Saturday, 27 November, 2004
Ham Radio Update
I continue to be surprised by the generosity of the people I've met since getting involved in ham radio last year. As I noted last Saturday, I'd passed my General license exam but had no radio with which to exercise my new privileges. I mentioned that to a fellow club member on Sunday and he offered to let me borrow his HF rig: a Kenwood TS-450S along with a very nice antenna tuner. It took me a couple of days to get it all hooked up and operating correctly, time being at a premium for the short work week, but by Wednesday night I was able to make some contacts. I've talked now to people in New York, Maryland, Wisconsin, Arizona, and on Anguilla Island in the Caribbean (just east of Puerto Rico).
Until I actually started operating on HF, I really couldn't understand the attraction. I thought it might be a cool novelty, but it's more than that. I was incredibly excited today when I was able to talk to the guy in the Caribbean.
Now to sharpen up my Morse Code skills...