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Old 02-27-2010, 09:22 AM   #15
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My wife and I who are relatively new to AS and own a vintage Argosy are very interested in getting involved with HAM again (its been about 35 yrs since we tried to learn code, sigh). Is there going to be a HAM club get together @ the International Rally? jjairstream
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Well there is one bright note. You may be aware of this already, but you no longer have to learn the code to get an amateur radio license. None of the license classes require morse code.

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Old 02-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #16
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Im still in. To meet here on Airforums would be nice. I'm not as active as I once was.
When did they stop the code for ALL CLASSES .I think thats a mistake. It disrespectful to those of us who studied our butt off to learn the code and get our General or Advanced or Extra Ticket.
That being said,Im still in Ken
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I would join in. My rig isn't installed in the trailor yet but im working on it. We are boondocking in Quartzsite with 4 others, all TAC members. Keep me posted. N6ERU---
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:19 AM   #18
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Im still in. To meet here on Airforums would be nice. I'm not as active as I once was.
When did they stop the code for ALL CLASSES .I think thats a mistake. It disrespectful to those of us who studied our butt off to learn the code and get our General or Advanced or Extra Ticket.
That being said,Im still in Ken
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Hi Mike,
The code requirement was dropped about three years ago.
Here is a link:

ARRLWeb: FCC to Drop Morse Testing for All Amateur License Classes

As you can image it caused quite a lot of debate, but the FCC was not bargaining.

I will work on setting up this group this evening or tomorrow, and post here when done.

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Ok Ken
I wasnt aware of the rules change. As I have not had a new band plan thing for several years.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:04 PM   #20
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Ok Ken
I wasnt aware of the rules change. As I have not had a new band plan thing for several years.
Roger,
I 'm sorry I keep calling you Mike.
I got it figured out now.
I' m off on some errands now, when I get back,
I will post a link to the band plans.

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Old 02-27-2010, 12:20 PM   #21
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Bands

My trip was postponed, so here they are.

Here is a link to the band plans, these are considered good operating practice, but not law.

ARRLWeb: ARRL Band Plans

The chart below shows the frequency allocations by emission type and license class. These are law.

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Old 03-01-2010, 01:25 PM   #22
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I haven't forgotten

I didn't want anyone to think that I have dropped this. I just want to do some more research to be sure I do it right.
I will "Git'er done"
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I am interested too. I normally do not carry Ham gear with me on the road, but maybe I will see what I can put together this summer in Alaska.

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I took my rig off the boat a few years ago but with cell phones and not having a good antenna for the road(lightning blasted it to dust on the boat after I had the radio at home) maybe when this group gets going it will give me the incentive to figure out where to install it. KD4KTZ
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Name is not a problem I answer to both. Grandpa always called me Mike.Then when I got into the small engine repair business and needed a screen name for different forums so I adopted MIKETHEFIXITMAN1 and I have used it every since.
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Since we all travel a lot with our Airstreams it could be interesting to try and make contact from different corners of the U. S. The forum would provide a good way to let other AS hams know where we would be setting up, frequencies, modes, dates and times. It just might provide a whole new "kick" to the hobby. Right now I'm a new General without a rig - but that's subject to change!

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With respect to my prior post, I did acquire a Kenwood TS 2000 today but, right now, I'm as clueless as a "newbie" with a new Airstream! Next comes a decent antenna - along with trying to figure out what all the buttons and knobs do while I work on learning code! To make matters worst I've become fascinated with an Iambic key for sending code -vowing to by-pass a straight key althogether. If anyone is looking for a new (---but very old!) hobby, that is compatible with Airstreaming, look into Amateur Radio. Morse code is still a vital part of the hobby - but it's no longer required to obtain a license. Our Airstreams make great portable "radio shacks" - where we can sit back and enjoy a campfire, while sharing the experience with a new friend who just might be doing the same thing from his campsite in Yellowstone or Acadia. Antennas can be as simple as a wire tossed over a tree limb - and tranceivers can be battery-powered, while small enough to carry in a coat pocket.

Cell phones, TV, and the internet - satellite or land based - are wonderfully sophisticated communication devices - but they are totally dependent on the whims of the private or governmental agencies controlling the satellites, radio gear or infrastructure (i.e. - poles and wires.) It's just a neat thing to know that you have the ability to communicate worldwide using your own skills and equipment!
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Sorry

I am sorry, but this is not going to happen. While researching how to do it, I have been told that the Club/Groups section is only for people to coordinate camping together. since that was not the intent, our group would not fit the structure.
I apologize for not finding out first. If you have ham radio items you want to discuss, just post them where you feel appropriate. Use Off topic is all else fails.
Thanks for the interest that was expressed.

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