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Category: Ham

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W6AH Making Strides

October has gotten off to great start for operating. My new Slim Jim 2m and 70cm rollup antenna was put into service for the Oct 1 Monday night ARES LAX NW district net. I used a C-Stand to get the antenna up in the air and short piece of PVC to stand the antenna off…
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Wave Talkers Is Live

When I completed my upgrade to Amateur Extra in early August, I decided that I wanted to find a way to help others get their ham radio license and then upgrade to General and Extra Class.  Blogging about my own journey into Ham Radio was the first step, to let others know the reasons why…
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Ham Radio in 2018 – Part 5

Ham Radio 2018 – Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Choosing Your First Ham Radio The first Ham Radio you are likely to purchase is a handheld commonly called a Handy Talkie or HT. It really doesn’t matter what you’re primarily interest in Ham Radio is: Emergency Communications, Prepping, Rag Chewing, Contesting, Weather Tracking or…
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Thomas fire burning the hillsides of Ventura California in the background, with silhouettes of boats floating in the harbor. Text Learning to Listen, Ham Radio 2018 Part 4. When all else fails.

Ham Radio in 2018 – Part 4

Ham Radio 2018 – Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Learning to Listen You learn a whole lot more by listening, than you do by talking. In an emergency situation, the traffic flying back and forth between the command center and first responders in the field can sound confusing and difficult to understand. Information…
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Thomas Fire burns the hillsides of Ventura California with boats floating in the harbor at night. Text - Getting on the Air, Ham Radio 2018 - Part 3. When all else fails...

Ham Radio in 2018 – Part 3

Ham Radio 2018 – Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Getting on the Air Once you obtain your Amateur Radio Technician license, the next major hurdle you have to overcome is getting on the air for the first time. Who do you talk to? What do do you say? What frequency and settings do…
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Ham Radio in 2018 – Part 2

Ham Radio 2018 – Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Obtaining a Technician Class Amateur Radio License In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about why I decided to become a Ham Radio Operator in 2018. This post goes into a bit more detail about how I went about obtaining my Technician Class…
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Ham Radio in 2018 – Part 1

Ham Radio 2018 – Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Why I Decided to Become a Ham Radio Operator On December 4th, 2017, I was in Los Angeles when I happened to see a tweet that a fire had just started in Ventura County.  I tapped on the Police Radio App on my phone…
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