Exams, Exams, Exams. But....

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Sparky49, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Sparky49

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    Hi all.

    I've nearly finished the January series of exams for my A levels. Five down, two more to do.

    But then after that, I have another exam - for a Foundation amateur radio licence! yay!

    I'm getting so excited, I can't wait to be nattering over the airwaves. Will be good to do some (legal) experiments too. After I have the foundation, I'll try to get the intermediate asap, that way I can broadcast on equipment I made myself. :D

    Anyone else here a user of amateur radio? If not, why not? :p

    If so, what are your call signs? I'll try to keep an ear out. ;)

    Sparky
     
  2. Georacer

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    What range do those sets have? On what band do they broadcast?

    I 'm not that interested in neither analog circuits nor chatting that much.
     
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  3. Sparky49

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    Which sets do you mean?

    How can anyone not like analogue, it's much more beautiful than digital. :p ;)
     
  4. Georacer

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    A radio set such as the one you will build.
     
  5. maxpower097

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    I been debating getting into ham radio. Its not practicle but they have some nice equipment out and we really can't this nerd tech hobby die out since its the back up plan for a nuclear war or severe natural disaster. I'm more interested in transmitting data via ham radio then chatting. and doing stuff like that. May be one day we could get a ham radio webchat to work. We increasingly rely on phones and digital networks too much and that could one day be catastrophic. Then ham radios will be gold. Honestly the sun could put out enough radiation to fry many electornics causing our system to do down long term. We haven't had transistors and all this stuff very long in the run of things. Possible the sun puts out a solar burst 1,000,000 stronger then we normally get every 1000 years. These are things we just don't know.
     
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  6. Sparky49

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    I'd like to get into SSTV. It will part of my final year uni project. :D

    @Geo, I'm not sure yet. I believe the max power for an intermediate licence is 50W.
     
  7. MrChips

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    There are a number of hams here on AAC, including myself.
    Great hobby.
     
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  8. Sparky49

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    Nice - what's your callsign?
     
  9. tracecom

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    Me too, for over 40 years. Novice to General to Advanced, but no Extra. I should do that even though I am not actively on the air any more.
     
  10. maxpower097

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    Heres some proof! Wow weird how that works.
    http://news.yahoo.com/space-explosion-blame-tree-ring-mystery-astronomers-205516367.html
     
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