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StatHaldol

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PostSubject: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:33 pm


I've been a ham radio operator for a number of years and I've noticed that pipe and cigar smoking seem to go hand-in-hand with many hams.

Any hams here?
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:26 pm

Nothing like a good pipe with an old Tube Rig in the background - keeping the room nice and toasty on a cold winter night. OK - not all of my rigs are boatanchors, but I am quite fond of them. Real Radios have tubes. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:27 pm

A friend of mine on Youtube is big into it, his channel name is dighsx, he is a big pipe and cigar guy too.
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StatHaldol

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:31 pm


It's always nice to meet fellow hams! My dad was a radio operator in WWII and we always had a boat anchor around the house. I grew up listening to the receiver.

I learned code from my dad when I was in traction recovering from a broken leg. My CW is a little rusty but I still remember a lot of it.

My wife and I are fairly active on the 3905 Century Club nets; mainly 40M.

Hope everyone had a good Easter weekend!

73

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:10 pm

HF and 6 meter DXing and contesting. Some ragchewing.

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:09 pm

Currently inactive.. with only the occasional 2 meter contact.

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:40 pm

I enjoy 10m dxing. When the band is open. Do some 2m repeater ragchewing most of the time. I too like the old boat achors dipping the plates and the like. But the only BA I have is not transmitting. I need to get the old kenwood ts-820s back on the air. Got a old halicrafters 38-c that I love to listen to shortwave on still works great.

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LL

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:26 pm


My dad was a radio hamster his entire life. Got his license in his early teens and was still active until he died in 1999. 70 years on the air. Could fist 40 wpm dead clean, and kept every DX card he ever received. I grew up with a 40 meter beam tower bolted to the wall of my bedroom, and a 10 meter vertical outside the window. I can still here him digging through the QRN, calling, CQ, CQ, CQ... W0NGW... Whiskey Zero Never Gonna Work... CQ, CQ, CQ..." after the sun went down.

He also smoked a pipe nearly as long. Got me started on my 20th birthday with a Pioneer calabash, a group 4-ish Peterson billiard, a half pound of BS 759, and a half pound of straight VA flake. ($22.50, $12.00, $7.00, and $8.00 respectively. Laughing )

Yup, there seems to be a connection.


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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:40 am

LL wrote:

My dad was a computer hamster his entire life. Got his license in his early teens and was still active until he died in 1999. 70 years on the air. Could fist 40 wpm dead clean, and kept every DX card he ever received. I grew up with a 40 meter beam tower bolted to the wall of my bedroom, and a 10 meter vertical outside the window. I can still here him digging through the QRN, calling, CQ, CQ, CQ... W0NGW... Whiskey Zero Never Gonna Work... CQ, CQ, CQ..." after the sun went down.

He also smoked a pipe nearly as long. Got me started on my 20th birthday with a Pioneer calabash, a group 4-ish Peterson billiard, a half pound of BS 759, and a half pound of straight VA flake. ($22.50, $12.00, $7.00, and $8.00 respectively. Laughing )

Yup, there seems to be a connection.

Great story! Thanks for sharing! Your dad and mine would have gotten along just fine!
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LL

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:51 pm

StatHaldol wrote:

Great story! Thanks for sharing! Your dad and mine would have gotten along just fine!

Somehow I typed "computer" instead of "radio" (now fixed). Sorry.

The "hamster" thing was a running joke between us.

Here's a mildly weird thought: Your dad and mine might have connected on the air at some point. I guess the six degrees of separation thing is true.
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:25 am

LL wrote:
StatHaldol wrote:

Great story! Thanks for sharing! Your dad and mine would have gotten along just fine!

Somehow I typed "computer" instead of "radio" (now fixed). Sorry.

The "hamster" thing was a running joke between us.

Here's a mildly weird thought: Your dad and mine might have connected on the air at some point. I guess the six degrees of separation thing is true.

That may have happened! He made contacts all over the world!
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:45 pm

I don't have a Ham license but I really enjoy shortwave, and pipes!
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:36 pm

Haven't operated in years,,,Hallicrafters boat anchor was down more than operational,,,,got tired of replacing caps,,still listen searching pirates and such,,,,

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:50 pm

My uncle was big into it when I was young. I still remember, we were visiting him in the fall of '58 and he could pick up that communist beep as Sputnik came over North America every few hours. He hated that sound! Laughing

A student of mine did a great research project back in the early 90s, looking how critical ham and SW radio operators are after a disaster, when all or many of the traditional communication lines were down. He looked at a worst case scenario of the New Madrid Fault going at roughly the same level as it did in 1811-12 (still the largest earthquake in US history in the continental US) and the FEMA of the day and disaster management people were surprised when he showed then that it's not just the operators and their generators going on line, but most of the relay towers would be down. He mapped where the spar parts were kept, and the engineers able to get to the parts and then get to the tower site and repair them. They never considered that every bridge throughout the region would be down, so no one nor part was going anywhere soon. I thought it was pretty sharp of him to find the week link in that disaster plan. All based upon individual citizens keeping communications going during those disasters.

I also met a guy last winter up in the Ouachita mountains in Western Arkansas. I was backpacking for a few days, but he was on a day hike and he had a portable unit in his pack. He climbed the tallest mountain in that area (the trail went right over the peak) and threw a wire up in a tall pine, and we ended up talking to his friends in Australia. Quite odd to hit the woods solo to be alone, and end up joking with the world.

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:58 am

I'm temporarily inactive, but hope to be back on the air soon....

73's,
Mark W4MMS
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:41 am

N5POP checking in.

I do schmoke a pipe and cigars while operating in my HAM room / shack.
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StatHaldol

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:16 am

Welcome aboard! We almost have enough here for a net!
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:09 pm

I don't do SW radio myself, but my brother-in-law owns a company that makes SW equipment (Elecraft).
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:27 pm

tslots wrote:
I don't do SW radio myself, but my brother-in-law owns a company that makes SW equipment (Elecraft).

I have used a Elecraft k3 once at last years Field Day. I really liked it but can't swing one right now. But maybe since you got the hook up you can help a fellow BOB out. All I need is a 6 meter transverter. Smile Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:20 pm

tslots wrote:
I don't do SW radio myself, but my brother-in-law owns a company that makes SW equipment (Elecraft).

Elecraft stuff is really good, I'd love to build one of their transceivers one day. I bet your brother-in-law loves his job!
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StatHaldol

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:04 am

tslots wrote:
I don't do SW radio myself, but my brother-in-law owns a company that makes SW equipment (Elecraft).

Elecraft is excellent equipment!!
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:34 am

Yes, he definitely loves it. He travels all over the world to attend trade shows and enthusiast events.

It's a great thing to be able to make a (very) good living off your hobby.
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:17 am

Wanted my amateur license in the worst way when I was a teenager but could never afford it. Finally got my license a couple of years ago and do enjoy it mostly just sandbagging and occasionally will jump into on an open conversation. Travel a lot by car and carry a 2m HT. As much for the APRS in case the wife can't reach me on the cell and wants to figure out where I am at. Enjoy SWL'ing as well too bad this is becoming another victim to the internet. Link

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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:56 pm

Hunter5117 wrote:
Wanted my amateur license in the worst way when I was a teenager but could never afford it. Finally got my license a couple of years ago and do enjoy it mostly just sandbagging and occasionally will jump into on an open conversation. Travel a lot by car and carry a 2m HT. As much for the APRS in case the wife can't reach me on the cell and wants to figure out where I am at. Enjoy SWL'ing as well too bad this is becoming another victim to the internet. Link

KD0GIS

I started looking into APRS last month. I've been looking at a system sold by Byonics. We plan on using it in a weather balloon payload. I'm planning to send a weather balloon up with a 2M simplex repeater to see what kind of range we can get at 80,000+ ft.
Should be fun. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Any Ham Radio Operators?   Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:01 pm

N8MME here and checking in. I just found this thread via the search.
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