As I continue my quest to return to the air, I have found that there are two good sources of information.
1.Â QST Magazine
2.Â CQ Magazine
Now don’t let the order bother you or fool you, they both do a good job covering Amateur Radio.Â I subscribe to both, and most likely will continue.
In the November issue of CQ, I found an interesting article on page 46 entitled, ” You Can Enjoy DXing WithÂ a Modest Station…and the CQ DX Marathon Shows the Way “Â While I’m not sure I will get into DXing , I found it informing when related to power and antennas.
Right now for me, Low Power and a very very simple antenna seem to be the way I’m inclined to go.
In the December issue of QST, on page 40 there was an article about ” Selecting Your First VHF Handheld Transceiver “Â Â Now I have some experience there, having had a Yaesu FT-50 and another Handheld in past years.
There I want again to have a VHF/UHF unit, and have been thinking and looking at one that is capable of 220 as well.
There isn’t a day that goes by that my ideas, bounce around a bit, think I have nailed it down, this is what I’m going to do, then I read something,Â get an email or comment from someone who knows based on years of hamming.Â And I wonder if my plans will work getting me on the air and making contacts.
Let’s be honest, when it gets down to the bottom line, KI7UP, ME, is going to make the final decision and I will make it work.
(Did you notice I did the lead story on Amateur Radio Newsline this week?Â If you didn’t hear it, you can find a link to ARNL to the right of this post.)