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Chyenn  (Level: 207.9 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 6:42 PM


mightydog and i have been reading about the requirements to become operators this week.

i wondered, are there any operators on the Sploofus island?


Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 6:59 PM

I am one ...Linenlady is one...Nelly and her husband plus more that I forget.


Flcyclist  (Level: 130.3 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 7:56 PM

I've had my amateur radio licence for 45 years! Not active at the moment (too interested in sploofusing)! My call is KI4OP and in the past it was first WN8ICY, then WA8ICY THEN WB0JXZ.

Nelly  (Level: 178.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 9:15 PM

Hi Chyenn. As Ed said, both Neil (rictic) and I are ham radio operators - Neil has a photo of our 'shack' on his profile. It can be a bit scary the first time you transmit but it's great fun and you make some good friends. The tests and requirements are a bit different here in the UK, so I can't help you that much there. I know Neil has done a few of the US FCC Tech and General sample papers on Many of our radio friends are either quite elderly or disabled and radio is a lifeline for them. The regulars notice if someone hasn't been on for a few days and word goes out! I didn't discover ham radio 'til after I met Neil and just said I'd study to keep him company, but I soon got hooked! I haven't managed an Oz or NZ contact yet, but have spoken to hams in Venzuela, Kazakhstan, in lighthouses, on islands etc. Why not have ago!

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 9:57 PM

I am also a Ham. WA1VOC. I haven't renewed my license in the past 10 years, I don't think, so I'm not in the callbook. I've been a ham since I was 8 years old!

Rictic  (Level: 143.3 - Posts: 90)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 9:59 PM

Hi Cheynn....Being a radio amateur is a great hobby, and there is a great 'community' out there of like minded people with all sorts of backgrounds to talk to!

Getting started is neither difficult, or too technical.

There are 3 license grades in the States...Tech(nician)...General and Extra.

There are various ways to study, I recommend you type...QRZ...into google and investigate that site, and have a look at the practise questions.....Also, google...ARRL....the American Radio Relay League, which is an excellent organisation for amateurs.

You will find that radio hams are very helpful folk, and will offer plenty of assistance to help you get on the air!

Karen and myself would be more than happy to help you with any queries you may have about the hobby, just ask away!

73 de Neil.

Chyenn  (Level: 207.9 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 26th Apr '08 11:49 PM

thank you for the encouragement. David (mightydog) brought home several books from the library. we are seriously considering becoming licensed. we really appreciate any advice.

we will check out the suggested websites too. we looked online for info in our county about erecting an antenna tower today. we ordered an ARRL handbook via ebay which should arrive in a few days.

thank goodness for my years as a substitute teacher; i know some of the basic electronic info that one of the books said could be on the licensing exam..

Neil, we checked out "The Shack" pic. wow!

Repeterman  (Level: 103.6 - Posts: 2)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 1:46 AM

Hi Chyenn,

I am an Amateur operator myself. It’s a great hobby with a ton of things to do with today’s technology, you can even transmit live TV (Amateur Television) ATV for short depending on where you live, and there may even be an ATV repeater in your area.

Do a search on Google for ham clubs in your area, find out when they have their local meetings & stop in. I bet you will find a handful of people willing to help you get started & help you with any questions you may have to get your license.

Keep us posted!


Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sun, 27th Apr '08 2:55 AM

Chyenn, I've been a ham since 1974, Extra Class since 1978. My husband and I learned morse code together by purchasing Heath Kit keyers and sending to each other in the living room every evening. It made all the difference to have someone to practice with. I believe that there is no longer a morse code requirement. We didn't have much money and this was our entertainment for many years. The friends we made are still friends and I could call on them if I needed them. I haven't been active in a while because I can't handle the large antennas and technical stuff alone, but the people you'll meet will be very special and very much like those you'll meet here. I believe Marc, ZS6HZ is also a ham, from South Africa. Our daughter, Robin, (Rnmorg) was one of the youngest hams in the United States at the time she got her license, and I think she enjoyed being part of a different world than most kids knew.

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