Opening thoughts

My idea for this site is fairly straight forward. I want to document what I learn and experience now that I have earned Ham Radio license. My intention is to write about my experiences as they happen. I am curious by nature and willing to give things an honest effort. I hope to end up with a site that other newcomers to the amateur radio air waves will find useful for getting started in each area of the hobby that I explore. I do not intend to spend enough time exploring all facets of amateur radio to become an expert at all of them. I doubt anyone has that much time on their hands, or the resources. I intend to operate and learn about many different areas of amateur radio until I feel comfortable with them. I expect to find that I will find some modes and frequencies more to my liking than others.

This quest that I have put myself on, is my own. In fact I have had no formal training in electronics, radio theory, or really any aspect amateur radio. I suppose that I will catch some flack for saying that, so I will give enough background that it should explain how it is that I have be an amateur radio operator with no training. It all started when I was a kid, about 8 or 9 years old, and took apart my first 8 track player for a car. I understood the basics of what was going on in there. It wasn’t long before I was able to make minor repairs, not that it was really worthwhile because it was the 80′s and 8-track’s were dead. In the late 80′s I got my fist Vic-20 (similar to a Commodore 64.) It wasn’t long before I was writing programs for it, adding components and making repairs. In college I eventually decided that Computer Science was the way to go. However, I didn’t get around to taking any Electronics Theory courses before quitting to start my first company. A friend and I started a small ISP (Internet Service Provider) to serve our local community in the late 1990′s. A couple of years after we started, we discovered the world of the Wireless ISP (WISP). It was reading about, playing with and talking to others about 900MHz, 2.4GHz, and 5.2/5.8GHz radios that I got most of my radio theory education.

I was awarded my General License on Sept. 15th, 2008. Since then I have purchased two radios. The first was a Yeasu VX-170. It is a hand held 2M radio transciever that has a max of 5W output. The second is a used Kenwood. I am told that it works but does not have a tone board. I hope to get it setup to use echolink. One of many projects that I have planned. I will be publishing a small project I worked on yesterday in the next couple of days.

I don’t want to be too long winded on my first post, so I am going to stop here and start writing up my first project.