- Any hams in the house?
Just passed my RSGB Foundation exam and waiting for my certificate so I can apply for my license and call sign.
Also sourced an old but very good Kenwood TS-430S and antenna + power supply arrive tomorrow so very nearly ready to go – very giddy!
Any other hams kicking around?
Danny BPosted 4 years ago
You will all be screwed when the internet goes down though won’ t you 😉
Seriously, I think more people are taking their exams now than ever and there are a fair few data modes in operation also.
Plus you get to spend huge amounts of money with loads of buttons and screens on them so it must be cool!Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
my dad was one – deceased many yrs but remember his call sign G3BRE – think the G3 gives away the age we had boxes of valves and huge ariels in the garden – used to get cards from all over the world by post “QSL” cards ? confirming contact – even had one from an Egyptian president – times were less troubled I guessPosted 4 years agojock-muttleyMember
I’m an Intermidiate here 2E0XRG
Got involved in radio through Motorsport – Stage Rallying to be precise. The very nature of the location of the sport -like MTB- dictates that you can be in far flung remote places with little or no mobile coverage ergo comms between you and your support crew can be ropey.
CB just doesnt cut the mustard rangewise so it was a simple decision, that and the Motorsport Club I was in actively encouraged members to get qualified. Took my foundation via the club, a year later upgraded to the intermidiate to access more power.
I’ve only ever used it for event safety cover, remote comms and chatting to mates, never got into the “this is ahh not tokyo” palaver.
Used to use it when I was driving silly milages for a living to chat via internet repeaters – i.e. I could have a chat with someone in the US by the route of my radio – internet tranciever – internet – internet tranciever – their radio
Used to chat with this lad as he drove up a mountain every morning in montana to work, think he was a forester or something…. slightly surreal at times when i think about it.
Anyway useful skill to have.Posted 4 years ago
Its something I have wanted to do since I was about 14 so thought why the heck not.
Also in the back of my mind is hobbies that will be good to do with babybgoode when he is a bit older and this teachers such range of skills – science, geography, communication skills etc.
@mikews – I started on Hamsphere, actually a very clever piece of software. Good fun to dabble with if yo really can’t be arsed doing the whole license thingPosted 4 years agomoreupsthandownzMember
Danny you’ll enjoy it it is a great hobby and worth the ribbing you may get from some people. Maybe catch you on there at some stage, post your call sign when you get it.
Rachel well I never that is a coincidence to post on here and be so close on call signs!
SimonPosted 4 years ago
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