I think I've seduced my significant other into #amateurRadio! She's a gamer, all i had to do was tell her about DX competitions and achievements.
We bought study guides for all three tests. With a bit of work we may both be Extras next year.
Ive been listening to The KBC https://www.kbcradio.eu/ online lately. Playing around with WebSDR i still haven't found where it can be heard "on the air".
Got all 3 #amateurRadio license study guides to study with my SO. She got super interested in HF when i told her about contesting....
The ARRL has two podcasts, "On the Air" is part of their newbie friendly initiative of the same name, and Eclectic tech which covers alot of the fun niche tech in the #amateurradio space.
They are both very bad things because now I want to do crazy stuff with weather balloons and giant Long wave antennas.
So can't get #chirp to work on #FreeBSD because it its using an outdated Python and I don't have the chops to sort that out. So I installed a Debian virtual machine but the chirp from the repository doesn't work at all, and the flatpak looks like it'll work but then after clicking through all the dialogues no download screen. grrrr. #AmateurRadio
My dad wanted to show me the yardsale "#HamRadio" he bought a few years ago. Its a Drake tr-22c, a crystal tuned 12 channel 2 meter radio from the 70s. Not much practical value now, but back then pouch/purse radios were a reliable alternative to often unreliable handheld units.
What frequencies should I use?
"Consult the ARRL band plan for general guidelines, but check the band plan of your regional Frequency coordinator."
Ok who is my frequency coordinator?
"Check with the National Frequency Coordinator's Council."
Looks up the NFCC.
"The NFCC was dissolved in 2014, although it was practically non-existant for several years before that."
Participated in my first #amateurRadio net today! Also the first response to a Tx ive gotten. I could hear the net in freq mode but not in channel mode so i need to play around in chirp some more.
Went to my first meeting of the local #amateurradio club. Starting with the pledge of allegiance was odd, but otherwise they were nice and helpful. I was the youngest dude in the room. They were really worried about bringing in new folks because it was a room with 22 folks in it, 2 of which were unlicensed spouses.
Well the local #amateurRadio club had their net. When they asked if anyone wanted to introduce themselves I hit that PTT button and... nothing. Im not sure what I've set wrong.
I retook it with a bit of sleep deprivation and got 49% so that feels more realistic.
I love the smell of a good #pubnix in the evening. He/Him
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