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Old 10-28-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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After the Napa earthquake I decided it was high time I got my amateur radio license and get my self connected to the SF NERT organisation: if something bad happens in a big way in SF, I want to be able to help make things better.

So... last weekend I went up to Petaluma for a Ham Cram, took the Element 2, asked for Element 3, then asked for Element 4. I got pretty much what I expected: passed 2 & 3, but wound up having to guess for half of Element 4 and my score nearly exactly reflected that. Still, I'm shortly going to be licensed for the General class.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:06 AM   #2
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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I figure there's quite a few here, all in various states of activity.

Got my callsign since I posted up: KK6PRT. Now, to wait until payday to buy some toys.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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Got my General in 2004. Usually hang out on 20 meters but I do carry a little dual band HT on my bike. W6BJD.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:15 PM   #6
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been quiet for a while. truck got totaled and not instaled anything in the replacment yet.
and as i rent can do nothing at home.
thought about a walky on the bike...but too busy riding to play ham.

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Old 12-22-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:41 PM   #8
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:41 AM   #9
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de K6JOX over here in the mudflats....

Someday I need to get a antenna party together out of BARF folks. Then after raising antenna, everyone go on a twisty ride. OR we can do twisty mello ride & go to BBQ @ my place.

Here's the antenna; just need a new rotator..., but them puppies are so expensive ($1300) it's been down about a decade. Finally found one I can get at half price (rebuilt.)

The tower is a Tri-Ex LM-354, a 54' crank up/crank down self supporting tower. I can get it down to ladder height for working on it. I need to get it back up & going again; I just need help from some young fellas as I'm too old /unstable to stand on top of a ladder.

Here's the antenna, Mosley "Pro-57b" up at 55' above the house. It's 120lbs, w/24' boom, ~28' elements. It keeps breaking lighter weight rotors (wind movement I think), so this time I gotta get extra heavy-duty rotor..:
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:19 PM   #10
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Coolness.

FWIW, I saw some antennas on CL in the past day or two.

I like the idea of an Antenna Day.

I think *today* I finally have some spare cash to buy a pair of HT's and associated gear. Yay!
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:39 PM   #11
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:15 AM   #12
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Dave, same here. Gimme a shout if you want a hand.

On another (semi-similar) topic - is CB still used by anybody? I've got a 40-channel Realistic from way back when that I keep for emergencies, does anybody monitor?
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:31 AM   #13
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There are a few on around here, but the AM crowd in SJ seems a bit "seedy" for my taste. There is a group on 38LSB after the skip dies out at night and a lot of them are hams as well. I can't have any antennas where I am so I am stuck with my mobile and I don't get out all that much so I'm not on any band much at all.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:21 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the kind words & offers of help. The local ham club I was with folded up (as have most local clubs), so I lost all my help pretty much. I've been trying to fix big antenna for years, just those rotators are so expensive. This one @ half price is $800, & it's borderline if it's strong enough for the big antenna.

I've thought about wires, but last time I put a wire up a nasty neighbor stole it & threw it in the lake near my home. I guess he must have had QRM? The big antenna when it's all the way raised is easier on the neighbors. Even @ 1500w they don't complain much when I'm using the big antenna up at 60+ plus on a long mast. So need to get that puppy back in the air...

Need to get my #'s back going. Standing at 277 confirmed, about 50ish to go; most of them in the Madagascar/Indian Ocean area, at least halfway around the world. Need big antenna & power for that...

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Old 12-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #15
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