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ftwildernessguy
09-07-2008, 04:40 PM
I am studying for my Technician Class license, and I was wondering if anybody on the board has an amateur radio license?

njcamper95
09-07-2008, 08:34 PM
I have thought about it but never went for it do you know of other people who have ham radio's i only have a cb but it's not stock it has been setup for a little higher power

des1954
09-07-2008, 10:14 PM
I have thought about it but never went for it do you know of other people who have ham radio's i only have a cb but it's not stock it has been setup for a little higher power

I had a licence years ago (late 70's early 80's) but I let it expire. It was a lot of fun because you never knew who the "skip" would bring to you or where it would take you.

Back then the class was easy and so was the test. We had a 40 ft tower next to the house. The furthest two places we got were the NWT & for a very brief span of about 2 hours for 2 weeks, we picked up Australia. We picked up what we believed to be Mexico or South America, but due to the language difficulty, those conversations went no where. I couldn't even say "I pavor mantenganse allejado de las puertas" back then!! (LOL) I can barely say it now!:rotfl: We got into ham because of the CB craze. Ham is definitely more fun! I don't have a clue how many ham operators are left in the world due to cell phones, satellite phones & internet.

AuburnJen92
09-07-2008, 10:27 PM
They really came in handy during the two hurricanes we had in '04. It was the only way people could communicate with the emergency shelters during the second storm. I find them fascinating.

the5coops
09-07-2008, 10:35 PM
My Dad has been a Ham since he was 10 or 12. K8DNE is his call. He is an examiner here in Texas. He is also a liason for Department of Transportation and our City. My Grandfather was a Ham too.

Good luck on your test. Ham's do a lot of fun and helpful things.

Shelley

ntsammy5
09-08-2008, 10:02 AM
I had one back in the 60s - the hard part then was learning morse code. Do they still make you do that?

ftwildernessguy
09-08-2008, 10:52 AM
Morse code is only needed for the amateur extra license, technician and general class licenses don't have a code section anymore.

homebrew2
09-08-2008, 11:39 AM
I had one back in the 60s - the hard part then was learning morse code. Do they still make you do that?

I had a "Novice" ticket back in the late fifties but like you the code requirement
was more than I could master....I could send it but not copy it. Back then you
had to have a "General" to use the 10 meter band...Technician was restricted to
6 meter.

the5coops
09-08-2008, 12:36 PM
While homeschooling we studied Morse Code a couple of years ago. The kids learned their name and my Dad set up his examining stuff so they could hear real Morse Code.

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn291/the5coops/DSCN0039.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn291/the5coops/DSCN0037.jpg

Sorry pics are so big. I am not sure how to make them smaller.

Shelley

ftwildernessguy
09-08-2008, 03:01 PM
I learned Morse code as a boy scout in the 60's, but sure am glad it's no longer required. A couple years ago they streamlined the licensing, reducing the number of licenses to 3 and expanding what the Technician class can operate on. Now the test is written and consisits of 35 questions, multiple guess, and the entire question pool is available from the ARRL, but still a cumbersome task to study for, and a lot of the theory, while familiar, was done by me some 30 years ago in college. Watt is the unit of power?? Yes!!

ntsammy5
09-08-2008, 03:43 PM
Watt?

ftwildernessguy
09-08-2008, 03:45 PM
Watt?

Yes!

homebrew2
09-08-2008, 04:02 PM
Watt?

He's on second:lmao:

kc5grw
09-09-2008, 07:40 PM
Morse code is only needed for the amateur extra license, technician and general class licenses don't have a code section anymore.

Morse code is no longer required for any license class.

My username is my callsign.

ftwildernessguy
09-10-2008, 12:27 PM
Morse code is no longer required for any license class.

My username is my callsign.

I had my suspicions about you.

ConstableMickey
09-11-2008, 05:36 PM
I got involved with it through a professor I had back in college. In fact I remember taking by novice test the morning of my graduation. I’m a tech now but haven’t been active for the past 10+ years. With the recent hurricanes, I drug my box-O-equipment out and dug out a few of my old radios (did you know that a NiCad battery pack won’t hold a charge if it has been stored away for 10 – 12 years?).
Packet radio in my area is all but non-existent, all though 2 meters is alive and well. All my 10 meter stuff is still boxed up and my antenna is in storage…but who knows…maybe one day. I even started rebuilding one of my HT’s battery packs so the next storm that comes along won’t catch me unprepared on the communications front.

Good luck in getting your ticket….with cell phones and the internet, ham radio isn’t the superstar it once was, but when the power goes out and phone lines go down, it is the still the best boat afloat.

Constable Mickey aka KC4RKQ

hamoperator
11-16-2008, 07:36 PM
Hi all , Just wanted to introduce myself. Name here is AL and the call is ka3fad. Been a ham for 30 years , pretty much all bands all the time including the Satellites.
My family and I are Disney vets but just joined the vacation club recently !
exciting stuff to say the least. Our home will be kidani Village opening in may of 09. We will be staying at wilderness lodge january 4 thru the 12 ( 09 ) and then in the tree houses ( we hope ) in october 09.
My question is; will any hams out there be also be visiting in jan.4 to the 12 th. maybe we could make a sced. on 52 simplex or local repeater ? Our son is a cast member at Epcot . hope to see you all soon . Good luck and God bless
73 de ka3fad

hamoperator
12-29-2008, 08:23 PM
this is how an antenna farm starts ,
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj445/ka3fad/Alontower.jpg

and here is how it grows !
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj445/ka3fad/Array.jpg

hamoperator
01-01-2009, 09:30 PM
Hi All,
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj445/ka3fad/happynewyearfireworks.jpg

just thought I would post a few pics of the shack ...
http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj445/ka3fad/MA5B016.jpg

http://i555.photobucket.com/albums/jj445/ka3fad/MA5B017.jpg

the console is on wheels to allow access to the back of the equipment

ftwildernessguy
01-02-2009, 07:50 AM
That's a pretty impressive setup, Al. I can only dream.......

Born 2 Fish
01-02-2009, 08:35 AM
Hi all , Just wanted to introduce myself. Name here is AL and the call is ka3fad. Been a ham for 30 years , pretty much all bands all the time including the Satellites.
My family and I are Disney vets but just joined the vacation club recently !
exciting stuff to say the least. Our home will be kidani Village opening in may of 09. We will be staying at wilderness lodge january 4 thru the 12 ( 09 ) and then in the tree houses ( we hope ) in october 09.
My question is; will any hams out there be also be visiting in jan.4 to the 12 th. maybe we could make a sced. on 52 simplex or local repeater ? Our son is a cast member at Epcot . hope to see you all soon . Good luck and God bless
73 de ka3fad




10-4 backdoor ! Wait,,thats a CB I think,,shows how much I know bout this stuff.
Anywho,,I know its a bit late,,but WELCOME ! WELCOME to the boards!

hamoperator
01-03-2009, 12:01 PM
That's a pretty impressive setup, Al. I can only dream.......

Thanks Jim, It certainly didn't come together over night though. That kinda represents a whole lot a years of skrimppin and planning. Take care ...
AL

hamoperator
01-03-2009, 12:08 PM
10-4 backdoor ! Wait,,thats a CB I think,,shows how much I know bout this stuff.
Anywho,,I know its a bit late,,but WELCOME ! WELCOME to the boards!
Thanks for the welcome Frank . Yes there are more than one citizen band radio in my shack . Got into cb in 1965 and have had a cb here since . They are the best thing to have when traveling mobile for sure . The truckers for the most part are all helpfull. Two (2) meters doesn't really help in the mobile if you need directions. Of course we now have GPS for that but When traveling I think a cb works fine.I used to run HF in the mobile also but havent done that in quite some time.
P.S. my favorite cb was the Tram Titan II
Best 73
AL

3gr8kids
01-03-2009, 06:45 PM
I am studying for my Technician Class license, and I was wondering if anybody on the board has an amateur radio license?

Not a ham operator, but I am studying for my canadian bacon certificate. :rotfl2:

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

But seriously, good luck with your studying!

SanFranciscan
01-08-2010, 06:21 PM
I found this thread by searching just to see if anyone else had already started this topic here. I am thinking of going into HAM radio because I am a member of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team the fire department started after one of our larger earthquakes here in 1989. They want HAM radio operators for citywide emergencies. I am sure that it is a positive that Morse Code is no longer required because a call for help just gets more attention when we hear a human voice.

That doesn't mean that Morse Code cannot be helpful in an emergency. I met a woman who was taken and forced to drive against her will. The man behind her was getting annoyed that she kept hitting the brakes until he noticed the pattern in her lights. He was retired Navy and recognized from his training decades earlier that she was tapping S.O.S., and she believes that may be why she survived.

SanFranciscan
01-08-2010, 07:01 PM
While homeschooling we studied Morse Code a couple of years ago. The kids learned their name and my Dad set up his examining stuff so they could hear real Morse Code.

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn291/the5coops/DSCN0039.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn291/the5coops/DSCN0037.jpg

Sorry pics are so big. I am not sure how to make them smaller.

Shelley

That's neat. I don't have children, but I am a believer in homeschooling. Things like taking attendance, making sure the children's desks are all lined up in straight rows, and whatnot that have nothing to do with academics take up too much class time.

I am amazed at how much home-schooled children know. While the students studying languages in school spend their time conjugating verbs and then are unable to even order a meal after graduation in the language they studied in high school, home-schooled children are fluent in elementary school. Those I have met are remarkably independent and articulate and so precocious that I sometimes forget that I am talking to a child.

I believe that it was right here on Disboards that I learned about some homeschooling parents in southern California who made Disneyland part of the "school." That may sound irresponsible to the school board, but I bet that those children who have been studying theme park rides know more about physics than students far beyond their grade level.


Good job The5Scoops!

des1954
01-08-2010, 07:13 PM
10-4 backdoor ! Wait,,thats a CB I think,,shows how much I know bout this stuff.
Anywho,,I know its a bit late,,but WELCOME ! WELCOME to the boards!

Yep! That's "CB speak", Frank.

I think you want "C-Q, C-Q. C-Q D-X!" That was "Ham-Speak" when we had a ham radio.

And Al (NTSammy5-my brother Al, not hamoperator Al)....if they required knowledge of morse code for the test, do you think I would have gotten a license? Think about it!

DaveInTN
01-08-2010, 07:49 PM
The only ham-speak I know is "spiral sliced, glazed, cured and country".

Love me some smoked piggy!

Sorry, on with the thread. And actually, I have also always found ham radios interesting. I had a shortwave radio as a kid and had a blast staying up late pulling in broadcasts from around the country/world. I hope we never "need" ham radio on a national scale to communicate during an enormous emergency, but it's good to know there are qualified people still training in it.

freshlybarked
01-08-2010, 09:37 PM
DH, Rick, has been a HAM for more years than I've known him and that's been since the mid 80s. He is not active lately, but his call sign is WA4VAR. He gets on every once in a while and has taken SKY Warn Training. I don't know much about it, but he has some equipment in the computer room that gets used some times. I think he has a Tech license.

aleask
08-31-2010, 01:55 AM
Its official, my new ham (amateur) radio call sign is

k1WDW

:goodvibes

des1954
08-31-2010, 07:22 AM
I like ham on rye with some good horseradish mustard & swiss cheese.

ntsammy5
08-31-2010, 07:30 AM
I like ham on rye with some good horseradish mustard & swiss cheese.

I was about to say the same thing!

Born 2 Fish
08-31-2010, 08:07 AM
I have been known as a SMOOTH operator.

pdmedic
09-05-2010, 09:41 PM
I'm N0YSN and have my general and working toward my extra. My wife is currently studying for her Tech and our son who's 9 is wanting to get his as well.

One of the selling points I used was that they were better then FRS radios for WDW trips and camping.

Of course the fact that I bribed the wife with Disney Pins when she passes probably didn't hurt.

aleask
09-05-2010, 09:47 PM
That's awesome that you have your wife studying for her tech :-) My DD 7 (almost 8) wants my old call sign (Im a DISnut hence K1WDW) so I told her she has two years to study up. She is in second grade this year. I don't think her reading is quite there.

Hmmmm bribery,,,pins :rotfl2:

73,

k1WDW

pdmedic
09-05-2010, 10:00 PM
That's awesome that you have your wife studying for her tech :-) My DD 7 (almost 8) wants my old call sign (Im a DISnut hence K1WDW) so I told her she has two years to study up. She is in second grade this year. I don't think her reading is quite there.

Hmmmm bribery,,,pins :rotfl2:

73,

k1WDW

Yeah it's going to cost me a bunch of Disney Pins from ebay probably but she has started the class at hamclass.com and is working her way through it. I'm proud of how much she has worked on it so far.

ftwildernessguy
09-06-2010, 04:33 AM
I can't believe I'm the one who started this thread 2 years ago (almost to the day) and I still haven't gotten my license yet! pdmedic - is that hamclass.net? I was just on that site and it looks like this is the most viable way for me to get my license, since I find it hard to just open the book and study on my own.

pdmedic
09-06-2010, 08:51 AM
It's hamclass.com they have on-line classes from tech to extra the tech is $20.00 and has a money back guarantee if you don't pass the test. According to their literature it should take the normal person about 10 hours to get to where they can pass the test.

Just looked hamclass.com is a redirect to http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html so you could just go there.

Good luck with it.

pdmedic
09-22-2010, 06:11 PM
Well just upgraded to Extra class last night I finally passed the test 3rd time was the charm. :cool1:

aleask
09-22-2010, 08:39 PM
Congrats PDMEDIC. Bet that feels good. I really have to start working with DD on her Tech and maybe I will work on upgrading.

Im just looking forward to getting my new plates. Will officially retire KC7NKP.

73,

K1WDW

pdmedic
09-22-2010, 10:37 PM
Congrats PDMEDIC. Bet that feels good. I really have to start working with DD on her Tech and maybe I will work on upgrading.

Im just looking forward to getting my new plates. Will officially retire KC7NKP.

73,

K1WDW

K1WDW

Thanks and I like your call that's great. :thumbsup2

heathriel
10-04-2010, 04:31 PM
DH and I are both HAMs.

(oh, and we have our licenses as well)

We got them for our boat - just the first level license, not the advanced bands.

:sail:

pdmedic
01-23-2011, 11:47 PM
My DW and DS who is 10 just passed their tech exams this weekend. Looks like we will be trying out the WD4WDW repeater next time we are at Disney.:banana:

k5jmh
01-30-2011, 04:35 PM
My boards name says it all. :)

Justin Jett
01-30-2011, 08:07 PM
I am studying for my Technician Class license, and I was wondering if anybody on the board has an amateur radio license?

I got my "No Code Tech" License in 1993. KD4WIL

d_lairson
02-14-2011, 09:35 PM
I just upgraded to general over the weekend at Hamcation in Orlando, of course I had to bribe the DW with a trip to WDW to let me take the test!

If you are still studying, I found this site (http://www.nc4fb.org/wordpress/?page_id=1514) that REALLY helped me pass my test. I read the ARRL book several times but could only get high 70 - low 80's on the sample test, after one week on this site I passed my test with a perfect score! and it's FREE!