Amateur Radio

I cannot imagine a more exciting hobby, well at least for me, that is as fulfilling as Amateur Radio, aka Ham Radio.

Imagine having the ability to talk around the world with a small radio using as little as a watt or two of power and with a wire antenna strung out between two trees.

Now, do I do this?  Not any longer, but there was a time when I did.  I don’t have the best equipment in my shack, nor do I have a large array of antennas.

In fact, my main rig is a Yaesu FT-1000MP that is quite a few years old and my HF antenna is a Hustler BTV-6 vertical that is ground mounted with 40 radials. When I need an extra boost of power I have a Yaesu FL-7000 Linear Amp.

Here is the inside of my ham shack.


By they way, if you are not a member of the ARRL – Amateur Radio Relay League, might I suggest you have a look at what they offer to get you licensed and join this huge groups of Ham’s.

Info on getting licensed.

If you are interested in getting started in Amateur Radio, this guy does a good introduction to help.  with part one.  Off to the side, you can see part two and so on.

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