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cosmicray



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:03 am    Post subject: Any other amateur radio folks here ? Reply with quote

During October, I finally crossed one item off my bucket list … I passed the exam, and was granted an amateur radio license (technician class) by the FCC. This has been a desire for a very long time. I am currently searching for appropriate equipment to get 'on the air'.

Are there any other ham's that use eCrater ?

For now, I was assigned, and will be known by, KN4ZCD, but I have filed a form 605 for a vanity call sign. More as that develops.

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SammysSupplies



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds fun. Congrats!!!
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leeyee



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! This is a good begining. Very Happy
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A-Better-Way



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger.
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cosmicray



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday morning, the FCC granted me a vanity call sign, and canceled the sequential one they assigned in October. My new call sign in WA4VQW, which was the call sign of my high school amateur radio club back in the day. It has likely been dormant for ~40 years, since the passing of the trustee of that license, who was also the electronics instructor at the high school. This is a (minor) milestone, in that I wanted to resurrect it. I am already in email contact with one other person whom was also part of that same club, and graduated the same year that I did.
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lastade-designs



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is so cool! I am sure you are really going to have fun hamming it up with people!
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cosmicray



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last Monday evening, someone in the local ham radio group 'gifted' me a used VHF/UHF radio. To use it, I needed an antenna, some cable, plus various bits involving the power cable. Santa (aka the USPS mail carrier) delivered a package to me yesterday. After some soldering, etc, I had everything up and running for a half hour or so. The support structure for the antenna was insufficient to leave it up all the time, so I broke it down and stored it for the time being.
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A-Better-Way



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I achieved a first FCC class liscence with ship radar endorsement. And all I can tell you is the antenna has to be up high, and the actual thing that radiates the signal doesn't have to be big but VERY high quality AND the wire (transmission line) ie-silver wire if possible.

Once you do that, it will be the most important thing, not the amount power you use.

So don't get talked into buying high power stuff, concentrate on the antenna, cuz it matters 80% more. Smile

I am speaking from a pure electronics, factual, realistic, matter of fact, not some geek or opinion point of view.

Plus it's not even a "point of view" it's just the way things work.

The transmission line and antenna will have the most effect, period, 1 watt or 50 megawatts.
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cosmicray



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About 4 weeks ago, I picked up a 1/4 wave 2-meter magnet mount mobile antenna for a buck. It looked slightly ratty, and the coax looked worse. At the same event, I bought a box of misc used coax cables for $10. One of the cable was appropriate, so I dissembled the antenna, and swapped a better cable onto it. It now radiates quite well on the roof of my van. I'm thinking I lucked into a really good ground plane setup. Other than it whistles at 70 mph, no complaints for my elcheapo mobile antenna.
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teknosophy



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:22 pm    Post subject: yyyup Reply with quote

also a ham here. for my first decade i just had a handheld. i hope for the second half of my second decade i can get into a car-mounted VHF UHF, and when i get a freestanding house, an HF rig.
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