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.

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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.

http://www.arrl.org

Info on getting licensed.

http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed

If you are interested in getting started in Amateur Radio, this guy does a good introduction to help.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=975GvFhzxx8  with part one.  Off to the side, you can see part two and so on.

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