Citizens Broadband Service

This week I reported on Amateur Radio Newsline and my report was the lead story.  Clink on the audio below.

It’s not like “being on the air” but I enjoy recording these stories for Bill Pasternak  – WA6ITF who is the president, Co-Founder of ARN.  If you would like to hear the full Amateur Radio Newline, you can click right here and it will take you to their site.

KI7UP has been Busy.

Even though I have not been bloging, there is a legit reason why I have not, I have been busy doing things with and for amateur radio.

I have been active as the Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL in Arizona.  That I like and even though I’m not a “ARRL Trained P I C”, I do pretty well.

I have also been spending more time that usual on my ICOM 707.  I even participated, as well as I could in a North Dakota QSO Party a few days ago.  I wonder if I will get a QSL card for that?  That would be nice.

Spent some time in the Code areas of the 3 bands I have an antenna for and was surprised at the letters I was picking out.  I need to spend more time, relearning the code.  I think if I got myself to the point that I could read about 20 25 words a minute, I would enjoy that part of Ham Radio.  I got to that point years ago, and I’m not going to let the age difference get in my way.

Just got to find…no change that to make the time.

73 for now.

Something New for KI7UP.

Yesterday, 3-14-2011, I ventured on to an area of 40 meters that I had never been on before.

I was just listening.  Let me go back a little.  Since I have had the ICOM 707 on loan form Tom Fagan, the ARRL Section Manager here in Arizona, and Terry Ryan, KE7GRV built and put up an antenna, most of the time I concentrate on the part of the 3 bands I can operate on that is open to voice operations.

OK, now about yesterday.  I started scanning manually from 7.000 to 7.125 MHZ, and came across a CW station at 7.028 MHZ.

Believe it or not, I could actually hear the different letters.  No I didn’t know what letters they were but I could hear the dits and dashes and could make out the code.  I hope I’m explaining that right.

That prompted me to go to the link here on Amateur Radio Dream that is where one can learn Morse Code.  I logged in, and started with Lesson One.

It was on K and M,  I listened and then took the first “test” that sent both K and M, and I copied 66% of what was sent out in that 60 seconds.  I think for someone who has not worked with code in years, that’s not bad.

I am going to spend at least an hour a day, relearning the code and then I’m going to spend time on the air using code.

I never thought I would say or do that, but that’s my plan, after hearing that one code station on the air yesterday.  It actually sounds like even more fun than just picking up a mike and gabbing.

73

Please, Don’t tell.

If you subscribe to CQ or QST, by now you have noticed that they have calendars for 2011 available.

You have got to promise me, that you will not tell anyone connected with CQ or QST…the ARRL, that I went out last Saturday and purchased a calendar for my hopefully soon to be HAM Shack, and it wasn’t from them.

Last Saturday, my wife and I went to Chic-fil-A for lunch and I noticed that they had 2011 “The Cows of Reality TV” on sale for only $6.54.  After having what I considered a good lunch, I just had to have one.

I forgot to ask if having their calendar near an HF rig, or J-Pole VHF Antenna would increase the number of contacts per hour or the efficiency, but to be really honest, I didn’t care.

Please, if you know someone who is with CQ, or ARRL, don’t tell them.  Let it be our little secret.

Now, the first one of you who says that the picture on the left looks like the Bovine on the calendar will have to out run my wife in her wheelchair.

It’s fast.

I know.

7 Days.

Here it is only 7 days away from Christmas Eve.

The Picture is one I took on 12/08/2010, at the Desert Botanical Garden that is between Scottsdale and Phoenix.

I wish that I could tell you that KI7UP will be on the air for Christmas 2010, but let’s be realistic.

It’s not going to happen.

Unless there is one of you out there who right this minute is reading ARD and has an extra HF or not being used VHF/UHF Handheld that needs a happy new home for Christmas.   Maybe one that wants to come to the US.

I’m giggling a little as I write this, knowing that most if not all of you who do read ARD, are saying to yourselves, ” This guy is into the Christmas Bottle, a little soon”.  ( Don’t worry, I don’t drink, and there are no bottles…other than maybe a Coke or two, in the house.)

Maybe by next Christmas…and doing it on my own.

(Course if you could figure a way to drop an antenna on the house…I would not object.)

Have a surprise for you next Friday.

Sources of Amateur Infromation.

As I continue my quest to return to the air, I have found that there are two good sources of information.

1.  QST Magazine

2.  CQ Magazine

Now don’t let the order bother you or fool you, they both do a good job covering Amateur Radio.  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 With  a Modest Station…and the CQ DX Marathon Shows the Way “  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 “   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,  get an email or comment from someone who knows based on years of hamming.  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?  If you didn’t hear it, you can find a link to ARNL to the right of this post.)