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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 13:42
    R2D2 replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    The ARRL License Manual explains how radio works, a little on how to properly operate. I found the ARRL License Manual very informative.. The Technician Class License is almost childish, a 5 yr old child can pass the exam with a book and a ham in a day class. Thats not much of an investment in my book.. The Gordon West Book was more like a cookbook, I've been to 3 colleges and 1 trade school in my life, and if I had to use his books to get a General Class License, I would still be studying the book 9 years later.. My advice is two fold, buy both the Technician and General Class License manuals at the same time.. Technician doesn't really give you much to play with and if you are serious about being a ham, you will quickly graduate from Technician and playing walkie talkie on the local repeater to wanting to talk on a HF radio.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 13:21
    R2D2 replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    NIkola Tesla couldn't fix one? Awe heck - he invented most of the stuff you use including the generators that produced the AC power you use to charge that squawkie talkie and his coils and inventions were basically producing artificial lighting which was what early radio was all about.. The problem is - and I read this 10 times a day and I get tired of answering the same question over and over.. Everyone wants personal communications, secure personal communications, but they also want it for free! They don't want to know about it, they don't want to learn about it, they just want to use it. Only its radio and anything you make noise with is going to be heard by everyone and there aren't any free spaces other than cb radio where you can just talk without a license for any amount of range..
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 09:17
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Well Dan, you were serious when you said Americans can protest anything. The protests are all over our TVs in UK. Or to be more accurate... "Riots, Mindless Destruction, Arson & Looting". Er, what happened to the Covid-19 restrictions? Perhaps Americans believe the virus will go away if they protest against it. Makes me thankful to be a Brit.
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Today, 05:37
    WZ7U replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Why do I feel I'm reading sixmeters all over again?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Today, 05:07
    Your experience appears jaded and not entirely accurate. Enough vinegar?
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Today, 03:29
    According to tradition, artists and musicians use Macs. Gamers and grandmas use Windows. Software developers use Linux. Pilots use iPads. What do hams use? Which OS is the most and/or best software written for?
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  • Renefromwip's Avatar
    Today, 02:22
    Renefromwip started a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    Currently I am looking at getting my technician license and am looking at purchasing one of the below 2 books. My question is which of these two books is going to have better information about radio that I may refer back to as a reference after getting technician license vs just passing the test? AARL - technician study guide 4th edition. 2017-2020 technician class book (Gordon west) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Peter D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:35
    Peter D started a thread FT8 problems in Bands & Modes
    Hi all Can anyone help with my problem. I have just acquired a FT450D tcvr and am trying to use ft8 on it. I have bought a DC11F interface cable which connects into the data socket on the back of the rig going to the audio in and out sockets on the laptop. I have downloaded the software, and installed a package as instructed for Linux, followed the installation guides from the WSJT website, and others but cannot get a green test CAT. Keep getting "Rig Failure Hamlib error:IO error while opening connection to rig" I am not very computer or digital literate, I still like valves! So can any of you young computer and ditigal modes experts help before I throw this computer out the window and vow never to have anything to do with computers or digital radio again!! Hopefully hanging on Peter G0JJI
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