A lot of the REACT groups have moved over to amateur radio for the events they work.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.
Just a thought.
Hurricane Watch Net frequency 14.325 MHz ... H & W frequency 14.265 MHz. 2 good ones to keep an ear to when there is a hurricane around.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.
Tony P ( KC3IQK )
Pretty much my feeling.Seriously though, putting together systems and antennas that work well for the least money possible can be a lot of fun, so I'm partially kidding here. I got out because I have a family that needs all of the time I can spare once work is done with me. Once the kids are grown, I may play around with the hobby again. Anyway, hopefully you enjoy the technical aspects of the hobby, building antennas, things like that, because you are not going to find a lot of deep conversation on ham radio.
Well first off I'm going to say that I only read the op and a few replys (good ones at that). So if this has already been brought up I apologise in advance.This thread is not intended to anger any Hams so please read this as my opinion and hopefully i will get some good feedback. I am looking for encouragement not discouragement or disappointment.l
I think in many cases, the new hams have to ask themselves what THEY bring to the table. There is such a variety of activities in ham radio, that there really is something for everyone, if you just look at it close enough. But not all hams are into rag chewing with people they don't know. And that's perfectly ok.I would have thought that ham users of the older generations would be much more welcoming, and warm when chatting with other ham operators...
If that's what they're into, sure. But not every ham is interested in helping new hams out, nor are they required to be. You need to adjust your expectations a bit, and expend a bit of effort to locate the hams that do want to help new hams out. I assure you, there are plenty.Also, I assume many of them would be retired and not be too concerned about spending time enjoying a good conversation on the radio, or even helping new ones out?
While it's a valid point of view you hold, it doesn't necessarily reflect the reality. Ham radio represents a wide cross section of society. There will be some middle aged hams who want to mentor, and there will be some who don't. It's up to you to find the ones who will. They won't come looking for you.Maybe its just me, but I find many of the middle aged ones are not all that interested in mentoring any of those who are new, or wanting to get into the hobby. Just my two cents/perspective.
Do you have a favorite hobby outside of amateur radio? Is it something that might interest others? Maybe some evening, key up a local repeater that has a pretty good coverage area and say "Hey, does anybody know anything about ______?" Fill in our hobby or a question you've been wondering about. You just might shake some lurkers and listeners out of the woodwork.I've been back on the local analog repeater system for a couple months after falling out of the loop for a few years and I find hardly anyone on there to converse with. Most are just lurkers and listeners.
I heard this exact conversation last week while traveling.Do you have a favorite hobby outside of amateur radio? Is it something that might interest others? Maybe some evening, key up a local repeater that has a pretty good coverage area and say "Hey, does anybody know anything about ______?" Fill in our hobby or a question you've been wondering about. You just might shake some lurkers and listeners out of the woodwork.