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Old 08-15-2017, 5:22 PM
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Ham radio is what you make of it....there are so many avenues to explore.

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Old 08-15-2017, 5:47 PM
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Several have mentioned ARES/RACES, SkyWarn, other groups I may have missed. I agree with that!

Have you though about getting involved with clubs/groups who volunteer for various events? I'm talking runs/marathons/triathlons/etc., bike rides, horse rides. I'm talking events where you're seeing the action by working a checkpoint or being in the middle of it by being at Net Control.

You can Google local radio groups in your area and start getting more involved that way.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:58 PM
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Several have mentioned ARES/RACES, SkyWarn, other groups I may have missed. I agree with that!

Have you though about getting involved with clubs/groups who volunteer for various events? I'm talking runs/marathons/triathlons/etc., bike rides, horse rides. I'm talking events where you're seeing the action by working a checkpoint or being in the middle of it by being at Net Control.

You can Google local radio groups in your area and start getting more involved that way.

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A lot of the REACT groups have moved over to amateur radio for the events they work.

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I have read all 42 replies so far and I am very pleased with the responses. Thank you so much. I feel more excited about the world of Ham radio. You -all have made me feel like there is a huge world of ham I am missing. I have looked into HF and I believe , like most said that is my preferred direction of travel. I will be buying my text book to test for my upgrade to general. My plan is to create a Net of my own hoping to attract conversation based around current emergency incidents. I think it would make interesting conversation , i would hopefully get to make some new friends in the process. I would mirror this net similar to the incident paging networks text messages. I receive many fire / ems and police incidents daily via text. Possibly the future will bring a way to use HF to get more info about whats happening as its happening. It seems HF would be a tool of choice for incidents in the big cities like New York, Chicago , Boston and Los Angela's.Many of the replies mentioned Skywarn, React, ARES, RACES. My General area has all of these but don't seem to be active at all. I have monitored the skywarn channels even during tornado warnings and there is silence. My county does have an ARES net on 2M and HF. I haven't heard much on 2M except for monthly testing Net's. I thinking maybe its more active on HF. I am still learning about ARES and RACES to know there true function but I would assume they would communicate even on a basic severe storm or flood in addition to something major. I will be reaching out to my local group to find out how they operate in my area.

I have looked at many of the HF radios and Holy Cow - Wow !!!!! they are expensive. :-( I have decided i will be purchasing the Yaesu 857D . Many of the reviews give it thumbs up and the you tube videos describe its use to be easy to learn.

Are there certain HF frequencies that are commonly used, world wide , regional , local ect ? I was listening using websdr and learning how to tune in HF.

Moving on to another item, I will also be looking into CW. Since many have discussed its a dying art because its not required. That makes me want to learn it even more.

I will continue to read the replies as they continue and I will jump on getting my upgrade asap.

Thanks Again

Tony P ( KC3IQK )

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Old 08-18-2017, 1:18 PM
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I have read all 42 replies so far and I am very pleased with the responses. Thank you so much. I feel more excited about the world of Ham radio. You -all have made me feel like there is a huge world of ham I am missing. I have looked into HF and I believe , like most said that is my preferred direction of travel. I will be buying my text book to test for my upgrade to general. My plan is to create a Net of my own hoping to attract conversation based around current emergency incidents. I think it would make interesting conversation , i would hopefully get to make some new friends in the process. I would mirror this net similar to the incident paging networks text messages. I receive many fire / ems and police incidents daily via text. Possibly the future will bring a way to use HF to get more info about whats happening as its happening. It seems HF would be a tool of choice for incidents in the big cities like New York, Chicago , Boston and Los Angela's.Many of the replies mentioned Skywarn, React, ARES, RACES. My General area has all of these but don't seem to be active at all. I have monitored the skywarn channels even during tornado warnings and there is silence. My county does have an ARES net on 2M and HF. I haven't heard much on 2M except for monthly testing Net's. I thinking maybe its more active on HF. I am still learning about ARES and RACES to know there true function but I would assume they would communicate even on a basic severe storm or flood in addition to something major. I will be reaching out to my local group to find out how they operate in my area.

I have looked at many of the HF radios and Holy Cow - Wow !!!!! they are expensive. :-( I have decided i will be purchasing the Yaesu 857D . Many of the reviews give it thumbs up and the you tube videos describe its use to be easy to learn.

Are there certain HF frequencies that are commonly used, world wide , regional , local ect ? I was listening using websdr and learning how to tune in HF.

Moving on to another item, I will also be looking into CW. Since many have discussed its a dying art because its not required. That makes me want to learn it even more.

I will continue to read the replies as they continue and I will jump on getting my upgrade asap.

Thanks Again

Tony P ( KC3IQK )
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It's funny, I would have to believe that many people have gone down this road. I got my license in 2000 and the activity was mostly booming from what I can remember. I had 2 dozen repeaters in my 2 meter radio and there were always people coming out of the woodwork to rag chew about anything. Life got in the way for a bit and I took a 10+ year hiatus only to come back and find dozens of idle repeaters that just seem to ID all day. The guys who do jump on are mostly cliquish. I felt the only solution was to upgrade and get on HF which has been cool. I hope to delve into things a little more once I have the time and resources. Stay the course and try some new modes and bands
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Old 08-19-2017, 6:08 PM
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Download UISS software, good for satellite work, and fun.
Also listen on 145.050 You might try packet, fun also soundcard packet works if you don't have a tnc.
Try WINLINK also it is free, vhf to make connects and qso's.
Look up soundcard packet to WINLINK, chap gives you instructions for it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF0OMNZCEVA

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