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TMRA Hamfest this Sunday

TMRA Hamfest this Sunday from 8am to 2pm at the Owens Community College - Student Health and Activity Center.
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

http://www.tmrahamradio.org/hamfest.php

Should be fun, going to try for my General license.

created by INeedCoffee on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:21:36 pm     Technology     Comments: 8

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Good luck on the test. I am N8PVW

posted by Wydowmaker on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:29:06 pm     #  

Definitely good luck on the test! I'm a ham, myself! I just counted up the years, and I've had a license for 34 years. Wow!

Used to do some storm spotting through ARES/Skywarn, as well as other emergency services stuff.

Never was much of a grrlie grrl. LOL!

posted by gamegrrl on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:36:50 pm     #   1 person liked this

hm that reminds me
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cle/skywarn/training/spottran.html

posted by anonymouscoward on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:44:01 pm     #   2 people liked this

INeedCoffee--

You can go to QRZ.com and punch in my callsign and pull up a pic of my main rigs. I also have another section devoted to digi and 10ghz and up
on another table and a complete FT 101E station. When you get your ticket (I have no doubt you will) if you want to work a couple of scheds I would be honored. I can work you any band 10-160 meters in any mode.

posted by Wydowmaker on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:05:51 am     #   1 person liked this

Already did that, we have Fla wx here right now.
gamegirl must have picked up her license when she was in grade school. I have had my ticket for 54 years. Got it with my birth certificate.

posted by max on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:55:38 am     #  

Max

I didn't get my ticket until 1990. I was interested as a kid but no money for such stuff. I did earn a 2nd class commercial RT ticket while in high school. Studied to be an aircraft mechanic and in those days it was the minimum for avionics. So my ham ticket was a breeze. My back up MOS in the Army was morse intercept.

posted by Wydowmaker on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:42:51 pm     #  

Wydowmaker: will have to take you up on the offer. I'd love to do some HF work, but sadly the cost has been a big reason why I've waited so long to get my General. A modest HF rig seems to cost around $800 even used.

I did wet my whistle last year by buying a Ten-Tec R4020, which lets me listen to 40 and 20 meter bands (and a lot in between. Bought it at the Dayton hamfest on sell for $200. Once I get my license I can at least start working CW (morse code) on those bands.

It's just fun even listening. A friend helped me setup a dipole antenna outside pretty high on some trees. Have picked up Canada to Florida easily. Swear a couple times I picked up England but tends to only be 1/2 the conversation.

With the Sun cycle getting better I imagine propogation will be great for working HF. Would be neat to hit Japan or Eastern Europe.

My elmer has an amazing mobile rig with lots of bells and whistles. He was able to make a contact in Israel from his truck, during a pileup no less! All wwhile driving back from Hamfest a couple years ago.

It's a fun hobby.

Hoping to pick up a Yagi antenna for working 2m satellites, which I can do now even with just a Tech license.

Sorry for the rant :)

posted by INeedCoffee on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:40:29 pm     #  

INeedCoffee:

The cost of ham radio has certainly skyrocketed
along with everything else. But don't get too discouraged.You can pick up a nice Icom 718 used for under $500 if you look around a bit. Still a large chunk of change but one of the best deals in ham radio. You get DSP.10-160 meters. A decent receiver. And it's small and compact enough to travel with. Also don't overlook something like an Icom 735 used for about $300. I have a beautiful Yaesu FT 101E in absolutely pristine condition I picked up for $300. Yep its over 30 years old and it doesn't have the WARC bands but it has beautiful transmit and receive. I put together the entire FT 101E station with all of the matching accessories by watching the ads on QTH.com for about $600. You elmer will help you and it will all come. If you need an antenna I can help. I build wire dipoles that scream. I will send you an off center fed Windom that will get you on 6-40 meters without an antenna tuner and handle full legal limit. Let me know when your ready. No charge or anything. It would be my pleasure.

posted by Wydowmaker on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:26:30 pm     #   1 person liked this