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Amateur radio
« on: 30 Sep 2014, 05:37 »

Putting it here because it's technology-related, at least (and you can connect computers to amateur radios and have fun that way, too).

Annoyingly, I live in a basement apartment. Got a MFJ mag loop in my window (the apartment is only half underground at one side), and have made a couple HF contacts that way (too many other hobbies to spend that much time on it). I use a Yaesu FT-847 as my base, and an ICOM IC-7000 as my mobile (essentially, how it worked... I decided working HF from my apartment would be completely unworkable, so I got the IC-7000 as a mobile, and then realized I wasn't so hot on working HF mobile (can't do digital modes, that's for sure), so I picked up the FT-847 from a local ham at Hamvention, and picked up the MFJ loop while I was there).

Lately I've decided to start getting into APRS stuff, and decided to upgrade my HT at the same time, so I got a Kenwood TH-D72 yesterday.

Anyone else here a ham? I'm KD8KXK. 73s.


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Re: Amateur radio
« Reply #1 on: 30 Sep 2014, 06:01 »

I'm not a ham.  But at school, in the CCF (Combined Cadet Corps) I specialised in signals, and got the school active again on an inter-schools CCF ham network (where a pirate was using our call-sign, 2A, causing confusion till we got them stopped).  We had a 19 set with an RF amplifier and a big external aerial which enabled us on a good day to talk to a school in Scotland from our school in Kent.  The 19 set was a version of a design originated in 1941 for the Churchill tank.  I could even do a little Morse, using a key like the one partly shown bottom-right in the last photo.

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Re: Amateur radio
« Reply #2 on: 13 Oct 2014, 21:51 »

I was never an amateur, but I was a Radio-Teletype Operator (they called Mr. ACP 125 Cansupp 1(b)), then a Radio Technician, then they disbanded the trade and I became a Land Communications and Information Systems Technician.
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