Any Amateur Radio operators out there?

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  1. mhgarage

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    VK2HMM here :)
    Trying to get a few contacts tonight, if you're in the HF vicinity, post and let me know!
    Anyone a licenced HAM operator?
     
  2. Embercide

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    Mmmm .... Ham :thumbup:
     
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    Bacon...... :rolleyes: :sick: :Paranoid: :wired: :thumbdn:
    Any REAL hams?
     
  4. Duncan

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    CQ QSL,
    I'm a REAL ham. Send me a PM and we can exchange details and have a chat :thumbup:
    cya soon
    73
     
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    3.5900 Mhz LSB Horizontal suit you?
     
  6. v81

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    Digging up some past here.
    I'll be on air in about 2 or 3 weeks, just waiting for the paperwork.
    Went to do foundation and ended up passing standard and regs too.

    Travelling to the VK2/3 boarder with 2 and 70 portable (FT-60R) on the weekend of the 20th.
     
  7. 1shot1kill

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    Not me, although I was a professional radio operator for close to 7 years, using UHF, VHF & HF equipment. CW, voice, RATT & CRATT.
     
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    Good to hear, Is your 2 meter gear capable of SSB?
    If so we might meet during some temperature inversion, maybe even on FM if we're lucky.

    I'm jumping over the moon right now, got an Icom IC-7000.
    Now all i need is for the ACMA to process my application.

    VK3LOL (silly i know, thought of it in a hurry, accidentally? passed the Standard exam(long story))

     
  10. rodgrech

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    just filling out the paperwork tonight to go for foundation licence.. hopefully i can get in on the test thats happening in 2 weeks time

    fingers crossed you might hear me on 80cm somewhere


    (all i have is a MCS2000 atm, will buy a decent HF rig once i get a car)
     
  11. SyN

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    so.... what do you guys do exactly with your radios...
     
  12. rodgrech

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    currently, i use mine as a CB radio, and i listen to local government channels on mine (abit like a scanner, just with a cb installed)
     
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    I went to do the foundation course and exam at EMDRC.
    Completed the foundation and got 100%.
    I was offered a standard exam to try, i thought what the hell, I'm not going to pass it, but at least I'll know what I'm up against when i go to upgrade (the exam pack was $35, so an expensive preview).
    After 30-40 minutes i finshed the standard and handed the paper in, curious to know what i'd need to work on to pass next time.

    I was called front and centre and congratulated, i passed standard theory!
    I was over the moon, then realised i'd now have to do the regulations exam to make it official.
    Ended up passing regs without ever having seen the LCD, and did quite well on it too ;) .

    Did you mean 70cm or 80meters?
    I'm spoilt, i just got an IC-7000 so i'm covered on all bands up to 70cm ;)

    Anyone with even a small amount of electronics knowledge should at least consider going straight to standard.
    I was worried about how I'd go with foundation, and i passed standard, and i'm a dumbass !.

    Look at the sample exams on the ARV website for an idea.
    http://amateurradio.com.au/edu
    The Foundation sample theory assesment is on the WIA's website, on the right here...
    http://www.wia.org.au/foundation/
     
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    I have been in HF and UHF CB for about 6 years, mostly rubbish here though.
    Amateur radio is usually attracts more 'mature' operators, often with similar interests.

    DX'ing is a popular past time, making contact with far away and sometimes exotic places, often after which "QSL" cards are exchanged.
    These are like postcards.
    I was listening on 14.198 MHz USB the other night and heard "LA2FKA" speaking to a station in VK4 (VK = Australia, 4=Queensland).
    Turns out LA2FKA is in norway...
    http://www.qrz.com/callsign/LA2FKA
    This was with a 3 meter piece of cat5 as a simple wire antenna (receive only of course).

    By the book...
    "Purpose of the Amateur Service
    2.2 Recall that an Amateur Licence primarily authorises the operation of an Amateur station
    for self-training in radiocommunications, intercommunications between Amateurs and
    technical investigations into radiocommunications."

    Source, ACMA "Amateur Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency (Standard) Syllabus"

    There are a few well known people into amateur radio, a friend of mine once made contact with Dick Smith (VK2DIK).

    During times of emergency and distress Amateur radio operators often play a part in communications and rescue efforts. There is a group called WICEN (Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network) that often swing into action during times of need.

    Another maybe not so well know fact is that after cyclone Tracey the only communications in or out of Darwin was via an Amateur radio operator for a number of hours.

    An advanced licence ham can opperate on selected bands between 1.8MHz and 250Ghz (Yes, Gigahertz) Makes 2.4GHz 802.11 look like low frequency (actualy, a portion of 2.4GHz is available for hams with a standard or advanced licence)

    I could go on more but might leave it here.

    So there ya go, not everyone's cup of tea be certainly exciting stuff for those interested.
     
  15. TMM

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    They have radio sex. I hear it's like phone sex, but slightly better quality sometimes.
     
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    interesting, i just done the sample test, and got 2 questions wrong!

    and that was without looking at the book.


    Granted it helps being in the radcomms industry and going through tafe atm doing electrical trades
     
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    so out of curiosity...
    taking into consideration the volunteer emergency services communications course completed, what training should i partake to become a qualified communications officer and where is it available ?
     
  18. v81

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    Not exactly sure what your asking?
    Sounds like a defence force position.

    If your interested in amateur radio i can point you at some good links.
     
  19. rodgrech

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    doridori, if i remember correctly, your SES right?
    well with the RFS you normally just go down to the control centre and join up as a comms member, who then start you on the communications centre assistant course. then you can further go onto communications centre operator then communications centre supervisor. im assuming the ses would have the same sort of set up. just phone the region office and they would point you in the right direction :D
     
  20. v81

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    My licence is through VK3LOL
    Listening sometimes 147.525 local or on 147.175 (VK3REC).
    If your echolink capable, Node 24111 will get you VK3NQS-L (147.525 above)
    If your IRLP capable, Node 6794 will get you VK3RLP (Cranbourne VIC) which i occasionally listen on.
     

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