Published by W7CF David on 23 Sep 2007

Got my upgrade…

wow, I did it: today I passed my exam for Extra Class at Microhams‘ VE session. I missed 100% by one answer. It took me a few evenings of reading ARRL’s Extra License Manual plus some practice exam runs on QRZ. On the electronics side, it helped having graduated with a EE masters almost 20 years ago. See you on the air as W7DIT/AE

Our VE leader, Scott N7SS, was clever enough to exploit my euphoria and have me sign up as new VE with W5YI. But hey, helping other ham newbies getting into this hobby is very rewarding.

Published by W7CF David on 03 Jun 2007

Ham radio — why?

Ok, you got my attention but…. what’s so hot about amateur radio in the modern day and age where anyone has a cell phone to talk around the globe and every continent is just one mouse click away?

Agreed, ham radio can seem almost archaic in today’s high-tech saturated world. Hey, even a child can chat via IM with their pen pals continents apart (and I won’t even get into why that can be a very bad thing…). There’s one pessimistic and also a few optimistic answers to what motivates me in ham radio:
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Published by W7CF David on 20 May 2007

Hello fellow ham radio operator and enthusiast

After many years of gravitating around ham radio, I finally got my act together and got my tech & general license in August 2006. So look out world, here comes W7DIT!! Yeah, I admit, mine is a vanity call; my original sequential call sign was KE7ITI but that call was a bit ambiguous to copy in CW QSOs.

While studying for the theory and code exams, I realized that there is a plethora of ham information out there in the internet. It turns out that radio operators really do care to communicate and are keen to share information they have. Awesome. But as always, too much of a good thing can also hurt and confuse. So I started collecting links and information that I though to be most interesting for me, a newcomer to the amateur radio scene. On this site I’ll try to present my collection of links and junks of information for other newcomers to get enthused about ham radio and find their passion in this great hobby.

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