[time-nuts] Amateur Radio Information
masonlaw at wcc.net
masonlaw at wcc.net
Wed Nov 25 18:28:03 UTC 2009
I have read the responses which you have received from the fellow "T-Nuts"
and they are all very good and to the point. I concur with the
recommendation that you get your test passed and then learn from doing.
I've been a ham for 58 years and never fail to learn something new each time
I get involved in an 'on-air' conversation or start a project on the work
bench. It has been the one captivating hobby in my life (76 years) though I
am a musician (piano) and really enjoy the guns, ammunition and the shooting
However, in listening to 'on the air' conversations, be discerning, as one
of the guys said, the bands abound with many 'experts' and each one has the
true answer to any given question.
The guys in this group are good guys and a bright bunch and all seem to be
dedicated to the hobby in one or more areas. They are also friendly and
very helpful and you're most likely to get the true answer to any question,
here. I've also learned quite a bit from reading the group emails.
Good luck and enjoy the hobby.
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of J. Mike Needham
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9:38 AM
To: time-nuts at febo.com
Subject: [time-nuts] Amatuer Radio Information
I have noticed that some of you have call signs for Amateur Radio and I
decided that I would like to get into that again. Several years ago I was
looking into it and was given some modified military surplus radio
equipment, one such item was a transceiver. Unfortunately, when we moved
from the location that I lived in at that time, we could not take the radio
equipment with us because it was vacuum tube based and very heavy and the
moving company of course was charging by the pound.
I discovered where I can take my exam locally and would like to study up a
little as it has been years. I understand that I no longer have to do Morse
code as part of it, but still would like to find resources on study
materials and practice tests.
As far as equipment is concerned, I am on a tight budget and so it will
likely be eBay and Craigslist, but I am not sure what I need these days. I
have computers a- plenty and basically can use advice on what kind of
transceiver to get, what are the best brands and what I need for an antenna
- I live in an apartment and want to do this with a base-station radio setup
as opposed to a mobile. I need an antenna that would be the least obtrusive
and not mounted in a permanent fashion to the building. I also need
information on what kind of lightning protection and etc would be good.
Thanks - I know this is "off topic" but I do plan to keep perfect time with
my station as well J
My real email address appears below, so if someone wants to offer help "off
list" I welcome someone to write me and of course if you live locally to
Lawrence, I would love to meet in person and exchange ideas etc.
J. Mike Needham
iain_nitro at att.net
Lawrence, Kansas USA
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