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  • The Amateur Amateur: Standoffish

    May 16, 2012 ... One -- at the south end of the roof -- held a television antenna and was useless for Amateur Radio operations. It wasn't high enough and would have required a ridiculous length of feedline to reach. The other three masts were clustered near each other at the north end of the roof. I really should have spread ... 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

  • The Amateur Amateur: Please Answer the Following Question

    Jul 2, 2009 ... I found it hard to come up with questions about preparedness alone, so I expanded the field to include anything related to Amateur Radio. I kept track of the questions asked and the answers given and put them on the group's Web site archives (I'm also the Webmaster). Quiz Show. Sometimes the answers ... 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

  • Getting Licensed

    The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Simulated Emergency Mess

    10/15/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. It was my turn to run the local ARES® net, but I was thinking about asking someone else to do it for me. It had been a stressful day and my speech was becoming a little slurred (I'm struggling with myasthenia gravis). But I hated to impose on the other net controllers, ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: It's Not Easy Being Green-less

    Mar 31, 2013 ... Many years ago, my grandfather used to build radio sets and sell them to his neighbors. Somewhat later, just after World War II, he and my father installed radios in cars for Western Auto. They saved up their earnings and eventually started Hoffman Radio-Television Sales and Service, which was the ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: It's a Jungle Down There

    Feb 29, 2012 ... It's Wednesday. The evening meal has been cooked and consumed. The dishes have been washed. My wife Nancy has curled up with a murder mystery and our dog Ariel is busy dismantling a rawhide bone. Checking my watch, I see that it's time to go down to my shack and participate in the weekly ARES ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Fun, Fatigue and Fur

    07/23/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H ARRL Contributing Editor. My wife Nancy and I have a very sweet dog named Ariel. As near as we can make out, Ariel is 95 percent Swedish Lapphund, absolutely beautiful and as furry as they come. During the summer months in Missouri, she sheds and the whole house becomes furry ... Learn More