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Any Amateur Radio Operators (AKA "Hams") Here on The HughesNet Community Forums?

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Any Amateur Radio Operators (AKA "Hams") Here on The HughesNet Community Forums?

I was a Ham when I was 12. Had a Technician Class license, WA6ZHL. Fell out of it when I got into high school. Wish I had stayed in.

Now, I'm studying to take the tests to get my license renewed. But this time I'm going all the way for the top Extra Class, something I could only dream about when I was a kid.

 

Great site I found, http://www.hamstudy.org. I've gone through the Technician and General Class questions and was happy about what I still remembered after all these years. Now working on the Extra Class questions. Once I get to about 85% pass on those, I'll go in to take all three exams at once.

 

Have to say I'm glad they eliminated morse code as a license or even an exam requirement (when did that happen?). I hated learning code, and could barely get to 5 WPM to pass the Novice and Technician Class exams. 13 WPM for General and 20 WPM for Advanced were simply way too far out of my reach at that time. I'm sure some old-timers would say the standards have all gone downhill from the "good old days,"  but I'm glad I won't have to learn and pass an exam on a technology I'll never use.

 

Anyway, would like to hear from any fellow Hams on this forum? Let's QSO Smiley Happy

 

 

El Dorado Networks |Diamond Springs, CA | eldoradonetworks.com
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Re: Any Amateur Radio Operators (AKA "Hams") Here on The HughesNet Community Forums?

Let the rest of us "Ham's" know what you purchased with your $2000.00.  This way we can salivate a little.

73's

Bernie  KD2JYU

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Not a ham but used to be an avid SWL... and started getting back into it until my buried coax got cut by an overactive lawnmower. I just need time to repair it, as well as remount the balun and then should be back in 'business'.

 

Was working on a rudimentary receiver control for Macs using the EiBi database before it got cut. 😠


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Not an operator but lots of friends in the military when I repaired vacuum tube Collins KW2-MA transceivers. Boy, they could punch out the power. Very touchy to tweak, lots of band adjustment capacitors that took a jeweler size screwdriver and very small turns. I finally discovered injecting the appropriate 1st, 2nd stage frequency with a freq generator and adjusting worked miracles. Wasn't in the technical manual at the time.

 

Old man digressing, solid state has killed off need for technical repair and adjustment at such low levels. All board replacement now. Old dinosaur who's time is history but do have fond memories of the HF shacks most military bases had.

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Collins was the box everyone wanted. Now they're like vintage guitars ~ $1,500 on EBay

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@MarkJFine - I used to love staying up late at night and just tune across the dial to discover and listen to something from some far-off place. That was the magic - something I hope to catch again. 

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Best bet is playing around on AM broadcast. Maybe not so surprising, but a lot of the old guard on HF is long gone. Many international broadcasters have chosen the less expensive, digital streaming via internet route.

Guess no one wants to maintain massive steerable antenna arrays 500MW transmitters, let alone deal with bi-annual frequency steering committees.

 

Edit: Oh, and all those regional Africans that used to dominate the afternoons with hilife music - all gone.


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@El Dorado Netwo wrote:

Collins was the box everyone wanted. Now they're like vintage guitars ~ $1,500 on EBay


Lol..sounds like me except doubt I'd bring $1500 if even wanted.

 

Saw that on EBay......wow! Don't see tranceivers though. Doubt many people left to tune them plus the vacuum tubes. Also they did have spurious frequencies on transmit so maybe gov banned them. They could punch through even hurricanes though. Smiley Happy

 

EDIT: OK, did some more brain refreshing since so long ago. Maybe never a tranceiver but seperate units even on military side. Now that I think about it was two different boxes. Just remember working on the transmitter more. Shoot, been 37 years since I worked on them, give me a break. Smiley Happy

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I always wanted one of those.

 

That, or one of those georgeous, green Heathkit boxes.

While some of my buddies were (air quotes) "reading" Playboy, I was drooling over the latest HeathKit Catalog:

 

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That was nirvana. Unfortunately, at 12 years old in the sixties, I didn't have a job, or the money to buy one.

 

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Dang, Heathkit what a techie nerd time that was. A bag of parts, boards, solder and time. Ended up with a piece of working electronics if done right. A few radios, oscilloscope, multimeter and TV here. 

 

The nerd kids are doing drones and robots these days. Good on them. Just was a bit different when you had to build the board instead of just hooking it up. Time marches on.

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I used to have that exact Heathkit!

I started with a "Star Roamer" receiver kit first.

I had my Novice license and was ready for the General but couldn't quite get my code speed up to it.

NOW I understand the license is for life Smiley Mad

I feel ripped off.

Those were fun days though.

 

Don  Smiley Happy