Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What is Ham Radio?

Jack Demaree WN9GOA 1968

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.
You can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field, in the park, in your home, anywhere.

Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

After 51 years

Happy Anniversary to my wife Betty.
I do not know how you made it with me as your husband !!

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person, and I did ...... Jack

From the digital forum

I have learned much in the past few days from this list. Most guys are running as much as 1.5 Kw.
I have been in the minority by using 25 watts or less. But now I will join with the rest and when
your whole waterfall now turns red, Yep it will be me with the big broad over modulated signal.
I have worked the world on 30 meters with 100 Mw - I just don't understand how I did it with less
than a KW.
The new way to get QSOs is find a weak signal on the waterfall then turn on your amp and call
on top of the weak station. I know this works as it has happened to me over and over time after
time when running 25 watts or less.

At the beginning JT-65, JT9, & FT8 was pushed as a low power mode. I ran 5 watts with a Yaesu
FT-817 and worked WAC with in days. Now FT8 has taken over but now it takes, at the very least,
100 watts according to you guys. Now you need more power to run over the QRP, attic and poor
antenna stations. What has Amateur Radio come to, I think it is a shame.

I think it legal to run FT8 where ever digital mode is permitted, and while your at it turn on the amp.
And don't forget on 60 meters run over the 100 watt power permitted to work that state side station.
Jack Demaree

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2 years ago in 2015

In December 2015 I was having a fun time with a group of new friends on the Island of St. Lucia, West Indies. This was a trip organized by the antenna company called Buddipole. See their page HERE.

I was very proud that I was invited to join the team. Thousands
of contacts were made in all parts of the world using the Buddipole
antennas. ...... Jack J6/wb9otx

Friday, December 01, 2017

Pearl Harber Day

December 7th, 1941

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Pearl Harbor Address

Above Video is From YouTube

See photos from Pearl Harbor