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Antennas / Re: Ground rods, how?
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:42:58 AM »
Interesting Bob, I'll remember that trick, thanks!


Antennas / Re: Ground rods, how?
« on: September 16, 2012, 11:08:50 PM »
Thanks, now I need to find someone who can loan me a steel fence post pounder!
Or maybe they're cheap enough...


Antennas / Ground rods, how?
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:09:32 PM »

How do you get those 8ft. copper rods into the ground? Dig a hole? Pound on them from the top?


Licensing / Re: What is a W5YI?
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:45:20 PM »
It is assigned, but you can pick another one later if it is available and you licensing level allows it. See


Licensing / Re: Do you REALLY need that ham license?
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:37:57 PM »
Talk about privacy!! I wish the FCC database wasn't public record!


Technical Corner / Re: APRS and GPS
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:35:33 PM »
I don't get it either... It reports your position, so what? Maybe useful if you need to call for help and you can't talk, key SOS with the PTT button... You can always get a good dual-band HT.. If APRS is included, oh well.. As long as you can turn it off!


Licensing / Re: What is a W5YI?
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:11:06 PM »

They can be 3,4,5 or 6 characters long.

3 characters are for special events call signs.
4 are for Extra class operators.
5 is for Generals and recent Extras.
6 is for Technicians.


General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:05:06 PM »
Most of the extra bandwidth an Extra gets is in CW portions of the bands anyway...


Morse Code / Re: KOCK Method Morse Code - Your Progress???
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:02:46 PM »
Yes, months  :-[


General Discussion / Re: Greetings!
« on: September 16, 2012, 06:45:26 PM »
unless you spend a few hours a day talking about politics or your last prostate exam on the air

LOL, you're right, there is a lot of that going on. That's why I don't plan on hanging around VHF much. Welcome aboard  :)
There are many different kinds of people in Ham radio. You can select who you want to talk to. For me, it is all about forming friendships with people having similar interests, not only in Ham radio.

there really isn?t much need for ham other than emcomm anyway

Right now this is true; until... <fill in the blank>. Modern communications rely heavily on infrastructures that are easily disturbed. Those infrastructures might not be there next year, or even tomorrow. Only radio would be left. Not to mention that they are not found everywhere. Try your cell phone in the middle of Idaho and see what happens... Go sailing a few hundred miles from shore.. Same thing.. Radio will always have a place.

I have been listening for months, maybe a year, I can't remember. Most of the stuff I hear on VHF is boooorrriing.. People keying on each others, bickering, arguments and bad language. HF is much better, most of the time. CW on HF is even more interesting. I guess when you have spent weeks or months learning the code, you don't want to waste your efforts in frivolities..

There is also a lot of ego in Ham radio. A lot of people seem to feel special about being a Ham radio operator. Nothing wrong with being proud of it mind you, I am. However, when it's been thrown at your face, it isn't so pleasant. The good thing is, you can turn the dial really fast  ;)


New To Radio / General and Extra license manuals, free.
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:50:48 PM »

I am giving away my General and Extra license manuals. You pay for shipping via Paypal.
Now, don't ask me to send them to you if you are not seriously studying for either exams.
I want to make sure these go to people who really need them.
You need to be a member of this forum. Contact me via forum private message.
Send me your address and Paypal email, I will send you a Paypal invoice for shipping.

Good luck!


Morse Code / Re: Starting the Morse Code Board.
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:40:47 PM »

Not everything fits in a shirt pocket.. It is a Morse Code radio (the blue aluminum box). The device on top is a paddle. It is use to create the dits and dahs. Actually, they keyer chip inside the radio does, but the paddle is what you use with your fingers. The left arm makes dits, the right arm makes dahs, or vice-versa, depending on your preference.

Watch this:


Morse Code / Re: KOCK Method Morse Code - Your Progress???
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:34:41 PM »
Hello Tess,

I'm on lesson 24. Problem is, I can only copy at about 10wpm on a good day..
Try, they help a lot, especially their "Morse Machine."
Morse has been, and continues to be really hard for me... I'm sticking to it!


Digital Modes / Re: The JT65 Digital Mode
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:55:01 PM »
Sure, relaying information is done all the time, often for emergency situations.

Check this out:


New To Radio / Re: Completely New to Radio - Where to Start
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:26:03 PM »
Hello Tess,

Here is a good way to understand electricity. Compare it to water flowing in a pipe. Current is akin to how much (quantity) water flows inside the pipe. Voltage is like water pressure. Resistance is both the diameter of the pipe and obstructions inside, like, say, a piece of rock stuck inside the pipe. This explains how the three, current, voltage and resistance are related. Change one and you change the others.


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