Radio: Starting At The Basics

SiGB starts a new series.

And OutlandTek posts some classic reference works.

Not for everybody.

But still cool for those who find it to be so.

7 responses to “Radio: Starting At The Basics

  1. Grey Ghost

    I’m gonna like SiGB new series. I built my first crystal set in 1967 at a very young age. I was amazed that no battery was needed and I could pick up local AM radio stations with a piece of wire that went around the frame of my bedroom window. Of course changing frequency was a PITA.

    Grey Ghost

  2. Thanks, CA!

  3. mistermisfit01

    This looks like a lot of the stuff that was from my FCC extra class exam

  4. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  5. I had the good fortune beginning in 1967 and running to early May 1968, in a sense, of having an 8 month, 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, of electronic reconnaissance school. The first ten weeks took us through basic electricity to antennas and propagation in two week blocks. I may still have my notebook for the two weeks of antennas and propagation, somewhere in my archives.

    It all stuck with me, so to get my various ham tickets were mostly about learning the rules of operation. I held my Technician license for a long time, lots of fun out in the SF Bay area on the various repeaters, my apartment for three years was at 1500 MSL above Cal State Hayward. I put up a mast, anchored at the base on the deck, and stabilized by a brace near the roof. I’d figured out how to get up on the roof without a ladder. I had a two meter and a .70 meter cubical quad antennas, mounted with a rotor, that reached out big time. Some other time I’ll talk about the 350 watt 2 meter amp I acquired. I had a big 2 meter signal and could hit lots of repeaters with 50 watts, some nearly 70 miles away.

    An acquaintance demanded I upgrade to at least General, so in 2012 I did that, then took the Extra exam the same night and passed. Like I said, it all stuck with me all those years.

    The information via books from ARRL are a real treasure trove for getting what information you’ll need for just about everything in radio. That’s no substitute for actual operating though. Participating in the annual ARRL field day is a learning experience, lots of long time hams participate, mostly on HF. The “real hams”, who know morse code, are there, but some us, like me, who are voice and other mode capable but not morse, are there too. The code guys do really well at night, and since field day lasts 24 hours, night ops last along time.

    This basic course should work very well, to bring more into the folds of radio operator, everyone that participates will be glad they did. In many ways, becoming a “radio operator” is a lot like becoming an “airplane pilot”. There are those who aren’t radio operators and those who are. It’s an achievement to be cherished.

    And, passed on to others.