|[AMRadio] Modes and such|
W4AWM via AMRadio
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Fri Apr 3 20:39:43 EDT 2015
My shack is always open and I keep a supply of ARRP publications for anyone
who is interested. I really enjoy helping with the FD GOTA stations.
Teaching a youngster how to send his name in code sparks an interest in many
of them. I believe the Scouts still require code knowledge for one or their
merit badges.While I am not a club member due to time constraints, I keep a
list of local clubs with me and tell folks about them. Also who to
contact for license classes.
I live in a well populated area and it is possible to take an exam
somewhere within reasonable driving distance at least once a month, sometimes
more often than that. Many of these exams are totally FREE!. This is all a
far cry from the 12 hour round trip bus ride I had to take to take my Novice
and General class license tests. Unfortunately now it is becoming
difficult to Elmer a youngster without another adult or several kids also being
present. That audience is sometimes difficult to come by, but it did result
in a father and son both taking and passing their Novice exams.
I go to ham fests and notice the lack of young hams but there are a ton of
older ones, many for whom code was a stumbling block and others who are
getting into the hobby now that they are retired and have time.
Yeah, I have a TR-7 and it i fun to be able to hop on any frequency
without having to tweak anything but an antenna tuner, but I also have a working
Viking Ranger, Viking II, Apache and SB-10 and enjoy band hopping with them
as much as I enjoy the TR-7. My only foray into the digital world ham
radio wise is PSK-31. The only thing it taught me was a love of QRP operation.
I frequently run up on forks who can't even connect their computer to a
monitor, mouse and keyboard. I don't think I have an elitist attitude. I'd
like to see the ham population double. I just think the exam should cover a
bit of everything since some new ops might just develop an interest in the
way things were. Remember, in strength, there is power and we are going to
need that powermore than ever as time goes on.
73, John, W4AWM
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