads Radio is one of them. I won't give the exact web address as some of the forum administrators are a little sensitive about advertising competition. I am not a regular viewer of Ham Radio Now nor Ham College. As mentioned Ham College is an attempt by the presenters to study for license exams. I like the fact that they explain why a answer is correct and why the other answers are not. It helps people to understand the questions and not just memorize an answer.
I've been a ham for 23 years now and am active in 2 local clubs and am a VE (Volunteer Examiner) for license testing. I also assist a certified ARRL instructor with license classes several times a year.
Age is not a factor. We have had a number of young boys and girls get their technician license, the youngest for us was 7. We had one 11 year old pass all three license levels in one exam session and go all the way to Amateur Extra class. The icing on the cake was that he knew and practiced CW. We have them in their 70's get their first license. So, if you would like to be able to talk to someone (most) anywhere in the world or just in the next county study for the exam and become a ham. Radio's can be purchased new for as little as $35 on Amazon or for deep pockets you can spend $15,000 for radio gear. No one on the other side of the speaker knows who you are or how much money you have, and don't care. Join in the fun! One thing to remember is you MUST have a license to get on the air and have a Call Sign. If not you will have Uncle Charlie (the FCC) knock on your door.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:01 PM   #3
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Plan on installing a TS-1000 with an auto tuner in my Forester some time in the near future. Haven't decided on my antenna yet. Was thinking about remote control through a computer from my shack but internet isn't always accessible!


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Passed general yesterday. I have a FT2900 that I move between the RV and the house plus a FT60R for HT.

Thanks for the video links. I will take a look at them.

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Congratulations on getting the General, I will expect you to get the Amateur Extra next month. I know it can be done because that's the way I did it.
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Congratulations on getting the General, I will expect you to get the Amateur Extra next month. I know it can be done because that's the way I did it.
Thanks. I took the extra but they quit grading it after the first page. It was that bad. Haven't exactly figured out what I am going to do with the General yet, but the adventure continues.
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Just open your wallet and get that HF rig and then hit the airways. Plenty of bandwidth for the General and hope the propagation gets better.
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Just open your wallet and get that HF rig and then hit the airways. Plenty of bandwidth for the General and hope the propagation gets better.
I have a lic: KF6SDM but it's not a general I didn't need a general to use on my boat in other countries. I know that there is a requirement here. That I would need a general or be limited to certain bands only. Do they still make you take the short wave requirement the click click short wave test or have they got by that. Still have friends around the world and here is the USA. would like to set up at home and also for the road. Any info would be helpful.
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The Technical limits what bands you can use but your can use the 2m and .7cm bands on the boat or in the RV without upgrading. There are limited frequencies in the 10m band for technical as well, which would give you some HF capability.

And NO, you don't need the Morse code to pass any of the exam levels. We would not be having this discussion if you did. They do ask a number of questions about CW but you do not need to know the codes.

I see that you license has expired, so I think you would basically need to start over with the testing levels. Since you have previously had the license, you could probably pass the Technical and General in a single sitting with a little refresher.

Good luck and enjoy.
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KF6SDM license expired on 7/29/2008 so you are no longer able to talk on any ham radio until you retest. The grace period ended 7/30/2010. Ham radio licenses are good for 10 years and the need to be renewed at no cost. The only cost for a license is to take the exam, usually $15. If you want a vanity call there is a cost, I think it is about $25 now, again for a 10 year period. CW (Code) is no longer required for any license level, since I believe 2005. A Technician level license will let you talk on 2 meters, 440mhz/70cm, or higher UHF/VHF. Also the entire 6 meter band and 200mhz in the 10 meter band from 28.300 to 28.500 on SSB. CW can be used in a number of bands in the lower frequencies. I would advise you purchase a ARRL license manual for Technician and study it. You are in CA and there is a lot of amateur radio activity there so I suggest you find a local club and get some help from there. Just do a Google search. If you go to www.arrl.org you will find a lot of information. You can also search for a local club there. Tons of other web sites for ham radio. By the way, the FCC no longer issues a paper license unless specifically requested but you can download a copy from the FCC web site.
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