* Amateur Radio, aka HAM Radio *

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I've been somewhat interested in HAM radio for many years, seeing the enjoyment that several friends over the years got from their HAM hobby. I've had a Citizens Band (CB) radio off the on since the late 1970's (I was KBLT0255 back when using a CB required a license from the FCC), but for some reason, I never followed up on my interest in HAM radio.

After starting fulltiming in our motorhome, I began to notice several other RVers with HAM antennas on their rigs while parked, and many more with what had to be mobile HAM antennas. The interest was re-kindled. While visiting a friend in Ohio I took advantage of the opportunity to mine his experience of many years in HAM radio. The result is that I am now a licensed Amateur, Technician Class, and have installed a mobile rig in my motorhome and "towed".

In the motorhome I have an Icom IC-207H mobile transceiver. It is a dual band rig, working on both the 2 meter and 70 cm bands, and is very handy for a motorhome installation as it has a detachable faceplate. The radio is stuffed against the firewall beyond my left foot, with the faceplate velcroed onto the lower edge of the dash. The motorhome antenna is a Larsen KG-2/70-CX-PL on-the-glass model. The only glass available for mounting in the motorhome is dual-pane, and the Larsen antenna works surprisingly well there. In the Honda Odyssey I have a Kenwood TM-241a. The Kenwood is a 2 meter rig, and is connected to a Larsen mag-mount antenna. I also have an Icom IC W32A 2m/440 hand-held radio for use at rallys, on my bicycle, or otherwise away from the vehicles.

Links relating to Amateur Radio

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Dayton HamVention
EHam Net..HAM news, forums, etc
FCC ULS (Universal Licensing System database)
Ham gear from Ham Radio Outlet
Ham Radio Help Group on Yahoo
The Ham Radio Site
Ham Universe...lots of HAM info
Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP), official site
Current Status of IRLP Nodes
Monitor IRLP
QRZ Dallsign Databese, Forums, Info, etc
QSL card via internet
W5YI Amateur Radio Resource Group

Online repeater guides...

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator, the sites below will give you a start toward passing your license exam!
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You can practice Amateur Radio license exams at the following sites:

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