Amateur Radio

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Duncan, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Duncan

    Duncan Senior Member

    I'm thinking of getting an amateur radio license (and learn MORSE over the summer). What is the very basic equipment that a beginner should get that will still keep him on the excitement curve ?
     
  2. mighty_thor

    mighty_thor Member

    Duncan,

    Go to http://www.arrl.org/.

    Look under "Hamfests" (in the upper-left box), and find a fest in your area. A Hamfest is a flea market for amateur radio folks. Go to that fest, talk to folks, and buy stuff. Get there early on the opening day, as stuff goes quickly. Nothing can beat that face-to-face contact.

    I got my ticket some years ago, but I've never used it. I decided that the internet had killed most of ham radio. The hams are still out there, though, and maybe you can make some great friends.

    Good luck. :)
     
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  3. Duncan

    Duncan Senior Member

    I got my amateur license but have yet to do anything with it. I have a key, but never learned MORSE. I've got some plans for my near future I guess!
     
  4. GeorgeJetStoned

    GeorgeJetStoned Odd Member

    The trick to learning code is being able to decipher it on the fly. Try listening to it while you commute or just as background in the house. Eventually it will become as natural as typing became for you. After learning the code hammering it out on a key (try a paddle as well, but I personally prefer a key) is MUCH easier. I got up to 20WPM very quickly, but I doubt I could manage 5WPM right now.
     
  5. Hasn't the code requirement been waived as of some time ago?
     
  6. jamhuntunion

    jamhuntunion New Member

    my father had a radio with which he talked with people all over the world.they also used to send him post cards with their radio number.i dont know what type of radio it was,i was very young.as regards Morse code,do you not think its a bit antiquated now.its the only thing they had then,but i can remember our old black and white television.would i go back?.no!
     
  7. Orison

    Orison my dog is full of stars Staff Member Super Moderator

  8. Duncan

    Duncan Senior Member

    I have had the license for quite some time. I just haven't ever done anything with it.
     

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