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CQ, CQ, CQ... calling all ham radio operators...
Well I'll just comment to be another bean in the pot.... I'm VE3VHE in eastern Ontario and it appears to me, in our area at least, HAM is dead. There are a couple of local clubs.. tiny.. mostly Brits.. and not helpful, not friendly, and just cliques. Email them.. no answer. Call on the 2M repeater and no response unless they know your sign. You get a better response on a CB and that certainly says something.  Cool
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(05-22-2017, 09:37 AM)snuffles Wrote: Well I'll just comment to be another bean in the pot.... I'm VE3VHE in eastern Ontario and it appears to me, in our area at least, HAM is dead. There are a couple of local clubs.. tiny.. mostly Brits.. and not helpful, not friendly, and just cliques. Email them.. no answer. Call on the 2M repeater and no response unless they know your sign. You get a better response on a CB and that certainly says something.  Cool


I think the lack of interest in ham radio is wide-spread.   The internet has all but killed much of ham radio enthusiasm. 

But ham radio is still important, I think - especially for emergency communications that is not infrastructure-dependent.  If the electrical grid or telephone/internet systems go down for any length of time, ham radio is often the only semi-reliable means of communication.

People can't seem to imagine a world where there's no system for smartphones/tablets/PCs to communicate through.
Some day, if/when we ever get an EMP, CME or terrorist attack upon the grid, we're going to regret the fact that ham radio has all but died on the vine.   Thinking-about

But then again, I'm pretty old-school.   oldman

de KB9xxx
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Here in Spain we can see the resurgence of the radio amateur, last year in the IBER-RADIO 2016 congress held in the beautiful medieval walled city of Avila (Spain) we met more than three thousand ham radio, all expectations were exceeded.



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Wow, Perchas - that's amazing! To what do you attribute such a super interest in ham radio in Spain?
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I think the thing is to find who runs your local repeaters and ask them if there is a scheduled net on them.
Around here we have many repeaters, but most are not terribly active. But there are regular nets, both on a weekly schedule and daily, and this is where most of the traffic is. The WARA net on Monday night generally gets over 20 checkins on the Victoria B.C. WARA repeater system. And on Vancouver Island we have the Island Trunk repeater network that runs up the Island and a regular net every morning at 08:15 that commonly gets over 50 checkins both from the Island and from the Mainland.

So I suspect the traffic is there if you look for it.
Ed Seedhouse
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We have several "nets" here daily. One is called the Sunshine net and runs on 2m and cross rep to 70cm. Several HF nets too. I believe there is something on each day of the week. You can also sign into echolink through the internet and get on the air from anywhere. As long as your license class allows you to broadcast on the freq you are interested in.

http://echolink.org/

Using FlashAir W-03 SD card in machine. Access through wifi with FlashPAP or Sleep Master utilities.

I wanted to learn Binary so I enrolled in Binary 101. I seemed to have missed the first four courses. Big Grinnie

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First licensed February 1958. Extra Class Since 1969 or so. Used to be very active with VHF/UHF contests, then QRP CW. Not very active now.

Former K3HLU, N4JS, TF2WKT (Iceland 1967-68), and currently W2A**.
Old man, new machine. Better sleep! Thanks
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KF7K, first licence in 1978. Equipment is in storage at the moment, but the vertical is still on the roof, awaiting the day I set up the shack again.
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I obtained my technician license as KD0xxx a few years ago in order to obtain the privileged of obtaining via vanity, the call sign of my father (silent key.)   I wanted to have those letters to stay in the family as a legacy.  I only wished I had done it while he was still alive.    In honor and recognition of him,  I am now W2xxx.

I have tried to research his call sign, but I guess the FCC does not have records that go back that far.  I wish I knew in what year dad got the license.  The only history I was able to obtain from my aunt (who is almost 94) that "she thinks he got it in the early 30's."  He would have been around 19 or 20 then.  She recalls my father setting up his home brew gear in the attic of their house- she remembered that house and the approximate years that they lived there...  "it was during the early years of the Great Depression" she noted. 

I remember growing up with several long wires, dipoles and the inverted V (among others) in our antenna farm.  I wish I had his old equipment today including  his original D104 microphone.  I do have his original brass key though!  When my brothers and I had to clean up his house in the later years, there was all the parts in his workshop.  Being a child of the depression he kept almost everything!  There were several dozen vacuum tubes carefully packed for whenever he might need a spare.  "What do we do with it?" my brothers asked.  I was able to with the help of a ham neighbor across the street to find homes for all of this NOS equipment... I was able to find hams who were into hobby-retro and restoring of old ham radio sets.  Dad would have approved  :-)

Growing up, I remember only 2 styles of QSL cars that he used.  In trying to find out more information about his call sign, an unknown person to me contacted me stating there was a QSL card with his letters in an antique store in New England.  He mentioned that if I could recognise the handwriting that I might be able to confirm it as original.  When I saw the image of it there was no doubt... It was dad's... AND ... it was from December 1946!  

I purchased that card in a heartbeat!  It was a style that I nor any of my older siblings recognised.   Two summers ago, I made high quality color photocopies of that 46 model along with other original styles from later  years that  I saved from his estate...   and had them professionally mounted  in a frame and gave one to each of my siblings on what would have been dad's 100th birthday.

Perhaps one day I will take it up as enthusiastically as dad did.  He was truly a renaissance man of which I try to strive to be a fraction of his poly-mathematical ways.   But with work and a fixer-upper house, it is not a priority right now.  I look up to my father in so many ways and our communications now are on a plane much higher than amateur radio.  Our conversations are on a more spiritual wavelength ;-) 

Thanks, for letting me reminisce... I hope that my obtaining a license solely for the purpose of the family legacy is not dishonest to the hobby.

-frank
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