I am a relatively new Ham, KM4NOU, and I picked up this interest as a retirement hobby. I got interested at scout camp in 2015 and decided to take the test, which with the help of HamTestOnline I passed with flying colors. OK, I missed one question on the Technician exam…probably was going too fast 😉 . I then took and passed the General exam in January 2016, again with the help of HamTestOnline, so now I’m good to go with VHF/UHF or HF.
For HF/6M, I have a Yaesu FT-450D with a Buckmaster off-center-fed 7-band dipole antennae. It works quite well. I spend a bit of time on 72Chew.net (7.272), and have talked with folks all over the country. I’m currently Net Control Station (NCS) on the Chew at 11am on Thursdays. I’ve got an RF problem where when I transmit on 80M, my home router crashes…I have tried a number of mitigation strategies, but can’t seem to kick this. Will eventually move some things around, I think it has to do with the radio and router on the same power circuit.
I have a Yaesu FT-7900 in my truck, that works well for mobile VHF/UHF. I also have some handheld (HT) radios: a couple of Baofeng UV-5R’s and a Kenwood TH-D72. The TH-D72 does APRS, which is quite interesting (look for KM4NOU-9 on aprs.fi). When I’m in Chapel Hill, I usually monitor and participate on the Durham TV Hill 2M repeater and the OCRA 442.15 repeater; when at Emerald Isle, I’m monitoring and participating on the Newport 2M repeater. Additionally, I have Voice Alert configured on the APRS channel with CTSS-100 (see configuration info from Bob Bruninga here), so I will receive a ping if we are in simplex range, and can take a voice call on 144.39Mhz.
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