Another "old days" story?
In the old days of Ham Radio it was not easy to get into the
fraternity. In addition to the written testing an applicant
had to be able to reliably copy the International
communications code established by treaty with 90% of all
the other countries on the planet; aka Morse Code. The
written test study materials were the most boring books ever
printed. No computer aids, no videos, no Internet, just the
books and Morse code cassette tapes, vinyl records and a few
solid state code training devices.
Up until a few years ago the ranks of Ham Radio
licensees was depleting rapidly causing the average age of a Ham to
rise to about 65. However, this has changed and the average age is
actually declining now. Hams are becoming younger? Well, their
average age is, anyway. The reason:
No more International code to learn, none for any
license class. Wonderful.
Testing for license is multiple answer question
system. Computer training, videos, and every Internet aid
Worldwide repeater links via the Internet using
your inexpensive little hand held 4 or 5 watt two-way radio
Communications when others have none
As this new technology grows via the internet
many Ham Radio repeaters will link to more and more groups, subjects
and conversations. More and more Hams will reach out over the World
for fun and mind expanding education. Included will be all age
groups. The young, perhaps your children or grand children, and you
and I and seniors. These are benefits of no cost that can never
happen in the cellular or TV industry.
Handheld Ham Radios
for listening, training and transmitting are becoming
less and less expensively as China keeps ramping up production.
Current manufacturers as Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Alnico and others are
force to addresses the less expensive radios. Prices are to become
Meanwhile, these little
4 or 5 watt radios with a somewhat improved antenna arrangement have
Hams talking Worldwide over
Most popular are:
2 Meters 144 Mhz to 148 Mhz VHF band
70 CM 420 Mhz to 450 Mhz UHF band
Below are some antenna accessories to improve range or gain for more
our first WI-Ham Kit recipients, newly licensed Brad Taylor, KF5NNZ, Houston, used
a red putt-putt FDC FT-450A UHF handheld for monitoring while
studying and training with W5YI and Gordon West materials. He
utilized an SMA female to
BNC female adapter and coax to an outside UHF antenna on a 10 ft.
pole. Ha, he talks with Hams Worldwide through
IRLP and the WIN system.
This radio, we call them "Red Radios", is 4 watts. Some loss in the
coax, some gain in the antenna, resulting in enough watts
to access any UHF repeater in the Houston metropolitan area..
~~ N5CNN, EE*
* EE - Elder Elmer
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Column below by Wireless Industry Association
President Bob Hutchinson,
this word NAHYET? (naa-yet) In text below.
Technology industries are always in need of new people. The Ham Radio
call sign is a credential that badges you with the drive, knowledge and
quest to be involved in the technology of today and tomorrow. Indeed, in most high
tech industries today Hams are in the leading edge, up front, in and
beyond the developing technologies. And, have been at those positions for
close to a hundred years.
I submit: It
will be like that for a hundred years to come.
Evidence of this here;>
Dr. Owen Garriott
W5LFL, Norman, Oklahoma
from December 1983.
And, right behind him:>
Remember this guy?
NAHYET is not a Russian word. It's an acronym or contraction probably from a
Russian cosmonaut meaning: "Not a Ham yet"?
Radio, Radar, Television, Space
Travel, Satellite Technology, Cell Phones, Computers, Internet, any Electronics
Technology. Hams were and are at the leading edge, up front, in developing
Another "old days" story?
In 1981 a Ham friend, Bob Fass, then
WA4ARR, now NA5RF, was working at NASA as an EE technician programmer and could
occasionally get an hour in the space shuttle simulator about 3:00 am to
practice landings starting from 150,000 feet or so altitude. He would take his
VHF 2 meter handheld into the simulator and give us a running commentary through
the NASA Radio Club repeater in Clear Lake, TX, Bob had no flying experience and
crashed the shuttle short some, but actually crashed on the runway once. All
those shuttle crashes were just simulated but we were on edge of seat garnering
every breath and word from Bob. Us being the few missing sleep to be at that
leading edge, up front in the developing technology.
At that time nothing inside those
buildings was public. For sure he was not following the security rules. However,
it was all developing technology and Hams were everywhere there and, no
shuttle had ever flown. Shortly after his exciting broadcasts through the NASA
VHF repeater the shuttle did fly and several notches of the security belt
were taken up. Even being in the simulator room became beyond Bob's grade.
Yes, of course all above
is ancient history but, in today's World it would be equivalent maybe to getting
into the Mars mission simulator in a similar manner with video and sound
arrangement streaming to your buddies via the Internet. Or perhaps same endeavor
in a drone or predator simulator.
Shucks, Bob, WA4ARR, had to merely
settle then for becoming very proficient as a lead technician programmer on the
F16 fighter simulator. Let's see, the F16 fighter simulator was the tomorrow and
beyond technology, it was the latest, hottest, most Adrenalin pumping, heart
pounding video game ever developed. A high tech, high energy simulator that
could shake bad enough firing a 20mm Vulcan many K RPM gun to make an even
greater amount of adrenalin squirt through you while emulating getting you and
your ass shot, killed, destroyed and dead.
The Wireless Industry
Association was born from processes from Amateur Radio or, the Ham
Radio industry as most call it. My involvement in commercial two-way
radio and Ham Radio technologies in the sixties, seventies and
eighties spawned my dive into the cellular phone
industry. Even today, being a member of the
Ham Radio fraternity is important to seasoned wireless
Industry Association,1986, operates the
Global Wireless Industry Clearinghouse, a B2B initiating
buy/sell transactions for 500+ million items a year. But, we don't
buy or sell anything. We provide the venue for those that do.
Members in 44+ countries.
Wireless Industry Association today is producing the HamStakes
Grow Ham Radio
venue promoting growth
of the ranks of Amateur Radio operators by sponsoring the education,
training and licensing of NEW Radio Amateurs. Indeed, this Wireless
Industry Association project will help reduce the average age of
today can listen and jump in on intelligent conversations of
groups of Hams in round table group discussions. Example: I recently
monitored a stimulating conversation of Hams in:
South Africa, Anchorage, AK; San Diego, CA; Mexico City; Hawaii,
Guam; Hong Kong; and Japan. These conversation are always open and
they asked for response so I joined in. There were probably hundreds
or thousands of Hams, and short wave listeners Worldwide, monitoring.
This conversational convenience has never been available to Hams
before even with the most expensive and sophisticated Ham Radio
station, towers and antenna arrays. What?
Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN