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FL Techie
 Post subject: Looking for advice to get started
Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:08 am 
 
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Hi All,

I'm in Florida in the Cape Canaveral area and am considering getting my Ham license. I've been in electronics for about a million years but never did get a license - just too darn busy (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it). Anyway, I know there are scads of books and online about how to get started, but there seems to be a lot of Hams here at RF Cafe forums, so what do you suggest?

On a related note, do you think eliminating Mmorse Code requirement has been a good way to attract new Amateurs?

Thanks guys.

- Chris


 
   
 
nubbage
 Post subject: looking for advice to get started
Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:30 am 
 
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The rules in the States are I am sure different from over the pond here in UK.

But a universal starter is to find your closest local amateur radio club. There must be a slew of them in Florida. They will steer you towards courses running to pass the FCC exams.

Contact the ARRL if you draw a blank through local sources.

Trev

G3OAD


 
   
 
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Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:34 am 
 
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and my usual post-script:

there some very good web sites, like www.qsl.com and www.qth.com

G3OAD


 
   
 
FL Techie
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Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:47 pm 
 
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Thanks Mr. nubbage,

Is there a U.K. equivalent to the ARRL (UKRRL?)

- Chris


 
   
 
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Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:58 am 
 
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Hi Chris

There sure is: Radio Society of Great Britain

www.rsgb.org.uk

73

Trev

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Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:10 am 
 
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Hi Cudley

My pleasure.

I gave you the wrong website for one of the suggestions

It should have been www.qrz.com and not qsl.com

Sorry about that.

73

G3OAD


 
   
 
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Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:02 pm 
 
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I have started a website of videos that is aimed at new hams, people thinking about becoming hams, and people that are hams but have never been technically oriented. Videos that show what a capacitor looks like, what an inductor looks like, how to use a straight key etc.

www.helloworld.com/hamradio Look on the left side for a vertical row of icons and mouse over them. Then select 'videos' or 'pictures' or 'blog'.

If you have any suggestions or content for this site, send an email to

hamradio at helloworld , com

73


 
   
 
69bee
 Post subject: Hello
Posted: Thu May 17, 2007 6:26 pm 
 
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Hello FL Techie,

I too am from Brevard, Palm Bay, and my call is WB4VAM. I belong to PCARS (Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Club), and we meet at the Salvation Army building in Melbourme. It is next to Holmes Regional Medical Center. We meet every 2nd monday of each month and would look forward to seeing you. Oh, and sorry, the name here is Dave. There are many avenues to obtain your license, and we (PCARS) give the exams also. We have a few members from Canaveral, but if that is too long of a drive for you, there is a club in Merrit Island called the Indian River Amateur Radio Club (IRARC). My wifes father is a member of that one. Our website is pcars.org and feel free to look at it.

Arrl.org and qrz.com are some goo website to go for newcomer info, and the qrz website even has practice tests.

Good luck and feel free to email me at dnnmoore@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

73,

WB4VAM,

Dave

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