Wondering how many members here are active in amateur radio.
Mostly on 2m, 440 and 6m. Working on general this summer
APRS, 2, 440, 220 (when I can find a machine) HF again soon when I get the antenna up..
ARES member, Skywarn trained for decades.
I am not very active right now. As a side note, however, tying in radio to GPS, I want to get a Uniden HP-1 scanner sometime and connect a GPS receiver to it. I think it would be slick to travel around and have it switch systems based on coordinates. I have wondered when Yaesu/Icom/Kenwood will do something like that with their dual band mobile transceivers. It would be sort of slick. You could drive around the country and it could load up active 2 meter and 440 repeaters in your area.
(New member here, BTW) I keep my license active, but haven't been lately. Hoping to get back into some HF DX'ing in the future.
I am somewhat active though with the sunspots down the past few years I was not as active on HF. Hope to change that with the increased solar activity.
Although I have not done a class session in awhile. Used to be fun, but now you have to not only watch what you do but also fellow examiners. Not that you didn't before, but now if someone screws up, you could get tied up in the mess till it gets straightened out. As a volunteer my time is more valuable to me then playing games. We live in a litiguas society.
The title could probably be used to describe several facets of my life, I suppose, but especially to Amateur Radio.
I've been licensed since 1974, having gotten my then 'basic' certificate.
Now I have what is called an 'advanced' amateur certificate in Canada.
I also have what used to be called a Amateur Digital Radio operator's Certificate - I read somewhere that only 200 or so were ever issued. Mine is number 40.
The hobby just isn't what it used to be.
I am an extra class operater. But i have been lax on Hf. Illness has slowed me down a bit. I am an extra class tester,and I have a LINK running on Echolink. 73 de n8dii
While scanners were still analog, I was heavy into the hobby. AOR 1000, yupiteru MVT7100. Countless Unidens. Still have a Yupiteru 3300EU. I lost interest when it went digital and needed a doctorate in rocketology to figure out trunking, etc etc
Prior to it becoming mainstream (well, let me clarify, mainstream in the geek world), I hooked up my then powerhouse 486 PC to the Yupiteru and pulled in weather satellites so I could view them through my monitor.
I still read reviews and keep up to date, (I like the HP-1, reviews aren't too good though), but the fun on listening in on specialized equipment is gone since I got my iPhone.
Age is 60, been licensed (Extra Class now) since I was 13. Work alot of PSK31, RTTY, JT65 and Feld Hell. Also enjoy working SSB on 12, 15 and 20 Meters. I have always enjoyed CW on any band and like using my QRP rig when out and about. Also do 2 meters, etc. I try everything....Echolink, eQso...you name it. The hobby today is filled with tons of interesting things to do.
Jim, I've had a HomePatrol now for about 7 months and love that scanner ! Easy to update the database and firmware online. Easy to setup and operate and customize. YES the GPS feature is great for selecting frequencies in use, in the area you are currently travelling in. I have an Icom V8000 2 meter rig...and use the RT Systems programming cable and software. If you have the ARRL Repeater TravelPlus software it's quite easy (integrates seamlessly with the RT software) to map a route on it's map page, let it turn it into a list and then download it into the rig. It works fabulous! I usually travel with a laptop and have the software on my harddrive...so when one leg of a trip is completed I just download the next days set of frequencies. The cable connects from a USB port on the PC to the speaker jack on the rear of the radio. I also have the programming system cable from RT for programming the memories in my Icom IC-7200 HF rig, its just great !
2m/440 in the car (no room for HF in a Mini Cooper!), HF at home and in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Mostly emergency response/preparedness these days, some work with the digital modes.
Helped my son and his buddies use APRS (GPS + 2 meter ham radio) for tracking balloons -- that's been loads of fun.
Also using GPS as a precision (and portable) frequency and time standard for GHz gear and coherent detection modes on HF -- GPS is useful for a lot more than finding the next Starbucks (but don't tell my wife that).
When the sunspot cycle is down, that's the time to get a deal on a 10m rig. There is usually local activity on 10m between sunspot cycles, and eventually it picks up again.
Wondering how many members here are active in amateur radio.
I used to hold a Novice license back in the mid 1980's, I never advanced any further and I still have my Ranger RCI-2950 in storage.
Be interesting to see how many contacts we could get on 20. I wouldn't post my call here but we could set a time and freq and see who could contact who.
WAPOI? Worked All POI...hehe
I have a friend who is also a ham and lives in a townhouse. He gave up HF years ago he joked because he won the WATV (Worked All TV's) award. His townhouse complex has lousy wiring and he could not operate at any power level that did not interfere with his neighbors.
I'll be active again soon - once I figure out how to mount my 2 meter rig in my new pick-up.
By the way, solar flare headed our way. May be some "Northern Lights" to see, if you are far enough North and the sky is clear. Ejecta should be here about 3:30 PM EST tomorrow, Jan. 4, 2012.
Is that a patent idea you just put in the public domain?
I am active as a volunteer in our local RACES emergency services group. 2m, 70cm voice and packet are our main tools.
and go mobile, I would recommend he try county hunting
has a hand held that has a built in gps
Was active on HF (mostly 75 meter) then moved to 2 meter and was very active in ARES. Moved due to job change and haven't been very active since because to many other things occupy my time.
It could be WAG - Worked All Garmin
I did that my first attempt at 6 meters.. Old Gonset G-50 AM rig, home built Rotatable copper pipe dipole..
All the neighbors knew where it came from
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