The other -other Hobby Amateur Radio
Posted August 15, 2011 - 09:06 PM
Posted August 15, 2011 - 09:16 PM
Edited by Sparky, August 15, 2011 - 09:20 PM.
Why not ?
Posted July 04, 2012 - 10:26 PM
Also a PP-ASEL, but not current. Too expensive!
I belong to the Central NH Amateur Radio Club. We're very active in public service events. This Saturday I'll be stationed on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, in support of the Newton's Revenge bicycle hillclimb.
On June 16th, I was there to help out with a foot race up the Auto Road. Here's a shot of my view from just above the 5,000' mark.
Truck looks good, huh? Notice the snow in the background?
I have tons of pictures from past events. The club supports marathons, bike races, dogsled races, etc. My wife and I also volunteer eavery year to help provide communications support for the Boston Marathon. THAT is quite a production, especially when the temps are very high as they were this year.
Posted July 05, 2012 - 06:48 AM
Posted July 06, 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted July 07, 2012 - 07:47 PM
I was a volunteer fire department member for 31 years, and just "retired" in April 2012.
I also ride a Honda Gold Wing and love to ride it. Just got back today from a 1660 mile ride from home through Ky, Ohio, W. VA., Penn., New York, into Canada, Michigan and back to Ft. Wayne Indiana for the Gold Wing Road Riders Associations "Wing Ding" (annual convention).
Many HAM/Motorcyclist install a "rig" on their bikes. I have looked into this, but I probably don't need another distraction while riding!
A group called MARC...Motorcycle Amature Radio Club have websites for information if your into MC's & HAM...
Edited by KC9KAS, July 11, 2012 - 03:28 PM.
Posted July 08, 2012 - 12:16 PM
I have done dual-duty as both an amateur radio volunteer and a fundraising partcipant for the past 5 years. I made a Lexan mount for my 1/2 wave 2-meter antenna that connects to the luggage rack. Coax runs along the frame to a handlebar bag where I place a handheld radio. I have a push-to-talk button attached to the handlebars, and use a cordless-phone-style earpiece with short boom mike that clears the straps on my helmet. Works great - I provide a different viewpoint of the event to net control that they can't get from roving hams in cars.
Being a 1/2 wave antenna, it does not need a ground plane to radiate effectively and both gets out and hears pretty well, even though I'm only using 5 watts.
Here is the mount on my previous bike, a Trek Multitrack. I ride a Cannondale Synapse now, but couldn't find a good picture of the setup on this bike.
Here I am from the 2010 event, between my team mates, at Nubble Light.
Found a poor image of my bike from this year's event:
Fig Newton, peanut butter, and Hershey's chocolate. Bike fuel!
- KC9KAS said thank you
Posted August 04, 2012 - 09:05 AM
One of the events our radio club provides support for is the Seacoast Bike Tour, in support of Breathe New Hampshire. Cyclists ride from Portsmouth, NH up the coast to Ogunquit, ME, spend the night, then ride back via an inland route the next day.
I have done dual-duty as both an amateur radio volunteer and a fundraising partcipant for the past 5 years. I made a Lexan mount
That's pretty neat right there ^^^^ I have always thought about getting into HAM, and your posting makes me want to jump right in.
- Oo-v-oO said thank you
Posted August 04, 2012 - 02:38 PM
Best thing, I think, is to join a local radio club and attend their meetings. It has been said and I agree that immersion in a subject is the best way to learn.
The nice thing about amateur radio is that there are so many different aspects of the hobby. I like doing public service events, but some people get into contesting, or morse code, or low power operations - or some combination of all of them!
- KC9KAS said thank you
Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:26 PM
Posted August 20, 2012 - 05:36 PM
My wife and I both are HAM's KC9KAS & KC9MLS.
I just reitred from our volunteer fire department as a Master FireFighter and Medical 1st Responder with 31 years.
My wife rides a 1989 GL1500 trike, and I ride a 1996 GL1500 SE...I have been riding motorcycles for 43 years!
We piddle around in woodworking a little too! My wife loves her FT1500!
Ever consider putting a rig on your Wing? If so, look at http://www.marc-hq.o...es/homepage.htm
Edited by KC9KAS, August 20, 2012 - 05:41 PM.
Posted August 23, 2012 - 10:01 AM
Posted August 23, 2012 - 02:28 PM
I got out of the scanner hobby for a while but recently picked up a Uniden Bearcat BC896XLT for free and have been listening to the frequencies left that haven't gone digital.
Posted August 23, 2012 - 04:40 PM
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