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Music Dec 13th 2011, 23:31 2 946 on 14/12/11
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Essential equipment Dec 2nd 2011, 23:38 2 1,088 on 3/12/11
How to determine PL Nov 28th 2011, 12:20 2 1,007 on 28/11/11
Frequency Nomenclature Nov 28th 2011, 11:32 2 938 on 28/11/11
I don't appear to be transmitting Nov 21st 2011, 00:57 5 1,120 on 25/11/11
National Calling Frequency Nov 20th 2011, 22:47 6 5,101 on 4/12/12

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Music W0BBZ on 13/12/11
Does the rule about no music over the airwaves apply to someone playing a piano or other instrument in the background? For that matter, what about someone singing?
Ham programming W0BBZ on 4/12/11
I've been thinking about some of the ham programming opportunities (building Mac tools and getting into microcontrollers). What tools and libraries are considered some of the better ones out there, or are more widely used? I have no problem reinventing the wheel, especially if it will speed my understanding of radio and electronics. My background is mainly software (database and application development) with a little hardware and no electronics experience. Are there versions of PIC that are preferred? Is PIC used more than C/C++ for microcontroller programming? The platform will be Macintosh, though I might try a few Windows experiments. I'm less interested in getting fully operational packages than writing my own, but would consider getting libraries (API, etc) that would facilitate the move to the ham world.
Essential equipment W0BBZ on 2/12/11
OK, have a working rig (radio, power supply, antenna, plus HT). What other equipment should I have and in what priority? Presumably, I'll need equipment to make sure I'm FCC compliant, so what will I need in that department? Next, what tools and other gear do I want to have on hand?
How to determine PL W0BBZ on 28/11/11
If I do not have a repeater directory, is there a way to determine the PL for a given repeater, without having to cycle through the standard list?
Frequency Nomenclature W0BBZ on 28/11/11
When enumerating frequencies in a discussion, specifically 2m, 70cm, 23cm, etc, does it make more sense to say 2 meters and up or 2 meters and down. What determines directionality?

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