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    Hi Barry Charles , KO4CVG

    I managed to get a tech license right before the world shut down for Covid-19. I have an apartment in Milwaukee but commute to Northern Virginia for work.

    Iíve been around radios, technical communications and electrical engineering for many decades but only recently interested in the hobby. My goal is two fold. A new hobby suitable for the lock down (love learning new tech) and to be able to communicate with someone in the Milwaukee area in the event that internet goes down.

    My wife is undergoing chemo and we had a bad situation in January where she became unable to communicate. Not that I expect her to learn ham, just I would feel better if I got involved with the local ham community with people who REALLY understand communication. Just as a backup plan if all else fails.

    I also managed to get a Kenwood TH-D74 as something to start with. Most radios are out of stock right now.

    Anyway, any advice? Local Milwaukee clubs? I know no one is meeting in person right now.


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    Hi from UK.
    Seems to be more guys turning to ham radio since this virus was set loose. Unsure what frequencies you are limited to on a tech license. The equiv in UK would be the novice license. All ham bands can be used regardless of class over here. They only limit the power you can transmit. Having said that, it would be very difficult to police. Can't see authorities knocking on your door to check your output. Just need to turn it down before you open the door lol.
    I have the highest license so don't need to worry about how much power l use.

    Sorry to hear your wife is going through a bad time in her life. Mine is on oxygen 24/7. Been like that since an op went wrong 3yrs ago. But we make the best of things.

    You never mention the desire to use HF radio. That will give you much more range. Or worldwide range. So hope to hear you on the air at some point.

    73 Jim
    Last edited by G7NFP; Tue 21st Apr 2020 at 15:02.

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    congrats on getting your ticket!
    Im looking for exam sites in my area and hope to get my license soon.
    I couldn't go just before the covid hit because i had just got out of the hospital from a pacemaker implant!
    there are online testing sites but you have to go through so much bull$#!t that its better to wait until a local test site is available.
    Im a firm believer in building your own equipment because you learn so much more about it.
    not to mention there are a lot of elmers out there who are more than happy to help.
    also learning morse all over again is fun.
    too much blood in my caffeine system.

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    Hi Berry,

    Check out the Ozaukee Radio Club (W9CQO), they are active and they are really nice guys. I was up there last year for a class reunion and stopped by one of their meetings. If you noticed, my call sign is similar (K9CQO) -- my dad's license was W9CQO and was donated to the club. I left the hobby for 50 years, and when I got back into it, I got a vanity call sign to honor my roots. Anyway, they are a great bunch of guys and joining the club is recommended. I am currently in GA, so I was only there for a visit. They also have a good monthly news letter that I enjoy reading.

    Regarding getting in contact from multiple states -- did you consider DMR? If just got a hot spot which uses an internet connection and you can select a talkgroup (area to communicate to) that is WI or West Virginia. With a hot spot, you can connect it to your phone as a hot spot (I know, multiple meaning for the same term) to go thru your mobile data plan. This would work in the 2 places that you travel to without having to have in-place antennas.

    I really enjoy DMR, and with your background, the learning curve -- which is really just getting used to the terms and what they represent, and then setting up the radios.

    Finally, congratulations on your license!

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