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My Ham Radio Experiences

posted Jan 9, 2012, 10:50 AM by Dwayne White   [ updated Jan 11, 2012, 11:42 AM ]
When I decided to get my Ham Radio License back in 2008, I purchased Gordon West's Technician study book located @  http://www.w5yi.org.  After reading it twice, I took my test and passed.  Then about 40 minutes later, I went over to the local Ham Radio Outlet here and purchased my first Ham Radio, a Yaesu FT-8800.  I got this because of the Dual Band operation and the ability to use it as a Cross Band Repeater, it come in hand now while I'm at work...I have a Yaesu VX-8DR HT and crossband it to my car in the parking lot and talk on the local repeater her with more power :).

So then following what come naturally, I went out and got Gordon West's General Study book and pass my General License test.  So then when Black Friday hit, it went out to Ham Radio Outlet and purchased myself a ICOM IC-7000 Mobile Radio which is what I use for my home station...in hind sight I should have spent the extra 150.00 or so and purchased myself a Yaesu FT-950.  In my opinion a much better radio as my friend W6TAD has one and I have played with it many times.

Well once I got into HF Radio communications I soon realized that as a General License holder my bandwidth was a bit limited, so I then started to study for my Extra License...after purchasing Gordon West's Extra study book and failing my exam, I also purchased his Audio CD's and listen to them twice and then passed my test.

Now as I mentioned my base station radio was my IC-7000, my first antenna I put up was a inverted V wire at about 25 foot pointing east to west.  It performed well for its purpose, but then I purchased a Carolina Windom 40 and raised it up to 35 foot...what a difference that made in my contacts and signal.  But my fun would not last too long, as I discovered I live in a HOA area and they wanted it taken down...so after some fighting with them I lost and I've been off my HF radio waves for about a year plus now, but that soon will be resolved, as I am now in the process of putting up a Hustler 5BTV with the tilt base, which is low profile and tilts over, so the HOA will be Happy :)...that should be ready for broadcast by end of February, so I will let you know how it performs.

While the Carolina Windom helped with my transmission, I heard good audio from a good many of you out their, so after doing some digging and talking, I went out and purchased the W2IHY 8 Band Equalizer & his EQPlus audio components along with the Heil GM 4 Microphone and foot pedal...now my audio transmission is loud and crisp, so I could not be any happier.

Below I have attached my HF Contacts since I've been on the airwaves...this was exported from my logging software which is Ham Radio Deluxe, which can be viewed in Google Earth.

Bottom line in what I have learned is Harley Davidson's and Ham Radio can both get expensive.


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Dwayne White,
Jan 9, 2012, 10:50 AM
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