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  • The Amateur Amateur: I Think Mine Is Missing a Piece

    Apr 28, 2013 ... Some years ago, my wife Nancy and I dabbled in putting together electronic kits. Our efforts weren't entirely successful, so we drifted on to other interests. Recently , an opportunity to return to kit building presented itself, and once again I found myself squinting at small electronic components, soldering iron ... Learn More

  • Upgrading to an Extra License

    License Privileges: All Amateur band privileges. General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory and radio ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur Fills-In

    Jul 26, 2010 ... After playing a little phone-tag one morning, Rick and I finally managed to get together. Like many Amateur Radio operators, Rick was very friendly and wanted to help. He'd had a lot of experience with APRS in general, and UI-View specifically. And like every other ham, he had some good stories to tell. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Tipping the Mast, Topping the Hill

    06/03/2008. Last August I wrote a column about looking for a new antenna mast ( "The Amateur Amateur: Towering Prices"). I needed something to put on the roof that would allow my antenna to get signals over the hill to the south of my house. The column ended with me ordering a mast that I hoped would do the job. Learn More

  • Search for Amateur Radio News

    Feature. 04/28/2013 | The Amateur Amateur: I Think My Kit Is Missing a Piece. Some years ago, my wife Nancy and I dabbled in putting together electronic kits. Our efforts weren't entirely successful, so we drifted on to other interests. Recently , an opportunity to return to kit building presented itself, and once again I found ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Packet, Part II

    Apr 27, 2009 ... Winlink 2000 (sometimes written as WL2K) is a clever system that uses Amateur Radio to send basic e-mail. This can be an extremely valuable tool in a disaster situation where access to the Internet has been lost. In fact, the ARRL now recommends that ARES® groups develop Winlink capabilities. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Cablegrim

    06/21/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. The cables are out to get me, there's no doubt about it. I should have known as soon as my first DB9 serial to USB cable went sour on me. I attributed the problem to a nearby lightning strike, which did indeed scramble a number of my electronic devices. But a serial to ... Learn More

  • Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area

    Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area. OPTIMIZE YOUR SEARCH: Less information entered in the search fields will return more information in the list. The more specific the search criteria, the less information returned. Zip Code searches can use the mileage range in the drop-down menu. NOTE: If no listings  ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Meet the Zombies

    10/27/2008. There are a number of organizations that find ways to perform community services and have fun at the same time. I had already encountered a Klingon Assault Group during a blood drive some years ago; I had even chaired a convention for a Doctor Who fan club myself where we raised money for children's ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: The Net Controller's Speech

    02/22/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. You've probably heard something surprising on the air. It may have been something unpleasant, like cursing or an off-color joke. It may have been an unexpected opportunity, such as a close-out sale at a local electronic store. Or it may have been something more ... Learn More