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  • The Amateur Amateur: Ready, SET 1, SET 2...

    Sep 22, 2012 ... “Who did you say you were again?” the receptionist asked. “Gary Hoffman,” I said . “I'm with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. I'm supposed to run a test on your Amateur Radio equipment.” I was patient, even though I knew that the SET ( Simulated Emergency Test) was supposed to start right at that ... 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: 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: A Day in the Parking Lot

    05/22/2009. "Okay, I'm here," I thought as I pulled into a parking space. I shut off the engine and just sat there for a minute. I glanced down at the clipboard lying on the passenger seat. It held my "what-to-do-and-in-what-order" list. Once I started doing things, though, there would be no stopping. So I just savored the moment, ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Give Me That Old Ham Religion

    Oct 27, 2012 ... I was sitting in my shack, fuming over my latest failure. I was a computer professional for more than 40 years and I still couldn't penetrate digital modes. Or understand the menus on modern transceivers. Or figure out why the heck my newest radio beeped at random times. I guess it's because I'm an old ... 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

  • Ham Radio Licenses

    Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Communications Act of 1934. It is also subject to numerous international agreements. All Amateur Radio operators must be licensed. In the U.S., there are three license classes. The higher the class of license, the more frequencies ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: HO-HO-Handheld Transceiver!

    12/24/2012. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H ARRL Contributing Editor. Got an Amateur Radio item on the list you wrote to Santa this year? Of course you have. But if you' re like me, you don't really expect to get it. First, what we want (well, what I want, anyway) is way too expensive. Second, it's probably too heavy for Santa's sleigh  ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Diary of a Mad Ham's Wife

    08/20/2009. Stomp, stomp, stomp. It's not the stomping that concerns me so much as the ominous creaking. If he wants to spend his weekends on the roof, he had better start losing some weight. If he manages not to fall off the roof he may still come crashing through it. Up on the Roof. Thunk! Oh boy, I didn't like the sound of  ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Field Day 0.9

    07/27/2009. Two years ago Steve Wooten, KC0QMU, did a goodwill tour of several Field Day sites in St Louis County. Steve is the Emergency Coordinator of St Louis County ARES®. I tagged along, took some photos, got soaking wet (both from sweat and rain) and wrote about it in my column Field Day, an Etude in Three ... Learn More