[TriLUG] OT: amateur radio bug has bit again
gwbrown1 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 7 21:10:29 EDT 2008
I found some local repeaters and broke out the old (VERY OLD) scanner.
I'm listening to JARS on 147.2700 right now from Youngsville. It's choppy,
but a better radio would help tremendously I'm sure.
This seals it, I'm going to get my license.
On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 8:23 PM, Michael Ansel <michael.ansel at gmail.com>
> Just one other area to look for help: Boy Scouts. I got my ticket in
> high school after taking the radio merit badge at camp. Not sure what
> all there is in the triangle, but I know in South Texas they also
> teach a course aboard the USS Lexington (retired aircraft carrier)
> On a side note, I'd also be interested in learning about the local ham
> activity. Though I'll be gone for the Fall, I will be back at Duke in
> the spring and hope to get involved in TriLUG and a local amateur
> radio club.
> Also, on the topic of scouts, I'll be out of touch for the next 10
> days as I will be backpacking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New
> Mexico (at base camp now, we head out tomorrow). However, if you have
> any questions about learning radio through scouting, I'd love to
> answer them afterwards!
> Sent on the go from my iPhone
> On Jul 7, 2008, at 1:24 PM, David Black <dave at jamsoft.com> wrote:
> > Here's a good place to start:
> > http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/clubsearch.phtml
> > Find a club near you and ask them about available classes and nearby
> > VE
> > (volunteer examiner) sessions. Another great resource are hamfests -
> > basically ham-oriented electronics flea markets, regularly held at the
> > state fairgrounds in Raleigh, among other places. There you'll also
> > find info about classes, study aids and testing.
> > If you're new to ham radio, a book like this one can be helpful:
> > For people with EE/CompE/CS backgrounds, the technical part of the
> > exams
> > can be relatively easy. The rules 'n regs deserve rote
> > memorization, in
> > particular the frequency allocations by class and band plans:
> > http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/bands.html
> > I used to be fascinated with VHF/UHF and built and operated a solar
> > powered 440 repeater, but more recently am getting back into HF with
> > the
> > intention of playing with some of the new digital modes and even
> > dusting
> > off the CW paddles and keyer. The Durham FM Assoc. happens to set up
> > for Field Day in a pasture down the street, and this year (June 28-29)
> > were happy to put me to work helping set up/tear down and for a couple
> > hours man the 20m phone operating position. If you're into weather
> > spotting, during inclement weather Skywarn activity on the area 2m ham
> > repeaters can be informative and exciting, especially if you
> > participate.
> > All around, Lots of fun to be had - good luck and hope to hear you on
> > the air!
> > Dave
> > AD6Q
> > Greg Brown wrote:
> >> About four years ago I started down the path to gain my amateur radio
> >> license but had to abandon the quest after my work travel schedule
> >> interfered too much with classes. Now I'd like to finish that
> >> process and
> >> obtain my license. I haven't found any classes available during my
> >> brief
> >> search. For all the hammers out there what are my best options?
> >> Do you
> >> have any links you could provide?
> >> Thanks!
> >> Greg
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