Green Eggs and Ham ………………………….. Radio

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chicks-and-ham Outline – History of Amateur Radio
For those of you that may not know I am a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Licensed Amateur radio operator. Assigned the FCC call sign of K5SET.

I have been mostly inactive since moving to my new (QTH) home location, Cotton county in southwest Oklahoma. I have restricted most of my radio operation to the 2 meter band mostly using 147.255mhz linked to Cyril, OK(147.045mhz) and into the National (storm weather watch service) NWS and NOAA weather center located in Norman, Oklahoma.

I have ordered myself a new radio, well new to me it’s actually a 20 year old Icom model IC-735, it covers 160 meter(1.8mhz-2.00mhz) through 10 meters(28.000 – 29.700mhz) Owners manual Icom Model IC-735 Amateur Radio (PDF)

If you have ever considered becoming an Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) now is great time to join more than 750,000 other Americans in this fun hobby. Learning Morse code is no longer a requirement to become a licensed HAM. It now consist of only receiving a 70 percent score on a simple written test to qualify for your very own FCC ,issued amateur radio license call sign.

Your FCC license is Free, doesn’t get any cheaper than Free and is valid for a period of 10 years and is still Free when you renew your FCC issued license.

Read more about Amateur radio license Licensing, Education & Training | Getting on the Air ARRL is a good resource for anything related to Amateur Radio.

ic-735 My new radio will arrive middle of next week. So I still have 3 or 4 days to install my antenna(s) so as soon as I take this radio out of the box I can be back on the air and talking to other HAM’s around the world.

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6 responses to “Green Eggs and Ham ………………………….. Radio

  1. What’s green eggs? In Singapore, the green eggs (in dialect) we have comes from ducks though the shells are not really green.

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    • Re Sam Han – Sorry but it goes back to a time that I spent in the army. Food was cooked then transported to field locations to feed the soldiers. The food containers were insulated aluminum containers, and after scrambled eggs had set in these containers for a while they began to take on an odd green color.
      Happy fun gardening

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  2. You are correct, when all modern tech stuff won’t work HAM does. It can become an overwhelming hobby though. I had a brother in law that became obsessed with it. He’d get up hours before work and then come right in and grab a plate of food after work and right back at the radio until midnight. He had a wife and three kids. He died alone. But I have seen the same kind of obsession with modern gadgets, maybe worse.

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    • Re jsnapp62 sorry to hear that story, but he is/was the exception to the rule and the same kind of person that becomes obsessed with the internet, ebay, amazon, facebook, cell phone text and so on.
      Happy non-addicting summer gardening

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  3. What’s the point of ham radio in the context of the modern world? Is this purely a hobby, or is there some practical payoff? Other than the intrinsic value of knowledge in general.

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    • Re peterwone – Thanks for taking time to visit my tiny blog.
      Contrary to popular beliefs, Amateur radio is still a needed and viable method of communications world wide. Hams were the ones that alerted England(UK) when Argentina invaded the Falklands.
      We are the eyes and ears in the center of tornado’s and hurricanes. When cell phone towers and land line phones are out of service, caused by storms or flooding,
      Hams are there to provide police and medical personnel with life saving information and to pass on health and welfare information to family members out of the storm center. 2012/2013 tornado’s and sandy super storm that interpreted normal communications, Hams were there.
      Hospitals often depend on hams to provide communications within hospitals and to/from emergency vehicles and even to act as intercom stations between floors when power is lost and their phones and radio systems fail and can no longer communicate with emergency responders.
      We do this as a public service at no cost to tax payers.
      We use equipment we have purchased, we provide our own emergency power to keep our radios on the air 24/7 as long as we are needed.
      Most often without any public recognition of our services.
      Most of us maintain radios that allow us to talk a few blocks, a few miles or if need be around the world.
      We do this as a public service.

      Yes it is a hobby ‘most’ of the time, but, in any large scale emergency be assured hams are there to provide free, reliable, life saving communications.

      I for one have a great deal of money invested in radios and backup power devices. In times of severe weather me and my vehicle are burning many hours of my time and many gallons of gas watching storms and reporting what we see occurring on the ground to the National Weather Service, NOAA and local radio and TV stations to keep the general public well informed in the event they are threatened by severe weather conditions.

      I hope you find this info useful

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