WA2HOM won the Feld-Hell monthly Sprint for July 2010. This is the first and only thing I ever won in Amatuer Radio. I was very surprised when I ( I was operating WA2HOM) received word that I won. 73! Jim K8ELR
We have had great success running digital modes with the SignaLink hooked up to the Ten Tech Omni VII.
We have made Feld Hell, SSTV, RTTY, PSK and Olivia contacts. We use HRD/DM780 and it works well. Although we use DM780 and I have no complaints I would like to try other software. ROS sounds cool too but is not legal in the USA due to it using spread spectrum.
Unfortunately the tower and beam are not up yet. It was going to be installed in May and here it is July and we are still waiting. So we are still using our inverted V dipoles at about 30 feet.
If you are in the area or just want to visit email me Jim k8elr or Dan kb6nu and we would be glad to give you a demo and let you operate the station.
Later and 73!
Yesterday, was another busy day at WA2HOM. Hams who showed up included:
- Dan, KB6NU
- Jim, K8ELR
- Eugene, KD8HSU
- Susan, KD8MZR
- Richard, KD8MZS
Susan and Richard were two of the students in our latest One-Day Tech Class. They’re planning to take a six-month cruise down to the Caribbean soon, and are planning to use ham radio to keep in touch with folks back home.
After answering a bunch of questions about ham radio in general, and trying to figure out how they could use the marine radio that they currently have on their boat on the ham bands, I got Susan to sit down and make a couple of contacts. I wrote out a simple script for her to read to call CQ, and on the second try, she got a reply! So, now, we have another new ham with her first contact under her belt.
We also had quite a bit of visitor activity. We had a group of kids come in, and four different adults signed up to be on our mailing list for the next one-day class.
We were so busy that I wasn’t able to actually get to the “hands-on” activity that I’d planned. Make: Magazine recently posted a new video by Diana Eng, KC2UHB, that shows a very simple way to visualize radio waves. Rather than describe this more fully, you can just watch the video:
Cool, isn’t it? Hopefully, I’ll be able to do this next week.