Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
The holidays are fast approaching and I was thinking about how nice it's going to be to sit down with the family, relax and catch up on things. Then I considered how filthy rich I am with the amount of friends and family that I have.
Giving credit where credit is due; getting into Ham Radio is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Sure, the radios and electronics are fun and sometimes challenging, but the real prize is the people you meet and how such great friendships can start. I figured out that Amateur Radio is both a quantitive and qualitative hobby. It's a gateway that puts you in touch with great numbers of quality people. Then common interests find their way to the forefront and friendships are born. I now know that's why we're always "recruiting" folks to get into the hobby. We so badly want to share those amazing experiences and the excitement that comes naturally when talking with other people from all over.
The other side of Ham Radio is that there are so many different aspects to the hobby that you can be as introverted or extroverted as you want. You don't like using voice, use PSK; don't like working other countries, stay on the local repeater. The choices of activities in Ham Radio are so flexible that if you don't like any of the modes, you can invent your own; that's actually encouraged. Then there is the whole public service and community service side. Hams are amazing at helping others because it's part of who we are. It truly is the best hobby ever.
Plus, the radios are very very cool!!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Slowly making progress on what will be the 70cm NU5G repeater.
The primary use for this 440 MHz. repeater will be for general use of local Hams. It will also be used with Skywarn and will make an excellent back up for the N5RCA club repeater. With an available 100 watts, it should be a nice addition for ham communications in the area. I have the controller software all sorted out and a prospect for a good closed cabinet for the entire system to sit in. The power supply, duplexer and cavities will take some time to acquire and install in the cabinet, but I also have a source lined up for each of them. All things considered, I should have this project together before Thanksgiving and can begin testing the system on my 55' tower. Once all the bugs are worked out, the chore of finding a site with some elevation will begin. Stay tuned for updates.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
This is a little off the beaten path from Amateur Radio, but I'll explain why it's relevant. I've had the Droid Maxx since January 2014 and agree with everything but the bad camera review. I switched from iPhone because of the poor battery life and constant ball and chain of iOS. This 3500 mAh battery is amazing and 48 hours with normal usage is an understatement. Another point that even Motorola does not boast about it is the Maxx's water resistant coating. I've seen several videos of the phone being dropped in a bathtub and held under a faucet. This makes it a great choice for Skywarn. With the outstanding battery life and not having to fret about getting rained on, I can run my radar apps, NWS chat, and play in the rain with out any worry what so ever.