Ham radio?

Discussion in 'Hobbies and Special Interests' started by phillipcwardlaw, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. phillipcwardlaw

    phillipcwardlaw Registered User

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    I haven't taken the exam(s) yet. But was woundering if there are any Brother's into ham radio
     
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  2. dmurawsky

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    Several. I'm a General, originally licensed as a tech in... 2001 I think? I don't post my callsign on public forums, though. It's too easy to get a name/address that way.
     
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  3. dmurawsky

    dmurawsky Premium Member

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    I mean that as, I don't have a problem with anyone on this forum knowing who I am or where I live, but since this forum can be read without folks logging in, I'm not comfortable posting it.
    Another forum I'm on has a private section for licensed radio ops. You need to be a registered user and send your call to the moderator to be added to that subforum. Extra work, but it works great for privacy.
     
  4. otherstar

    otherstar Registered User

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    I won't share my call sign either, but I'm an Extra Class. First licensed as a Novice in 1989. Got my Advanced Class in 1994, and Extra around 2000.
     
  5. jvarnell

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    I need to go and take the tests for all the no code classes. I will just have to review the latest spectrum charts but I should be able to do it I had my first class radio/telphone license in the early 80's. I have a 2meter/440mhz icom and an old paket setup from 82. Is there any mason group that gets together on RF and if so do they only use HF bands?
     
  6. Benjamin Baxter

    Benjamin Baxter Moderator Staff Member

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    FYI, There are no more Morse code requirements...
     
  7. Sammcd

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    I'm an Extra class. I've met several other hams who are Masons. There is an ECHOLINK gathering on Sunday evenings. At node 3875 I believe. ECHOLINK doesn't require a radio it's Ham radio on the net for a better explanation.


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  8. pointwithinacircle2

    pointwithinacircle2 Rapscallion Premium Member

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    I took classes back when there was a morse code requirement. But I was 19 and lacked the discipline to learn it. Just for my information, what would it cost today to get back into it as a hobby?
     
  9. dmurawsky

    dmurawsky Premium Member

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    You can get cheap and decent handhelds for about $50. From there, the sky's the limit.

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  10. Zaden

    Zaden Registered User

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    I've never done anything more than read about it, but this group meets in our lodge and at least one of our brothers is part of it: http://www.ofarc.org/
     
  11. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    A friend loaned me a handheld for a while. Pretty quiet unless there was a forest fire. I've worked a number of downhill skateboard races where hammies were our main communication.
     
  12. MarkR

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    I was first licensed in 1962. I recently got back active after over 20 years of just occasional VHF/UHF FM operation. I have an Extra Class license and am a CW only guy on HF.
     
  13. phillipcwardlaw

    phillipcwardlaw Registered User

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    Thanks for the replies
     
  14. Rick Carver

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    Son, I say son...(in my best Foghorn Leghorn voice) I has, I say I has held licenses they don't even make no mo! Currently WAØKS Extra class.
     
  15. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    Country ham or city ham? ;^)
     
  16. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

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    Me too. I had a novice license when it was the one-year, non-renewable, "up or out" license. It expired. Some years later, I got another novice, then within a year had a general, advanced, and finally Extra. The novice and advanced license classes no longer exist. KB9RM
     
  17. Rick Carver

    Rick Carver Premium Member

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    I had a Novice, Conditional General and Advanced. The only one I never held was Technician or Technician Plus. Back before the VEC Program, we used to have to sit before the FCC examiner to test, other than for the Novice and Conditional General. When I got my Conditional General, I overheard a couple of the local old-timer grousing on the 2m repeater that there was no way a 12-year old kid could have passed that test on the up-and-up. It made me so mad that I begged my dad to drive me to KC so I could test for the Advanced. That shut them up.
     
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  18. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

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    Yeah, I did all my license testing at the FCC office in Chicago (other than my original novice, which was the one-year, non-renewable novice which could be administered by one general class or higher licensee.) I got my extra when it still required 20 WPM code, which I solid copied for the full five minutes. I've always been a CW guy.
     
  19. cemab4y

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    I am a ham operator. My current callsign is AB4Y. I was originally WA4YRA (bicentennial call AA4YRA). I have been DA1NR, and WA4YRA/LX. I was AB4Y/ZS and F/AB4Y. It was a ham operator, the late Don Tuggle N4AOC, who introduced me to Freemasonry.
     
  20. Benjamin Baxter

    Benjamin Baxter Moderator Staff Member

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    My call sign is W0bax. I'm hardly on anything but 2 meter. I hope to set up a good station in the future....
     

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