General Leo

Back to the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club tonight to take the General exam, which I passed thanks to Gordo West WB6NOA's great study materials. I can now officially navigate the HF waters with my CSCE in hand and a slant AG after my call sign, just in time to try out the Icom 7800 …

First Contact

I made my first ham contact last night on the Ham Nation show. Man was I nervous. Fortunately I had three 25+ year to coach me. Matt KE6LPO of the Redwood Empire DXers was driving down the street outside (I think this might have been a set up!) and was the first to respond to …

Radio Day

I am so grateful to Ray Novak of Icom for bringing us three incredible radios and configuring them for my first QSO. And to Mike Dorrough, David Jennings, and Bill Smith for the amazing restored 1961 Collins transmitter and mixer. Bill spent all day moving it in and setting it up. Some day I hope …

Temporary Antennas Are Up

Last Saturday members of the Redwood Empire DX club under the direction of ARRL Section Chief, Bill Hillebrand KH6GJV, installed temporary antennas on the roof of the TWiT Brick House Studios to prepare for our ham weekend, 19-21 August 2011. On Friday, the antenna team from the Redwood Empire DX Association (REDXA) got together at …

HAMnation

Starting today and every Tuesday from here on out, I'll be joining Gordon West WB6NOA and Bob Heil K9EID on HAM Nation, TWiT's show for amateur radio enthusiasts. We broadcast live at 6p Pacific/9p Eastern/0100 Tuesdays UTC on live.twit.tv but you can always download audio and video of the show any time after the show …

W6TWT

My vanity call sign, W6TWT, became official today! Thanks to Bob Heil K9EID, Gordo West WB6NOA, and Tracy at w5yi.org for their help in securing an amazing call sign. (FCC ULS Listing) I've registered W6TWT.org, W6TWT.com, and W6TWT.net. If you enter any of those URLs you'll arrive here - my ham related postings on Leoville. …

DE KJ6QGP

It's official. The FCC has assigned me my new call sign: KJ6QGP. I immediately applied for a vanity call sign.

My First Radio(s)

My new HT radios have arrived from HRO: The Kenwood TH-D72A and Icom IC-92AD. I've turned them on and off a bunch of times but am too afraid to do anything else. These handy-talkies are dual-band: VHF/UHF, the frequencies most suitable for Technicians. And since there are lots of FM repeaters in the mountains near …

A Technician Is Born

I passed the Technician exam at the MDARC meeting in Lafayette! I am officially a ham. I'll be back next month to take the General exam. Here I am with the Volunteer Examiners after passing. Great bunch of guys!