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NOW ONLINE! Digital editions of October 2020 QST, Sept/Oct 2020 OTA, QEX, and NCJ
October QST Ham Bootcamp: Getting Hams On the Air by Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
A beginner-friendly program to mentor
new and upgraded hams, developed by the Nashua Area Radio Society. For the last 5 years, NARS, in Nashua, New Hampshire, has been actively providing licensing classes and training to help new amateur radio operators develop their skills. The club has helped over 420 people earn or upgrade their licenses.
The Nashua Area Radio Society has spent quite a bit of time trying to understand why so many of the people who earn a license or an upgrade don’t get on the air. The number one reason we discovered is that the amateur radio community isn’t providing the mentoring that many hams need to get active.
September/October On the Air Tuning a Single-Sideband Signal
Turning on a ham radio transceiver for the first time is exciting. At the same time, it can be intimidating. There are so many strange sounds coming from the speaker, and so many knobs, buttons, and menus to figure out. Because most new hams start out using voice, particularly single sideband (SSB), let’s go through some of the features on a radio that will help you tune in these signals on the HF (high frequency) bands, so they sound more like humans than Donald Duck.
The H4ØTT “Suitcase” Vertical Antennas for 160 m to 17 m Bands by Grant Saviers, KZ1W, and Robert Fanfant, N7QT
We operated as H4ØTT on Lomlom/Pigeon Island (Reef Islands) during our November, 2019 “suitcase” DXpedition. The station was located on Pigeon Island, roughly 11 acres in size and surrounded by sea water. Our plan was to use vertical antennas on the beach (VOB) as our transmit antennas for simultaneous two-band operation. One vertical could operate from 10 m to 80 m, and the other from 17 m to 160 m.
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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.
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