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  • 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: We're Having a Bad Transmitter Day

    The Amateur Amateur: We're Having a Bad Transmitter Day. TAGS: uhf repeaters . 03/28/2010. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor March 28, 2010. I am one of several people who acts as the net controller for the weekly St Louis County ARES® phone net. The last time I had run the net had been a disaster. 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: Slippery-Slope Television

    Sep 28, 2009 ... The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Hammy-Grams

    Nov 24, 2009 ... But many radiograms have also been sent over land, often by Amateur Radio operators. Just remember that there was a time when not everyone had a telephone, and even those who did were loath to make a long-distance call. Telegraph Line. Long ago, the ARRL set up the National Traffic System (NTS) ... 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

  • The Amateur Amateur: Musings from a Hamfest

    09/23/2010. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. Yawn! Where am I, anyway? I can't see half of the street signs until I'm almost past them. Why do all these hamfests start so early, anyway? Dawn is hours away. There's no one on the road except me. Oy! And those 50 other vendors who got here ahead of me and ... Learn More

  • 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

  • The Amateur Amateur: Any-Bounce

    12/21/2009. Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. "Other than the ionosphere , have you ever deliberately bounced your signal off of something in order to improve your propagation?" That was the question asked during one of our recent ARES nets. I was surprised that most of the net participants responded "No . Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: One Man's Trash

    02/17/2009. Many years ago, long before I became an Amateur Radio operator, I was a member of a local police scanner enthusiasts' club. Our meetings were held in various members' homes. Often, someone had an old scanner or other obsolete item to sell and there would always, always be a buyer. Now, you have to ... Learn More