It has been awhile since I last posted, as I have had other concerns that have kept me away from WordPress.. I hope to post a little more regularly moving forward (fingers crossed).
Myself and Amateur Radio since some of my last postings.
Well, I have found some interesting clubs, both online and offline and when possible have tried to be more involved(with little success). My Radio setup has improved to contain a couple more radios(for free or inexpensive), yet some of them are still non-operational. One of my first additions was a used Heathkit HW101 Transceiver, that unfortunately needs most of it’s tubes (costing close to $180) before it can be diagnosed and put on the air for making contacts.. I also obtained a Baofeng UV5R handheld and have had great enjoyment from it. I was also given 2 commercial Motorola VHF(2m) mobiles (One of which is programmed enough to be functional). a 10memory 2M mobile that is on a 2m NMO mount in my vehicle. A Kenwood TS-700A(not fully operational, powers on, no TX)
Now it would seem like I have the beginnings of a decent radio setup and this would be true once they are all working and on the air..As mentioned in a previous post I did obtain my Amateur Extra license so I do have full privileges.
Please pardon my rambling on at the moment. Also, another change to my “shack” area is that a former XP machine of mine now has Linux on it instead as my “shack” computer, so I’m still working all the bugs out of what will work and what won’t on that computer.
Talk again soon…
Well it is official across the main databases (FCC-uls, ARRL and qrz). I officially have a General class license. I am hoping that I can pass Extra soon.
Now I know that I have few if any followers here, but here goes.
I have been wanting to upgrade my license since day one, but always seemed to have difficulty learning cw/Morse code. Then I was rejuvenated when the FCC decided to remove the requirement a couple years ago. Now in line with my prior posts of “on the cheap”. Although I opted for a copy of the “General” study guide when I finally renewed my ARRL membership (altho I didn’t use it much). I found a smartphone app called Ham Study(Google Play Store) that I used for free. Ultimately, the final thing that helped is that in Rochester, NY where I now reside, one of the local clubs sponsors the test session for free every month from November to May. So with all contributing factors now the only cost to me is transportation to the test site and eventually cost of more gear.
Now there are those that can afford the cost of getting their license (currently around 14$ max) which I understand the purpose of why its there, but in my case if I would have had to pay I would not have been able to upgrade.
Eric Miller kd7ltn
Update, as of Sept 2013, I now am an Amateur Extra Class Operator
I’m going into my second decade as a Technician class Ham. As I watch the hobby unfold amongst social media and cell phones there are many things I have witnessed when it comes to Amateur Radio accessibility.
First, for those that may think that they cannot get their Amateur Radio License due to disabilities there is a great group out there called ‘HandiHam‘ that works with many disabilities from physical to others (the reason I say others is personally I feel that there is no such thing as a disability but rather many people whom are unable to function as “normal” society have many other ABILITIES that would teach us all a few lessons about life.
Second, and most discouraging of all in the current economy is the finances for ‘radio gear’. For less than the cost of a ‘full priced’ fancy cellphone such as the famous fruit-brand or even robot models, you can purchase an HT (Handheld Talkie otherwise known as a ‘handheld’) especially one that (although I wish were 100% American made) is from China without the ‘monthly service fees’. I will say that the majority of my posts will pertain to Ham Radio on a Budget.
Finally, a large reason used to be in regards to learning Morse Code (CW) and/or the technical ‘jargon’ needed to get the license, Well thanks to changes in regulations over the last few years Morse Code is no longer a requirement to obtain any level of license and the technical aspect at least for a Technician class license is not too stringent to learn as there are great resources for practice exams and studying that have been available online for years.
I hope to hear you on the airwaves soon,
73, kd7ltn – Eric W Miller
My name is Eric W Miller and I am a husband, father, Christian and an Amateur Radio Operator. I plan to keep the majority of my blog posts Amateur Radio related, but there may be a few of personal opinion (well all posts will be of my personal opinion). With all the great resources and many ‘Hams’ utilizing the very social networks there is already alot of information available to people looking for more information about Amateur Radio.
Eric W Miller